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Stylish Canoe Wedding In Toronto Downtown // Chelsea & Vivek 740 493 Gee & Ieva

Stylish Canoe Wedding In Toronto Downtown // Chelsea & Vivek

We had a blast shooting Chelsea and Vivek’s wedding at the Canoe Restaurant. Famous for their food sunsets and Toronto skyline views Canoe is perfect spot to tie the knot. We were curious what Chelsea and Vivek think about their big day at the Canoe so we asked couple of questions and thats what they said.
Would you like to share something about the planing process? The best piece of advice we received in the planning process was to stay true to us in the decisions that we made. We embraced this advice whole heatedly and picked our overall style, venue, and suppliers based on this criteria. At the end of the day, we were thrilled with every decision we made, and the whole event felt very authentic to who we are as people and how we wanted to celebrate the start of married life.
Would you do something differently? No – we loved how our special day turned out!
What was the most fun part of the day? We loved having so many of our friends and family from all over the world all in one place together in the city we now call home. It was truly amazing to celebrate with people who have been with us along our journey as individuals and as a couple.
Was it challenging to plan a wedding? We decided to keep things fairly simple and did not get too caught up in the details. This made for a really enjoyable, stress-free wedding planning process!

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Canoe Restaurant Wedding In Toronto // Chelsea & Vivek 740 493 Gee & Ieva

Canoe Restaurant Wedding In Toronto // Chelsea & Vivek

One frame from Chelsea and Vivek’s Canoe Restaurant wedding in Toronto downtown. Chelsea and Vivek just wanted to enjoy their day. Preparation photos were not their thing. After meeting them on 54th floor of TD Bank Tower we just followed their lead and had fun. Our couple was on fire and on top of the world. When it comes to being on top of the world on your wedding day we think its really hard to beat Canoe Restaurant. Stay tuned for more.

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Airship 37 Wedding In The Heart Of Toronto // Pip & Chris 683 1024 Gee & Ieva

Airship 37 Wedding In The Heart Of Toronto // Pip & Chris

Nicely tucked in next door to Distillery District Airstrip 37 is perfect spot to celebrate wedding in Toronto downtown. We would say space at Airship 37 is what you make of it. At first glance Airship has very modern urban atmosphere. From here you can take various routes decorating the rooms and probably be safe no matter what. As we mentioned probably a thousand times we love weddings that take place at one location from start to finish. This allows more connectivity between wedding day elements. At Airship 37 staff are pros at flipping rooms from ceremony to reception so you can relax and enjoy the moments during cocktail hour. There are couple of areas to hang out, mingle, connect and reconnect with your family and friends. There is outdoor space with vintage bus jammed in for your amusement. The bus is actually fully functional prop. The other area is sort of a lounge bar area. Here you can grab a drink escape sunshine on a hot summer day or hide from the rain.
If you have a need to step out from Airship 37 grounds from whatever reason Distillery District is next door. Distillery District needs no introduction of course. Here you can grab a bite, a cup of coffee or have a drink before the celebration begins in case you early or whatever other reason. If you love people congratulating you every step of the way Distillery District is perfect for your wedding photos. If not there are plenty of spots around the area that are more private and we been using to take pictures for years.
As always worth mentioning space without people it’s just that an empty space.
We had fantastic time shooting Pip and Chris wedding at Airship 37. We walked through Distillery District enjoyed sunshine during cocktail hour and finished big day with sparkles. Please scroll for the photos that we think tell a better story than words. Cheers!

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Music : – BØRNS – Clouds ( iTunes )

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Airship 37 Wedding Photography Toronto // Pip & Chris 740 493 Gee & Ieva

Airship 37 Wedding Photography Toronto // Pip & Chris

Airship 37 is another awesome wedding venue in Toronto downtown. Airship 37 located next door to Distillery District so you can be sure that all your wedding photography spots is walking distance from the venue. Therefore you can spend more time in front of the camera instead of siting in the traffic on the way to some other location. It’s run by Berkeley Events so you know you getting quality service. Recently we shot Pip and Chris wedding at Airship 37 and totally love the space and atmosphere of the venue. Here is one with our super laid back awesome couple.

