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Alexandra and Domenic are no newbies when it comes to all things wedding, and their Artscape Wychwood Barns bridal shower totally proves that.

Mango Studios has had the pleasure of photographing Alexandra and Domenic in not only one, but two engagements photo shoots, as well as multiple of her girlfriend’s weddings. At this point, she’s family! As a photographer herself, Alexandra knows what she wants and what looks good, and our light, airy photography style clicked with her instantly and matched her vision perfectly.

Every event leading up to a wedding is very important and can help set the tone for what’s to come, and Alexandra’s Artscape Wychwood Barns bridal shower did just that. A combination of modern industrialism and rustic chic, the open space of the former transit facility comfortably sat Alexandra’s guests with ample room to move, chat, and celebrate! The raised ceilings, glass entryway, and numerous windows kept the space feeling open without losing the cosiness, intimacy, and celebratory vibes that every bridal shower should have.

The windows and glass openings of the venue were not only beautiful, but they gave the space the perfect ambient, clean, and airy light that made photographing the Artscape Wychwood bridal shower an absolute dream. So much detail went into every physical aspect of the day (shout out to Divine Furniture Rentals, H&H Picnic Table Rentals, and Chairman Mills!), so I made sure to document each carefully picked and placed item. Alexandra was a busy girl during the day, acting as both host and guest, and I wanted to make sure she’d be able to look back on the day through the photographs and remember every perfect detail and get to see some of the ones she may have missed during the whirlwind of the day.

Because we also had the honour of photographing Alexandra’s wedding, we had a detailed gameplan going into the Artscape Wychwood Barns bridal shower to make sure that the lighting, colour palette, and style of shooting would be as close as possible to the forthcoming wedding photography. With Alexandra and Domenic, we are telling a story with multiple layers, and though these layers are in different locations, it was a huge priority for their galleries to be able to tell one, cohesive story: the story of them.

The cactus wallpaper made the perfect spot for posed shots with our bride and all of her favourite people. Candid shots are always a go-to when photographing large events like Alexandra’s Artscape Wychwood bridal shower, but tossing in some more traditional poses like the ones above is still a great idea, especially when you have terrific backgrounds like this wall covered in fun cacti! Alexandra actually brought this cute background in with the help of her vendors, which made the perfect spot for photo opportunities and was a hit with all of her guests (both young and old!).

Alexandra and Domenic’s guests were such a treat to photograph. There was never a moment where someone wasn’t smiling, and being the one to capture these memories for our bride, groom, and their loved ones to look at for their rest of the lives is a thought that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m definitely in the right line of work! It also helps when you have stunning lighting details, such as the dreamy industrial string lights that lined the ceiling of the venue like perfect little stars. The depth of the space combined with the bokeh of the warm, cozy lights made for a stunning background for larger group pictures, like those featured above, without taking too much attention away from all the beautiful faces of the fabulous guests.

The emotional atmosphere wasn’t the only beautiful thing at the bridal shower. With an event design heavily focused on plants and greenery, the many Baked Naked cakes featured for dessert were a spot-on addition. These cute and equally as delicious treats assisted in pulling all the elements of the event together: from the cacti backdrop to the simple but impactful greenery installations by Cento Landscape, every detail was totally in line with the bride’s vision, and we couldn’t help photographing each piece.

I’d love to thank Alexandra and Domenic for being such massive supporters of Mango Studios, and for letting us have the opportunity to photograph every step of their journey towards eternal bliss together. The creative marriage between Alexandra and Domenic and Mango Studios has been wonderful, easy and enjoyable, and we wish them the same in their own marriage.

Long live, love birds!

Venue: Artscape Wychwood Barns
Catering: La Cantina Catering
Cake and sweet table: Baked Naked Cakes
Rentals: Divine Furniture Rental  + H&H Picnic Table Rentals + Chairman Mills
Florals: Cento Landscape
Tableware: Plate Occasions

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When your life is like a movie, your wedding better live up to the same standards, and Sharon and Danny’s Graydon Hall Manor wedding definitely hit the mark.

In a story straight from a fairytale, Sharon and Danny tied the knot at their Graydon Hall Manor wedding after Sharon left her life in NYC for her Prince Charming in Toronto. Is anything more romantic than moving hours and hours away to be with your one true love? I don’t think so! Sharon and Danny’s love story inspired the romantic and timeless shooting style of their big day, and it couldn’t have worked more perfectly!

