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Berkeley Church & Field House

Berekeley Church was built in the 1800’s and has been converted into an event venue.  It’s got really unique architecture, and two areas – the church itself and the Berkeley Field House.  These would both be a great indoor location for photos (especially with a dramatic flair), but there’s not much outdoor space, except for on the steps out front.  The Berkeley Church is large enough inside to accommodate wedding party & family photography.  The Berkeley Church offers a lot and is one of the coolest & most unique Toronto photo locations!

Address:  315 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.berkeleyevents.com

You can see more Berkeley Church wedding photos in these posts:  Dayna & Cameron,  Amanda & GaryKat & PhilDallas & Brian

Berkeley Church

 Berkeley Field House

The Berkeley Field House is so different than its sister wedding venue The Berkeley Church! It’s a more recent addition and it’s very rustic with a touch of glam in the hanging chandeliers and Edison bulbs in the tent for outdoor wedding ceremonies. There’s even a tree house and an iron spiral staircase! So cool.

You can check out more from Joanne & Ari’s Berkeley Field House wedding by clicking here: Joanne & Ari


Casa Loma

Casa Loma is great if you really want a dramatic and historic location for your photos.  You do have to contend with tourists so be prepared for that.  It’s worth it for the dramatic images though if that’s your style!  We can also shoot inside if it’s raining – the conservatory is best for that as it has a good amount of natural light.  The conservatory is also where wedding ceremonies are held on-site at Casa Loma.  Casa Loma may be the most historically charming of all Toronto photography locations.

Address:  1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Permit Required:
Yes Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.casaloma.org

You can see more Casa Loma wedding photos in this post:  Nicole & Greg

 

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Distillery District

The Distillery District is easily the most popular photography location in Toronto.  As a result, it’s very busy, especially on the weekends.  You’ll always have the chance of having others in the background of some of your images, even if we work hard to isolate you from the crowds.  It’s got lovely old buildings and red brick.  You’ll definitely need a permit here!  Also, be aware of any festivals going on as sometimes many white tents can be setup, which can ruin the location for photos.  Otherwise it’s a classic spot.  Please note that included in the permitted area is the Distillery District only, and not the businesses inside which are all privately owned.  There are a few stores which don’t require permits for photography, but, most do.  In particular there are a few art galleries I really like which sell permits separately, which are good rain options on a wedding day.  You can check out the Art Galleries section below.  The Distillery District is a busy but it’s still one of the most popular Toronto photography locations with an historic vibe.

Address:  55 Mill Street, Toronto, ON  M5A 3C4
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  No , however businesses inside The Distillery District are independent and some do sell photo permits separately.
Website:  http://www3.thedistillerydistrict.com

You can see more Distillery District wedding photos in these posts:  Jessica & DavidAlyssa & JasonPriscilla & KeithWhitney & GeoffBrenna & BryanJennifer & ErikRon & ViolettaStephanie & CharlesKeira & PeterAshley & Dillon

 


The Estates of Sunnybrook

The Estates of Sunnybrook is a large place, and is comprised of the large Vaughan Estate (pictured in the gallery below), and the two smaller venues McLean House and the Coach House.  The grounds are beautiful and spacious, and the front of the house is the most picturesque spot.  There are a few indoor spaces large enough for wedding party photography.

Address:  2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.estatesofsunnybrook.com

Vaughan Estate

You can see more Estates of Sunnybrook wedding photos in this post:  Isabel & Eric

 

McLean House

You can also check out these McLean House wedding photosMelissa & Kyle


Evergreen Brickworks

Previously known as The Don Valley Brickworks, the Evergreen Brickworks has been renovated and is a great alternative to the Distillery District if you like the exposed brick look.  It has brick buildings, covered spaces (i.e. good on rainy days), and has a lot of grass and greenery.  Pretty interesting place to shoot.  A lot less busy than the Distillery District too.  Certain spaces can be tough to access depending on what’s going on that day event-wise.

