I have to apologize in advance – this is going to be a long post. If I had this hard a time editing down the images for this blog post, just imagine how long it took me to edit down all the initial captures!
When Justin & I shot Jennifer & Terence’s engagement photos at Pillitteri Estates Winery last year, we knew these two would just shine on their wedding day. They are so in love and were so natural together in front of the camera. On the wedding day we weren’t disappointed! The whole day was gorgeous and Bride & Groom were beaming, so happy to finally become husband & wife.
The day began at Jennifer’s family home, where I found her wedding dress gorgeously displayed on a dress judy that was given to her by her seamstress. I couldn’t believe how perfect it looked when I walked upstairs!
Jennifer, the bridesmaids (and Jennifer’s mum) had their hair and make-up done at the house, and once they were flawlessly made-up, we shot a few getting ready photos with Jennifer before she had a beautiful “first look” moment with her dad. It was so touching, and I was so excited to be able to capture those images for them. These are real moments and the best reason in the world to be a wedding photographer. I hope her grandkids look at those photos one day and see how proud their great grandparents were of their mum. But I digress…
The wedding ceremony took place at Arta Gallery in the Distillery District. It just so happened that there was a massive yoga event going on at the always bustling Distillery District that day, called OM T.O. and so much of the area wasn’t available for photos. We were lucky though and found some gorgeous light down one of the alleyways, along with the old rusted out Distillery truck. Jennifer & Terence are pretty fun and even decided to take a silly ‘yoga pose’ photo before we headed off in the limo bus to their reception.
One entertaining limo bus ride later (where the champagne was free flowing!) we arrived at The Burroughes Building for Jennifer & Terence’s wedding reception. This was the first time we’ve shot at this spot and wow. Pretty cool venue! It was so cool it recently made the top of my list of ‘Top 5 Most Unique Toronto Wedding Venues‘.
The Burroughes Building features really cool exposed brick walls, beams overheard, wooden floors and an awesome rooftop patio with a view of the CN Tower and city skyline. A perfect place for post-ceremony cocktail hour. The happy newlyweds also made it up to the rooftop after the traditional Chinese tea ceremony took place inside.