With such an emotional and a raw wedding like Sharon and Danny’s, it’s super important that the stylization of the wedding photography does not distract from these special moments, but slightly enhances and showcases it timelessly. The deep emotion in Sharon and Danny’s love story was a significant indicator that their wedding would be no less than the same, so we planned to capture every intimate moment possible. To make these moments successful from a photography standpoint, we made sure to utilize all of the amazing natural light that poured in from the windows throughout the Manor, and that was available to us during their romantic outdoor ceremony. Too much artificial lighting would have distracted from the genuine, candid moments that poured in throughout their wedding festivities. In our preliminary conversations with Sharon and Danny,  it was clear that the emotion, passion, and love was REAL, and we wanted to make sure that the same feeling emanated throughout their wedding gallery.

Sharon and Danny didn’t want any stuffy posing or too calculated of shots, so we agreed to keep it off the cusp and very candid, which was so perfect for them and the raw emotions in their intimate pre-wedding ceremony where they exchanged their vows in front of their closest family. There literally was not a dry eye in the place, myself included.

You may think that an overcast day like the day of Sharon and Danny’s nuptials would be a downer, but it was the perfect natural lighting setup for the Graydon Hall Manor wedding to work with the Mango Studios photography style. The light grey and brown brick and supple white interiors of the Manor worked as diffusion along with the overcast skies to even the lighting throughout the day, and let us play with accenting our compositions with the luxurious golds and soft pinks of the decor and flowers.

With a colour palette of gold, green, blush, and white (of course!), Sharon and Danny’s vendors were able to bring in florals and accessories to emphasize, but not take away from, the natural elegance and beauty of the Graydon Hall Manor. Flower 597 nailed it with Sharon’s breathtaking bridal bouquet. The custom arrangements for the bride and groom worked so well and matched each other perfectly, just like Sharon and Danny’s puzzle piece personalities, they complimented each other in the most poetic way.

Something super fun that I love to do at events like this Graydon Hall Manor wedding is to let the architecture be its own character in the story of the day. I mean, how can you not when your couples pick such gorgeous venues? I really enjoyed incorporating the clean, classic lines of the Manor’s garden walls and walkways in the framing and composition of our bride/groom portraits. Distance was such a massive hurdle that Sharon and Danny had to overcome to make their relationship work, and I loved letting the carefully placed stones of the walls indirectly tell that story.

It was such a joy to be apart of Sharon and Danny’s love story. The trials and tribulations of their relationship did nothing to lessen the intensity and honesty of their love, and all of us at Mango Studios wish them well on the rest of their journey together, wherever in the world it may lead them!

Planning: Vero from Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events
Florist: Flower 597
Venue: Graydon Hall Manor

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As a tribute to this upcoming Mother’s Day, we are presenting a compilation of Mother-of-the-Bride and Groom photos guaranteed to make you tear right up! Grab your tissues and scroll down to see all of our favourite moments.

You’ve had your fair share of eye rolls over price tags and each other (Mom, really?) leading up to your Big Day. But who else is there to button all the tiny hooks on the back of your dress in the morning and hold your tulle skirt while you visit a restroom in the evening? A wedding is a big moment and celebration not only for the newlyweds but for their mothers as well. All the hard work she put into your upbringing, from changing your diapers to giving you dating advice, led to this: the moment she sees you at the altar. Nothing, and I repeat, NOTHING can be compared to the feeling of joy and pride that overwhelms a mother’s heart at your wedding. Yes, she will cry and yes, she will dance until her feet hurt because her children’s wedding day is one the happiest days in her life. She will give you a lot of pre-wedding tips and advice just because she wants to be involved. She will also, like the wise woman she is, give you your freedom when needed and let you orchestrate the wedding the way you want it. You can count on that no matter what she will be there for you when you’re stressed and she will do her best to turn it all around.

Whether she’s the mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom, the day her child gets married is one of those major moments in a person’s life. Just as you are filled with emotions of excitement, nerves, thrill and joy, your mom is feeling the same. So let her cry and laugh along with you – these moments are precious!

We honour all mothers around the globe this upcoming Mother’s Day and everyday. They teach us about life, love, dignity and respect. They teach us how to be our true self and always put our best foot forward. They are always there for us, acting as our best friends and the biggest supporters. To all the Moms at weddings, we love you and thank you for your beauty, your unconditional love for your children and your genuine emotions and excitement you show on a wedding day.

