Last Sunday, April 22, we spent a wonderful day and night with Nicole and Mark who were married at the stunning Steam Whistle Brewing building in downtown Toronto. We last saw Nicole and Mark when we photographed their engagement session back in February so it was nice to see them again now that the big day and all the planning was finally here! Sheena and I arrived early at hotel where Nicole and Mark were staying at to take pictures oft the bride and groom getting ready and hanging out with friends and family. We then helped to set the scene for Nicole and Mark to see each other for the first time before the ceremony. Sheena and I then spent some time walking around the Rogers Centre with Nicole and Mark to create some great images of the them before making our way to the venue which was extremely close by. Nicole and Mark were so great to work with and did not let any cold weather, wet grass, dingy receiving lots or slippery floors in the brewing facility get in their way of capturing their wedding pictures. After the traditional bedeking of signing the marriage license, it was time for the big moment when Nicole and Mark would walk down the aisle and exchange vows. The ceremony was set up in a beautiful open space that was surrounded by natural light on 3 sides so Sheena and I knew that these pictures would turn out great and didn't have to worry at all about needing to use additional lighting.
The reception was such a cool mix of vintage decor and industrial details which made photographing the dinner and dancing a unique experience where we could really use the setting to create different types of images without having to move to new locations. Because such a large part of the guests were from out-of-town, Sheena and I knew that there would be a lot of partying and dancing, but we didn't expect a huge bash that did not slow down whatsoever during the entire time we were there! This was before the party erupted as soon as Mark and his fellow band mate took the stage and rocked the house playing awesome Clapton and the Beatles covers. I was extremely impressed and mentioned to Sheena that, as a fellow guitar player, I didn't see Mark ever stepping back down off the stage once he was up there. He finally did though as he had other places to be (like with his bride on the dance floor!)
Sheena and I truly had a wonderful day and night spent with Nicole and Mark and their families and wish them all the best in their new roles has husband and wife! From what we have seen from spending so much time with them, the excitement and energy on their wedding day is just the beginning of what is yet to come. Mazel Tov!
Gary + Sheena