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Fall is in the air. Emily and Brian’s wedding was a tribute to both their love and the season. They chose to decorate The Field House at the historic Berkeley Heritage Event Venue on Queen Street West in Toronto with seasonal flowers. The wedding favour was homemade cranberry jam, packaged with rustic charm. Instead of a wedding cake, guests enjoyed a slice of delicious harvest pie. Tables were decorated with an assortment of one of a kind beautiful glassware, with sprigs of flowers for colour. Providing wedding photography for Emily and Brian was wonderful experience for our Toronto wedding photographers.

The 2012 wedding season had the craziest weather. The summer was brutally hot and then autumn came quickly with a big chill. For us, as Toronto wedding photographers, the weather is an incidental factor – if it rains we bring umbrellas, if it’s cold we grab jackets. But, for the brides, grooms, attendants and groomsmen, the 2012 weather was a challenge. This year, our grooms and groomsmen in tuxedos coped with unbelievable heat during outdoor ceremonies and during photo shoots. We encouraged the guys to take off their jackets as often as possible to try and cool down. As soon as the weather turned cold, our brides and attendants had to find creative, attractive and sometimes cute solutions to staying warm.

At a recent wedding we witnessed some very tender moments between Brian and Xiu as they navigated the bitter cold temperatures during pre-ceremony wedding photography at Kariya Park in Mississauga. Kariya Park is a hidden gem, a peaceful Japanese garden with mature trees, a beautiful wooden arched bridge over a pond with ducks, and lovely architecture. Even www.tripadvisor.com, the online travel site, recommends the park. Kariya Park would be a wonderful photography location in the summer since the large trees would provide cooling shade, but on Brian and Xiu’s autumn wedding day the temperature had plunged and the garden was cold.

As you can see from the photos below, Xiu brought a lovely white leather jacket to wear over her bridal gown, that Brian helped her put on, and a bright red thick woolen blanket. The blanket made the rounds – anyone who was cold “borrowed” it for a minute or two. 

We love to eat wedding cake. Really we do. But every once in a while a bride takes a pass on a wedding cake and chooses another way to sweeten the wedding day. That happened recently at a wedding we photographed at the beautiful Celestine Restaurant on Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto. We had the pleasure of both photographing and sampling the delicious desserts. Toronto wedding photography sure is tasty!

We shoot a lot the at the McLean House, which is a lovely Toronto wedding venue for intimate weddings, and a great place for Toronto wedding photography. The McLean House is an historic building and one of three venues at the gorgeous Estates of Sunnybrook.

The suite of rooms where brides and attendents get ready overlooks the lush garden at the back of the house, and the spot where the wedding service takes place.

At a recent wedding, we photographed Katherine as she looked out into the garden. The autumn light coming through the window was soft and luminous. We took advantage of the light and of the quiet moment, and the results are wonderful. Katherine looks serene, confident and radiantly beautiful. Later we moved to another room on the second floor of the McLean House and created some more lovely shots.

We pride ourselves on our ability to elevate wedding photography to this level. Since we are graduates of the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, we see ourselves first as practicing artists. Our creative style is one of pictoral intimacy and beauty that will withstand the test of time. We combine our portraiture with our editorial style photography for a holistic record of the wedding day. Beauty and joy (playfulness) is the combination we strive for.

We love Toronto – every square inch of its urban character, from its wonky hydro poles through to the jumble of overhead street car wires! As Toronto wedding photographers we have come to know just about every community neighbourhood in the city, from east to west, north to south.

One of our favourites is Mount Pleasant Road which is a busy north south street that feeds traffic onto Jarvis Street south of Bloor Street. The section south of Eglinton Avenue is a true neighbourhood hub, with two old time movie theatres – the Regent Theatre and the Mount Pleasant Theatre, the long time family owned Penrose Fish and Chips, and lots of restaurants.

Diana and Matt chose to hold their wedding reception at the stylish and trendy Celestin Restaurant, a french restaurant located in a former bank. Of course, we took lots of photographs inside and then stepped outside. And as it turned out, the billboard opposite the restaurant advertised travelling to New Brunswick. And since the groom and his family were from that province, we were asked to take shots with the billboard in the background. What a great unexpected moment!

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The best Toronto wedding photography matches the personality of the bride and groom. An extroverted couple will have an extroverted wedding. A shy couple will have a more subdued wedding, When we first meet with a couple we talk about the type of imagery the couple would like. Some couples only want candids with few shots of family groupings. Others place an emphasis on family groupings. Some brides want serious shots of their wedding dresses, while other brides aren’t so interested. Blended families are often very keen on having many shots of their kids, especially with grandparents. We are sensitive to the vision of the couple and since we are very experienced, we can be versatile in our photographic approach. Our shots can range from playful and candid to exquisitely semi-formal. We recently shot a wedding at Casa Loma, a Toronto wedding venue and tourist destination. Fun was the operative word. How could it not be when the groom could barely contain his happiness! We loved shooting off the cuff. We had loads of fun as did the couple and their wedding party. We especially loved the Corvette. What a great prop!

 

The Fifth Grill and Terrace on Richmond Street West in downtown Toronto was the spectacular site for a recent winter wedding photographed by our Toronto wedding photographers. The bride and groom chose The Fifth for their reception and our Toronto wedding photographers for their photographs. The venue was urban, yet elegant, funky and sophisticated. Guests enjoyed a pre-dinner reception on the spacious main floor while the bride and groom and the wedding party relaxed in another area – the venue’s bar, complete with rawhides on the walls and rough barn board siding.  There was even a moose head looking down at the activities from its position near the bar! We had a great time taking photographs both at The Fifth and earlier at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto where the bride got ready. The shot of the bride on the glass bridge in the lobby of the hotel is beautiful. Wedding photography in Toronto is always exciting since there are so many inspirational locations at great venues.

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