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Calling out to all the brides-to-be and fashion lovers out there! Have you narrowed down your favourite 2019 wedding dress trends? Choosing a wedding dress can be one of the hardest decisions you make when planning your Big Day. With hundreds of eyes glued to your every move, you want to make sure you’ve made the right choice. You are going to look back on these images for years to come so don’t you want to look back be like “Damn girl, you look good!”?

With so many 2019 wedding dress styles going on, it’s only understandable if you feel a bit overwhelmed…  Take a deep breath and exhale. We’ve got a quiz that will set you on the right track to finding your dream dress!

If you could take a vacay anywhere for your honeymoon, where would you go?
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If your getaway vehicle could be ANYTHING, what would it be?
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What 2019 Wedding Dress Trend Is The One For You?
Romantic (aka Princess Dress)

It looks like someone has royal-wedding-fever! The 2019 wedding dress tend that fits your wedding is the romantic ball gown. Having that fairytale wedding has always been a dream of yours. And now, the time has come to make that childhood dream of yours a reality. Your wedding day will be grand, regal and fit for the Queen herself. So obviously, your wedding dress will feel the same way. Wedding dresses in this style are majestically romantic and definitely make you feel like a princess. Not to mention, oh-so-flattering! With a cinched waist and a beautiful shape of excess tulle, you will be the belle of your ball. Say hello your happily ever after in your magical gown!

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Modern Minimalism

You’re not a traditionalist. You love art, design and clean edges. With such refined taste, minimalism is the 2019 wedding dress trend that best fits your style. Whether your wedding is at a modern art gallery or an industrial loft, you need a dress that matches this modern sensibility. This wedding trend is all about keeping things sophisticated but without all the fuss. Gowns in this style focus on fashion-forward hemlines, sleek silhouettes and elegant drapery. Whether your dress is structural or loose, silky or matte, you are going to create a vibe that feels totally like you!

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Refined Elegance

When it comes to being glamorous, you’re hard to beat. You like the finer things in life; you have a thing for objects that radiate a certain level of luxuriousness and sophistication. On your wedding day, your dress will be no different. The 2019 wedding dress trend that speaks to you is all about refined elegance. Wedding dresses in this style are so Hollywood and completely red-carpet-ready. Your wedding day look is going to be an absolute show-stopper. Whether there are lots of ornate details like beading and appliques, or dramatic styles like plunging necklines and long veils, it’s going to be legendary. Honestly, your guests will be talking about this for years to come.

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Boho Goddess

Watch out Stevie Nicks; there’s a new mystical goddess in town. With your love for things vintage and whimsical, the 2019 wedding dress style that fits your vibe is totally boho. Inspired by the brides from decades past, you aren’t as concerned with what the hottest trends are. Your look will definitely stray from expected bridal attire. That doesn’t mean you are caught in a timewarp. You can certainly add some modern touches to your wedding day fashions. You’ll be checking out some excellent second-hand stores to create a look that is bold, unique and totally you.

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Truth be told: as a wedding photographer, I’ve been to my fair share of churches. And I can definitely say that when it comes to churches in Toronto, there are some pretty great options! From stunning cathedrals to intimate chapels, to breathtaking synagogues and jaw-droppingly beautiful orthodox churches, there are plenty of choices. Sometimes couples will choose a church that is sentimental and has historic meaning to their family. Others will prefer something with a major wow-factor. Whatever your motivation is, you may be surprised to see that some of these gorgeous locals are in Toronto!

We’ve compiled a list of Toronto’s top 11 most beautiful churches to get married in.

St. Paul’s Basilica

Over on the east side, you’ll find St. Paul’s Basilica. The renaissance design of this church makes you feel like you’ve escaped to Europe. With all the vast domes and columns it easy to see how it landed on our most beautiful churches in Toronto list. Here’s a fun fact: when signing the marriage documents you are taken to a private room at the side room which always has that stunning, magical light.

Features: A beautiful church with pastel coloured decor, an upper balcony and a secret side room!

