Let me start by saying that we love us some Burroughes Building wedding. Why? I have a reason or two to believe that the couples who get married there are just simply, really, really cool people, and Caleigh and Joshua were no exception.
The Burroughes Building is a true Toronto landmark, but not everyone recognises it when they walk right past it! It was built at the height of the industrial boom in 1907, with some additional floors being added in 1910. The Burroughes is an incredibly unique building and has maintained a lot of its original industrial chic, including a cool hand-painted mural on the east side of the building. It has excellent views of the city, exposed brick walls and piping, with tons of natural light flooding in. As a wedding photographer, I love that there is a ton of cool texture for me to play with. I think it’s a perfect wedding venue for couples looking for something a little extra vintage and chic.
When it came to Caleigh and Joshua’s The Burroughes Building wedding, they knew exactly what they were looking for in a wedding location. Being born and raised in Toronto, they wanted to have a wedding that was indeed a celebration of the next chapter of our lives, set in the city where they fell in love. At the Burroughes Building, Toronto’s pretty skyline became an important wedding backdrop, and all the other details fell into place from the there. They also chose this venue because it was so close to where Caleigh and Joshua have lived throughout their relationship.
Joshua showed up in a dapper blue suit, and Caleigh wore a long-sleeved lace dress with her hair twisted in a chignon. We took their wedding portraits against the Burroughes mural wall; it was like a monochromatic dream come true! There’s something about the laid back nature of the building that seems to work its magic on both the photographer and the couple, and I love how the photos always turn out so effortlessly and beautifully.
The ceremony for Caleigh and Josh’s Burroughes Building wedding was simple and intimate. I loved the real birch bark and flower arch they said their ‘ I do’s’ under. However, the coolest part of the ceremony was when their close friend decided to surprise the couple by singing an acoustic cover of ‘Higher Love’ during the signing of the wedding registration!
It became clear during my time getting to know the couple, and while observing the choices, they made for their wedding, that acknowledging their roots and journey together were vital. After they made their entrance into the reception (under another amazing birch bark arch), they twirled and dipped to the sounds of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together.’ Already a classic made all the better by the fact that they chose because Josh had put it on a mixtape for Caleigh when they first started dating! I was also super excited to see that they decided to serve sticky toffee puddings instead of a wedding cake.
Caleigh and Josh, your wedding day was such a cool, warm, and a truly unforgettable event to be a part of. Thank you, guys, for having us come to shoot your special day at the unbelievably cool Burroughes Building!