About Sweetheart Empire
Sweetheart Empire offers documentary-style wedding photography, with a focus on real moments and the mindful bride. Lead photographer, Kate O'Connor, creates a safe space where couples can be themselves and truly be seen. Wedding days consist of unposed coverage for most of the day, plus a small session of guided portraits for family members and the newlyweds, of course! Kate keeps things as natural as possible, and employs expertise in mindfulness and radical compassion, to help clients stay present and have an awesome time.
Kate O'Connor has covered more than 170 weddings, including in Ireland, Hawaii, Jamaica, San Francisco, Manhattan, Vancouver Island, Ottawa, Montreal, Muskoka, Prince Edward County and all around the GTA. She studied Applied Photography at Sheridan College, and upgrades her mad skillz on a yearly basis:
Sweetheart Empire photographs intimate celebrations in magical places. The business has liability insurance, and engagement shoots and destination wedding photography are offered. Two photographers are included in all wedding packages. Photography services include the following:
Kate O'Connor offers services for local Toronto weddings, as well as Vancouver and East Coast weddings. She is also happy to travel worldwide for destination weddings.
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Joel Fulford · Married on 18/08/2018
Look no further than Sweetheart Empire
Kate and her team are amazing. If you are considering a wedding photographer, or a family photographer, look no further. Kate will make you feel at ease. Like an old friend you've known for years. She really made the process fun and romantic from the moment we met at our consultation, through our engagement photos, and up until the delivery of our beautiful wedding album. We felt that she was just as excited for our wedding as we were, and the results are totally amazing. We really couldn't have asked for anything more.Sent on 29/12/2018
Sweetheart Empire's reply:Joel, this is so kind. Thank you! ...You're right, by the way, I WAS super excited for your wedding, and I am so glad to have met you guys and your awesome families.
Madison Tong · Married on 06/05/2018
Amazing & Thoughtful Artist
Kate was a pleasure to work with right from the start. After admiring her work from a friends' wedding, we knew her style was what we were looking for our love story. We appreciated how she tells a story with her photography, capturing candid and heartfelt moments.
We have had plenty of typical, looking-at-the-camera photos and wanted a different approach for our wedding event. Kate takes the time to hear your vision and works hard to ensure that those moments are taken. She is kind and flexible, which we valued throughout the planning event (engagement shoot to wedding day). Her team (the two photographers who assisted Kate) was also easy to work with. They were professional and fun throughout the day.
Kate is an artist with a free spirit and this is showcased in her work. We were overjoyed with the final product and would recommend her talents to other brides who are searching for the same style.Sent on 24/10/2018
Sweetheart Empire's reply:Madison, you are so wonderful – thank you! You were just the sweetest and most lovely bride, and we truly were meant to find one another. :) Blessings to you and Martin and Emily!!
Marianne Tai · Married on 24/07/2017
When I think about my wedding, I think about 'Connection'.
Connection for me means: The love between my husband and I, the union of our families from two different cultures, and the expansion of our network of friends and loved ones.
After reviewing many different wedding photographers, Kate was the only one who understood 'Connection'. We met in a cute little french cafe and she learned all about my husband, our families and our friends. Our working relationship turned into a friendship and I knew she would be perfect.
On the day of our wedding, Kate arrived promptly, met everyone present at my Civil Ceremony and blended in like she was part of the family. She was so warm and personable that we didn't even notice her taking photographs! When she left, we were all so sad to see her leave our party - Kate is an absolute gem!
Our photographs were delivered in a timely manner and I cannot express how amazing they were! Kate's style and art captured the feeling of everyone who was present at my wedding. Every picture told a story and every time I look through them, I am able to relive my wedding day through the eyes of everyone present. They are absolutely breathtaking.
If you are looking for a photographer who can bring life to your wedding day in pictures that encapsulates love and connection, then look no further.
Have a coffee with Kate.. you won't regret it. :)
Sent on 05/09/2017
Sweetheart Empire's reply:Marianne, this is SO sweet! You guys are amazing, and it was my pleasure to be there documenting such an intimate moment for your families. I'm so very happy for you and Pierre!
Elizabeth Fraser · Married on 05/09/2015
We were so thrilled to work with Kate! She was professional, friendly, and the photos are incredible. She clearly communicated every step of the way, and has done so many weddings that she knows how to make things work seamlessly. We felt so taken care of, and despite a hot, sticky, 40 degree day, found ourselves laughing and enjoying every moment of the photography process. We can't wait to have Kate photograph the next wedding in the family, and have recommended her to everyone we know who's planning a wedding!Sent on 14/02/2017
Sweetheart Empire's reply:Thank you Elizabeth! You guys had an amazing wedding, so much fun, so beautiful, so well-organized and you were so laid back... I wish we could do it all again this year! It was truly a pleasure.
Joe Palango · Married on 11/07/2015
Kate did our engagement photos and wedding photos. Her style is what drew us to her in her ability to capture moments in time. She doesn't do lots of looking at the camera shots which we loved. She was really good and creating emotion and then shooting that emotion. She was really accommodating and just a good person to be around. She was a true professional and worth every dime. We would happily refer her to any of our close friends.Sent on 16/02/2017
Sweetheart Empire's reply:Joe, thank you! You guys are so funny and so much fun - I feel lucky to have found such fantastic clients. And it was awesome to see everyone again at Rich & Lisa's wedding.
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