1871 Berkeley Church Wedding
The light poured in through the seventeen foot high stained glass windows, into the classically beautiful mezzanine for Julie and Ben’s 1871 Berkeley Church Wedding. Located in Old Town Toronto and adjacent to the Distillery District, guests were witness to an intimate marriage ceremony, a cocktail hour in an enclosed courtyard, followed by an old-meets-new style wedding reception.
Prior to receiving guests, Julie and her bridesmaids lounged in coordinating dressing gowns, sipping champagne whilst getting ready at the ultra-chic Bisha Hotel. Gorgeous hair and make-up services by Fancy Face Inc. and Toronto Beauty Group gave a natural yet polished look, while adding drama to Julie’s eyes. A swept back up-do with a soft tendril of hair framing Julie’s face, looked perfect with her cathedral veil. The bride was breathtaking in a long-sleeved, lace mermaid wedding dress with plunging front and back necklines. Julie’s satin blue, brooch-detailed Manolo Blahnik’s thoughtfully matched the groom and the wedding party’s attire. Ben looked dapper in a patterned wool suit, waistcoat, oversized silk bow tie, and coordinating shirt buttons, cuff links and handkerchief. His best man Allen was married in 2014 in which Ben was best man. Allen’s beautiful wedding took place at Evergreen Brick Works and was also photographed by Toronto Wedding Studios.
Once family and friends were seated on the mezzanine for the 1871 Berkeley Church Wedding, Julie and Ben exchanged their vows beside the soaring 17ft high stained glass windows. Following the intimate ceremony, guests then made their way down to the building’s enclosed courtyard for cocktails, while Julie and Ben had their photo shoot in the nearby Distillery District. Shortly after, the reception was held downstairs in the grand ballroom, which boasts several unique design features such as original fireplaces and a Victorian-inspired bar. The room was lined with white tablecloths and silver Chiavari chairs; place settings included coloured glass goblets, gold toned flatware with mixed, vintage-inspired floral arrangements and candles. Lead Planner & Stylist Jan Ng of Willow Rose Events, said that the venue had so much character, the couple felt plenty of florals and candles were all the decor they wanted in order to achieve their vision of intimacy and elegance.
With rows of Edison bulb string lights hanging overhead, Julie and Ben kicked off the party with the first dance and others were soon to follow. Amongst the festivities, the word LOVE had been spelled out in giant letters on stage, where friends would gather having a laugh and striking a pose for the cameras. As the evening drew to a close, guests departed with a personalized pillar candle, enclosed in a white organza bag, tagged “with love”. At this 1871 Berkeley Church wedding, love was certainly all around. Congratulations Julie and Ben!