This Burroughes Building Toronto wedding gave us all the feels! It was urban, fresh and totally romantic, embodying the spirits of Emily and Alex perfectly.
Emily and Alex met online and clicked instantly (pun not intended!) From the very beginning, they felt super comfortable with one another and their relationship grew into a solid love and easy-going comfort which oozes from their wedding photos you are about to see.
Emily and Alex did a first look in their family home backyard, with the bridesmaids excitedly looking on from a distance. I love it when couples have their first look at a meaningful location and what is more meaningful than your own backyard? Looking back on these photos in 5, 10 or even 20 years they will think fondly of these photos and their family home where this special moment was captured.
Following the first look, we moved to an old industrial area of West Toronto and took photos of the bridal party in a large open field and by the CN rail underpass – where a conductor even helped celebrate with us with toot toot from the train horn! We finished our pre-wedding photos in a nearby parkette and got some really beautiful couple portraits here!
Now, I just need to take a minute right here to talk about the bouquets! The folks over at Burlap and Lace did an amazing job putting together these gorgeous hand tied bouquets and we still can’t stop dreaming about them!
Emily and Alex hosted their ceremony and reception at the Burroughes Building in the trendy Queen Street West neighbourhood. This venue is a perfect blend of urban, industrial chic and Emily and Alex knew the minute they stepped into this historic Toronto building that they would be married here! Both are from the West end of Toronto, and it was here where they met and fell in love. It’s their favourite part of town and they wanted their wedding to be a reflection of their love and their community – and that’s exactly what it was.
The ceremony took place on the 6thfloor of the Burroughes Building in front of large black framed windows as the sun poured in on them. Emily and Alex exchanged vows with each other and also took time to express their appreciation to their friends and family for celebrating this special day with them and to thank them for their support over the years. It was a very touching and intimate ceremony and I was so honoured to witness it.
Following the ceremony, the guests made their way up to the rooftop to enjoy cocktail hour on a beautiful evening in June. Overlooking the city skyline and views that seemed to go on forever, the bride and groom mingled with their guests and enjoyed a couple of drinks and some nibbles. The food was catered by the Food Dudes and as always, they did not fail to impress, even a couple of pigeons swooped in to try to get a taste!
The dinner took place back inside the Burroughes Building, in the room next to the ceremony space. Two long rectangle tables stretched the length of the room with the sweetheart table at the end in front of another set of large windows. The exposed ceiling was decorated with colourful bunting that really accented the brick walls. Alexandra Folkes of Wedding by Alexandra did a beautiful job designing and executing not only the wedding design but also coordination of the day – everything ran smoothly and went off without a hitch!
Following dinner, it was time to cut the cake and then cut lose on the dance floor! Emily and Alex were really excited to celebrate and party with their friends and family and everyone had the best time dancing the night away!
I first met Emily and Alex when I was photographing their friend’s wedding last summer, so I knew going into it that this wedding was going to be blast to shoot. It was so great to work with them and to reconnect with my past clients again!