I couldn’t tell you enough how much fun it was to shoot this Fermenting Cellar wedding. Elizabeth and Tony are super nice, down to earth people who put a big emphasis on their heart-warming family. They are both open and cheerful, and their wedding day was full of little moments that made me chuckle behind my camera. Everything fit so well together: their organic charisma, the warmth of the day, the charm of the Distillery District – I couldn’t wish for a more perfect day!
Oh boy, where do I begin? Their wedding day took place at one of the hottest days of the year and the Distillery District was packed with tourists, photographers, and families enjoying a hot summer afternoon. Knowing that their wedding was inspired by European wineries, I opted for photo locations that complemented their overall wedding theme. There is no shortage of gorgeous rustic buildings and ivy-covered walls at the Distillery District, that’s what inspired me for the most of the photo session. We caught some calm, quiet moments where nobody was around, where I focused on what was so special about Elizabeth and Tony: their genuine candidness.
From the start of the day, I knew that this was going to be an exciting one. The chemistry between Elizabeth and Tony is immediately recognizable. The morning was full of cheerful anticipation, ecstatic family members and the ceremony was just magic. There was a nice amount of time for the creative, so I moved them around as much as possible, keeping their motion flowing and letting their personalities fill up the spaces of the Distillery District. This was a perfect fit for a Fermenting Cellar wedding – there’s something about cheerful Italian personalities and cobblestones that seem to go together like Shiraz and Provolone. Bellissimo!
When we stepped into the Fermenting Cellar, I realized just how perfect the venue was for these two. The couple was inspired by the Fermenting Cellars’ rustic vibe, and as wine lovers, they wanted to bring a vineyard to their venue. The decorations above the dance floor were real grape vines from Ontario wineries – the aroma filled up the room. The visual appeal of seeing the rustic walls and grape vines took the guests to a timeless place. Wicker baskets were filled with bottles of artisanal olive oil, wine barrels with hand-lettered place cards and eloquent golden details were all complimentary touches to the theme. To top it all of, the birch-tree inspired cake was nothing short of artful beauty. Their planner Renata from RDT Events + Beauty certainly doesn’t take any shortcuts, everything from the chandeliers’ to the floral arrangements complimented the natural rustic beauty of the Fermenting Cellar.
I decided to go for a more candid approach while capturing the majority of the wedding – there was so much fun to capture! Their family and friends were always being playful and joking with each other, so it wasn’t hard to catch their happy faces. By the end of the night, I didn’t even feel like leaving, I just wanted to keep shooting and basking in the good energy. I walked away from that wedding with so much inspiration and joie de vivre that even when I think about it now, I can’t help but smile.
Thank you, Elizabeth and Tony, for letting me be a part of this wonderful day and capturing the magic. I had so much fun at your extraordinary Fermenting Cellar wedding and I wish you nothing but the best in your future together.