I first met with Karen and David at a small tea shop on the Danforth in January and, after chatting for a couple of minutes, I could easily tell that they were perfect for each other and that they would put together a stunning wedding based on all the intricate details they shared with me. These are the types of meetings I really hope work out as I would hate to not be a part of such a wonderful day with a fabulous couple who are easy going, fun, and down to earth. Lucky for us, Karen and David booked to have us work with them on their wedding day on February 18, 2012 to create some amazing pictures. We started the day by meeting Karen at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto where she was getting ready and having a blast with her friends and family. Soon after, David arrived and, after taking some pictures of him solo, finally got to see Karen for the first time in her wedding dress ready to walk down the aisle! We hastily took some pictures in the lobby of the hotel (we weren't sure if it was permitted or not) before taking the limo to the famous Canada Life Building on University St. Normally, no photography is allowed inside the building, but thanks to Karen, we were inside and I was blown away by the architecture and attention to detail in every inch of the building. We used so many elements of the building as we made our way up the elevator to capture Karen and David in their wedding bliss. Then, right near the end, we were given special access to the 17th floor which was an incredible open space overlooking the city in all directions. It's not too often Sheena and I get to work with a couple in such a special place so we felt very fortunate.
Then, we were off to the Thompson Landry Gallery in the historic Distillery District where the reception was to be held. Sheena and I didn't have much time to set up for the family formals, but we managed to pull through and capture many different family groups as guests moved around prior to Karen and David tying the knot. After a beautiful ceremony, the party was on and Sheena and I spent most of the night photographing the joys and elation of the guests as they laughed and danced to the wicked skills of DJ Floh Back Productions. There was even a surprise performance by one of the guests who serenaded the bride and groom with a sweet song that triggered a lot of emotion from all the guests (not me though - those were just my allergies:).
We are truly happy to see such a wonderful couple find each other and get married and we are quite honored to have had the opportunity to photograph the day. Congratulations Karen and David!
Gary + Sheena