Balzac’s Coffee Wedding Distillery District Toronto // Gemma & Lee
Wedding ceremonies and wedding cakes have a lot in common. Obviously, they are very sweet, often bright white, and make everyone very happy. But while the ceremony is important, it’s the smooth frosting that can reveal many layers waiting just below its surface. A wedding—like the love of the people at its center—is complex and beautiful, and sometimes we get to see a bigger slice of the life and the love going on within it. This was one of the best parts of the recent wedding of Gemma and Lee.
During wedding season, it can be easy to fall into a “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” frame of mind. Yes, we know the bride will be beautiful. Yes, we know that at least one of the parents will cry. Yes, we know the flower girl or ring bearer will have a sudden bout of acute bashfulness, and we’ll all laugh a little. But what if we got to see a wedding through new eyes? What if we got to see the amount of love radiating throughout the day for the first time? What would that be like?
We got to experience this as the young baby of the couple, Jakey, watched with fresh wonder as his mommy and daddy came together to celebrate in front of friends and family. If there was any doubt as to how much they loved each other, even before the exchange of promises, rings, smooches, and more, one needed only to look into the face of this adorable and adoring little guest. Jakey loved Lee and Gemma, was a gift of their love, and definitely stole every heart in the place.
Though photography often captures only the moment, we always try to capture some of the backstory, all the smiles and shared laughter that represent years of memories and bonds. Gemma, Lee, and Jakey were a great reminder of that.
This wonderful celebration took place at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters in the Historic Distillery District. This Toronto neighborhood is a super popular wedding spot in, and we think rightfully so. It’s warmth, character, coziness and charm are the perfect atmosphere for celebrating romance. If the huge mirrors and chandeliers don’t make you fall in love with the place, surely the staircase from which the bride makes her entrance definitely will. Next time you’re bopping around this part of town, be sure to check out Balzac’s!
The reception was a lively one with the awesome beats provided by DJ Justin, who kept everyone on their feet and made the whole place feel young, vibrant, and way hip.
Music : The Middle East – Blood ( iTunes )