Jolin & David | Niagara Engagement Session

What defines you as a couple? Silly, adventurous, active, nerdy, romantic? Would you enjoy cycling around Niagara-on-the-Lake together through Vineland, or prefer to take a calm walk by the pier at sunset? Determining who you are as a couple can help to set the tone for your engagement session and make planning locations and activities that much easier. 

When possible, I encourage couples to choose locations that are of significance to them. The place you first met, the spot he proposed, or even a hobby that you both enjoy together. Engagement photographs are about capturing who you are as a couple at this particular time in your lives. Choosing something unique will aid in making your images more authentic and meaningful.

Jolin and David took this advice and ran with it as they chose to incorporate some of their favourite pastime activities into their summer engagement session… picnics and doughnut munchin! Their session was captured on the grounds of Balls Falls, in the Niagara region, where we spent the better part of a warm summers evening exploring the park and ending the day with a picnic, complete with Beechwood doughnuts and sparking wine.

Here are a few of my favourites from their sweet engagement session!

2018 Fall Mini Sessions

It's that time of the year again!

I am so excited to announce the release of 2018 fall mini sessions. These quick, fun lifestyle sessions are such a blast, I look forward to them each year! If you are looking for updated anniversary, family, portrait, newborn or maternity images at a reduced rate this is for you.

Limited availability - snag a time slot now!

All sessions to be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Van Wagners Beach, Hamilton

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Details:

  • Electronic styling guide sent prior to session

  • 25 minute session

  • 30 fully retouched digital files

  • $150 tax in

Available session times:

  • 3:00 PM - booked

  • 3:30 PM - booked

  • 4:00 PM - booked

  • 4:30 PM - booked

  • 5:00 PM - booked

  • 5:30 PM - booked

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Reach out to info@alexandradelbellophotography.com for more details and to book session times.

Something Blue | Cambridge Styled Wedding Shoot

The images from our Something Blue Styled Wedding Shoot have been vaulted deep within my external hard drives until last week when the entire shoot in all of its beauty was finally featured on Artfully Wed. Now that the images have gone public I figured it was about time to share my absolute favourites from this shoot that came together beautifully last summer. Although planning and executing a styled shoot in the midst of wedding season was a hustle, thanks to an incredibly talented team of vendors and assistants this shoot turned out better than I could have ever imaged!

The inspiration for this styled wedding shoot was taken from the long standing “something blue” bridal tradition. Soft pewter and sky blues mixed with pops of royal and navy tones were integrated into the colour palette for the majority of décor, florals and accessories.

Aiming for a soft, romantic, European elegance, Hacienda Sarria, a wedding venue inspired by the Spanish “The Road to Santiago de Compostela” walk, was an obvious choice to host the shoot. The venue, located in Kitchener, Ontario emulates a European feel with its Spanish style architecture, stone masonry and wooden doors.

Our beautiful bride Ashley, (recently married and now reliving bridal bliss) modeled not one but two stunning gowns supplied by Sash & Bustle. The first was a set by Claire La Faye, which included an ivory slip, emery lace overlay and whimsical tulle skirt. The second dress was a Truvelle gown complete with a flirty front slit lined with soft lace. Vintage inspired custom headpieces created by Frilly Bits enhanced each bridal look.

The floral designs that were flawlessly executed solidified my firm belief that there is nothing Blooms & Bliss can’t do! The florals completely transformed the shoot and tied everything together seamlessly. The eye catching asymmetrical floral arch commanded attention, while the striking bouquet took each bridal look to the next level!

The entirety of the impressive dessert table was created and designed by DessertGardenXo. A variety of of treats including cakes, chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops adorned the table - it was hard not to get caught staring (and or salivating) in the direction of this incredibly sweet display. The inclusion of blueberries to further tie the colour palette together was a perfect choice.

Last, but certainly not least, the invitation suite, stationary, menu and place cards were designed in full and printed by Simply Sealed. The delicate stationary tied in perfectly with its timeless details such as the wax seal, calligraphy, venue sketch and matching stamps.

This  “Something Blue” inspired shoot proves that inspiration can be found in even the oldest of traditions.

Venue Hacienda Sarria

Photographer Alexandra Del Bello Photography

Videographer Peter DiBussolo

MUA Nicole Elizabeth Make Up

Hair Lisa Brandow

Dessert DessertGarden Xo

Decor Rental Simply Beautiful Decor

Florals Blooms & Bliss

Dress Shop Sash & Bustle

Gown #1 Claire La Faye

Gown #2 Truvelle

Stationary Simply Sealed

Hair Accessories Frilly Bits

Model Ashley Delarge

Jodi & Don | Whitehern Wedding

Meet Jodi and Don. This sweet couple first met online, back in the days where you didn't quite know if you were chatting with an 80 year old man from Missouri on the other side of the screen or not. You can imagine their relief when they finally met and there wasn't a Missourian in sight, phew!

Ten years and three cats later - in the age where online dating is now socially acceptable - Don proposed on one of the most magical nights, Christmas Eve! 

It all started with a date to see the local light display at Glenhyrst Gardens in Brantford. From there, they drove to a rose garden that holds sentimental value for Jodi. Her grandmother's ashes and memorial stone reside in the garden. Knowing the significance it was here that Don proposed, but not before Jodi interrupted him to make sure the car door was locked! Safety first people!

With their family as their witnesses Jodi and Don sealed the deal this summer. They were wed during a quaint mid-week ceremony in the beautiful gardens at Whitehern Historic House, what's more, their wedding took place on their 11th anniversary! These two were graced with a gorgeous summer day as they recited vows, exchanged rings and committed their lives to each other.  

When Jodi and Don aren't being absolute sweethearts and finding ways to spoil each other with thoughtful surprises, they can be found snuggling first thing in the morning with their cats and enjoying date nights together.

Enjoy a few of my faves from Jodi and Don's intimate garden wedding below!

2017 Year in Review

New couples, new love stories, same witty brunette.

Pretty sure there's gotta be a horse shoe up my butt. Yeah, you read that right. But there's no other way to explain this feeling - wait what?! That didn't sound right... let me explain why I feel incredibly lucky.

When I purchased my first camera in high school I spent time photographing friends, family, and more often than not, our adorable dog. I would have laughed out loud if someone had told me back then that I would own my own business just a few short years later and make a living documenting love stories. 

The last two years owning and operating my business has provided me with more knowledge than any single line item that appears on the education section of my LinkedIn profile #thatmadesenseinmyhead 

This past wedding season in particular reinforced my love of love and passion for wedding photography. I had incredible feats, cried behind my camera during almost every single father daughter dance, hugged more grandma's than I can count and fixed countless veils. 

In contrast, I have had my fair share of melt-down-days where I was sure I'd throw my laptop right out the window if my editing software crashed just one more time. I had moments of loneliness while cooped up finishing galleries, and am certain I came pretty close to a Vitamin D deficiency spending hours at my desk trying to keep up with editing and stay on track of timelines.

This particular year has been a complete labor of love, which payed off when I was fortunate enough to quit my corporate gig to pursue photography full time. Let me tell you, I haven't looked back!

These past two years have flown by and with them countless couples and families inviting me to document some of the happiest times of their lives. I cannot wait for what year three has in store! 

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In case you were wondering what a typical day in the life looks like on the job, I unearthed a few gems for your viewing pleasure.

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Hugging grandma's - check!

Fixing veils - check!

Crying during father daughter dances - check!

Loving every stinkin' second - check!