Elegant Casa Loma Wedding

Did someone say: Casa Loma wedding photography.. sign me up! I love it when my brides share their wedding day memories with the studio. Especially when their wedding date coincides with their birthday – what a great way to kick off another year in your life! Kathryn and Daniel are one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with and I’m so glad to be a part of their day! They got married back in July and have hearts the size of gold. Here’s what Kathryn told me about her elegant Casa Loma wedding:

When Daniel and I saw the Conservatory at Casa Loma, we knew it was where we wanted to say “I do.” The domed stained-glass ceiling, the marble flooring, the greenery and natural light lend the space an airy feel — a beautiful compliment to the rest of the iconic Toronto castle, with its rich wood, opulent chandeliers and beamed ceilings.

We wanted our Casa Loma wedding to be an elegant celebration of our love, a tribute to those who have supported us and a relaxed evening culminating in a packed dance floor. Not only was July 4 my late grandmother’s birthday, but when the clock struck midnight, it would be my own. I loved the idea of blowing out candles beside the man who had just promised to grow old with me, in front of 150 of our closest friends and family.

On what proved a beautiful summer day, guests arrived to the so-called House on the Hill, which had been built in the early 1900s in the Gothic Revival style. They followed Peacock Alley to the sunlit Conservatory, where rows of white Louie chairs were split to create a simple aisle. I carried a hand-tied bouquet of crisp whites and wore a crepe gown, while my bridesmaids wore champagne JCrew dresses. Daniel wore a midnight blue tuxedo, and his groomsmen wore classic black. We will never forget standing under the chuppah – a custom-made creation draped in delicate foliage and neutral flowers – as we pledged our hearts to one another.

Guests were passed bubbly and bourbon lemonades as they left the ceremony for the terrace, where we had arranged for a Champagne sabering to kick off the festivities. Dressed in black tie, our loved ones looked out at the lush gardens and Toronto skyline. Inside, the candlelit, bookshelves-lined Library awaited. Satin taupe linens and uplighting added warmth to the space, which had been styled with mercury votives, tapers in cylindrical vases, and deconstructed florals — peonies, hydrangeas, spray and garden roses — in brass compotes and juleps.

We danced the night away as a saxophonist roamed the space, riffing off the DJ. There were sore feet and belted-out tunes, full bellies and smiles, kisses and hugs. It was a surreal and perfect day that we will forever cherish.

Wedding Planer & Stylist: Laura Olsen Events

Flowers: Blush and Bloom

Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller from White

Groom’s tuxedo: Black Lapel

Music: Bellosound