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Matt & Lisa are Married!

What a fun way to end the wedding season this year! Lisa and Matt are such a fun-loving couple and wanted to branch out a bit from the traditional wedding photos. We had a blast with some creative and off-the-wall pictures for this awesome couple. Here are a few of my favourites from the day!




















































Spring in Toronto! Jessica & Dario are Married!

They say that rain brings good luck to the marriage, and if that’s true then Jessica and Dario are going to have a lifetime of luck! As Jessica got into her gorgeous wedding dress, we watched the storms roll in. We bought some extra umbrellas because hey, nothing says spring more than a good rain storm! Despite the soggy weather, we had a fabulous day shooting this beautiful wedding. Here are a few of my favourites from the day. Enjoy!


Elana & Lee are Married!

This was one of the most unique weddings I have had the pleasure of photographing. Elana and Lee decided to have an intimate at-home wedding and to take their photos ahead of time at a gorgeous stable complete with evening sunlight and horses! The combination of this beautiful wedding party, the amount of fun they clearly have together, and the unbelievably gorgeous surroundings made for some magical photos!  Here are a few of my favourites from the day!_DSC8176


































Baby MJ is here!

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Baby MJ and his fabulous family last weekend! What an absolute cutie pie!
We had a great time guessing which of the passions he will inherit from his mom & dad. We got him started early on the basketball, football and music! DJ MJ has a nice ring to it! Here are some of my favourites from the day. Enjoy!















Allie & Stephen are Married!

Allie & Steve had a beautiful late summer wedding with gorgeous blue skies to match the girls’ royal blue dresses.
These two are so very much in love and bring out the very best in each other. I think their love really came through in their wedding photos. Here are a few of my favourites from the day!






















































Katie & Robin are Married!

We had such a fabulous time at Katie & Robin’s wedding and I think it is the first time that I can ever say that I think the rain made the day more fun, and umbrellas and dramatic skies made the photos so unique! Here are a few of my favourites from the day!




































Backyard Bliss

Last week June & Dan invited me into their beautiful backyard to take some photos of them and their two boys.  It is always so amazing to see a family that is so connected to each other, and watching how much fun these boys had with their parents made me so excited for my own little girl to grow up.













Katie & Robin’s Sunset Engagement Shoot

Something magical happens when the sun (which was shining that day for the first time in what felt like a week) sinks low in the sky and you stumble upon a field of wild yellow irises.  It felt like all the stars aligned for Katie & Robin’s photo shoot in the park last night. We had a beautiful gorgeous golden sunset, the flowers were blooming, and we kept finding beauty in the most unlikely places.

I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking!











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Congratulations Katie & Robin!! I’m so looking forward to your wedding in July!


Because You’re Beautiful Contest Winner!

Earlier this Spring, we were inspired by Dove’s newest video as part of their campaign for real beauty. It showed how hard it is for women to see, express and embrace their beauty; we saw an opportunity to give at least one woman the chance to celebrate her beauty!

We ran a contest and asked women to tell us what makes them feel beautiful. We got some fantastic responses from, “the wind blown hair, and rosy cheeks from playing outside with my little girl” to “putting on makeup, a dress and heels.”

By random draw, we chose Kirston to win a makeup application and lesson and a photo shoot from the gilded lily, and we were so excited to be able to give this to such a deserving person! Kirston is a busy mom (with another one on the way in less than a month!) and  she runs a home daycare, so she doesn’t get a whole lot of time to focus just on herself.

Here are some of our favourite photos from the day!

Makeup artistry by Kate McIntosh, Photos by Crystal Mackay


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Congratulations Kirston!


Spring Family Photos!

DSC_6944I was so excited when Dana asked me to take some family photos to help celebrate her Grandmother’s birthday! We were luck to have a beautiful Spring day at Weldon Park in Arva.  Perfect for climbing trees (which it turns out this whole family loves to do!) An entire family photo in a tree was definitely a first for me (scroll down to see what I mean!)

Here are some of my favourites from the day!













Because You’re Beautiful Contest

We were recently inspired by Dove’s newest video showing how differently we view our own beauty than those around us do.   We thought because our namesake means to unnecessarily adorn something already beautiful, and because we firmly believe that every woman should embrace her own beauty (and even shout from the roof tops about it!), we wanted to give you the chance to do just that!

We will be randomly drawing for the opportunity to have  a professional makeup lesson  and application focusing on highlighting your natural beauty and then a half an hour photo shoot to show off your gorgeous self!

All you have to do to enter is “like” the gilded lily on facebook and leave a note on our wall telling us what makes you feel beautiful.

Contest Closes May 12, 2013 so head on over there. . . right now!

Baby Carter

I have always admired Sarah and Anthony for how much these two exude love for each other. It’s just so obvious in how they interact with each other, so I knew when they announced that they were pregnant that their little one would be on the receiving end of so much love. And he is!!

This little guy is excruciatingly cute, so it’s hard not to love him!  Just look at all that hair!!  Here are a few of my favourites from our newborn shoot last week. Enjoy.


Danielle & Paul’s Wintery Wedding

I was so excited on the morning of Paul & Danielle’s wedding when I looked out the window and saw that the white stuff had stuck around and we were going to have blue skies and glistening snow for their photos!  The wedding took place at Bellamere Winery which provided the perfect warm rustic backdrop for their wintery theme.  Here are some of my favourites from the day.