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Berkeley Church Wedding Toronto // Lia & Mike 683 1024 Gee & Ieva

Berkeley Church Wedding Toronto // Lia & Mike

Berkeley Church in Toronto is unique wedding venue and thankfully will not be consumed by another condo building just yet. Sadly it’s not so great news for Berkeley Fieldhouse. This year we will be shooting some of our last weddings at the Berkeley Fieldhouse. Toronto attracting more and more people who want’s to live and play here and naturally city needs to grow. It’s kind of good thing from one perspective and not so great from the other. More people means more vibrant city and that’s awesome. It’s also sad to loose some unique places including some great wedding venues to a condo buildings. As space in Toronto shrinks many unique store fronts, coffee shops and restaurants closing their doors as owners can’t keep up with sky rocketing leases or just sold off to a developer. Once new building is build old restaurant, coffee shop or a specially wedding venue space is not necessary replaced with the new one. Buildings that are build without consideration for the neighbourhood destroys charm and atmosphere of the area. For us directly it means less interesting corners to shot at. New shiny building walls just don’t have the same feeling like old beat up but full of character brick walls. Would be sad to see Toronto become one giant condo with bunch of Starbucks coffee shops on concourse level. Hopefully we will still have enough awesome buildings left to celebrate unique weddings in and not be forced out of the Toronto to some banquet hall in the middle of a parking lot.
For now lets enjoy what’s left. Let’s celebrate warmth, emotion and uniqueness. As much as these words describe Berkeley Church it also describe Lia and Mike. These two not only embraced Berkley Church old atmosphere but also build a beautiful alter that they got married under. After spending little bit of time with our couple we knew that their connection to each other goes way back before this awesome wedding.


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Music : – Gem Club – Marathon (In Roses) ( iTunes )

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Canoe Restaurant Wedding Toronto // Torie and Ioan 740 493 Gee & Ieva

Canoe Restaurant Wedding Toronto // Torie and Ioan

You can spot people with a good taste from a mile away. Torie is a designer at her own company Vessel Coasters and works as a creative director at Millie Desserts so their stylish wedding comes as no surprise at all.
What really stands out for us from Torie and Ioan’s wedding besides how amazing they both looked was the venue they have picked.It’s nice to find secret spots walking on foot in Toronto its even nicer when you are watching it all from the above. Where we ended up was Canoe restaurant on Wellington street. And of course to reach Canoe restaurant you have to travel horizontally as well as vertically a bit. By bit we mean 54 floors up. When guests were arriving at Torie and Ioan’s ceremony first thing everyone did was jump to the windows. Not only hight was impressive though. Ceremony room was divided in half so guests could see bride and groom from two sides. When Torie was walking down the isle she was walking high in the sky passing rooftops of Toronto towers with wide view of Ontario lake. It was uplifting.
After spectacular ceremony another door has opened and reception area soon was filed with family and friends. Tables at Canoe Restaurant were draped with flowers beautiful table cards and golden light from the west. Canoe is famous for their sunset views. While chefs prepared top notch food, guests enjoyed mingling with their fancy drinks in their hands watching downtown Toronto under their feet and sun slipping under horizon. We finished spectacular wedding day with awesome food followed by wild party and night lights of downtown. I hope you will enjoy this post and please check at the bottom all the vendors Torie picked and her philosophy behind it.


