Alexandra & Matthew: A Music Lover's Wedding at The Royal Conservatory

I first met Alexandra at one of the first weddings I ever photographed over two years previously.  I remembered her warm personality well, and was so excited when she got in touch with me about photographing her own wedding last summer!  I got together with her and Matthew for their at-home engagement session last winter.  She played the piano, he serenaded her on the guitar, and together they enjoyed browsing through their record collection and dancing around the basement.  I’d been looking forward to getting to photograph their wedding ever since!

            They were married on a late summer day in downtown Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music and U of T’s gorgeous Trinity Chapel.  It was the perfect venue for these two music loving souls.  Alex got ready in the beautiful modern glass bridal suite with her bridesmaids.  Just as it was time to leave for their ceremony it started to rain softly, but Alex could have cared less and squeezed under an umbrella with her best friend, smiling from ear to ear, for the walk to their ceremony at Trinity Chapel. Trinity chapel is a photographers dream to photograph, with it’s classic European architecture aesthetic, high vaulted ceilings, and tall windows spilling light down into the space.  Alex and Matt smiled their whole way through the ceremony, and danced back through the rain to the conservatory for their photographs and reception.

            They chose beautiful classic décor for their reception that contrasted perfectly with the modern architecture of the new addition at the conservatory.  Round tables surrounded by harvest chairs were topped with gorgeous white and green floral arrangements, and each table was named for one of the couples favourite musicians.  They did a fantastic job of carrying their music theme through the entire day, and my personal favourite moment was getting to grab some photographs of them together at the piano, playing a duet softly together and enjoying some quiet time in each other’s company on their wedding day.

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Venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity Chapel

Annie & Colin's Toronto Waterfront Wedding at The Henley Room

Annie and Colin just make my heart happy.  They hosted a wedding with fabulous unique and retro flair, at a gorgeous waterfront venue in Toronto, that was absolutely jam packed with as much good music, food, and dancing to Abba as anyone could possibly ask for.  For anyone who knows me personally, you’ll understand how much I adore these guys already.

            Annie wore one of my favourite dresses of all time, designed by the talented Gabby of Truvelle Bridal, a stunning bridal design line out of Vancouver.  She paired it with some seriously shit kicker heels, a romantic up do, and a smile that truly lit the room.  Colin is a musician, by trade and talent, so I was already pumped to see what they described as the ‘cabaret’ that would be taking place during their cocktail hour, hosted by a number of their musically talented guests from Colin’s various performances and choirs.  Guys, if you’re ever invited to a wedding with a ‘cabaret’ go.  Do it.

            By far the most memorable moment however took place during their waterfront ceremony on the docks of The Henley Room.  Colin’s choir was arranged to sing a number of pieces throughout the ceremony, but he surprised Annie shortly after saying their vows by walking over to the choir, who proceeded to sing backup for him as he serenaded her with a song about growing old together.  I’ve never seen an entire audience start to cry before at a wedding, I was absolutely sobbing behind my camera, and Annie, true to form, stood smiling as absolutely massively as her face would allow, enjoying the heck out of the entire experience.  Have I mentioned that I adore these two?

            The rest of the evening passed in a beautiful, twinkle lit reception of good food, a gorgeous cake made by one of Annie’s talented friends, a shoe game played by the bride and groom that had the room in stitches, and a night of dancing the time away to Abba.  If you already love Annie and Colin as much as I do, make sure you checkout their Beaches engagement session from earlier this year, and take a page from Annie’s book if you want to plan your wedding day to really feel like ‘you’!

Vendors:
Floral: Quince Flowers
Dress: Sash and Bustle , Truvelle
Venue: The Henley Room, Argonauts Rowing Club
Hair: McManus and Campbell

Best of 2018 Weddings

From Toronto, to Collingwood, to Muskoka, Perth, and even Barbados, this past 2018 wedding season was one for the books here at CFP. This was my third wedding season since launching the business back in 2016, and finally felt like I found my groove, managed to create a much healthier work/life balance, booked as much work as I could have possibly asked for, and was able to expand in ways I never imagined would by possible by year three. I could not feel more fortunate for the opportunity to work with so many amazing couples throughout the year, and finishing off strong with some beautiful winter weddings has left me inspired, excited, and chomping at the bit for my 2019 wedding season to start!

So, without further ado (this post is already a month and a half late after all), I will let you get to scrolling to take a look at my favorite moments of this past 2018 wedding season. Some will speak for themselves, many may not make sense, but all of them carry a little bit of my heart and make me so excited to see what year four will hold.

Erica & Simon's Country Engagement Session

Erica and Simon hosted me at their property just outside of Toronto for their engagement session.  I knew we would get along well right away when they told me that they would like to include their big beautiful dog in the photographs.  We spent the afternoon lounging in their terracotta tiled sunroom that Erica has filled with plants, and walking the many trails and fields they explore together on long dog walks and hikes.  It was the most simple at-home engagement session, and so much fun to capture with such a wonderful and welcoming couple.  Engagement sessions get me so excited for the real wedding coming up soon!

An Intimate Elegant Wedding at Toronto's Great Hall

Jess and Arie’s wedding suited them perfectly.  Together they created a celebration that beautifully blended their impeccable style with important family values, and even included their treasured rescue dogs into the day’s celebrations with enviable ease and elegance. 

Following a sweet first look complete with dogs in hand, we went to The Great Hall in the west end of downtown Toronto to take photographs in the light and airy spaces that both Jess and I fell in love with.  A beautiful and emotional wedding ceremony was held at their neighbourhood family shul down the street, followed by an intimate backyard reception for their closest family and friends.  The majority of the day allowed for the dogs who are such a big part of their lives to take part in the festivities, and an at-home reception kept things simple and allowed guests to comfortably move back and forth between the indoor and outdoor food and drink stations as it softly began to rain in the evening.

Their beautiful and personal style as a couple shone through in all the little details they thoughtfully added to the day.  Jess sported her favourite relaxed moccasins along with a stunning beaded dress harking back to the 1920’s that complimented Arie’s stylish and classic dark navy blazer.  The dogs were dressed up in simple green and white floral garlands, which matched the bride’s classic elegant bouquet of white flowers and flowing greenery.  Jess absolutely transformed the interior of their shul by envisioning a beautiful minimalist Plexiglas chuppah, clear modernist chairs, and elegant candle displays that opened up the space while maintaining a cosy family feeling.  I’m always a fan of intimate backyard receptions, and theirs was no exception.  Edison lights criss-crossed the backyard, lighting and warming up the space outdoor space throughout the evening.  Food stations offered a variety of dishes for family to enjoy standing around high tops or settled into the living room, and the cutting of the challah was fittingly held with family gathered close together together in the kitchen. 

I absolutely loved getting to work with some of my favourite Toronto vendors again for this wedding.  It’s always a treat to shoot at The Great Hall, and I’ll never tire of elegant bridal chignons styled by Amy at Bridal Hair Collective!  All the other wonderful vendors I was introduced to at this wedding are listed below.  I hope you enjoy!

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Make up: Janine Bowen
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Wedding Dress: White Toronto / Jenny Packham
Flowers: Botany Floral Studio
Food: Applause Catering
Venue: The Family Shul / The Great Hall