Beautiful Autumn, Beautiful Family

You may recognize Kate (the other half of the gilded lily) in the next series of photos. I have known the “original Huffs” for many years and have watched their tight-knit and always fun family of five grow to an equally close and even more rambuncous group of ELEVEN over the last three years!  I had the pleasure of snapping some photos of their growing family a few weeks back with the beautiful fall colours as a backdrop at Gibbons Park. Here are a few of my favourites!











Happy First Birthday, Keenan!

Today is my nephew, Keenan’s first birthday.  This kid has brought so many smiles, so much laughter and such a bright light into the world in the last year.  Here are a few of my favourites from his first birthday shoot a few weekends ago.  Happy Birthday Little Man!!


Allie & Stephen are Engaged!

I’m so excited to be back to shooting this month and what a great way to get back at it!

I met Stephen and Allie at Western for their engagement shoot, and while we had to dodge the rain, the fall colours and the beauty of campus couldn’t be dampened by the weather!

I’m looking forward to their wedding in August!!


Welcome Baby Taryn!

You may have noticed that things have been quiet around the gilded lily blog this summer . . . that’s because I (Crystal) just welcome Baby Taryn to our family and I’m taking a short hiatus from photography to get to know our new little girl (I’m writing this one-handed while I rock her in the other!) Expect me back by the Fall!!

In the meantime, here are a few photos that I took of our little lady!!


Why I love being the “second shooter”

I have had the absolute pleasure over the last two summers of tagging along with some of my fabulous photographer friends to act as their “second shooter.” The great thing about being in this role is that you get the chance to photograph the little moments that might be happening away from the main photographer’s lens, and you get to sink into the background and see things in a whole new way.

I’ve shot several times with the lovely and talented Nova of NovaMarkina Photography and we always have a great time together. I thought I’d post a few from a wedding that I second-shot with her a few weekends ago. Enjoy!

Lea-Kate: Welcome to the World!

I absolutely LOVE squishy newborn babies, and Lea-Kate didn’t disappoint in her cutness!  She is only a few weeks old and I got to spend the afternoon today hanging out with her to snap some photos.  We were lucky enough to catch her wide awake, and this is the first newborn that I’ve met who actually likes to curl up on her tummy. It made for some very cute pictures!!

We had a great time!! Welcome to the world, Little Lady!!

Sandra & Reg – New Year’s Eve Glam!

Sandra & Reg had a fabulous New Year’s Eve wedding at the Lamplighter in London that was all glamour! From the disco ball centre peices, to the fabulous black cocktail dresses, and her unbelievable handmade “brooch bouquet,” this wedding was all about the details.  And what a fun night for a wedding! It was the perfect evening for these two because they love to have a good time and we didn’t stop laughing the entire day!

Here are just a few of my favourites!


The gilded lily also had the pleasure of doing the makeup artistry for this gorgeous bride and her ladies. Here’s one of Katie putting on the finishing touches:

Sandra and Reg decided to see each other before the ceremony – so here are just a few of them seeing each other as a bride and groom for the first time ( I love these moments!)

Steph & Neill – Elmhurst Inn Romance!


This wedding was so amazing for so many reasons! Firstly because Stephanie and Neill are friends of mine and old work colleagues from my days at Rogers TV, Stephanie is also a great photographer herself and has been second shooting with me this summer. Secondly, because the Elmhurst Inn is a stunning location and Mother Nature gave us a gift that day; it was supossed to be rainy and gloomy but instead turned into a beautiful fall day with unbelievable late afternoon sun for our portrait shoots. And lastly because Steph and Neill have such amazing chemistry!! They had one of the best first kisses that I’ve photographed so far, and we were able to capture so many moments between the two of them because they couldn’t help but show each other how much they loved each other and how excited they were about the day. There wedding party was also a tonne of fun and there wasn’t a moment that someone wasn’t cracking a joke!  I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking!

Congrats Steph & Neill!! Thank you for including me in your amazing day!!







Sandra & Reg’s Autumn Engagement Shoot

Sandra and Reg picked such a beautiful location for their engagement photos. Coldstream Conservation Area is just down the street from Sandra’s parents’ home and she has many fond memories of fall hikes through the forest. We had so much fun trudging down these tree lined paths, discovering all the gorgeous sights that seemed to be around every corner; and it wasn’t hard to have fun with these two!!!  Sandra & Reg are getting married on New Year’s Eve and I am so looking forward to capturing the party!!  Kate is also Sandra’s makeup artist for the occassion, and one of the bonuses of booking with both of us is that we can schedule your makeup trial and engagement photos on the same day, so that you have fabulous make up for your shoot!!

That’s exactly what Sandra decided to do, so I snapped a few shots of Kate doing her magic before we headed out to Coldstream.

Congrats Sandra & Reg!! Can’t wait to ring in the New Year with you!!!! 🙂

Stephanie & Neill’s Sneak Peeks

There is only one way to describe the photos that we captured at Stephanie & Neill’s wedding at the Elmhurst Inn: Romantic.  It was pure and utter romance. The evening light, the beautiful backdrop, and this gorgeous couple who is so very obviously in love.

I couldn’t resist posting a few. Stay tuned for their full blog post this week.

Rachael & Wes’ Orchard Engagement Shoot

What a fabulous way to spend Thanksgiving Monday! Rachael & Wes met me in Dwarf Tree Orchards in Komoka to take some engagement photos as they get ready to tie the knot next summer. These two are so in love and it is so obvious by just the way they fit so perfectly next to eachother.  I absolutely LOVED this shoot! Here are just a few of my favourites!

Congrats Rachael & Wes!! I’m really looking forward to your wedding next summer!! 🙂