This beautiful Steam Whistle Brewery Wedding of my friends Leigh and David took place last year in August on a warm midsummers afternoon. Dave is a handsome young Brit from London who grew up in the north of England (and is what you would consider a bona fide “Geordie”), and Leigh, a gorgeous Torontonian, born and raised in Leslieville, with skin like porcelain and sapphire blue eyes. Their two families merged that night from across oceans and continents to celebrate this joyous event. The day and night were marked with many moments of laughter and tenderness, as their close friends recounted the story of Dave travelling all the way to Hong Kong to go on a date with a girl he’d never met (they had connected through mutual friends through Facebook), and how by going out on a limb and a leap of faith, Dave had found his future wife. Needless to say, having the wedding at a brewery was a big hit, especially with the out of towners, who bonded with their colonial cousins over many pints of ale and rounds of laughter into the wee hours of the night.
Getting to shoot Leigh and Dave’s wedding was a great opportunity, but also a huge responsibility, as I care about them both I wanted to make sure I captured this special day for them as a memento they could cherish forever… I don’t think my team and I let them down.
Toronto Wedding Photographers: Rudo Vacula & Kate O’Connor
Toronto Wedding Videographer: Andrew Jeffrey
Wedding Venue: Steam Whistle Brewing
DJ: Indie Wedding DJ
Make Up: Monica Molina
Cake: Monica Molina
Alex and Mitch are a super fun, smart, and down-to-earth couple. I absolutely enjoyed being around them during this engagement photo shoot! We wandered around the downtown core searching for beautiful light and interesting locations and looking at the photos I think I can say we succeeded. Thank you Alex and Mitch for making my job so easy and fun, I am looking forward to your wedding tomorrow! :)
Abbey and Jon were the winners of our contest this winter to win a free engagement shoot. The story of their amazing-race engagement earned the most “likes” on our Facebook Page and also kind of blew us away! Click here to read all the awesome entries.
Abbey and Jon are a sweet and caring couple. They are both pastors, passionate about mentoring and supporting kids and young adults in their community. For such a young couple, it has been both inspiring and impressive to get to know them. We spent a gorgeous summer day doing their downtown Toronto engagement photos, and are very much looking forward to their wedding this Friday!
Check out Abbey and John’s winning engagement story here:
“My now fiancé and I have known each other for many years. Once we started dating we both knew very quickly we wanted to get married. Due to both our jobs we had to date long distance for over a year. Him in Toronto and myself in Sudbury. Due to family situations we had to plan our wedding date quite in advance, in fact it was set before our engagement. So for fun I drove from Sudbury to Toronto to try on wedding dresses with some family and friends. I had the whole day planned and wasn’t expecting what happened! At the first store I fell in love with a dress way beyond my budget. We decided to call it a day and leave. When I got to my car I found an anonymous note sending me to another bridal store with better deals. Excited and slightly confused, my friends and I drove to the next store. Not only did I find my wedding dress there but as I was paying I received an envelope with a note that said “welcome to the amazing race, where all your dreams may come true”. Attached was a gift card and the address for Sherway Gardens mall. The clue instructed me to go pick myself out an outfit and be on the lookout for my next clue. After picking out my outfit, I was walking in the mall and a lady bumped into me, dropping a small package and running off. Inside the package was a Fossil watch I had been wanting for a while. And of course inside the watch box was another clue. This one sent me to a salon to get a manicure. After my manicure I received my last clue with the address to a restaurant right on the lakeshore looking over the Toronto skyline. When we arrived and parked we walked towards the park where we could cross to go to the restaurant. Before we could cross music started playing really loud, Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift. All of a sudden everyone in the park began to dance. It was a flash mob, just for me. As the dance went on the music cut out, but all the dancers began just to sing aloud in the night air the final chorus to the song. As the dancers finished they formed two lines and from the middle of them walked by boyfriend. He proceeded to take my hands and tell me to look behind him; just as I did fireworks went off over the lake. Then he looked I to my eyes and told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend forever with me, and he got down on one knee and proposed. I of course said yes and turned around to all the dancers around us with sparklers and all my friends and family present. It was incredible and beyond my wildest dreams! I am incredibly blessed!!”