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.

Vendors:
Venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity Chapel

Beth & Alex's Elegant and Relaxed Wedding

After their fantastic cottage engagement session earlier in the summer, I was looking forward to Beth and Alex’s wedding for weeks.  These two have so much fun together, and are so wonderful to spend time with as a couple, because you just can’t help but get swept up in their contagious happiness. 

            They got ready at home in Toronto, before heading to their sweet neighborhood church for the ceremony, followed by the Thornhill Country Club for their reception. Their parents had been married at the same club years before, and it was so much fun for them to see Beth and Alex married where they had stool before.  The weather was gorgeous, sunny, and warm, their wedding party was SO much fun to be around all day, and I truly can’t think of a more welcoming, friendly, and happy couple to spend the day with.

            Highlights?  The paddle that Alex hand made for Beth as a wedding morning gift.  Doesn’t every Canadian gal dream of a guy who will present them with a hand made paddle, lovingly inscribed with their initials on her wedding day? 

Vendors:
Venue: Holy Trinity Church & Thornhill Country Club
Band: Truly Band
Florist: The Orchid
Cake: The Danish Bakery
Makeup: Tamara Spence
Hair: Locale J Hair Design

Rachel & Caleb's Fall Wedding In Collingwood

Rachel & Caleb Wedding

Rachel and Caleb make everyone around them smile.  They hosted a colourful, joyful fall wedding at Craigleith Ski Club up in Collingwood, and laughed their way through the entire day together.  Caleb could not stop staring at his bride and telling her what a lucky guy he is all day, and Rachel opened up the most beautiful smile and laugh every time they touched and looked at one another.  They focused on creating a wedding day for their family and friends to enjoy, have a great time together, and truly celebrate the occasion with them.

            As urban gardeners in Toronto, florals were an important part of the day to Rachel, and they absolutely knocked it out of the park with a stunning fall coloured arch for their ceremony, bridesmaids bouquets with rich jewel tones that worked beautifully with the bridesmaids dresses and fur stoles, and a dried floral hair piece for Rachel that was one of the most thoughtful and unique bridal accessories I’ve seen in a long time. 

            The day started out with a dusting of snow, but it soon melted as the sun came out for our photographs, creating stunning bright fall colours in the Collingwood Arboretum for our portraits.  I think my favourite photographs took place at the end of the night though, when we handed their guests sparklers, and Rachel and Caleb enjoyed a fast paced sparkler exit to the night, before running back inside to re-join the dance floor of course.

            If you’re thinking of planning a fall wedding, be sure to take a scroll through for some amazing, colourful, sophisticated yet relaxed inspiration.  These guys are going to make you smile!

Vendors:
Planner – Emma Chateauvert
Venue – Craigleith ski club
Rentals – Four Seasons party rentals
Florist – Ashley Elaine Florals
Makeup – Makeup by Lee
Hair – Ainsley Garbutt Hair

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

Danielle & Anthony: Record Shops, Coffee, and Tacos, a Collingwood Engagement

I get to photograph Danielle & Anthony’s wedding just outside of Toronto, in Kleinburg in just a few weeks, so I thought it was a fitting time to share photos from the amazing engagement session we shot together a year ago! These two have spent so much time together at their family cottage up around Collingwood that they wanted to plan an engagement session exploring the area and enjoying some of their favourite things together. 

            These two knocked their engagement session out of the park, and planned the perfect combination of activities to shake things up, add variety, and really enjoy their time together.  I always recommend that people plan engagement sessions like their ideal date day together (with me tagging along as third wheel), and let me tell you, these two have amazing date days together!

            We started out meeting at Mad Dog coffee in Collingwood, a coffee shop/old time rock and roll record and paraphernalia shop.  We sipped dark coffee while browsing their favourite records, admired old Pink Floyd posters that cover the walls, and chatted music shows.  Next up was lattes in the sun at one of Collingwood’s best coffee shops, the Espresso Post, followed by a delicious dinner of tacos and nachos at the most fun, stylish, and trendy spot in town, Bent Taco. 

            To finish up, as the sun was getting low in the sky we drove over the Sunset Point, a beautiful shale beach with crystal clear water where they enjoyed exploring the shore line together, and dipping their toes in the cool Georgian Bay water.  Whether you’re taking engagement photographs or not, I recommend your next trip to Collingwood follow the same plan as these two, like I said, they nailed it.  

Kate & Brendan's Colourful Kleinburg Wedding at The Doctor's House

I met Kate at the Wedding Co Show last winter, and we hit it off right away talking about camping and our favourite outdoor adventure locations.  I immediately knew I wanted to work with her, and was so excited when she got in touch to talk about photographing her wedding later that year!

            Kate and Brendan are the most quintessentially classic, relaxed, outdoorsy, Canadian cottager couple.  They wanted nothing more than to enjoy their day, from getting ready at home with their friends and family dogs, to reciting a funny poem as part of their vows, to hiring The Big Smoke Brass band to make an appearance at their reception and get a dance party going around some fantastic music other than ‘Ra Ra Rasputin’.  They hosted their wedding at The Doctors house in picturesque Kleinburg, with their ceremony in the cutest little chapel, and their reception in the most gorgeously lit room with wide paned windows looking out over the property.

            Kate smiled and laughed her way through the whole day, and had their guests in stitches with her relaxed and happy humour throughout their ceremony.  Brendan couldn’t take his eyes off her, and is truly one of the sweetest, happiest, and most comfortable grooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  The weather was gorgeous, the food was amazing (The Doctors House always knocks meals out of the park), and I was sad to leave what was obviously going to be a fantastic party at the end of the night. 

Vendors:
Venue: The Doctor’s House
Flowers: Rosehill Blooms
Makeup: Shade Makeup
Hair: Krystina Zita
DJ: DJ TimFamous
Band: Big Smoke Brass Band

xo
-c