Top Two Tips of the week from a Top Toronto Wedding Photographer – Top Toronto Wedding Venues

Congratulations!!! You’re engaged!! Now what’s next? Choosing the venue! There are so many choices. Church, Temple, Golf Club, Art Gallery, the beach?

Here’s a few of my favourite venues.

1. Hart House
7 Hart House Cir. (at Queen’s Park Cres.), 416-946-7196 http://harthouse.ca/weddings/

The entire University of Toronto campus is pretty spectacular. You have modern and classic architecture side by side and gardens galore. Hart House’s architecture is gothic and stunning. It doesn’t get much better than getting married in a castle if that was your dream as a little girl or boy. I can attest to the food being out of this world as I would frequently eat at the Great Hall many moons ago as a student of the University. This location can hold up to 250 people and has all wood flooring, perfect for dancing. Get married here and then walk around the grounds for some of the best photos you can imagine.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, Hart House

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Top wedding photographer toronto, Hart House

2. The Berkeley Church

315 Queen St. E. (at Berkeley St.), 416-361-9666 http://www.berkeleyevents.com/

Is it hard for you to choose what you want for your wedding venue? Well The Berkeley Church has it all – it’s a church, it’s an outdoor venue, and it’s an indoor venue. All three venues are beautiful and have a modern and romantic feel to them. Go to their website to see all the photos and options this place has to offer.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, The Berkeley Church

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Top wedding photographer toronto, The Berkeley Church

3.  Soooooo…. I couldn’t really decide what art gallery to recommend because I’m pretty torn between the AGO and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Why so tough? Well, the Group of Seven of course. These two galleries house my favourite Canadian artists and I couldn’t imagine a more spectacular place to get married.

The AGO

317 Dundas St. W. (at McCaul St.), 416-979-6634 http://www.ago.net/venue-rental

Recently renovated this building has touches of Frank Gehry’s mastery. A tower that looks out onto the city, a swirling staircase and a long hall that feels like the inside of ship. Within the galleries are so many of the Thomson collection of art you really need multiple trips to see it all before being oversaturated. Art from all over the world are in the salons and there is even a space where children can interact and create their own.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, 905-893-1121, ext. 2536  http://mcmichael.com/about/facilities.cfm

Not only can you have outdoors and indoors at this venue, you can have it all with the most Canadian of themes. First Nation art as well as hundreds of Group of Seven works are housed here. There is in house catering and accomadates all food requests.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

4. Steamwhistle Brewery

The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd. 416 362 2337 http://www.steamwhistle.ca/events/roomsAndRates.php

If you like fun and modern weddings, it doesn’t get much better than this. Steamwhistle is one of Ontario if not Canada’s most well known boutique brewing company. This placed kicked off micro brews in the province and hundreds of breweries have sprung up and followed suit. The venue is the Roundhouse that has high ceilings, rap around windows, and Steamwhistle on tap. It has a rustic and modern feel and could be decorated any way you desire.

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Top wedding photographer toronto The Rectory Cafe

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Top wedding photographer toronto, Steam Whistle Brewery

5. The Rectory Cafe

102 Lakeshore Ave., Ward’s Island, 416-203-2152 http://therectorycafe.com/

My final recommendation is The Rectory Cafe. This little gem is in a unique location in Toronto. It’s on the Islands!! Ward’s Island to be precise. How fabulous would it be to married on one of the most relaxing and fun places the city has with the backdrop of downtown. The venue is fairly inexpensive to rent and can accommodate about 150 people. What a romantic location that ends with a ferry ride.

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Top wedding photographer toronto The Rectory Cafe

 

 

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MOTHERS IN THEIR KITCHENS – – from a top toronto candid documentary wedding photographer

This is the first in a series picturing mothers making some of their favorite treats!  Genevieve is a mother of two and is following a recipe given to her by her mother for Peanut Butter Kisses.  It brings back fond memories for Genevieve, who would often bake with her mother when she was a child.  I stuck around until they came out of the oven.  YUM!
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TRISH + ALEX l AND SOON THERE WILL BE THREE!!! – from a toronto candid documentary wedding photographer

It was such a pleasure to see Trish and Alex during my visit to Toronto!  They are clearly basking in marital bliss and anxiously awaiting the newest addition to their family.  It’s a girl!  I wish them all the best and know they will be amazing parents.  She’s a lucky one.

 

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Toronto Engagement Trish and Alex – from a top toronto candid documentary wedding photographer

TRISH + ALEX | TORONTO | ENGAGEMENT

 
I was so very very excited to photograph Trish and Alex’s Toronto themed engagement photos. They are the most loving and sweet couple and I couldn’t be happier for them both. Being natives of Toronto, having their photos taken in some of the most iconic backdrops was a must for them. We shot in Dundas Square, City Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, Osgoode Hall, York and Queen Streets, Osgoode Subway Station, the Eaton Centre and even capped off the shoot for a drink at Scallywags (the very place the two met!!). If you look carefully at the photo of them on York street, the sun is kissing their faces. It was so lucky to capture a moment like that.

I have known Trish since she was 16 and knew how important it was to get her photos just right. Alex and Trish really got into the photo session and made created beautiful images a breeze. A few short months later they were married at the Berkeley Church in the heart of the city.  I did not shoot the wedding because I was a part of the wedding party!
Congrats Trish and Alex!!
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