This was my first Miller Lash House wedding and I hope it’s not my last. One of my favourite parts about being a Toronto wedding photographer is the amount of amazing venues we have in this city. Leigh and Jeff were married on a hot summer’s day and I think we can all agree they looked amazing. I love when a bride has a unique sense of style and she isn’t afraid to rock it at her wedding. I also love when a bride is referred to me by her friends, which was the case here. I have been lucky to capture two of Leigh’s girl friends weddings. One was at the Berkely Church and the other was at the Hart House. It’s always so nice to see familiar faces at the weddings I document!
I really loved shooting this Miller Lash House wedding for a few reasons. I loved the outdoor ceremony space with the tall green cedar hedge serving as a backdrop. I also loved the open field adjacent to the venue which served as our location for portraits. Whenever I am documenting a wedding, I always try to pull my couple aside during sunset for about ten minutes to create some beautiful golden light portraits. The open field where we did their first look as well as their formal portraits served as the perfect spot to also do their sunset portraits and we timed it just right for when the sun was going down.
It was an absolute pleasure to document Leigh and Jeff’s Miller Lash House wedding. These two are so in love and happy, it was hard to capture a moment where they weren’t grinning ear to ear. The whole day from start to finish was fun, especially the dance floor. These guys and their friends sure know how to cut a rug (does anyone even say that anymore?) All I know is I didn’t want to stop taking photos of them dancing and that’s always a good sign of an amazing wedding.
Without further ado, here is Leigh and Jeff’s Miller Lash House wedding.
This was my very first Graydon Hall Wedding and I loved every second of it. Courtney and Craig chose to have their wedding in September because that month according to weather statistics is the less likely to rain. However, that did not prove to be the case for their wedding day. It rained and it poured all day. But you know what? It was ok. Courtney made sure to have plenty of umbrellas on hand and she and Craig were totally cool with doing their portraits outside, despite the miserable weather. I personally love doing rainy portraits because it leads to having some moody and unique photos.
Having a Graydon Hall Wedding is really terrific for a few reasons. The grounds are stunning and can be used to do all of your formal portraits without having to travel anywhere. It’s a one stop shop there! The inside and outside are architecturally stunning and create such a romantic setting for a wedding. They originally planned to have their ceremony outside but because of the rain it had to be moved inside. This wasn’t so bad though as the indoor option was beautiful and created even more so by the flower arch from Blush and Bloom.
Courtney and Craig’s Graydon Hall Wedding was a photographer’s dream not only because of the venue but because of the people. It was so wonderful to see some of my past bride’s there. Leigh who was married this past summer at Miller Lash House was a guest and so was Kathleen who had a Hart House wedding. Being surrounded by your closest friends and family is so important for your wedding and this is what Courtney and Craig made sure to happen at theirs.
Here is Courtney and Craig’s love story of their Graydon Hall Wedding.
I know that almost all wedding photographers will agree with me when I say that I love an intimate garden wedding. When Kate and Ruth approached me to document their intimate garden wedding at Edwards Gardens in Toronto, I jumped at the chance! All weddings are special, don’t get me wrong. But when there is a guest count under 20 there is something extra special. I have had the opportunity to document a few other intimate weddings and I hope to capture more! Elise and Brandon had an intimate wedding at the Rectory cafe on Ward’s Island and it was so wonderful.
Kate and Ruth planned a Jewish ceremony in the middle of Edwards Gardens. They were surrounded by their immediate family members as well as their best friends. Not to mention, the early summer flowers and chirping birds helped set the tone. The energy of love in the air was almost palpable. The rabbi who married them is a singing rabbi and she had such a beautiful voice! One part of the Jewish ceremony is the singing of the Ketubah. I always enjoy seeing what design a couple chooses.
One of my favourite memories from their day was when we did their first look. Both Kate and Ruth had no idea what the other was wearing. When they saw each other for the first time, they were both so surprised that they had chosen such similar dresses! When they walked hand in hand together down the aisle, their guests were also surprised with how similar their dresses were.
After their ceremony, we walked around the gardens together creating beautiful portraits. We certainly took advantage of the gorgeous grounds in Edwards Gardens and we were lucky that it wasn’t very busy! Kate and Ruth’s intimate garden wedding was such an honour to document.
I have been lucky enough to capture a Hotel Ocho Wedding a few times. The best part about this job is that although the venue is the same, the weddings are always different. There has been Justine and Emmett’s intimate Hotel Ocho wedding. And I will never forget Jon and Jenn’s wedding day (they exchanged ring pops!). Stacey and Andrew’s wedding day was no exception. From the first minute that I met them, I knew that we’d get a long. Hint – if you bring wine to our client meeting, we’re off to a great start!
Stacey and Andrew are exactly the types of people I love to work with. They are both so down to earth and relaxed. They’re madly in love and both have a great sense of humour. Check out the photo of Andrew pretending to be a runaway groom! But above all, they value their friends and family so much. They made sure to invite only their nearest and dearest favourite people to be apart of their celebration.
Another quality that I appreciated was the trust they had in me. I have always wanted to use a specific alleyway for wedding portraits. When we had our consult before their Hotel Ocho wedding, I pitched the idea of this alley. Their reply was, ‘if you think it’s great, we trust you.’ It’s that trust in my talent that allows me to really be creative. I love scouting out unique locations in the city that aren’t widely used. Alleyways aren’t often considered for wedding portrait locations but I personally love them! They provide really cool backdrops with different textures and awesome light. Stacey and Andrew were game for doing their portraits there and I feel like it perfectly complimented the setting of their Hotel Ocho Wedding.