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Music : – Vancuver Sleep Clinic – Collapse ( iTunes )
A word from Torie:
I tried to keep our vendors pretty dispersed and tried to focus on local and small shops. I didn’t want to read wedding magazines or anything like that because I wanted it to be more of an organic process, and therefore more us; though because of that my info is kind of all over the place haha.
1. All of the flowers and things like the vases, bud vases and candle votives were by Lisa at Sweet Woodruff (http://sweetwoodruff.ca). They were amazing and I was so happy with them.
2. My mom made all of our table runners and I found the card box at an antique market.
3. Invitations and table numbers were from minted.com.
4. My dress was a Jenny Packham design and was purchased at White (http://whitetoronto.com). They were so wonderful and helpful in helping me find the right dress and then alter it to fit my needs.
5. Canoe provided all of the silverware, napkins, regular furniture, and they ordered in the ceremony chairs for me from an event rental company.
6. Ioan’s suit was Armani and shirt was Eton and was all purchased at Harry Rosen at Yorkdale. He also chose and had custom made all of the boys’ ties, pocket squares, and his own bow tie from their selection of fabrics.
7. My shoes were Nicholas Kirkwood.
8. I designed the wedding favours – they were leather coasters with gold emboss. I make coasters under my company Vessel Coasters (www.vesselcoasters.com) :).
9. Ioan’s rose gold ring was made for him at Anice Jewellery on Ossington (https://www.anicejewellery.com)
10. My platinum and diamond engagement ring was my grandmother’s and my little white gold and diamond wedding band was picked up in a shop (http://www.frontenacjewellers.com) in Kingston, Ontario while out with my mom. It was a great find! Took a long time to find one that worked and I was worried I never would haha.
11. Bridesmaids’ dresses were purchased through Elmwood Brides in Aurora, Ontario.
12. The bridesmaids’ presents (necklaces, bracelets, and earrings) were from Sterling in Kingston, Ontario. I got a few things in Kingston because I love their local shops. Our cottage is close by in the Thousand Islands region and Ioan and I met while attending Queen’s University. We still spend a lot of time in the area!
13. Our fun officiant was Catherine Kentridge from Custom Wedding Ceremonies ([email protected]). She did a great job of teasing info out of 2 fairly shy people haha and I loved her bright outfit! A lot of people commented on it afterwards asking if it made me mad but it actually made the whole experience super upbeat.
14. The dogs’ leashes and collars were handmade here in Toronto by Hound Collection (www.houndcollection.com and @houndcollection on Instagram), which is owned and designed by one of my best friends, Sam.
15. Our cakes were made by another one of my best friends, Christinn, who owns and operates Millie Creperie, Millie Patisserie, and Millie Cafe (http://milliedesserts.com). I work with her as Creative Director and manage all of her admin. We have a blast. She covered our cake with many packs of gold leaf!
16. The cake toppers were made by another friend, Jamie, who owns and designs for her business Little Bellwoods (http://www.littlebellwoods.com).
17. My hair, all the bridesmaids’ hair, and my mother-in-law’s hair was done by Kelly at Vescada Salon (http://www.vescada.com).
18. Our guest book was by Velvet Raptor (http://www.velvetraptor.com).
19. Just a little special note, my dad provided the very nice 1992 vintage port we drank that night. When my parents had my older sister, a friend of my dad’s told him about the tradition of buying port from the year of your children’s birth. 1989 (my birth year) didn’t have a vintage year but he grabbed the next best one: 1992. So Ioan and I did our thank yous and toast with 24 year old port!

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Toronto Downtown Balzac’s Wedding

Love brighter than the light. One from Balzac’s wedding. More to come.
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2nd Floor Events Toronto Wedding Photographer // Vaida & Alex 740 493 Gee & Ieva

2nd Floor Events Toronto Wedding Photographer // Vaida & Alex

We use the word “love” a lot on this blog, but can you blame us? We get to spend time with incredible couples in incredible spaces—it’s wonderfully contagious! Among the many, many things we love about our job as wedding photographers is experiencing all the unique urban spaces in downtown Toronto. One new spot we can add to our list of loves is 2nd Floor Events, a fairly new addition to Toronto’s downtown scene.
We’re always drawn to simplicity. Sometimes frills and fluff don’t necessarily add anything to an occasion, and slimmed down elegance is always so attractive to us. If you love hardwood floors, lots of open space, and the classy and classic look of exposed brick this place is absolutely for you. The atmosphere is modern and sophisticated with a warm touch of coziness—a combination we also found in the beautiful couple we photographed.
As soon as Vaida and Alex were dressed up and ready for their day, we were lucky enough to join them as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. We hung back a little and captured genuine moments of two people in love as they took a walk around the block. We’ve met a lot of people over our years of wedding photography, but we never get tired of spending time with couples like Alex and Vaida, who let a sense of laid back easiness take them through their photo shoot.
Weddings are always a union of two lives, and theirs had the special honour to be a union of two distant parts of the world. Alex hails from the eastern reaches of Canada near Newfoundland, and Vaida’s roots are Lithuanian. It was a marriage of bride and groom, of icy Canadian mountains and expansive fields of Lithuanian rye, and of two people who are going to be very happy.

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