Last summer we had the privilege to shoot our first international wedding in Toronto, Canada! And what a truly wonderful day (with the exception of the rain that interrupted the afternoon… I promise I didn’t bring it from the UK!)
We arrived a couple of days beforehand & were able to easily acclimatise to the city & different time-zone so that when the Friday wedding came around we were fresh & ready to go!
It’s difficult to choose, but here are just a few of our favourite photos!
TL & Dan’s wedding was a very relaxed & casual affair. With the ceremony not starting until 6pm on the Friday evening, TL didn’t start getting ready until early afternoon. Her sister, cousin, Mum & future Mother-in-law joined her at the home she shares with Dan for an afternoon of hair, make-up, music, dancing & champagne! I’m not sure I’ve ever photographed more laid back bridal prep!
TL shares champagne with her sister.
TL & Dan’s housemates dog made a special appearance as the girls got ready, dressed for the occasion!
TL’s hair & make-up was done by a colleague at the TV station she works at & I think you’ll agree she looks absolutely gorgeous!
The wedding, both ceremony & reception, was taking place at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on the outskirts of downtown Toronto.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, named after the Englishman who founded the school, is one of the oldest, continuously operated buildings in Toronto. Originally built as a school in 1848 to educate the children of the surrounding area, many from immigrant families from County Cork in Ireland. Closed as a school in 1859, the building has served many purposes over the years until in facing demolition in the 1960’s it was lovingly saved & restored to open as an historic site & museum. Now a heritage venue hosting events it was the perfect relaxed location for TL & Dan’s nuptials!
I think they were pleased to have said ‘I do’!
As a Brit photographing a Canadian wedding it was interesting to see the differences & similarities in wedding traditions, little things like both sets of parents (Mother & Father) give a speech & the bride & groom give a speech together. Father & daughter dances (although this is something that is beginning to creep into British weddings). A few small difference but more similarities, a celebration of the couple & their love for each other!
After the drinks reception, meal, speeches & first dance the guests were treated to a square set, much hilarity ensued as they tried to master the steps!
Before the more traditional couples dances when the DJ started playing the slow songs!
The guests danced & partied long into the night, what a wonderful wedding!
TL & Dan, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day! Ally xx