Laura and Victor's engagement session started off with some sort of magic. A chunk of snow fell through the trees and cut straight through the sunset. We were in awe. I'm so glad I had my camera ready to capture it. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! Oh, and the rest of this session was pretty magical, too!
Most people don't wish for rain on their wedding day - but I am here to advocate for the opposite! There's something about it that gives the city a much more romantic, glistening feeling. The reflections, the street lights, the richer colours - all of these things make me so excited as a photographer! And it made Julia and Adam's wedding day at Hotel Ocho uniquely perfect.
Adriana and Mateusz created a day filled to the brim with the things they love: the city, adventure, dance, music, and so. much. good. food. I want to write something that does this day justice, but still - months after shooting this, I'm at a loss for words. These two are so full of life that being around them inspires you to see the world in a better light, too. To give you an idea of how unique and full of spirit they are, I want to share a little BTS of their wedding day with you. Adriana and Mateusz went to the park every single day months before their wedding to practice the choreography of the La La Land dance. This was their first dance which you will see part of their reception! It was so spectacular, and so them! Not only that, but they planned every aspect and detail of the day themselves, even down to creating their very own menus topped with dried lavender. I'm grateful to call these two friends and to have created this story, together, with them.
Vendor info at the bottom of the post. Thank you to my second photographer, Matthew Robin, for capturing this day with me.
Venues and shoot locations: Ritual Spa, St Michael's College at University of Toronto, St. Basil's Basilica, Royal Conservatory of Music.
Cake - Bidziu Handmade
Catering - Daniel et Daniel
Wedding dress - Mikaella Bridal from Ferre Sposa boutique
First dance white dress - Name of Love
Bridesmaid dresses - Name of Love
Polish dress/crown - from Krakow in Poland
Engagement ring - Cartier
Wedding bands - Anice Jewelry
Hair/Makeup - Ritual Hair Skin and Beauty
Invitations - Mateusz Nowacki (husband designed) Adriana Nowacka hand painted each one
Officiant - Father Edward Smith (St. Paul's Basilica)
DJ - DJ Grump
Band - Lady be Good
Chairs/tables - RCM
Linens etc. - RCM
Grooms suit, tie - indochino
Pocket square - Handmade from an etsy market
Shoes - Grenson (Groom's), Canon Blanc (Bride's)
Groomsmen - Indochino everything
Socks - Simons