Address:  550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.evergreen.ca

 


 Graydon Hall Manor

This manor house is very impressive and makes for beautiful photos inside and out.  There is a great overhang out front for group photos (great if you have a little bit of drizzle happening but still want natural light for your wedding party photos).  Lots of great details inside, including a sweeping staircase and a showstopper chandelier.  The courtyard in the back makes for some beautiful images as well.  Wedding photos at Graydon Hall Manor have a luxurious style.  Check out this venue if you are looking for elegant Toronto photography locations with timeless appeal.

Address:  185 Graydon Hall Dr, Toronto, ON, ON M3A 3B4
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.graydonhall.com

You can see more Graydon Hall Manor wedding photos in these posts:  Kris & PengSarah & JeffMelissa & IvanSabrina & JohannesJill & Danny

 


 One King West

One of the more unique indoor spaces, One King West is a hotel and has an old fashioned bank vault in the basement, which makes for some very unique photos.  The chandeliers upstairs are pretty gorgeous and this location definitely lends to dramatic and unique portraits.  Looking for Toronto photo locations with a historic background?  Look no further!

Address:  1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1A1
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.onekingwest.com

You can see more One King West wedding photos in these posts:  Alyssa & JasonChrisa & Jason


Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall is located on Queen Street West and is free, but different events may be going on publicly making the space unusable.  This location is very what you see is what you get.  The building has an impressive facade and there is a small park.  Might be a cool spot to combine with some more casual street photography alone Queen Street West.  It’s rare to find free Toronto photography locations so if you’re on a budget for your wedding photography permit fees in Toronto, check out Osgoode Hall!

Address:  130 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5H 4G1
Permit Required:  No, but there may be public events going on.
Indoor Location:  No
Website:  http://www.osgoodehall.com


University of Toronto – Hart House

I love shooting at Hart House.  It’s a gorgeous place, and you have both outdoor and indoor places to shoot (both which require separate permits I believe).  The gorgeous architecture at the University of Toronto can’t be beat in my opinion.  Hart House is one of the most beautiful Toronto photography locations in the city!

Address:  7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes (requires an additional permit fee)
Website:  http://harthouse.ca

You can see more Hart House wedding photos & engagement images in these posts:  Jeannette & IgorAgnes & AdamJessica & Norbert


University of Toronto – Knox College

Knox College is a beautiful spot with lots of indoor spaces, and dramatic architecture.  I really wish access to the chapel itself would be included in the permit fee, but unfortunately it’s not, and it was locked when we used the location for wedding photos only (not the ceremony).  However, despite not being allowed into the chapel, the antechamber is still stunning and the courtyard and front steps are also totally gorgeous.  There’s a great covered space that still allows for natural light photography, even if it’s raining.  Of all indoor Toronto photography locations, Knox College is one of my favourites to suggest.

Address:  59 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3H8
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Yes
Website:  http://www.knox.utoronto.ca

You can see more Knox College wedding photos in these posts:  Jennifer & BenjaminLaura & Adam


University of Toronto – Trinity College

One of my favourite spots at U of T is Trinity Chapel, located at Trinity College.  Outside Trinity is the standard gorgeous University of Toronto classic architecture, but if you can shoot inside the chapel (usually if there’s time and if we get permission after your wedding ceremony has finished there), it can be a beautiful spot for photos.  Outside the courtyard is lovely, but I don’t think the exteriors are as impressive or as unique as Hart House or Knox College.

Address:  6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  Sometimes, with special permission from the chapel management on the wedding day, if there is time before the next ceremony.
Website:  http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca

You can see more Trinity College wedding photos in these posts:  Renata & JonathanAmanda & Gary


York University Glendon Campus

This is an outdoor location with ivy covered walls, some nice architecture and a few gardens.  We went in the fall and there were some trees showing autumn colours.

Address:  2275 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M6
Permit Required:  Yes
Indoor Location:  No
Website:  http://www.glendon.yorku.ca

 

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