It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of small and intimate weddings, especially at Toronto City Hall. While big weddings are a blast and so much fun to shoot, intimate weddings allow you to slow down and be more intentional. And on this specific wedding day, Lisa and Eric gave me full reigns to be as intentional and creative as I wanted.
As designers themselves, Lisa & Eric chose to get married at City Hall because they’re huge fans of the minimalist, brutalist, and concrete architecture. We focused on a lot of the textures and elements around the podium exterior to tell an architectural story of City Hall, while also focusing on Lisa & Eric’s unique and artistic personalities. Capturing their photos felt so much like a collaboration, and I loved being able to bring their vision to life.
Before the wedding began, we started the morning off at their lane house in the Junction. As I captured the little details that help to tell the story of their wedding day, Lisa and Eric calmly floated around the house getting ready. Eric gently zipped Lisa into her gown, and she in turn helped to pin his boutonnière before we headed out the door. It was hands down the most laid-back morning I’ve ever been a part of.
We arrived for Lisa & Eric’s intimate wedding at Toronto City Hall and I got to meet their sweet families who were all so excited to be there. The ceremony was beautifully done, and their vows were incredibly thoughtful and personal. While most wedding ceremonies end with the bride & groom walking down the aisle and heading off to take photos elsewhere, this ceremony didn’t really have an end. They kissed, signed the papers, and immediately got up to hug everyone there. There was so much joy and love in that little room, that for a while I just stood back and let them enjoy the moment with their people.
After a few family photos, everyone headed off to grab lunch and explore the area. This gave Lisa, Eric and I some time to do our own exploring around City Hall and I could not be more thrilled over the images we created together.
Later that night we met up again at Grey Gardens in Kensington Market, and Evan was able to join to assist me in capturing some sweet candid moments of Lisa & Eric with their families. Once their food was served, our job was done and we headed upstairs to find a table awaiting us. Lisa & Eric treated us to our own private dinner at the restaurant, and I could have cried from gratitude. I’m still pinching myself that they chose US to document their engagement photos and wedding day, not to mention how incredibly kind and generous they were to us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are the luckiest photographers ever.
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