I love getting emails from engaged couples in other places. Brenna and Matthew live in Melbourne Australia, and immediately upon receiving their first email, I proposed we do the engagement session there. It was my first time in Melbourne and it’s an absolutely beautiful place. Also, the coffee in Melbourne makes coffee everywhere else in the world taste like Tim Hortons.

Here’s a video and some photos from their day at Chateau Des Charmes, Vintage Hotels, in Niagara On The Lake.

Thanks to Mary at http://weddinggirl.ca/ for making the day run smoothly, http://luvvlycakeco.com/ for the cake, and http://www.fraichefloral.com/ for the flowers.

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Earlier this summer I achieved a strange goal. Photographing 1 year of weddings. I wasn’t really keeping count until one evening when I decided to go through my calendar and see just how many weddings I had photographed. This was the Monday before before wedding 365 – I felt it was some sort of odd fate that this was the first time I had ever even been curious about how many weddings I’ve captured in my career.

So here are the things I’ve learned:

Being successful in a creative career takes about 50 hours a week in the beginning and 70 hours a week once you’ve ‘made it.’ Even with people that help edit, coordinate, and generally free my time, I still find that I work about 10 hours a day/7 days a week between the months of April and December. This isn’t only for wedding photography, this also includes my various other projects, like all the corporate video work I do over at Taylor Jackson Media, screenwriting and casting my next feature film in Paris, working on our Taco Documentary, and all the random projects that pop up in between.

Planning a perfect wedding is impossible. Here are my tips:
If you’re in Kitchener-Waterloo, get married at Langdon Hall or Hacienda Sarria. Cambridge Mill and Whistle Bear are also good choices.

Here is the perfect wedding day timeline (from a bride/groom enjoyment standpoint – ideally ceremony and reception at same location):
2:30pm hair and makeup finishes up.
3pm first look/reveal (so you can enjoy cocktail hour later)
3-3:30 photos with you two and bridal party. (note: keep bridal party as small as possible)
3:30 – 4:00 enjoy the fact that it’s your wedding day. Have a glass of champagne.
4pm guys start to greet/usher guests.
4:30 ceremony
5:00-5:15 family photos
5:15 – 6:15 enjoy your cocktail hour. Enjoy some of the h’orderves you paid for.
6:30 dinner. Speeches either in between courses or all after. 3 – 5 minute limit speeches are the most pleasing. BM, MOH, Parents, B&G. Your MC should never say the words ‘If anyone has anything they’d like to say, the mic is open’ — there is no such thing as a great kissing game. Good luck here.
8:00 – 8:10 Go outside for a few quick sunset photos.
9:15 speeches conclude, and first dance. Do the father/daughter and mother/son dance during the same song, have DJ announce that the dance floor is open to all towards the end of the song.
10pm throw a bouquet. Ignore those that try and tell you a garter toss is a good idea.
Enjoy the night. It’s a once in a life time experience.

Bachelor Party/Bachelorette Party. Vegas. Go together or separate. Get a Terrace Studio Fountain View at the Cosmopolitan.
Alternatively head to Germany and rent a Porsche 911 like Jason, one of my recent grooms did.
Miami is also great. Stay at the W South Beach.

Honeymoon. Hilton Bora Bora.

Book a photographer you like as a human. Don’t compare on price/skill if it’s a small difference. A photographer that actually connects with you will do an exponentially better job than one that does not. Same goes for all vendors. The planners/decorators/florists I regularly work with are thrilled when their only direction for the day is ‘Here are a few examples of things I like. We trust you. Make us something you’d want at your wedding.’

Here are a few photos and a video from day 365 with Emilie and Dave.

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Emilie and Dave | Hacienda Sarria Wedding from Taylor Jackson on Vimeo.

After Friday/Saturday weddings Lindsay and I travelled to Boston to be guests at a friends wedding on Sunday afternoon! Here’s a little video of the adventure! We then went to New York City and had the most amazing hotel room. We went on America 2.0, a schooner off of Chelsea Pier that sailed by the Statue of Liberty over sunset – which was amazing and I highly recommend. We also went on a Greenwich food tour with Curt Upton – he is one of the funniest people we’ve ever met.

Here’s the video:

Thank you so much for having both Lindsay and myself as part of your day! It was really the perfect day, and I will forever be amazed that it rained at the end of the driveway, but not a drop on the grounds.

Video:

Langdon Hall Wedding – Amanda and Jason from Taylor Jackson on Vimeo.

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  • Amanda Marshall - Taylor, although we knew you were talented, the video and photo are beyond our wildest expectations. We can’t thank you and Lindsay enough for everything. You are a true artist. Can’t wait to see the rest!

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  • Ellen Marshall - Just watched again, with heart swelling with joy. You captured the feeling beautifully!
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Shiera and Alejandro were married at The Manor in Kettleby. They are so in love, and it was amazing to spend on of the biggest days of their lives with them. As a surprise we did a same day edit – below is a little reaction split screen to it as well. Thank you for having us document your day!

Just the video:

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  • Robyn Scott - WOW! Absolutely stunning photos and video of Shiera & Ale’s day! It was a pleasure meeting you this past Saturday, Taylor. You are extremely talented and I love the true beauty that you captured from their day. Stunning. All the best for the remainder of the wedding season and the future! Hope to work together in the future.
    Robyn
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