Jess & Harry's Colombian Wedding in Downtown Toronto

Jess and Harry created a beautiful, colourful Colombian themed wedding at a downtown Toronto restaurant.  The Pilot in Toronto's Hazelton Lanes is a family connected business that played a key role in their lives together, and was a clear choice to host their lively wedding celebration! 

I absolutely love small restaurant weddings, and this was no exception.  Gorgeous colourful floral installations, beautiful summery foods, and guests in all manner of colourful dress filled the WWII era aeronautical themed restaurant.  My favorite part of the wedding by far though was the reception, when Jess's side of the family brought their Colombian heritage into the day and began the 'hora loca' to kick off the celebrations.  Guests donned masks, hats, glasses, and just about anything sparkly, bright, feathered, and flowy to dance the night away.  I don't usually cite the reception as my favorite photographs of the day, but this one was such a blast to photograph!

Vivian & Curtis's Downtown Toronto Engagement

One of the foundations of what I do is getting to know my couples as well as possible in the time leading up to their wedding.  As such, I always include an engagement session in my wedding photography packages, and encourage couples to plan an engagement session with me that really feels like 'them'.  Instead of what you typically envision when you think of engagement photos, I try to treat these shoots like mini wedding day practice sessions, slash a massive couple/photographer hangout time, and do my utmost to keep it all as relaxed and 'un-posed' as possible.  This makes my job much easier when I show up for a wedding day and already know who I'm photographing, and I get to have a wonderful time getting to hangout and photograph so many unique and interesting couples!

Vivian and Curtis are getting married later this summer and I absolutely can't wait to see what they're creating for their wedding after photographing this awesome and unique engagement session with them.  They really took it to heart when I suggested picking several locations around the city that resonated with them as a couple, and we ended up moving around three locations in the east end of Toronto, Odin Coffee, Wonder Pens, and Cherry Beach.  I always love starting at coffee shops or cafes where we can sit down for a drink, chat, and take a few photographs on the side to get everyone relaxed and feeling comfortable.  From there we headed down to their favorite pen store they visit whenever they're in the area, and got to learn more about Vivian's love for calligraphy and her budding creative business.  Finally, we finished by taking our shoes off and strolling along Cherry Beach, taking photographs, and talking more, because who doesn't love being barefoot by the water on a warm summer day? 

Take a look through some of their photographs below, and don't hesitate to get in touch about brainstorming the best engagement session activities and locations for you.  Whether that's making dinner at home, walking your dog in the park, or mountain climbing, I'm always up for any kind of adventure and am already looking forward to getting to know you!


The Great Hall Spring Wedding Inspiration

If you haven't guessed yet, The Great Hall is absolutely one of my favorite Toronto venues to shoot at.  The combination of bright walls, killer light, and a variety of unique spaces, from elegant whitewashed rooms to a gorgeous old mezzanine theatre make it top of my list for weddings and creative shoots.  This bridal shoot was inspired by the coming spring weather and its' pastel colours that we were eagerly awaiting to arrive in Toronto.  I teamed up with branding videographer Jessica Charuk of Charuk Studios, as well as an incredibly talented team of local vendors, to create both photo and video footage of the day.  I can't wait to show you Jessica's finished video soon, this lady rocks behind the camera!

I had a little bit of extra time on this shoot working with both a videographer and second shooter Emily Jarrett Photography, so I spent some time experimenting with some movement and different lighting on film.  I hope you enjoy. :)

Make sure to take a look through this list of awesome Toronto wedding vendors if you're looking for any skilled artists and small business owners to create your own wedding!

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Styling and Videography: Charuk Studios
Hair: Uno Jo
Makeup: Prerna & Co.
Dresses: Maureen Patricia Bridal and Ferre Sposa
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Mimi & Ry Inc.
Models: Peggi Lepage Model Scout
Accessories: LuvyT

As always, thanks for the awesome film developing and scans Canadian Film Lab!