Alexandra and Jeff could not have asked for a more fitting day last Sunday, June 5, when they exchanged vows at the stunning Sunnybrook Estates in Toronto, ON. Sheena and I arrived around 2pm in the afternoon to walk around the estate and find the best rooms and areas to photograph Alexandra and Jeff as well as the guests. We saw the rustic library on the first floor, beautiful sun rooms and bedrooms on the second floor and a very urbanesque and grungy third floor that was my favorite. We had about an hour to photograph Alexandra and Jeff before the guests arrived. Meeting Alexandra and Jeff months prior to the big day, I knew that they were going to be an amazing couple to work with. They were very laid back, very much in love and wanted Sheena and I to photograph our visions without any limitations. But, we were pleasantly surprised to find that even the guests were a great bunch who wanted to party and have a fun night of dancing.
Sheena and I love photographing small weddings so that we can really meet all the guests and capture many more intimate moments that take place in a smaller setting. The ceremony was picture perfect taking place outside in the garden with a brilliant blue sky overhead. After Alexandra and Jeff walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, we had time to photograph the venue, the people, the details and the fun before the reception started.
Usually, we don't have another photographic session with the bride and groom alone after the ceremony due to time restrictions, however, Alexandra and Jeff are unique and allowed us to pull them away again during the 'magic hour' where the sun is just about to dip below the horizon. So, we took the couple into the large expanse of grass and trees so that we could capture some more moments with the light and with the estate in the background.
Sheena and I truly had a wonderful time photographing Alexandra and Jeff's wedding and truly appreciate how open and friendly all the guests were with us. We wish the couple only the best things in life and can't wait to design their album next!
Gary + Sheena