Sheena and I are still talking about the amazing vibe that we felt at Jenine and Jake's classic wedding that took place at the funky Caffino Ristorante located in the heart of Liberty Village in downtown Toronto. Having once lived in the area, Sheena and I knew that the style and feel of the venue were an absolute perfect match for Jenine and Jake who have the most easygoing and carefree relationships we've seen in a long time. Not once during the entire day did Sheena and I see Jenine stress out about anything and every time we were around Jake, he was either laughing, hanging out with his friends, or smiling as the big day was unfolding. We arrived in the morning to take lots of decor shots which was quite easy seeing how awesome the venue was set up. We then moved around with Jenine and Jake using the textures, colours and irregularities of Liberty Village to compliment the joy and love we saw emanating from them. However, we were most excited to finally get to photograph the guest of the day - Jenine and Jake's right-hand man, Vincent the dog - who was trained and ready to walk down the aisle all by himself.
Just when we thought it would be impossible to squeeze out another drop of cool from the wedding day, Jenine and Jake ensured that all the guests would have a special shot before walking back down the aisle as husband and wife. This led into a cocktail hour that felt more like the main party of the night. Guests were having the time of their lives and this energy flowed into all aspects of the reception from the hilarious and sometimes emotional speeches to the spontaneous beer chugs. There wasn't a second that went by where, in any direction, Sheena and I couldn't find a guest bursting with laughter or embracing their loved one. This was definitely a rare wedding that we were so happy to be a part of.
Before it was time for us to say our goodbyes, Jenine and Jake had a special outdoor dance (since the weather was perfect) and, it was at that moment, the guests got a glimpse of the unconditional love and special connection that lies behind the carefree and calm surface that everybody knows as Jenine and Jake.
We know that, despite the intense emotions of the day, this is just the tip of iceberg for what lies ahead for Jenine and Jake and their new life together. Congratulations!
Gary + Sheena