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Back in May, Curio Studios celebrated the first wedding of the 2017 season with the marriage of Elvia and Derek.
Much like the summer weather we’ve been receiving this year, it was a rainy day although many consider it to be good luck and symbolic of fertility and cleansing. I thought the rain added a dreamy, atmospheric quality to the wedding, especially to the photographs!
The bridal party got ready at the shimmering Markham Hilton Hotel, which is adorned with a teal and rose-tinted mirrored exterior. While the ladies changed from their silk kimonos to their gowns, the groomsmen played hilarious door games with one another before seeing the bride. As it was drizzling throughout the day, most of the photographs were taken indoors. I had Elvia and Derek pose in the beautiful modern space of the newly-built bridge at the Hilton, which connected the new parts of the building to the old.
Once everyone was ready, we headed over to the reception hall, Universal, for a couple more photoshoots. Since Universal is a relatively new event space located in Vaughan, their innovative and unique hall had hardly been photographed yet, so it was a great setting for our photoshoot.
One of the many highlights of the reception was Derek and Elvia’s first dance, which was sung by her bridesmaid, Jane Lu, who is an especially talented and professional singer and MC. It was incredibly touching and heartfelt to see Jane perform the song as a gift for the couple.
As the celebrations came to a close, I captured a series of dramatic night shots out in the misting rain with Elvia and Derek. These magical shots harmonized with the theme of the day and was the perfect ending to the evening.
It was a pleasure to ring in the new year at Kailey and Mark’s wedding. We stayed with the wedding party until midnight to celebrate the countdown with the new Mr. and Mrs.
We kicked off 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Toronto. The luxury hotel was very accommodating of the unique shots we wanted to take within the vibrant architecture of the building. The Four Seasons is the first hotel in Canada to be awarded the Forbes five-star rating, and it certainly deserves that title. The massive windows put impressive Toronto views right in the room with you. Also, the elegance of the hotel really added to the magic of the wedding; the ballroom felt like a castle and yet, so intimate.
The chilly, windy day couldn’t stop the entire party from jumping onto loading dock of the hotel to get some creative shots. The entire venue was bustling with Kailey and Mark’s ecstatic friends and family. Everyone’s smiles were infectious, and it was hard not to laugh along with them as they danced the night away.
Claudia Cole, the wedding planner, did a fantastic job incorporating the festivity of the season into the décor and atmosphere. Everything matched the frosty glow of winter, it felt like the perfect way to welcome a fresh year.
We were touched and excited to take part in the countdown with all the guests. It meant so much that the entire family was there together. Watching everyone hug and kiss was a special moment that just had to be captured.