The Palais Royale is one of the grandest places for a wedding in Toronto. This wedding was one of the grandest we have ever photographed. From the attention to detail, the gorgeous gowns and the wonderful people, this was a Toronto wedding to remember!
It all started at the St Regis Hotel in Toronto where the getting ready happened for the girls. A gorgeous spot and luxurious hotel with all sorts of different rooms and spaces to take pictures, which we did before the wedding. The guys all got ready at the Windsor Arms Hotel then we all headed over to the St. Regis for photos before the ceremony.
After the first round of photos we all headed over to Knox College at the U of T for some fabulous photos of the bride and groom, bridesmaids and bridal party.
Then it was off to the Palais Royale for one of the most beautiful designs in a wedding ceremony and reception we have seen and certainly the most beautiful at the Palais. I am in love with this grand staircase at the St. Regis hotel in Toronto. Formerly the Adelaide and Trump Hotels. University of Toronto, Knox College campus. Entrance to the ceremony at the Palais Royale featured decor trees lining the space with grand florals for the chuppah. Walking into this space was like entering a wonderland!
Ceremony & Reception – Palais Royale
Other Venues – St. Regis Toronto, Windsor Arms Hotel
The first time I saw the fall colours in Stanley Park I was in awe. It is my favourite spot to take engagement photos in Vancouver during late September, early October and is the best spot to take in the beautiful Canadian red, yellow and orange trees. Stanley Park is the best place to take engagement pictures in the fall in Vancouver.
If you’re looking to take amazing pictures during a pre-wedding session in Vancouver, take a walk around the park and stop at every amazing spot you see. There are red maples that are almost luminescent, the rich yellow and oranges are there for the taking as you’ll see in the photos below, and because some of the leaves have already fallen, the beautiful oaks give the most amazing texture to backgrounds.
Greg & Kate’s story of their proposal and engagement is magical! I’ll let them share below…
The Proposal – That Led to Stanley Park in the Fall
“I arrived home to hear Hall and Oat’s ‘You make my dreams come true’ playing in our apartment. There was no sign of Greg anywhere, but a big bouquet of red roses and a red picture book of our 6 years together, with a beautiful love story. Attached was a note with directions to get changed, have a snack (I often get hangry) and go downstairs where my ride would pick me up. I was freaking out at this point!!!
Outside was a large Limo bus waiting for me, with my driver ready to take me up to Grouse Mountain.
I arrived to Grouse and in the car park our car was parked with a ticket resting on the passenger seat for my trip up the mountain gondola.
I reached the top of the mountain and Greg instructed me by text to walk along the ‘Light walk’ Path and take right turn at a secluded area.
There he was waiting for me, dressed in a full suit under a string of twinkly lights.
He told me how much he loved me and got down on one knee… I said yes!
The rest was a blur of happiness and too much champagne! A night spent in the Fairmont, a beautiful dinner in hawksworth restaurant and hours spent on facetime calling our family and friends around the world to share our exciting news.”
Amazing love stories make for amazing marriages. These engagement photos at Stanley Park encompass all that I love about people, weddings, and happiness.
These engagement photos took place at Stanley Park – Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Beautifully nestled in the hills up above Kamloops, B.C. is the winter wedding destination of the Sun Peaks Resort. The best place to get married in Sun Peaks is of course the Sun Peaks Grand. This Sun Peaks Grand wedding took place on a snowy Saturday in December where they were wed on the balcony of the Grand Hotel, and they even made a trek up to the peak of the mountain to the cute chapel at the top. This Irish wedding was full of blessings and beautiful moments.
The Grand Cares
This is my favourite place in Kamloops for weddings as no matter what season it is it feels like a getaway from the city, and a destination wedding that doesn’t require much travel. The vibe around Sun Peaks is always upbeat as it’s filled with people who are vacationing from their regular city life. Add that to the fact that the wedding staff at the Grand is phenomenal. As people who attend a LOT of weddings we have a front row seat to see who takes care of their clients and who fall short. The staff at Sun Peaks Grand shines!
Capable of hosting up to 300 guests for weddings it is the perfect spot for small, medium or large sized wedding guest lists.
Wedding Photography at Sun Peaks
Greg & Kate love the outdoors and it’s one of the things that drew them to bring their families all the way from Ireland to enjoy the beautiful nature of Sun Peaks. As a bonus they spent a week before the wedding hanging out with their families and enjoying the time together. So of course when it came time to take photos of the family everyone was having a great time with each other which always makes the photos look great. Happy, fun loving and joyful people make the best photos because it brings out the best we want to see in ourselves and in those we love. The bridal party, family, friends, and reception were all fantastic. Whether the photos are taken inside the hotel, out on the slopes or at the top of the mountain, this is a great spot.
