Michelle and Mark's Story
Because we did their multi-day engagement session in the distillery district, in downtown Toronto on Yonge Street, Queen Park, Ward Island on Lake Ontario, Canada Wonderland, and Casa Loma, the bride and groom were familiar with the way we work and there were no surprises on their special day. As a side note, Young Street is the perfect setting for candid photos. On the same topic, Casa Loma requires a photography permit you will need to purchase well in advance. This was probably the longest GTA photo session I did.
When I started my career in wedding photography, I learned that planning is extremely important. As such, during the engagement session I made sure we planned the couple's special day. Even now I remember sitting with the bride and groom at Balzac Cafe in distillery district and going over the timeline of the big day. I even referred one marriage officiant licensed by the Registrar General of the province of Ontario.
During the engagement photo session, my clients confessed they originally considered some other establishments in Toronto Ontario. Among them were Hart House, Palais Royale overlooking Lake Ontario, Kortright Centre, Toronto Botanical Gardens because Mark proposed in one of the gardens, Ripley Aquarium and Weston Golf and Country Club. Ripley Aquarium would have been an interesting place, but it was booked solid in the period when they wanted to get married. Some of the most important criteria in their decision were a big enough dance floor for their big bridal party, family and friends, a wedding chapel, and free parking. Free parking is always a challenge for a Toronto wedding. Eventually, the bride and groom compromised, realizing that the chapel and the large dance floor are more important, so they decided on the village. Originally, they want to get married on Mother Day is an homage to their mothers but that was not possible.
Wedding Day Preparations, Formal and Creative Portraits
Myself and my second wedding photographer started documenting the big day with bride’s preparation at Michelle's house. Next, we headed to the village for the first look. If you are not familiar with the establishment you might want to know that this is not your typical banquet hall. If you want the comforts of a banquet hall, while still maintaining the feel of a rustic wedding you might want to consider a country club or The Doctor House in Kleinburg Ontario.
As the weather was splendid, Michelle and Mark saw each other on Maple Avenue, just at the village entrance. After that, we went for family photos to Daniel Stong's Grain Barn. No marriage is complete without pictures in front of Roblin’s Mill. Built in 1842, Roblin's Mill is the last stone mill still functional in the Toronto area and a huge tourist attraction. Next, we took wedding day portraits of the newlyweds in front of the various buildings in the compound.
On our way to the ceremony, we stopped in front of The Half Way House for several romantic, formal and fun pictures of the bridal party. No matter where you decide to take your photos, the village is abundant in history. If you are interested, the building was erected in 1848 in Scarborough at Kingston Rd. and Midland Ave. It operated as a hotel, store, apartment building and nowadays it is a restaurant.
Black Creek Pioneer Village Wedding Ceremony
Fisherville Church is a heritage building moved to the village in 1960. Of course, Michelle and Mark could not pick a better spot to tie the knot. The wedding chapel was built in the Greek Revival architectural style is a perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony photos.
Wedding Reception at the Grand Pavilion
After the ceremony, I took more portraits of the newlyweds. Although the Event Pavilion is an outdoor location, the weather was beautiful and the pavilion was the perfect setting for the wedding reception. Later, we went out for two quick photo shoots, one at sunset and the last one before the end of the night.
Here is a video clip with highlights from Michelle and Mark's event.