Girlfriends Jumping for JOY for Toronto wedding photographers!

Girlfriends. Always there, no matter what! Our Toronto wedding photographers had the great pleasure of working with Kathlyn and her amazing wedding party. We photographed big smiles, joyful interactions, and quiet happiness all day – at Kathlyn’s house, during the ceremony, in the Liberty Village area of downtown Toronto where the photos below were taken, and later, at the reception at the wonderful and eclectic SCHOOL Restaurant. It makes our job as Toronto wedding photographers easy when love abounds. After all, the camera only captures what’s there!

We love that painted wall. What a great backdrop. We remember when Liberty Village was a factory area that produced a variety of things. The Barrymore furniture factory was located there. Over time, the area became grungy, and, as manufacturing stopped, those empty warehouses started to fill with artists, film makers and other people working in the creative arts. Now, the area has become a vibrant community. Tens of thousands of people live in the many condos that have sprung up. They have exciting choices in restaurants, entertainment, galleries, and lifestyles.

You can explore Liberty Village during Jane’s Walk in May. The annual event is named after renowned Toronto urban planning thinker and writer Jane Jacobs. It first began in Toronto in 2007 following Jacobs’ death and has since spread to 85 cities in 19 countries. The event gives people a chance to explore and learn about neighbourhoods, and talk about what people can do to make a city more livable.  About 5,000 tour leaders and participants hit Toronto’s streets and one of those tours was in Liberty Village.

If you are looking for a great location for engagement or wedding photos, you might want to check out Liberty Village. As Toronto wedding photographers we love working there. You must contact York Heritage Properties for permission to be on the grounds. Definitely worth checking out if you want a historical look to your photos.

Children in Weddings

We often photograph weddings where one or both partners have children. Our approach creatively acknowledges the importance of children in weddings. We never loose sight of the fact that the wedding is very significant for them. It is their day too.

The bride and groom frequently include the child or children in the wedding ceremony, perhaps as a ring bearer, flower girl or junior bridesmaid. Their participation in the wedding day guarantees that they will feel important.

When children are involved in the wedding, we make sure to take photographs that will be meaningful to them as they move forward in their new family. Our photographs reflect children’s personalities, creating a genuine family dynamic that includes the thoughts and feelings of everyone involved. We take extra care to create opportunities to help children feel comfortable in front of the camera, and we are happy to say that we have never met a child who didn’t enjoy being photographed!

Parents and step-parents have been thrilled to discover that our approach can be very memorable, dignified, low-stress and certainly not overly sentimental. This is particularly true when teenagers are part of the wedding ceremony. In these instances, we are particularly respectful of the “cool” factor.

We were invited to photograph a lovely wedding at the Millcroft Inn & Spa in Southern Ontario where three beautiful children acquired a wonderful new mom. As you can see from the photos below, when the right approach is taken the results are joy and love filled. Look at how excited the children are when their dad and new mom are saying their vows! Children in weddings always make a marriage ceremony richer and more meaningful, and our Toronto wedding photographers are very pleased to be able to contribute memory rich images.

children in weddings
children in weddings
children in weddings
children in weddings
children in weddings

Toronto Wedding Photographers at Graydon Hall Manor

Graydon Hall Manor is a stunning Toronto wedding venue at any time of the year. Toronto wedding photographers love shooting there. The historic house is gorgeous, with great inside and outside areas, lovely details and beautiful gardens. But last Saturday, the day after the blockbuster Toronto snow storm, Graydon Hall Manor was even more amazing and romantic.

The grounds were blanketed with lovely deep snow. The light being reflected off the snow and coming through the tall windows had crystal like qualities. A real treat for our Toronto wedding photographers who are known for working beautifully with light. Inside, light danced around, leaving reflections and burst of light in the photographs.What fun to photograph Diana’s personal items like her gorgeous beaded and ribboned belt and to see magical spheres of light in the background

Diana and Michael, the bride and groom, created a loving and welcoming environment for their guests. Diana chose a sky blue colour theme that matched perfectly the outdoor winter blue palette. Yet, the warm light pouring in through the windows cast a soft yellow glow throughout the interior. Sweet details, like a seat left empty in a the chapel for grandparents no longer living, and soft blue shawls for guests to use to ward off the cold, imprinted Diana’s style and sensitivity on the wedding.

Their wedding cake was charming and told the story of how they got engaged! The cake topper was in two parts: a man fishing and a woman reaching for the ring at the end of the fishing line. Guess what they were doing when the proposal happened. If you guessed fishing, you are right! Details like the lace on the wedding cake, and the bride and groom’s initials on the take away smarties helped to further personalize the wedding. Well done Diana and Michael!

Kensington Market is a Great Toronto Wedding Photography Location

What fun! Kensington Market is a great Toronto wedding photography location. Our Toronto wedding photographers had a wonderful time photographing Eva and Brad. At one time they lived in the Kensington Market area, and they wanted wedding shots of themselves in their first “hood”. It’s one of our favourite places too, to photograph and to hang out in.

