Jenny and Deklon at Liberty Grand

 
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When Jenny and Deklon first approached us to photograph their wedding it was clear to me what they had in mind for their special day. Deklon being an entertainer by nature and Jenny being the outgoing free-spirited person she is, I had no doubt that the wedding was going to be a real celebration, a legitimate party where they’d be surrounded by all their family and closest friends to bare witness to their expression of love to one another.

Something that strikes me when I’m documenting a larger wedding is the union between these two large families and collective of friends. An ever-lasting bond amongst them all for generations to come. There’s something captivating about that element of a wedding that I sometimes overlook but this day was a kind reminder of the importance of family.

The entire wedding was a beautifully orchestrated day of entertainment and joy for their friends and family. Caricature artists drew personal portraits for the guests during cocktail hour, a presentation of capoeira (a beautiful dancing art-form that combines element of martial arts and dance) was performed during the reception, not to mention a parody of the movie Mr and Ms. Smith featuring the bride and groom themselves as an introduction to their first dance together as husband and wife. An intimate ambiance amongst a sea of delicate and unpredictable moments like the Bride wiping tears away from her father during their dance together or the groom sharing funny and beautiful candid moments with his mother throughout the wedding day.

The vintage vibe of Liberty Grand’s authentic old-Toronto architecture and design was the ideal location for such a showcase of love and fun. To match, the Gladstone’s beautifully artistic interior and incredible bridal suite was the perfect atmosphere to capture the essence of Jenny and Deklon.

 

Song of the day

Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.

 

- 3B

 
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VENDORS
Stylist: Fusion Hair Lounge
Ceremony: St. Anthony's Church
Photo Location: Gladstone Hotel
Reception Venue/Catering: Liberty Grand
Second Shooter: Ryanne Hollies
 

 

Aimee and Nuno Evergreen Brickworks

 
 
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This past weekend I got to photograph Aimee & Nuno’s family fuelled, urban themed wedding, but for now, I’m taking it back to this past fall when I first got to hangout with the two of them for an afternoon. 

Our time together started at one of my favourite local coffee / beer spots, Boxcar Social Riverside, where we had some incredible coffee tasters and Aimee had some wine along with Ryanne. Aimee’s family runs a successful winery here in Toronto called Macedo Winery, so she definitely knew a thing or two about the selection on hand and gave us a quick glimpse of her incredible knowledge of wine. 

From there, we made our way over to the Evergreen Brickworks to explore the urban meets nature vibe the place has going on. Both Nuno & Aimee grew up in the city and they very much feel that the atmosphere and aesthetic of urban landscape is very much part of who they are and where they come from. So of naturally, the Brickworks was a fantastic location for us to spend our afternoon and evening lifestyle session to enjoy the scenic sunset overlooking the CN Tower and the rest of the downtown Toronto skyline.  

Since it was fall, the season brought us some interesting and diverse landscape to work with including minor pops of colour to contrast with urban decay and oddly beautiful gloom of plants reaching their final cycle. Combined, it created a beautiful and honest environment for Nuno & Aimee to be themselves and enjoy the final moments ahead of the winter season.

It was the first time I worked with a Portuguese couple (I am Portuguese for reference) , and it was insane how crazy comfortable we all were around each other, it’s like we’ve known each other our whole lives, like distant cousins you see during the big holidays scattered throughout the year.

Looking forward to sharing their urban themed wedding in the coming weeks.

Album of the Day - Fugees - The Score
 

-3B

 

 
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