Trinity College Chapel (U of T)


At the top of our list is Trinity College Chapel. This Gothic Cathedral is located right in the middle of the University of Toronto and is one of our favs to shoot at. It is so bright and airy – which is very rare for a church! We always know the images are going to come out absolutely beautiful. Right outside is the Trinity quadrangle. With a recent renovation, the Trinity quadrangle is a hot spot for couples who are looking for a place that combines stunning architecture with lots of greenery.

Features: An upper balcony, beautiful quad and they are pretty relaxed in terms of photography restrictions.

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica is considered one of Toronto’s iconic landmarks. Beautiful archways and stained glass windows are some of the striking features that make it one of our favourite churches in Toronto. Located downtown, it’s a gorgeous spot and is a perfect option if you’re planning on celebrating your wedding day in the city. Please note that typically your photographer won’t be permitted to photograph from the middle aisle. But not to worry, you can still get some awesome photos from the sides!

Features: Downtown location with beautiful design details like stained glass, arched doorways and soaring ceilings.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is a hidden in plain view gem! Located in Queen West area, this church has made its way to our most beautiful churches in Toronto thanks to its richly colourful decor. The large, upper balcony make dreaming up of cool angles a reality. And how about that ceiling? Look up, and you’ll find a blue view that is super ornate.

Features: Close to Trinity Bellwoods, this church is super colourful and oh-so-memorable!

Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Toronto

Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church is such a gem! You won’t believe the frescoes that line the walls in their vibrant hues of blue, red and gold. There’s a red, winding staircase that I love using to capture some stunning, graphic images while the bride is making her way to the altar. This church is full of character – your guests will remember it for years to come!

Features: An upper balcony and colourful decor with gold, blue and red frescoes.

Knox College Chapel

Are you looking to amp up the drama? If yes, then this church at the University of Toronto is for you! The cathedral has beautiful south-facing windows that allow for a lot of natural light to filter through. The best part is that you get first dibs to use the grounds for your wedding portraits. Knox College is indeed one of the most sought after locations for the wedding day since it is gorgeous and works beautifully no matter the weather! So make sure you book it early as dates tend to fill up quickly.

Features: Stunning design, a second-floor balcony and you can bring your own minister!

Metropolitan United Church


It’s easy to see why the Metropolitan United Church is one of our favourite churches in Toronto. Honestly, this stunning cathedral looks perfect for a royal wedding! It has super high ceilings and is a dramatic mix of dark wood and light brick. Florals of any kind look stunning in this space because of the neutral palette. Also, the exterior has some great backdrops for the first portraits of the married couple hot off the press.

Features: This downtown church has dramatic features and an upper balcony.

St. Maurice And St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church

With lots of natural light, St. Maurice And St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church is a fantastic mix of ornate and modern styles. There are a lot of windows at the front of the altar, and the floor is light in colour which means you can expect a lot of flattering light bouncing around – great for wedding photos! Also, they let you walk around the altar if your photographer takes off their shoes!

Features: Newer building with an upper balcony and a super ornate altar.

Beth Tzedec Congregation

This gorgeous Synagogue has it all! Located in Forest Hill, the grounds provide lots of options for great photography spots. The synagogue is spacious which means you can keep that guest list long. With lots of windows and high ceilings, picture a ceremony basking in natural light. The upper balcony allows for some epic shots that you will be marvelling in for years to come!

Features: Located on beautiful grounds, this is your one-stop shop for ceremony, reception and caterer.

St. Clement’s Church

This church is fit for a fairytale. With its white walls and dark, wood ceilings, the vibe is totally Harry Potter. The balcony allows for some epic, wide shots for when you’re walking down the aisle. Also, they aren’t strict here, so your photographer is free to move around to make sure they are capturing the best shots.

Features: An upper balcony, rustic wood ceiling and a relaxed, intimate vibe.

The Cathedral Church of St. James

Another church considered culturally significant is the Cathedral Church of St James. With a copper roof and light, stone exterior, its appearance is definitely unique for Toronto standards. Inside you’ll find a rustic, wood ceiling and stained glass; features which make this space feel moody and romantic. Its majestic interior and a photogenic exterior definitely make it rank high on our list! However, this church is a little strict when it comes to photography. If your photographer is a pro then not to worry, you can still get some beautiful shots!

Features: This beautiful church is right beside a park and features an upper balcony and ornate details.

