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Steam Whistle Brewery wedding photography, Steam Whistle Brewing wedding pictures, ceremony & reception, winter wedding photos in Toronto, snow storm wedding pictures, night time photography, Intercontinental Hotel, Front Street, bride & groom first look

Well, it’s definitely the summer, but we are still posting weddings from last year so here’s a winter wonderland wedding for you to take your mind off the heat.

Jessica & Anthony got married 2 weeks after I delivered our second baby, our daughter Jillian.  We had an emergency back-up photographer lined up in case I had to stay in the hospital, but luckily the birth went great and I was healthy enough to shoot the wedding after all!

We began at the Intercontinental Hotel on Front Street in Toronto for some getting ready photos with the girls and guys.  Jessica looked absolutely stunning and had gorgeous details (loved all her jewelry, dress, hair piece, shoes…)  We also got some great shots of her handsome groom Anthony before the two saw each other for their “first look” downstairs in the lobby of the hotel.

Whenever we shoot a winter wedding, the daylight (or lack thereof) is always super important.  While we are totally happy working in darker situations, on wedding days I always love to give our clients the best of both worlds (daylight and flash / video light imagery).  We got outside just in time to catch the last of the daylight, amidst quite a snow storm!  It was pretty romantic but wow was it cold & slushy.  I can’t even begin to describe how incredible these two were out in the slush and snow – especially Jessica in nothing but her dress and heels!  Just wow.  The result was stunning!

We continued shooting at the wedding ceremony & reception venue, The Steam Whistle Brewery.  It was our first time shooting here and it was so unique!  Cool spots with tons of beer (if you love beer – this is your place!)

After a beautiful ceremony and family formals, we finished out our coverage with a romantic snowy night time photo shoot outside the Steam Whistle Brewery, in front of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre.

Congratulations Jessica & Anthony!  Justin and I were so happy we were able to come through for you and shoot your wedding after all:) Thank you for being so amazing when we were welcoming our newest (and last!) addition to our family.


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Estates of Sunnybrook, Vaughan Estates, Toronto wedding photography

Kim & Helio’s wedding day at the Estates of Sunnybrook sure was an emotional one.  Helio couldn’t believe how beautiful his bride was when he saw her for the first time.  Also keeping emotions high was the fact that the bride Kim’s beloved father had passed away and and clearly so missed by all friends & family.  I thought it was such a beautiful thought that Kim & her mother had a framed picture of dad so that he could still be present and photographed along with her on her wedding day.

We had lots of rain last October, but luckily that’s just another opportunity to get creative.  My favourite image from Kim & Helio’s wedding day has to be the image above.  We stood the bride & groom in a doorway, opened the door and fired a flash through the rain.  So pretty!


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Brassaii Restaurant Engagement Wedding Photography in Toronto by Lisa Mark Photography
I’m super excited to share this engagement session for Sameena & Bem with you today!  We actually came around to shooting their engagement photos at Brassaii Restaurant in downtown Toronto at the last minute.  It was funny how it came together actually.

We had originally been planning a cherry blossoms shoot in High Park but at the last minute we changed our concept and did a much more dramatic-style shoot at the request of the couple.

Funny story – I had recently seen the re-designed interior (re-design as of 2010 anyway) of Brassaii Restaurant on a Canadian TV show called ‘Being Erica’ and was so struck by the beautiful neon sign that said “Love me till I’m me again” that I instantly Googled the location.  The TV show was exclusively set in Toronto so I knew it had to be somewhere nearby.  Up came Brassaii Restaurant on King Street West, and I instantly made a mental note to add Brassaii to my shoot location wish list.  So, I found it particularly fortuitous when my bride Sameena called me up and said they wanted something more dramatic and darkly lit for their engagement photos.  I instantly suggested Brassaii, and turns our that my bride Sameena was going to suggest the same spot because they had even held their engagement party at the restaurant!  So you see?  This shoot was totally meant to be! Anyway I just adore not only the cool neon sign but the beautiful daylight streaming in through the windows.  Check out the images to see what I mean.


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Graydon Hall Manor wedding photography, Toronto wedding street photography, photojournalistic wedding photography, Brookfield Place, BCE Place, Commerce Court, rainy day wedding photos, Chinese tea ceremony, shoe game, night photography

What a rainy wedding day this was for Melissa & Ivan!  The weather this past summer & fall was particularly wet, but they say it’s actually good luck to have rain on your wedding day.  Turns out it can also be amazing for photos if you’re willing to embrace it!

Melissa & Ivan got ready for photos in downtown Toronto, and we found a dry spot so that they could have their “first look” where they see each other for the first time all dressed up.  I’m pretty sure Ivan couldn’t even express how gorgeous he thought his beautiful bride looked.

In spite of the rainy weather, we were fortunate that we had a wonderful & fun wedding party who was more than willing to be troopers outside and help us to create some beautiful and memorable wedding photos for Melissa & Ivan.  We shot images all along the streets of downtown Toronto, and at Commerce Court (gotta love that elephant!)  As we were all getting pretty cold, we decided to pop into Brookfield Place (aka BCE Place) to warm up and we managed to get a few quick portraits of Melissa & Ivan with the stunning architectural interior and vaulted skylights.

We then proceeded on to Graydon Hall Manor, where the bride & groom held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony upstairs to honour their parents.

Luckily for Melissa & Ivan, the sun decided to finally make an appearance and the clouds lifted just in time for Graydon Hall to setup an outdoor wedding ceremony in the gardens!


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  • June 6, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Jennifer Ballard - Beautiful work as always. I really love the rainy street shots. There is something so romantic about kissing under an umbrella!

Hart House engagement photography, U of T, University of Toronto engagement pictures, CN Tower, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark Photography

Hart House at U of T is a lovely spot for an engagement shoot, and it was the perfect location to match the beautiful couple in front of my lens – Jessica & Norbert!

These two thought Hart House would be the perfect spot to shoot, and we agreed.  We got to take advantage of the beautiful ivy-covered walls in the quad at the University of Toronto, and inside the hallowed halls of Hart House.  My favourite spot was the one in the image above – a tiny alcove inside The Great Hall that we lit from the inside.

The evening finished after sunset with a picture perfect shot of the future bride & groom in front of the CN Tower.


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