City weddings, correction, Queen West city weddings, will always be my jam. This preference is selfishly rooted in the fact that I, a.) reside in area, and b.) take great satisfaction in being able to walk to and from weddings. Beyond the geographical bonus, Queen West weddings illicit some of the most incredible couples celebrating against the most incredible backdrops.
I met Carly and Nick at a wedding I photographed a few years prior, and I was ecstatic when they reached out to me to discuss photographing their own nuptials. Not only are they the type of people you want to be around, but their shared lust for life, adventure and travel is inspiring, if not a pleasure to witness.
We planned to meet at the couple’s home and arrange a first-look in the gardens behind their apartment. What we weren’t prepared for was the torrential rain and gale-force winds that ensued at the exact moment we planned to head out for our session. As to be expected, Carly and Nick handled the untimely weather like rockstars. Neither heavy rain nor fast winds deterred the couple from entertaining all of my posing prompts and backdrop ideas. Despite the post-session blow-dry and a complete hair restyling for Carly (with no complaints!), the ‘storm’ photos are still my favourite of the day.
The couple opted to host their ceremony and reception at a local favourite, Twist Gallery. Fortunately for me, the neighbourhood surrounding the venue is chocked-full of classic Toronto backdrops. The mural wall in the parking lot of Forno Cultura in particular, made for a beautiful contrast against Carly’s Laudae gown.
Looking for more city wedding inspiration? Check out Stephen & Kira’s Toronto Wedding at the Fifth.
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