Sanaz and Payam had a splendid One King West wedding. From laughters to tears and latin dancers this wedding had it all! This wedding occurred in January and we only photographed indoors. Still, the downtown hotel offered plenty of photographic opportunities. The Vault, The Grand Banking Hall are locations to die for. Also, the Main Lobby, The Fifteen Hundred are amazing locations to take photos. Finally, The Austin Gallery and Chairman's Boardroom are perfect spots for wedding shots.
Sanaz and Payam had their first look in the bridal suite on the 45-th floor of the hotel. The sumptuous apartment offers spectacular views of the downtown core. If you plan a One King West wedding, this is the perfect choice for your first look. The large windows allowed us to take architectural portraits and gave beautiful light.
Group Photos and Bride and Groom Weding Day Portraits
After the unveiling, we went to Chairman's Boardroom to take group photos. This is a room with wooden panel walls, appropriate for family photos. Finally, we shot the portraits of the bridal party and the bride and groom at The Vault. These shots look like high end bridal magazines or frames from movie scenes. The Vault is a perfect backdrop for photos. It was the scene in several Hollywood movies such as Red, The Hulk, Max Payne and Jumper. Because of its popularity, you need to book The Vault well in advance.
The ceremony took place in The Austin Gallery, a room that can accommodate 100 people. As a Toronto photographer, I shot several One King West weddings. The Vault or the Fifteen Hundred are appropriate for intimate ceremonies. Still, for larger ceremonies, I recommend the Austin Gallery for its size and beauty.
The reception took place in the Grand Banking Hall, a former Dominion Bank building, with a spectacular architecture. The most photogenic features of the venue are the Corinthian columns holding a 45 ft ceiling. and the 100 foot bar. Also, purple lighting accents, emphasised the decor and provided a splendid backdrop. To entertain the guests, a group of Latin dancers appeared out of nowhere. Another highlight of the evening was the Persian knife. The knife dance is a traditional Persian dance where the groom has to pay for the right to cut the wedding cake. During the knife dance, we took plenty of candid photos. Finally, the reception ended with an ad hoc session of family photos.
Venue: One King West
Cake: I Do! Wedding Cakes
Makeup: Fancy Face
Dancers: Afro Latino Dance Company