This Fermenting Cellar wedding is an epitome of romance and elegance. Filled with white orchids, family crests, golden details and glamourous decor, this wedding is surely one of the most memorable weddings we have ever photographed.
They say it takes a whole village to plan and execute a wedding. This was exactly the case with Caroline and Joseph as their entire family contributed to the wedding in one way or another. I’ll get to it later in the blog post and you’ll see why it was truly a family affair. As for Caroline and Joseph themselves, you know what they say: opposites attract. Caroline and Joseph met at a house party, and they have grown inseparable ever since. Caroline is the creative one with a passion for photography and décor. You’ll see that her talent really shines through in all the stylistic details of her wedding. Joseph is the funny one (I have never laughed so much shooting a wedding!), who loves cars and sports. Together, they joined forces to put together a beautifully rustic, yet elegant Fermenting Cellar wedding.
There were so many perfect elements to this Fermenting Cellar wedding, and I’m not really sure where to start. The entire day, from the morning of the bride to the late night dancing, was filled with family love and warmth. The decor of this wedding is a whole different conversation, but if I had to choose, my top three favourite details would be:
- The Big Balloon Release
After a beautiful ceremony at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, friends and family joined the bride and groom for a big balloon release to celebrate the newlyweds just outside the church. Paper and Poste prepared hundreds of white and gold balloons and they filled the sky as everyone cheered for the couple. It was a beautiful and magical moment – definitely one of the highlights of the day! I loved the idea because it has another layer of meaning to it. As everyone released their balloons, each of them made a wish for the newlyweds. Such a beautiful touch, what do you think?
- The Custom Crest
Now we are getting into the ‘family affair’ I talked about earlier. A close friend designed a family crest combining the couple’s last names: Serpe meaning snake in Italian, and Ryba meaning fish in Polish to represent the coming together of two cultures. In marriage it’s all about preserving the balance. You come together as individuals becoming one family. However, it is still very important to remember your roots and where you came from. I loved how Caroline and Joseph incorporated their family history on their wedding day. I mean, when else to celebrate your family if not on the most special day of your life? The custom drawn crest was seen everywhere, starting with the balloons and stationery and finishing with desserts! It was clear how important family was for the both of them.
- True Family Affair
Speaking of family! This Fermenting Cellar wedding was all about family. Family members were a true inspiration behind some of the biggest details of this wedding. The delicious four tier golden cake was made by Caroline’s grandmother (who baked wedding cakes for all her grandchildren in the past!) The white rose, orchid, and calla lily floral arrangement by Art of Celebrations was inspired by Caroline’s aunt and mentor who LOVES flowers but couldn’t fly in from Europe to be at the wedding. Joseph’s dads pride and joy, his car, the classic 442, drove the bride to the church and acted as the couple’s “getaway car”. Lastly, Caroline and Joseph took a few wedding photos at Caroline’s family owned cafe, Yellow Cup Cafe in Etobicoke. Talk about a family affair!
Each and every detail came together seamlessly to create this modern meets traditional Fermenting Cellar wedding in Toronto’s Distillery District. In Caroline’s own words the wedding can be described as “unrefined elegance” – a combination of Caroline’s rustic and modern taste, as well as Joseph’s traditional style. What I love about Fermenting Cellar is that this venue can be transformed virtually into any style! The venue’s original Kingston limestone walls give the whole room a historic charm while the exposed timber beams and trusses add a rustic texture to the industrial overtones of the venue. When it comes to decor, the Fermenting Cellar is a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a unique backdrop for your industrial chic wedding. Because the venue does have fewer, smaller windows, much of the lighting will come from artificial sources. You can get creative with lighting, choosing different colours or combining different sources from hanging chandeliers to light bulb strings to enhance your Fermenting Cellar wedding magic. It is a great venue to take those whimsical, dramatic wedding photos filled with romance and character. Thinking of going a glamorous route? Skip the dark colours and fill the space with white and golden elements to transform the space into a luxurious gala – just like Caroline and Joseph.
It was great to spend the whole day with Caroline and Joseph and meet their family. As wedding photographers it was important for me to capture their happy emotions, the warmth they share as a family and translate it into flawless wedding photographs to cherish for years to come. That is why I took our signature candid approach to their wedding. I posted some of my favourite images below and I hope you like them!
As seen in Wedluxe.
Digital Photobooth: Mango Studios
Planning, Decor, and Floral Design: Art of Celebrations Event Planning & Design Firm
Stationery Design: Paper & Poste
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Fermenting Cellar
Gown and Veil: Mark Zunino, Kleinfeld New York
Bride’s Shoes: Chanel
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: JB Jewellers
Hair and Makeup: Julia & Julia Bridal
Chairs and Dining Tables: Detailz Couture Event Rentals
Stemware, Flateware, and Linens: Chair-man Mills
Mirrored Cruiser Table and Bar Rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc.
Custom Mirror Backdrop: Apex Glass
Cake: Bride’s Grandmother
Sweet Table: Truffle Cake and Pastry