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One of my favourite things about weddings is how different all of them are. It’s so much fun to see how a couple can orchestrate an event that completely reflects their style and taste. Sometimes, even just hearing about which venue a couple has decided to go with for their celebration can tell you a lot about the couple themselves. After meeting Vanessa and Kevin at their engagement session, I knew their wedding was going to be just like them: elegant and chic. These two lovebirds are one of the most modern and fashionable couples that I’ve met. I knew their One King West wedding was going to be everything above and beyond! Having a wedding at One King West always means a wedding with timeless elegance and lots of class.  I knew that the wedding would be glamorous, but I couldn’t have predicted all the fun surprises they had in store!

Some of my favourite shots from the morning are the bride’s portraits out on the balcony. The balcony is on the 15th floor of the hotel. It allows for a killer backdrop of the Toronto financial district and always has terrific light! On this particular morning, the wind picked up a bit, and we shot some bridal portraits with an editorial feel; Vanessa’s veil billowed in the wind as I captured some fresh angles. One of the images we shot this morning even ended up in an ad for One King West Weddings!

Just a short stroll from One King West is Osgoode Hall. Osgoode Hall is a fantastic spot for a downtown creative session thanks to its timeless architecture. For our first look, I wanted to up the drama; I did this by taking advantage of the harsh light and had Kevin waiting in one of the archways for Vanessa’s arrival. As Vanessa started walking towards Kevin, I stayed behind to capture their first embrace. I love the photojournalistic quality of these images! We then tucked inside the archway to capture portraits with soft, traditional light quality.

Osgoode Hall provides so much variety when it comes to great photos! I always find terrific options, no matter the time of day. It is surrounded by a park with plenty of space for images that show a ton of greenery, which is rare in the middle of the city! We headed over to the greenspace for some fun photos with balloons and smoke bombs; what a fantastic way to add something playful to our super-elegant creative session! I got really into these smoke bombs and loved playing around to create cool compositions. We all had so much fun! But more importantly, Vanessa and Kevin ended up with a huge variety of beautiful images.

As expected, Vanessa and Kevin’s One King West wedding reception was extremely elegant. Thanks to Diana from Yours Truly Planning and the team at Covers Couture, One King West’s Grand Banking Hall was a total vision. With a palette of blush, white and sandstone, and all the candles lit, the mood was set. You could feel the romance as Vanessa and Kevin had their first dance. However, they didn’t waste any time getting the party started. Nope! Right as their first dance came to a close, Shawn Desman came out! Yes, you heard me correctly. None other than Canada’s favourite pop/hip hop artist. Like I said earlier, Vanessa and Kevin’s day was full of fun surprises!

What inspired Vanessa and Kevin the most for their One King West wedding was just the love they have for each other. Beyond all the glitz and glam, these two were just very happy to get married surrounded by all their favourite people. And at Mango Studios, we couldn’t be happier for them! Vanessa and Kevin, I hope your wedding was everything you dreamed it to be.

Planner: Yours Truly Planning
Venue: One King West
Florist: Covers Couture
Cake Artist: Fine Cakes by Zehra
Bridal Gown: Lee Petra Grebenau
Hair Stylist: Jen Evoy Makeup Studio

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Creativity. It seems like it comes out of nowhere. Something you’ve seen a thousand times can suddenly look anew. All it takes is a fresh perspective. Here at Mango, it’s super important to keep a feeling of inspiration and excitement when it comes to our work. One way we do this is by shooting creative sessions. We team up with some of the incredible vendors and venues in the wedding industry and produce awe-inspiring photos. It’s a great way to express ourselves and use our imagination. We leave the shoot feeling recharged, inspired and ready to rock our next wedding completely. Last August, Rainbow Chan came up with a plan for a creative editorial at the Estates of Sunnybrook to submit to the Wedluxe magazine. We knew this Estate of Sunnybrook wedding inspiration was going to be the bee’s knees – but when we heard it was going to be an Art Nouveau inspired shoot, we were all in!

Art Nouveau is a design movement from the turn of the 19th century and is a response to the academic art that was taking place during that time, as well as the industrial revolution. The style is indicative of flowing, organic forms and natural imagery such as plants and flowers. Architecture in this style is often curved with lots of continuous lines.

For this editorial, Rainbow sent us her mood board, and we could feel her vision! Inspired by old European films and fine art, the Estates of Sunnybrook fit the bill for her art nouveau dream. It has beautifully arched window sills, and a total old charm feels –  I could envision perfect backdrops for our shoot.

