BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE WEDDING - MICHELLE AND MARK
A Black Creek Pioneer Village wedding is like getting married at the beginning of the 1800s. Because both Michelle and Mark are history lovers and passionate about photography, they chose this wedding venue for their marriage. Indeed, Pioneer Village is one of the top wedding photography locations in the GTA.Here is a video clip with highlights from their wedding.
Wedding Day Preparations, Formal and Creative Portraits
We started photographing bride’s preparation at Michelle's house. Next, we headed to Pioneer Village for the couple's first look. 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 Pioneer Village wedding is complete without wedding 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 bride and groom 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 couple and their bridal party. No matter where you decide to take your wedding 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 Pioneer Village in 1960. Of course, Michelle and Mark could not pick a better spot to tie the knot. The old church 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 wedding portraits of the bride and groom. In the meantime, the guests went to get ready for the reception. Although the Event Pavilion is an outdoor location, the weather was beautiful. As such, the Grand Pavilion was the perfect setting for the wedding reception. Later, I asked the couple to go out for two quick photo shoots, one at sunset and the last one before the end of the night.
Reasons why you should have a Pioneer Village Wedding
Here are some more reasons why Black Creek is the perfect wedding venue.
Indoor or Outdoor Venues for Your Ceremony
First, you can have a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Town Hall Green or Victoria Green. Also, you can use one of the other buildings to tie the knot. Fisherville Church and Town Hall are capable of hosting between 90 and 120 guests.
Perfect Backdrops for Your Wedding Photos
The village boasts over 40 heritage buildings from 1800. The character buildings make the perfect backdrops for your wedding photos. Even more, the green areas will allow a variety of wedding pics. Finally, the pioneers dressed in traditional clothes love to take selfies with you.
Several Wedding Venues for your Reception at Black Creek Pioneer Village
The complex can accommodate various sized weddings. From a more intimate dinner in The Victoria room to a larger party in the Grand Pavilion, you have it all. You can pick one of the following: Grand Pavilion, Canada West, Black Creek Patio and Victoria. For more information, please visit the establishment's wedding section here. If you are interested in the wedding menu, please visit this page.
Pioneer Village has excellent ratings on Trip Advisor and Google. Every time I photographed a wedding there, I was impressed by the staff's warmth and efficiency. Without a doubt, you can be sure the staff will do their best to make sure your wedding day is a success.
Currently, access is only possible by car and busses. Still, in 2018, TTC will open Black Creek Pioneer Village Subway station. Once that happens, you can be sure the venue will be even more sought after.
Proximity to the Pearson International Airport
if you expect friends or family from out of town, Black Creek Pioneer Village is a perfect location because of its proximity to Pearson International Airport. It takes a mere 15 minutes to travel from the airport to Black Creek. Even more, the village is conveniently located close to Highway 401, one of the busiest in North America. As such, if your guests feel inclined to visit downtown Toronto, they can do it in a heartbeat.
Convenient ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR WEDDING GUESTS
Because the village is so close to the airport, there are plenty of hotels is one of the most will fit your guests style.
Here are the closest hotels to the complex in no particular order.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York (3.8* on Google) located at 30 Norfinch Dr, North York, ON M3N 1X1. You can check availability here or call 416-665-3500.
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Vaughan (4* on Google) located at 150 Interchange Way, Concord, ON L4K 5P7. You can check availability here or call 905-660-9938.
- The village offers educational guided tours if your guests love culture.
- The staff does not allow pyrotechnics at any wedding. However, if you like my sparklers photos, I can re-create the sparklers in post production.
- Guests vendors can park for free in the entrance lot. Parking info can be found here .
- Black Creek Historic Brewery offers daily tours and tastings.
- Important to know if you plan a Black Creek Village photo shoot. If you don't get married there, you will need a permit. Book a photography permit here.
- For security reasons, wedding guests are not allowed to roam in the village after sunset.
- Weekends are very busy! Please budget more time for your wedding photo shoot.
- If you don't like large crowds, avoid blackout periods. Here is a list of festivals held at Black Creek Village. Among the most important annual festivals I can list the Canada Day Celebrations, Pioneer Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving at the Village, Light up the Night, Christmas at Black Creek and many more.
- Pioneer Village closes to the public during the winter, but you can still have a winter wedding if you so wish. Here is where you can find more information about winter weddings at Pioneer Village.