The Berkeley Church is a very funky venue and has so many neat features to it. It’s definitely a workout, we traveled up and down 3 sets of stairs with our gear in tow, all evening. Totally worth it though. The basement has an almost “prohibition era” look to it, with exposed brick and cool decor. As we’re curiously prone to do, we checked a lot of doors to see where they led. One little red door opened up to a tiny side courtyard, with hanging Edison lights. This venue is such a gem and the gift that keeps on giving for photographers.
The couple’s civil ceremony was on the upper floor of Berkeley Church with the beautiful stained glass windows as the backdrop. While the reception hall below was decorated with custom made pieces by the bride and groom. And since both locations shared a similar space, a fuchsia hug lighting connected them both together into one glorious space.
We started out at the De La Salle for Kate and Frank’s wedding. Not a lot of wedding photographers have heard of it as it, unfortunately, had a very short stint as a wedding venue. There is a castle in the middle of Toronto. One that puts Casa Loma to shame. I’ve lived in the city for 10 years and never knew of its existence. De La Salle is Victorian castle right here in the city. I’m in love with this location. However this wedding will likely be the last here. The castle is part of the De La Salle College Oaklands campus. And it seems weddings and the parties that follow are distracting to students. Which is understandable, but still sad considering the venue is amazing. The couple had their morning prep here as well as their official portrait session.
But this wasn’t even the sole highlight of the day. A TTC bus served as the bridal party bus for the event. One of the benefits of having a bride who works for the company. There was also a solo live band performance by the groom to his beautiful new wife. There is a belief that you can tell on a couple’s wedding day if they’re going to make it. I’m not sure I entirely believe it. But if it’s true, these two have nothing to worry about.
Theron Henry of Powerpack Images captured the video for this wedding.