Susan & Ike – Married at Rosewater Room

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Susan and Ike got married at Rosewater Room in downtown Toronto – I love a full-on city wedding – lots of fun and totally interesting locations for photos!

Susan and Ike have a love that is without pretension, is youthful and jovial, joyful and free – They care about each other with a confident and beautiful abandon – two individual souls who can exist and support one another in the most admiring way.I was really touched watching how magnetically drawn to each other they are, seeming completely elated to be in each other’s arms, yet also how totally happy they are watching each other enjoy themselves in the crowd of loved ones from afar – What I’m trying to say is, this couple has a bond that goes deep, and it was an honour to photograph their wedding at Rosewater on Saturday.

Their speeches included words to each other that had this photographer teary-eyed and completely smitten being in the presence of this amazing love. The love was also echoed all around by every single one of their guests who was so impassionately excited to be there. Susan and Ike’s crew is tight. I photographed their friends Eini and Celso’s wedding last year and this large, rambunctious and completely fun group was all there – it’s so cool and inspiring to see such a large group of friends and family be so gosh-darned close.

Susan and Ike’s wedding day had a number of personalized touches. Their cakes were made by a friend, and the groom’s cake was a surprise, made to look like a DJ mixing board since Ike loves to DJ. It even lit up! All the flowers, including bouquets, boutonnieres and centrepieces, were made by an incredibly talented friend/bridesmaid. They had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honour their family background. And, perhaps coolest of all, all their wedding day events took place within a few city blocks of where they live! Rosewater, where they got married, is so close to their home, and and we chose to walk around the neighbourhood with their wedding party, shining some new light on the locations they go by on a daily basis – love how personal that was to them!

Anyhow, I’ll stop gushing about these two and let you see some of their photos now — and don’t forget to check out the bottom of the post for some words from our newlyweds themselves! Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0356Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0363Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0366 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0367 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0369 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0364Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0358Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0368Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0360Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0357   Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0370 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0359 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0361Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0362 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0376 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0375 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0374 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0355 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0354 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0372 Toronto Wedding Photographer Olive Photography_0377 wedding photography Toronto

Now some words from the newlyweds!

– What were your favourite wedding day moments (each of you, or one of you)?  The first time we saw each other on our wedding day and walking down the aisle. Him: walking through our neighbourhood and capturing us in the area we live in. – Were there any noteworthy challenges to planning your wedding?

Trying to maintain your patience and remaining calm:) If you can work through that, you can work through anything!
– Now that you’re wedding planning pros & newlyweds, do you have advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?
Know that all that planning and preparation will culminate in a single day that will go by all too quickly, so savour every moment of that day.
Vendor Details:
– Photography: Olive Photography

– Dress Designer: David’s Bridal Galina Signature – Suit: Freeman’s Formal – Cake: Eini & Co
– Flowers: Bridesmaid
– Makeup: Iris Liu
– Hair: Davis Lau – Studio 39

Jodi & Brad’s Romantic City Wedding at the Thompson Hotel, Toronto

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Jodi & Brad are an absolute riot, and I had the pleasure of photographing them and their cool city wedding at The Thompson Hotel. The city skyline from the roof was incredible, and inside Jodi & Brad had decorated the sleek space in a lush, romantic way with modern touches (like the rectangular gold vases, clear ‘ghost’ chairs, and fun personal additions like cat place cards, their favourite candy and silly wedding-themed surveys for guests to fill out). The mixture of styles was pulled off wonderfully – it’s no wonder, since Jodi’s an event co-ordinator extraordinaire!
Their height difference was also so cute – Brad had to bend down quite a bit to kiss his bride! They’re super adorable together.

*Check out the end of this post for some wedding planning reflections from these newlyweds!*
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** Here are some words from the couple about their love and wedding planning: **
“Our wedding was a comedy of errors from start to finish, but when all was said and done, ended up being a perfect day. We had a number of things suddenly change during the planning process that made us have to re-adjust our desired theme and ovrall look & feel. One of those (not so minor) things was having the restaurant the reception was scheduled to be in close down a few months before the date. We had chosen the particular restaurant because it had a very soft, warm, and romantic feel to it, which we both loved. We moved the reception to the Lobby Bar in the Thompson hotel, and were thrilled with the results, but it meant having to modify our romantic theme to a more modern venue. We tried to incorporate soft touches with the colors, flowers, centrepieces, and overall décor so it was a combination of downtown chic meets soft romanticism. My biggest piece of advice for brides (and grooms) planning their wedding is to roll with the punches. Things will change, things will be adjusted, but as long as you’re able to adapt you’ll do just fine. It can be a stressful time but if you have a vision in your head of what you picture the day to be, you can always translate that into whatever situation may greet you. My second piece of advice is to have fun with it and make it yours. A wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and doesn’t have to follow a cookie cutter script. We forewent most traditions – no cake, no garter/bouquet toss, and only one person each in our wedding party – because we felt they just weren’t us. Instead, we opted for quirky and personal vows and to show off our love of cats with hand painted gold cat nametags. We also gave our guests mini packages of our favorite candy brought home from Germany in my suitcase as favors. We felt like each and every guest at the wedding was able to have a snapshot of who we were together and the type of relationship we have. Groom says: Truthfully, there’s only so much input a groom has when planning a wedding when the bride-to-be works in the event production business. You just answer “yes” and “no” honestly when asked and try to not say anything stupid. My better half did a fantastic job of making sure that we were able to put on (what we feel was) the ultimate party for our friends and family, some of whom had come from as far as Australia to be involved. The only thing I would recommend to those about to get married is book your photographer for as long as possible in advance. We had our incredible photographer booked for several hours and we still ended up needing to keep her for additional time as the timeline got a little delayed, as can often happen with weddings. That time flies by SO fast so keep that in mind when planning your day. Oh, and you’ll have a lot of people pulling you in this direction and that, but don’t forget to take a few minutes to eat!”Toronto wedding photographer Thompson Hotel Wedding_0128