Toronto City Hall
Toronto City Hall is an unlikely place to witness the enduring power and beauty of marriage. Most people have a city hall wedding because they want something simple. They imagine they will sign a few papers in a dowdy office and that’s it. The reality is something else altogether. Toronto City Hall has a little wedding chamber on the third floor. Their, in house officiants, sort out all the details within twenty minutes. They go out of their way to make it a special moment. They play music. Offer you the option to walk down the aisle. They talk about marriage as a loving partnership but customize it. Whenever I photograph weddings here, the readings are always unique and relevant to the wedding at hand.
Eyes mist over, voices tremble. A mystery unfolds. The two emerge not just married under the laws of the Province of Ontario, but somehow transformed. Toronto city coordinates about 40 to 50 weddings a week. Some are spur of the moment, others arranged by family. Some couples arrive in shorts and T-shirts, others decked out in gorgeous saris or sharp dinner jackets. My couple today were my first ones to marry at Toronto City Hall since its reopening after the COVID lockdown.
I do a few Toronto City Hall elopements during the year. Most of my couples book me for two hours. This allows enough time to get married and take some photos with your attending guests/witnesses. Afterward, I take the couple on a little local tour of the city. I customize this route based on the couple’s personality and weather conditions.
Giovanna & Steve, had a very unique elopement as they were working around the new COVID restrictions. As the Toronto City Hall Wedding Chambers are quite small, only the essentails are allowed in. That being the bride, groom, officiant, and two witnesses. So while I was not able to photograph their ceremony, we were able to take some fun photos at Osgoode Hall Park afterward with their wedding party. We then did a little walk through Old City Hall and Eaton Centre. And finally finishing at Trinity Square.