Rainbow created a ceremony scene starting with an incredible floral archway designed by Fuscia Designs. Add in an ornamental white gate supplied by GPS Décors and our art nouveau shoot was coming to life! I stood back to get a full perspective of the shot: our model was at the front, having a quiet moment, surrounded by gorgeous purple florals and the enormous green trees behind. It was stunning! I moved a little closer, playing with different angles, using the gate to create visual interest with the repetition of lines. We could all feel this Estate of Sunnybrook wedding inspiration was going to be something special!

Inside, table settings from Simply Beautiful Décor added to the art nouveau vibe; lots of organic lines and natural whimsy. There were SO many stunning pieces to photograph. The natural lighting of this room makes shooting in this space a MUST whenever I am lucky enough to shoot a wedding at the Estates of Sunnybrook. The airy light filtering in through the arched windows created such a soft, delicate feeling to our set-up.

My favourite part of our Art Nouveau shoot was the scene outside by the stone wall. This location had a feeling of old world charm, and it felt like we were transported to Europe! I have shot at the Estates of Sunnybrook quite a few times, but I had never photographed at this particular spot. It is incredible when space you are super comfortable with can feel entirely novel with a little bit of imagination and ignition of a creative spark! I wanted to keep the vibe playful and natural – I had the model laughing to create a mood that was full of ease and light. We used the same backdrop to photograph the cake: the curved archway of the window was a perfect art nouveau backdrop.

I am so proud of our Estates of Sunnybrook wedding inspiration session! I had such an amazing experience working with all the incredible vendors during this session and can’t wait to create something super special again in the future. Thank you so much!

Photography • Mango Studios
Concept Creator, Producer, Stylist, Planner And Creative Director
Rainbow Chan Weddings & Events
Floral And Decor Design  Fuscia Designs
Venue • Estates Of Sunnybrook
Stationery Design • The Paper Boutique
Gowns • Millanova And Lorenzo Rossi From Blushing Bridal Boutique
Shoes • Bella Belle
Hair And Makeup • Jen Evoy Makeup Studio
Earrings And Hair Vine • Blair Nadeau Bridal Adornments
Styling Plates And Ring • Cynthia Findlay Antiques
Ceremony Chairs • Majestic Chair Boutique
White Gate • Gps Décors
Chairs, Dishware, Flatware And Linens • Simply Beautiful Décor
Table And Stemware • Chair-man Mills
Garden Chairs, Cake Table, Vintage Books, And Trays • Scarlet’s Table
Ring Box • Lace Byrd
Cake And Dessert Design • Vanilla Bean Cakery
Cinematography • Sde Weddings

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Laid-back, cool and sentimental: those are some words that pop into mind when I think about Michelle and Dave. One of my fav couples from last year, they had a super fun, downtown Toronto Wedding at 99 Sudbury. The Mango team STILL talks about some of the memorable images from this day on like … a daily basis. When you can’t find these two hanging out in the Ossington neighbourhood, they’re probably at home, listening to their fantastic record collection, giggling incessantly… I would know because this is how I first got to know them during our engagement session.

Hip urbanites, Michelle and Dave, live on the west side of the city. Their apartment is SO stylish and charming, it felt like such a reflection of them! Photographing these two in their space, with all of their sentimental objects and design tastes on display, was excellent for getting to know them. I found out: Michelle and Dave aren’t fussy, they love cool interior design and.. are TOTALLY into each other. Something else I found out was, all the sentimental, in-between moments, they are JUST as important as the bigger, monumental ones for Michelle and Dave. I knew I wanted the photos from their wedding day to feel exactly like all these things I experienced during our engagement session: laid back, relaxed and sentimental.

On the big day of their downtown Toronto wedding, Michelle got ready at the Gladstone Hotel. Photographing here is such a treat – especially when in the tower suite! This space has loads of natural light, amazing design details, AND, wait for it, exclusive access to a rooftop patio. Too bad we were photographing in the middle of February. Oh wait, check it, these two were entirely down for a first look on the patio. It was -4 degrees out, but it didn’t matter! The first look went off without a hitch. With the Toronto skyline in the background, Michelle and Dave were all smiles and kisses when they saw each other for the first time. It was soo romantic.

