Diana and Ryan had their small Italian wedding amongst the Autumn changing leaves of the Columbus Centre. Regal and lush Mediterranean gardens, statuesque fountains, charming gazebos and a luxurious ballroom. As far as wedding venues go, Columbus Centre was a sight to behold. This spectacular wedding venue has beautiful landscaping and was an inspired choice for this elegant wedding.
I first got to work with these two at Diana’s bridal shower a few months ago. This also doubled as their engagement shoot since they were already dressed for the occasion. But if you want to go even deeper, I photographed Ryan’s sister’s wedding earlier this year. The two brides actually found me at the open house for Black Creek Pioneer Village. Despite the fact that neither of them chose to have their wedding at that venue, they both chose me at the photographer. They had the meeting together, signed their contract together, and planned pretty much all their wedding details together. Every bride needs a sister-in-law like this. They were both warm, charming and witty. Working with brides like this always pushes my creative boundaries to the limit. Which results in some really dynamic shots.
The Big Day
On their big day, Diana and Ryan both looked exquisite. Like they had stepped straight out of the glossy pages of any wedding editorial magazine. Diana was an absolute vision in her crisp white wedding gown, with delicate lace illusion overlay. They radiated throughout the day, and that made every shot we snapped all the more exceptional. The first look was very unique. They each had a bundle of balloons as they walked towards each other. It wasn’t until they released the balloons when they finally saw each other for the first time. Their portrait session was in gorgeous residential park just behind their parent’s house.
The civil ceremony was outdoors in one of the Columbus Centre’s magical and magnificent gardens. The decor in the garden was dressed in an understated and let the natural beauty of the garden shine through. One of our favourite shots from the wedding, from the first dance. I have photographed Italian weddings before and am familiar with the family surrounding thecouple during their first dance. However, this family wrapped the couple in a caccoon of streamers. I’ve never seen this before but supposedly it’s customary in older traditional weddings. The entire experience happened within seconds but there were so many amazing photos that came out of it.
To Be Continued
Thank you so much for allowing me to create timeless memories from one of the most cherished days of your lives. All the best to you both, as you embark on the next exciting chapter of your lives. By the end of a wedding, I always feel part of the family. In this case especially since I seem to be the go-to photographer of this family. And it’s even better when the father of the groom wishes he had more kids so I could keep attending their events. Don’t worry dad, you’ll see me again when the grandkids start coming.