After 11 years photographing Toronto weddings, I always love when I get a chance to shoot somewhere new. This past summer the chance came about once again, when Cara & Michael asked me to photography their Kortright wedding ceremony and reception in Toronto, ON.
The day of Cara & Michael’s Kortight wedding we arrived bright & early at the Novotel Vaughan Toronto hotel. It’s one of the most beautiful and modern hotels in Vaughan, and the vibrant painting on the wall of Cara’s Novotel Vaughan hotel suite was my favourite feature! It was such a cool feature I ended up using it for both the image of the dress hanging as well as in a portrait of Cara before leaving for Kortright Conservation Centre.
Cara’s sister and parents lovingly helped her get dressed in the most beautiful Truvelle wedding gown, with a plunging neckline and shimmering golden lining niquender the skirt. Michael was dressed in an elegant grey custom tailored suit by Munro, set off by his bow tie by CuteTie and pocket square by Neck and Tie Co.
Excitedly awaiting their first glimpse of each other, Cara & Michael each arrived for their Kortright wedding day, beginning with their official first look. They stood in the spot in which they would soon be married, and had a wonderfully intimate first look together.
Once we began Cara & Michael’s Kortright wedding photos, we headed first for the famous redwood tree forest. The Kortright Centre for Conservation is known for its majestic redwoods. The redwood forest really does make the most perfectly magical backdrop and a very unique Toronto wedding venue.
Inside the Kortright Glass House, Cara walked down the aisle to meet Michael and become officially husband & wife in a heartfelt Kortright wedding ceremony officiated by their close friend Alvin.
Cocktail hour took place outside the Glass House, with guests taking photos using a Polaroid camera and signing a fun photo guestbook while enjoying drinks on the patio.
The reception was a lovely affair, with watercolour details featured in the decor. The Kortright wedding reception took place in the Main Hall, which affords wedding guests a gorgeous view of the surrounding green forest.
I just want to thank Cara & Michael for asking me to capture their Kortright wedding day, but also for trusting me when I asked them to come outside in the rain for night photos! How awesome are these two, seriously?
Congratulations to the absolute sweethearts that are Cara & Michael!
Wedding Venue: Kortright Centre for Conservation
Officiant: Alvin Kim
Florist / Decor: Simply Flowers N Things
Invitations / Stationary: Maverick Design & Co. (Shannon Watson)
Live Band: Holly Cunningham (of the band Hidden Roots Collective)
Bride’s Dress Designer: Truvelle
Bride’s Shoe Designer: Brown’s Shoes
Bride’s Hair & Make-Up Stylist: Maggie Ng
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit & Groomsmen Suit Designer: Munro (custom tailored by Harry Rosen)
Flower Hairpiece: Gardens of Whimsy (Etsy)
Bow Ties & Best Man Pocket Square: CuteTie (Etsy)
Groom’s Pocket Square (Neck and Tie Co. – Etsy)