For Michelle and Dave’s creative session, we ducked inside to warm up. With its 19th century architecture, the Gladstone Hotel offers some killer interior spaces for romantic, urban-chic photos. The couple cozied up together in front of a large window for some stunning, dramatic images. Next, on the docket, we braved the cold and went out on Queen Street West for some city shots. And I mean, really braved it: I feel so honoured when a couple trusts me as an artist. I’m able to produce some of my most creative photos when I’m in the zone, and everyone is just vibing. These two were super trusting and let me take control as I suggested some not-so-typical wedding day photography ideas. The images of Michelle and Dave in front of the white brick, graphic wall basking in the stark, winter sun remains some of my fav photos. They have such a cool, effortless vibe, hey…  just like Michelle and Dave!

We arrived at 99 Sudbury, and the ambience was everything! Decked out in green, gold and white, the once empty warehouse was transformed into a chic, downtown Toronto wedding space. With twinkle lights strung up above, it was a beautiful mix of romantic and industrial. The couple’s planner, Rachel from Event Wise, was the muscle behind the stunning transformation.

Thank you, Michelle and Dave, SO much! I appreciate how you were able to put your trust in me and together, we created some of the raddest photos EVER. It was such a pleasure to photograph your wedding day – can’t wait for what’s next for your life together, forever!

Planning: Event Wise
Getting Ready Location: Gladstone Hotel
Wedding Venue: 99 Sudbury
Florist: A Petal or Two

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Laid-back, cool and sentimental: those are some words that pop into mind when I think about Michelle and Dave. One of my fav couples from last year, they had a super fun, downtown Toronto Wedding at 99 Sudbury. The Mango team STILL talks about some of the memorable images from this day on like … a daily basis. When you can’t find these two hanging out in the Ossington neighbourhood, they’re probably at home, listening to their fantastic record collection, giggling incessantly… I would know because this is how I first got to know them during our engagement session.

Hip urbanites, Michelle and Dave, live on the west side of the city. Their apartment is SO stylish and charming, it felt like such a reflection of them! Photographing these two in their space, with all of their sentimental objects and design tastes on display, was excellent for getting to know them. I found out: Michelle and Dave aren’t fussy, they love cool interior design and.. are TOTALLY into each other. Something else I found out was, all the sentimental, in-between moments, they are JUST as important as the bigger, monumental ones for Michelle and Dave. I knew I wanted the photos from their wedding day to feel exactly like all these things I experienced during our engagement session: laid back, relaxed and sentimental.

On the big day of their downtown Toronto wedding, Michelle got ready at the Gladstone Hotel. Photographing here is such a treat – especially when in the tower suite! This space has loads of natural light, amazing design details, AND, wait for it, exclusive access to a rooftop patio. Too bad we were photographing in the middle of February. Oh wait, check it, these two were entirely down for a first look on the patio. It was -4 degrees out, but it didn’t matter! The first look went off without a hitch. With the Toronto skyline in the background, Michelle and Dave were all smiles and kisses when they saw each other for the first time. It was soo romantic.

For Michelle and Dave’s creative session, we ducked inside to warm up. With its 19th century architecture, the Gladstone Hotel offers some killer interior spaces for romantic, urban-chic photos. The couple cozied up together in front of a large window for some stunning, dramatic images. Next, on the docket, we braved the cold and went out on Queen Street West for some city shots. And I mean, really braved it: I feel so honoured when a couple trusts me as an artist. I’m able to produce some of my most creative photos when I’m in the zone, and everyone is just vibing. These two were super trusting and let me take control as I suggested some not-so-typical wedding day photography ideas. The images of Michelle and Dave in front of the white brick, graphic wall basking in the stark, winter sun remains some of my fav photos. They have such a cool, effortless vibe, hey…  just like Michelle and Dave!

We arrived at 99 Sudbury, and the ambience was everything! Decked out in green, gold and white, the once empty warehouse was transformed into a chic, downtown Toronto wedding space. With twinkle lights strung up above, it was a beautiful mix of romantic and industrial. The couple’s planner, Rachel from Event Wise, was the muscle behind the stunning transformation.

Thank you, Michelle and Dave, SO much! I appreciate how you were able to put your trust in me and together, we created some of the raddest photos EVER. It was such a pleasure to photograph your wedding day – can’t wait for what’s next for your life together, forever!

Planning: Event Wise
Getting Ready Location: Gladstone Hotel
Wedding Venue: 99 Sudbury
Florist: A Petal or Two

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