Sonnobia & Deo got married in Toronto on June 13th and 14th (yep, two receptions!) and what an event it was. Slice TV show ‘Rich Bride Poor Bride’ was on-set to capture all the fun of this couple’s weekend nuptials.
Prior to the wedding, Sonnobia came to me to have Boudoir portraits done, and the camera crew was there to capture my conversation with Sonnobia, Angelique Sobschak (wedding planner extraordinaire) and a few of Sonnobia’s bridesmaids, chatting about her upcoming session. To see Deo’s reaction to her Boudoir Photobook, you’ll have to tune in to the ‘Rich Bride Poor Bride’ season opener in Spring 2010! Now, back to the wedding weekend…there’s so much to write about but I’ll try and keep it concise.
It was drama from the beginning, with the girls over an hour late to the Church (that’s alright – it just made things more exciting!) The guests hung outside the church for a bit, which actually allowed me to grab some cool candids we may not have had time for if the girls hadn’t been late (hint for other photographers – always try to turn a delay into an opportunity for different shots). The girls eventually arrived – Sonnobia with her 8 (yes, 8!) bridesmaids, to join the 7 groomsmen and 3 flower girls who were already at the church.
Sonnobia and Deo are truly in love and are a beautiful couple. Their ceremony was so touching, and you could really tell how much they meant their vows. Deo couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear and I don’t think Sonnobia stopped crying through the whole ceremony.
After the couple was ‘official’, the entire wedding party of 20 (plus Justin and I, along with the parents of the flower girls) all headed over to University Avenue for some urban-inspired wedding photography. We started literally in the middle of University Avenue at the war memorial for a couple more formal pics, and then we walked down Queen and stopped at Osgoode Hall for some awesome shots in front of a stunning building. I love the elegant and impressive look this building gives! I had the idea to have the entire wedding party (sans flower girls who went to the reception at this point due to the heat) walk in a line behind the bride & groom…almost like an ‘Abbey Road’ cover of a wedding party. I think it turned out pretty awesome! Nice way to see the wedding party in a less than formal group setup (although we did those as well at the University location).
After some alone pics together, Sonnobia & Deo headed over to the reception, as did Justin and I. The reception was held at Europa Catering’s Banquet Hall on Dundas Street West in downtown Toronto. Day one of the wedding was supposed to be mainly for Deo to honour his Portuguese background, and his Father who had passed but was honoured with a shot of Tequila Rose before dinner, and an amazing Samba Band after! Deo told me the Samba Band was for his Dad, and to honour his memory. It was a beautiful gesture and the guests got so into it – and WOW! I can’t believe how good the guests were at dancing…check out some images below! These are some of my favourite pictures from this wedding.
Justin and I finished up at the same time as the Samba Band, and day two was up next. Day two was about Sonnobia’s vision for a Sex and the City – style wedding reception. Everything was pink, there was an ice castle sculpture that was a drink luge, giant oversized Cosmopolitans adorned each table as centerpieces and there was even a pony outside on the sidewalk that was dressed in an adorable pink outfit with feathers! Seriously I think this pony (named Nana), got more love and attention than the bride and groom that day! She was only there to visit for just over an hour, but she was treated like a star. I love animals and was very happy to see how well Nana was treated by everyone involved in the wedding reception organization, including her owner and handler, the little children who stopped to give her a pet, and the wedding guests. Even I took a pic with her while we waited for Sonnobia & Deo to show up…I guess I am a little girl inside, haha.
The details were gorgeous, everything was pink, and Sonnobia even rocked a second wedding dress! Deo also wore some awesome converse shoes, which I loved the look of with his tux.
Super huge thanks goes out to Sonnobia and Deo for having us capture their amazing wedding weekend spectacular!