When your life is like a movie, your wedding better live up to the same standards, and Sharon and Danny’s Graydon Hall Manor wedding definitely hit the mark.
In a story straight from a fairytale, Sharon and Danny tied the knot at their Graydon Hall Manor wedding after Sharon left her life in NYC for her Prince Charming in Toronto. Is anything more romantic than moving hours and hours away to be with your one true love? I don’t think so! Sharon and Danny’s love story inspired the romantic and timeless shooting style of their big day, and it couldn’t have worked more perfectly!
With such an emotional and a raw wedding like Sharon and Danny’s, it’s super important that the stylization of the wedding photography does not distract from these special moments, but slightly enhances and showcases it timelessly. The deep emotion in Sharon and Danny’s love story was a significant indicator that their wedding would be no less than the same, so we planned to capture every intimate moment possible. To make these moments successful from a photography standpoint, we made sure to utilize all of the amazing natural light that poured in from the windows throughout the Manor, and that was available to us during their romantic outdoor ceremony. Too much artificial lighting would have distracted from the genuine, candid moments that poured in throughout their wedding festivities. In our preliminary conversations with Sharon and Danny, it was clear that the emotion, passion, and love was REAL, and we wanted to make sure that the same feeling emanated throughout their wedding gallery.
Sharon and Danny didn’t want any stuffy posing or too calculated of shots, so we agreed to keep it off the cusp and very candid, which was so perfect for them and the raw emotions in their intimate pre-wedding ceremony where they exchanged their vows in front of their closest family. There literally was not a dry eye in the place, myself included.
You may think that an overcast day like the day of Sharon and Danny’s nuptials would be a downer, but it was the perfect natural lighting setup for the Graydon Hall Manor wedding to work with the Mango Studios photography style. The light grey and brown brick and supple white interiors of the Manor worked as diffusion along with the overcast skies to even the lighting throughout the day, and let us play with accenting our compositions with the luxurious golds and soft pinks of the decor and flowers.
With a colour palette of gold, green, blush, and white (of course!), Sharon and Danny’s vendors were able to bring in florals and accessories to emphasize, but not take away from, the natural elegance and beauty of the Graydon Hall Manor. Flower 597 nailed it with Sharon’s breathtaking bridal bouquet. The custom arrangements for the bride and groom worked so well and matched each other perfectly, just like Sharon and Danny’s puzzle piece personalities, they complimented each other in the most poetic way.
Something super fun that I love to do at events like this Graydon Hall Manor wedding is to let the architecture be its own character in the story of the day. I mean, how can you not when your couples pick such gorgeous venues? I really enjoyed incorporating the clean, classic lines of the Manor’s garden walls and walkways in the framing and composition of our bride/groom portraits. Distance was such a massive hurdle that Sharon and Danny had to overcome to make their relationship work, and I loved letting the carefully placed stones of the walls indirectly tell that story.
It was such a joy to be apart of Sharon and Danny’s love story. The trials and tribulations of their relationship did nothing to lessen the intensity and honesty of their love, and all of us at Mango Studios wish them well on the rest of their journey together, wherever in the world it may lead them!
Planning: Vero from Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events
Florist: Flower 597
Venue: Graydon Hall Manor