We are so pleased to have captured the special moments of this beautiful wedding.
It’s not every day you get to witness a Whistler Heli-Ski Wedding at the peak of Mt. Currie in beautiful British Columbia. This epic adventure mountaintop wedding was an amazing elopement at the top of Mt. Currie near the world-renowned Whistler resort. Made possible by the amazing people at Blackcomb Helicopters, this is a day we will all remember forever.
Tina & Brent wanted to do something a little different for their marriage… So the organized, planned and executed their dream ceremony and thankfully they even ordered the weather… just at the right time.
There are challenges that come along with planning any wedding day, but this was the first to include avalanche safety training at the Pemberton Heliport for Blackcomb Helicopters, refitting my camera bag to carry a snow shovel, and attaching a gps locator to my body. It was also the first wedding day where our transportation away from the wedding site was waxed on the bottom and we had to strap into it with special boots!
The Adventure of Mountaintop Elopement
It was an early start the wedding day at the Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside, the village down from Whistler, and after layering up and a few morning photos we headed for Pemberton to get ready for our flight.
Arriving at the Heliport the temperature was down right cold and the wind was blowing very strongly. We were concerned we wouldn’t be able to fly. However we were blessed on this day because as we spent time training for the day and getting fit with the right gear the wind started dying down. We ascended the slopes in rapid fashion as the helicopter took us up and after a perfect landing right on the peak we stepped out to find the wind almost stopped, the temperature higher and comparitively warm!
It was decided this was the perfect spot, and we set up and performed the marriage ceremony.
Mountaintop Wedding Photography
In between the ceremony and heading down the hill on our boards we explored the top of the mountain for some beautiful photos. The challenge is to stay far enough from the edge so as to not fall off as the snow lips created by the wind are not stable. Fortunately, when you’re on the top of the mountain the view is amazing no matter which way you look. The view of Pemberton Valley below and the surrounding mountain range all around is enough to bring tears to your eyes, or at least it was for me. The portraits of the bride and groom are some of my favorites that I’ve had the privilege to capture.
What a view!In case you are interested in how I was dressed for this adventure :). Whistler Valley with Whistler and Blackcomb in the background. The day started at the luxurious Nita Lake Lodge for the wedding day.
Toronto Hunt Club Summer Wedding – Toronto, Ontario
These two food loving crazy in love people tied the knot at the stunning Toronto Hunt Club, bordering Lake Ontario on the Scarborough Bluffs.
Their beautiful wedding accentuated with fantastic food, dragon dancers and some of the most fun people gathered together to celebrate a new life together for these two.
The day was perfect right from the start. The sun was shining, it was just the right temperature and other than a small gust of wind that happened when one of the vases fell over outside for a big crash, everything else went off without a hitch… of course there is always SOMETHING that goes wrong at an event like this… but the florists saved the day :D.
The outdoor ceremony amongst the hundreds years old trees, the gorgeous light that shone through the trees and the general joie de vivre this couple possesses made this a day to remember.
I absolutely love the getting ready portion of the morning, complete with amazing light, amazing friends and some of the best time to do portraits of the bride and groom The sun kept going in and out of the clouds, and we had to stay put for several minutes waiting for the light to be just right before firing this shot. I’m so glad we waited. And there it’s done, underneath the now clouded sky, the first kiss on their wedding day, beautifully framed by the arbour at the end of the aisle. Such a fantastic setting, such a fantastic day.
Back in the Rocky Mountains near the world famous Lake Louise is my favourite place in the world, Moraine Lake. If you were to go there, park in the lot and start hiking up to the right, in about an hour and a half you will arrive in this super wonderful place called Larch Valley.
Now, most of the year the trees are all green and it looks beautiful but there is one time of year that lasts for about 2 weeks where the larch trees turn yellow and contrast the evergreens, blue sky and gorgeous mountain peaks and THAT’S where this shoot took place.
Our couple joined us on the hike and though we thought we were pretty in shape, they put us to shame :)… as the raced up the mountain without seemingly an effort. However once we arrived at the spot, the weather cleared, the sun came out and produced these magnificent photos. The sun lit up the yellow trees, the blue sky was amazing and our couple with their multiple dress changes added an incredible combination into these stunning photos. I just love this photo with the incredible colours, light and emotion that came together. I also finished editing this particular photo while I was on the airplane bound for Zanzibar, Tanzania. That too makes it just a little bit more special for me :). There is nothing quite like mountain backdrops… Come join us on one of our mountain adventures :).
Location: Larch Valley in Banff National Park accessed by Moraine Lake, AB