Kensington Market is a small area with a big history. It goes from Spadina Avenue on the east to Bathurst Street on the west, Dundas Street on the south and College Street on the north. The commercial area has vendors selling produce and goods outside on the sidewalk, great coffee shops and places to eat, and lots of new Indie stores that cater to foodies and alternative life style folks. Newly opened Sanagan’s Meat Locker is an old fashioned butcher shop in the heart of Kensington Market with young and urban customers who are looking to buy ethically raised meat from small local farmers. There are several health food stores and bakeries. Food at the market takes you around the world: Here you can chow down on tamales from South America, curried chickpea filled doubles from Trinidad, and lamb kabobs from the Middle East. Many of the homes in the residential area go back to the late 1800s. For anyone interested in historic homes, this is the place to explore.

And, as a Toronto wedding photography location, it has a lot to offer. First of all, it’s FREE. No permit is required since the market is a public space. All that’s required is a willingness to share the wedding joy with other people at the market.

Brad arrived at our meeting spot first, then Eva. Both were incredibly calm and happy. They walked hand-in-hand through the market. People on the street applauded them, and wished them good luck. When they got to Cobs Bakery on Baldwin St., one of the employees ran out with a small gift – scones for an energy boost before the wedding!

From Kensington Market, we drove Eva and Brad to the historic Distillary District for family photographs and from there to the Neubacher Shor Contemporary gallery and cultural centre on Brock Avenue close to the Drake Hotel on Queen Street West for the wedding ceremony and reception.

Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location

Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location
Toronto Wedding Photography location

Beautiful Bride as a Famous Work of Art – Girl with a Pearl Earring

Sometimes we are surprised by how much a bride resembles an iconic figure in a painting. This was the case the other day when we first saw Lizz in her wedding gown. The way her hair was done, her make up applied, and the touches of blue in her earrings, necklace and veil, were all reminiscent of the girl in the painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. What do you think?

Did you know that Vermeer is thought to have used a camera obscura in the creation of his paintings? The camera obscura is the fore-runner of the camera. It operates in the same way. A light beam enters a light tight box through a tiny pin hole, reflecting the image outside onto the back interior wall. At one time, the camera obscura was room sized. It was on wheels and could be moved around, pointing towards the scene the artist wanted to paint. The artist stood in the darkened room and traced the image onto a canvas pinned to the back wall. Over time, the camera obscure became smaller and a mirror was added to bounce the image out the box onto an exterior surface where it could be traced. It is this version that Vermeer may have used. Most people are unaware that the great masters and many of the masterpieces were helped along first by the camera obscura and, after the mid-1800s, by the camera. Degas, for example used a camera to record ballet scenes which he later painted.

Lizz’s wedding was at the dramatic, historic and beautiful Casa Loma, which was a perfect location for many Vermeer like portraits! But in our case we didn’t have too use a camera obscura. Image making sure has come a long way!

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Ontario Science Centre Wedding – Science, Science Fiction and Love!

As guests arrived for cocktails for Ninet and Alex’s the Ontario Science Centre wedding, they were pinned with Star Trek communicators made by Ninet. Guests were offered “dry ice” drinks that looked like they came from the Klingon home world, and shooters in test tubes. A Doctor Who telephone booth also made by Ninet was the gift envelope box.

Our Toronto wedding photographers had a blast photographing Ninet and Alex playing heritage video games in the Nintendo exhibit. While guests waited for Ninet and Alex to return from being photographed, they could try their hand at science experiments in the Weston Family Innovation Centre. What could be more fun!!! Dinner was upstairs in the Great Hall. Table centre pieces were stunning glass planet-like orbs, and the periodic table explained seating arrangements. Ninet and Alex painted a star studded space backdrop for the head table. Can you guess what their cake topper was? If you guessed robots, you would be right. Well done Ninet and Alex!!!

The Colour Orange at the Scarborough Golf Club

Another great wedding at the Scarborough Golf Club! What do Algonquin Park and Scarborough, Ontario have in common? The answer is New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest Dan Harris and Melissa!

The wedding had two themes – the colour orange and the outdoors. Why orange? The simple answer – orange is the colour brand of the NDP. And Algonquin Park is where Dan proposed to Melissa while hiking on the Mizzy Lake trail. Algonquin Park is one of Canada’s most oldest (120 years) and beautiful provincial parks. It’s conveniently located about two and a half hours north of Toronto, covers 7,630 square kilometres and has twenty interpretive walking trails of various lengths and difficulty levels. Dan and Melissa’s love of nature was evident throughout the wedding day, from the maple syrup favours, to the trail guide table signs, to the groomsmen’s animal head gear. Even the flora centre pieces were in birch bark wrapped pots.

Dan is very proud of Scarborough where his family has resided for over eighty years. He wanted to have photos taken in front of street murals painted by artists that tell the history of the area. The murals are part of a national project called Mural Routes, a not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art. Our Toronto wedding photographers drove Melissa and Dan to five different locations. The murals were wonderful works of art and a great backdrop.

The Way of Progress mural shows the types of transportation used in the area – from horse-drawn wagons through to gas powered vehicles and early street cars. After the shot, Dan and Melissa popped into a small store next to the mural, to the delight of a little boy. He shyly went up to Melssa and held her hand and asked her if she was a princess. Sweet! Another painting was on an exterior wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13. The painting shows the Scarborough Rifle Company of the 1860s marching. Dan and Melissa were invited into the Legion where everyone congratulated them on their wedding.

Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest
Scarborough Golf Club Dan Harris NDP MP Scarborough Southwest

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