One of my favourite things about weddings is how different all of them are. It’s so much fun to see how a couple can orchestrate an event that completely reflects their style and taste. Sometimes, even just hearing about which venue a couple has decided to go with for their celebration can tell you a lot about the couple themselves. After meeting Vanessa and Kevin at their engagement session, I knew their wedding was going to be just like them: elegant and chic. These two lovebirds are one of the most modern and fashionable couples that I’ve met. I knew their One King West wedding was going to be everything above and beyond! Having a wedding at One King West always means a wedding with timeless elegance and lots of class. I knew that the wedding would be glamorous, but I couldn’t have predicted all the fun surprises they had in store!
Some of my favourite shots from the morning are the bride’s portraits out on the balcony. The balcony is on the 15th floor of the hotel. It allows for a killer backdrop of the Toronto financial district and always has terrific light! On this particular morning, the wind picked up a bit, and we shot some bridal portraits with an editorial feel; Vanessa’s veil billowed in the wind as I captured some fresh angles. One of the images we shot this morning even ended up in an ad for One King West Weddings!
Just a short stroll from One King West is Osgoode Hall. Osgoode Hall is a fantastic spot for a downtown creative session thanks to its timeless architecture. For our first look, I wanted to up the drama; I did this by taking advantage of the harsh light and had Kevin waiting in one of the archways for Vanessa’s arrival. As Vanessa started walking towards Kevin, I stayed behind to capture their first embrace. I love the photojournalistic quality of these images! We then tucked inside the archway to capture portraits with soft, traditional light quality.
Osgoode Hall provides so much variety when it comes to great photos! I always find terrific options, no matter the time of day. It is surrounded by a park with plenty of space for images that show a ton of greenery, which is rare in the middle of the city! We headed over to the greenspace for some fun photos with balloons and smoke bombs; what a fantastic way to add something playful to our super-elegant creative session! I got really into these smoke bombs and loved playing around to create cool compositions. We all had so much fun! But more importantly, Vanessa and Kevin ended up with a huge variety of beautiful images.
As expected, Vanessa and Kevin’s One King West wedding reception was extremely elegant. Thanks to Diana from Yours Truly Planning and the team at Covers Couture, One King West’s Grand Banking Hall was a total vision. With a palette of blush, white and sandstone, and all the candles lit, the mood was set. You could feel the romance as Vanessa and Kevin had their first dance. However, they didn’t waste any time getting the party started. Nope! Right as their first dance came to a close, Shawn Desman came out! Yes, you heard me correctly. None other than Canada’s favourite pop/hip hop artist. Like I said earlier, Vanessa and Kevin’s day was full of fun surprises!
What inspired Vanessa and Kevin the most for their One King West wedding was just the love they have for each other. Beyond all the glitz and glam, these two were just very happy to get married surrounded by all their favourite people. And at Mango Studios, we couldn’t be happier for them! Vanessa and Kevin, I hope your wedding was everything you dreamed it to be.
Planner: Yours Truly Planning
Venue: One King West
Florist: Covers Couture
Cake Artist: Fine Cakes by Zehra
Bridal Gown: Lee Petra Grebenau
Hair Stylist: Jen Evoy Makeup Studio