City Hall Elopement | Cathy & Jae

I’m a sucker for a City Hall Elopement and everyone knows it. Fun fact: the first wedding I ever photographed was a city hall elopement (maybe that’s why). Despite Toronto’s brutalist architecture, I have a soft spot in my heart for those curved towers (design by Finnish architect, Viljo Revell), and understated wedding chambers.

Though Cathy and I had exchanged phone calls prior to their June nuptials, I truly wasn’t prepared for the sweet, fun-loving couple I met outside of the Toronto City Hall doors on that early Monday morning. Due to gathering restrictions at the time, those in attendance to witness the wedding was just myself and Susan’s mum (an adorable woman who’s smile could melt an iceberg). This wasn’t the first wedding I ‘witnessed’, nor the last, but it was certainly one of the most memorable!

After the ceremony, Cathy, Jae and I wondered through Nathan Phillips Square before heading east to catch some unobstructed CN Tower views from a nearby (secret) rooftop and a beverage at the couple’s local coffee shop (Balzac’s).

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