Most of my couples come from referrals, people who know me and my work and more importantly past couples and guests who love my wedding photography. Typically they come from a wedding the previous year or two and sometimes even the same year. So I was a little surprised to get a call from Brennon who is was a guest at Elizabeth and Heath‘s wedding from way back in 2009. So I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Brennon for thinking of me so many years later and to say you did an amazing job planning this wedding for Jessica and Patrick.
Last fall while shooting Jessica and Patrick’s engagement session they said “we hope it snows at our wedding”. They didn’t get their wish for snow on their wedding day but then again maybe they did. The day before, southern Ontario was hit with a record breaking snow storm with some areas receiving as much as 35cm of snow. Luckily the storm ended by morning and the sun came out to reveal a fresh blanket of snow across the city of Toronto. Patrick’s plan for a morning family skate at Nathan Phillips Square was canceled and we had to scale back a little on portrait locations because of the storm but other than that the wedding day was perfect.
After breakfast with my second shooter Ryan Chan, I went up to Jessica’s suite at the Sheraton Centre Toronto to cover the “getting ready” part of the day while Ryan headed over to Jessica and Patrick’s new home to cover Patrick and his groomsmen. It was a family affair with four generations on both sides getting ready for the ceremony. As a family man and a wedding photographer I love it, the bigger the better!
Once everyone was ready we headed over to Holy Name Parish on the Danforth for the wedding ceremony. After the ceremony Ryan and I met up with the wedding party at the Trump International Hotel & Tower for some wedding party portraits in their suite and then to Osgoode Hall for some outdoor portraits. Despite the snow, the salt and the cold the whole wedding party made everything go smoothly.
I’ve been to some really fantastic wedding receptions but this by far had to be the best one to date. The wedding venue was Oliver & Bonacini’s Arcadian Court and was perfect for a fairly large wedding. After a great meal and some hilarious speeches that had everyone in stitches the whole family jump onto the dance floor and partied the night away and as you will see form the picture below this family knows how to party!
I want to give a big shout out to DJ Carm and by far the best live band I’ve heard to date Saturday Night Jive, they both kept the party going strong into the wee hours of the night.