Jessica & Domenico: A Winter Wedding at The Burroughes, Downtown Toronto

Even months later, I hardly have words to describe this wedding day.  It was everything I feel a wedding should be, good food, a gathering of the people who mean the most in the world to you, a chance to tell everyone how much they mean to you, and a kick-ass party to celebrate a momentous occasion.   It was life affirming, not to be too dramatic, but these two truly reminded everyone in attendance that day what a wedding and a joining of families and worlds is all about.

            Jess and Dom both have an immense appreciation for food, and met while working at one of the best of the best in the Toronto restaurant scene, Buca.  They have an endlessly warm and loving energy that radiates from them, both together and separately, and didn’t hesitate to wear their hearts on their sleeves all day.  All together, this created the perfect melange of happy tears, fantastic food, and a dance floor that had everyone laughing and crying at the same time. 

            Jess chose an elegant and sophisticated Ferre Sposa dress for her style, and Dom pulled off the most gorgeous burgundy velvet suit jacket I’ve ever seen.  They got ready at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Toronto, had one of the happiest first looks I’ve ever witnessed in front of Roy Thompson Hall, and gathered a huge group of loved ones together in true Italian wedding style at The Burroughes for their ceremony and reception.  Their first concern was making sure that their guests enjoyed themselves and as much food and drink as they possibly could.  They spent more time stopping in at each and every table to visit than they did at their own table, and once the dance floor opened I could tell that they weren’t going anywhere for a long time. 

            They danced on the rooftop together at sunset, laughed and cried their way through their ceremony and parent dances, and melted together on the dancefloor so comfortably that I must have taken a hundred photographs just of that moment alone.  I truly don’t have words for the feeling you get when you see these two together.  Good thing I’m a photographer and not a poet, scroll through to see what I mean.

Vendors:
Florist: Rosehill Blooms
Caterer: Buca
Make up: Lauryn Hopwood 
Hair: Chloe Greisman 
Dress: Ferre Sposa

xo
-c

A Romantic Winter Wedding in Downtown Toronto

I was lucky to spend a short time photographing Rachel and Jens' civil ceremony with some of their close family members at the Toronto City Hall in March.  Their ceremony was filled with emotion, love, and celebration, followed by the most fun set of Facetime calls from family members who were not able to make it to Toronto for the day. 

After the ceremony we had a few minutes to take some wedding photographs together in Nathan Phillips Square as the snow started to fall softly.  Toronto at dusk is one of the most gorgeous locations for urban wedding photographs.  The lights in all the surrounding buildings come on, the streets begin to clear out, and the square with it's Iconic 'Toronto' sign is a perfect location to see some of the beautiful architecture of downtown Toronto in the background.  The whole scene lent a perfect air of celebration to send the couple off hand in hand for the rest of their evening at a downtown dinner party. 

Alexis and Collin's Winter Waterfront Wedding

One of my goals for 2018 is to book more off-season weddings, so I can reserve more summer weekends off to spend with friends and family enjoying the outdoors next year.  There, it's out in the universe.  I was lucky to photograph a number of stunning winter weddings this year, including an intimate outdoor ceremony by a frozen river, and an elegant indoor wedding at the Windsor Arms Hotel; and I have a few more fun ones coming up in December including a Christmas themed wedding, and a wedding in Barbados just before New Years.  All in all, these creative weddings are something I want to do far more of, and I realized that none of them have appeared on my blog so far!  (granted, I'm still catching up on blogging last summer's weddings, so it goes.)

Alexis and Collin got creative with their winter wedding photos (like they did with their engagement photos here)  and planned to take most of their photographs indoors having too much fun playing with a confetti cannon to add some action and colour, just in case the early January weather proved too cold to take any photographs outdoors.  The bridesmaids came equipped for winter temperatures with beautiful fur stoles, and the stylish bride sported the famous #justmarriedjacket by the talented Via Calligraphy.

Take a look through the photograph below to see how a little bit of creativity can make a Canadian winter wedding absolutely beautiful.

xo
-c

Dramatic Wedding Inspiration in an Old Theatre

This styled shoot was inspired by the incredible theater venue space at The Great Hall in downtown Toronto.  It was created as almost an afterthought, following another series of light and airy branding shoots in the venue's gorgeous front event rooms.  I happened to poke my head into the construction area and was immediately smitten with the gorgeous light, old theater balcony, and gilded walls.  The Great Hall was so wonderful to let me shoot in here before the space began renovations, I can't wait to see how they're turning into a new Toronto wedding venue!  Following another shoot, as the light was fading, and the room was growing cold, we quickly created our final look and dashed into the old theater before it became too dark.  The result is one of my favorite creative shoots from the past year, with dramatic light, stunning accessories, and a theatrical vibe that is completely different from what I normally create.  The team I worked with was absolutely amazing pulling the look together, and trusted me to create some creative images with limited time and an almost completely dark room at the end of our long shooting day.   I've been sitting on these for quite a while, not sure if they fit with my usual style, but I continually find myself returning to these photographs for inspiration, and couldn't resist putting together a little blog post.  I hope you enjoy, but either way I had a blast with this shoot and the other amazing vendors involved!

Don't forget to checkout their work below if you're interested in seeing what they can create for your own wedding!
Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Dress: Sash & Bustle
Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes from Sash & Bustle
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Leaf & Bloom
Jewellery: Lillianes Fine Jewellery
Model: Rachel