Paletta Mansion Elopement
Most of my 2020 weddings ended up rescheduling to 2021 due to COVID-19. But in it’s place, has popped up a series of sporadic elopements. All small scale. All couples who wanted a low key wedding and used COVID restrictions as the perfect excuse to go small. Nadia and Donelle both came from relatively large families, but had no interest in having a large wedding to match. With large gatherings limited to under 50 and Toronto on the brink of a second lockdown. So they decided to take advantage of the situation and have their dream small wedding at the Paletta Mansion.
Nadia’s morning prep was private with her family at the venue. I first met her when she was all dressed and waiting for her ceremony to begin. And yes, that was the first time I met her. We had chatted over the phone a couple weeks prior as she was planning her quickie wedding in record time. A now she was enjoying a quiet moment in the Paletta Mansion’s exquisite bridal suite.
Their civil ceremony was outside the Paletta Mansion on their patio overlooking the waterfront. It was a bit chilly so the couple had customized blankets for their loved ones. “To have and to hold, in case you get cold.” It was a sweet gesture and I know the bride’s grandfather really appreciated it. The groom didn’t wear a formal suit. Instead, he opted to go more casual.
Once the ceremony was complete, we did a quick round of family photos outside the Paletta Mansion entrance. Afterward, it was just the couple and eye exploring the grounds surrounded by all the fall colors. They were brave enough to walk out the waterfront levee wall for some stunning sunset photos. And the evening finished with an emotional father daughter dance that all all their guests in tears. Despite the fact that this event was only two hours, it led to so many beautiful photos. I know these two are on edge over having a big reception next year. Personally, I hope they do as I would love to see what a full scale wedding with this family would look like.