TORONTO JEWISH WEDDING AT THE BURROUGHES

Written by Jessica - Posted April 24th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

I honestly think that I was literally counting down the days to Dani & Daniel’s big day. From our first chit chat, I knew that their wedding was going to be super rad. We laughed and guffawed together from the first minute- the neighbours probably thought I had installed my own laugh track and studio audience. When I shot their engagement shoot in NYC at the High Line last summer, I kinda wanted to just hang out with them all weekend. They are a perfect match in every way.

These lovebirds are both lawyers and had actually been doing the long distance thing – commuting between the Big Apple and the Tdot. Gotta love Porter Airlines for making that easier to manage with Toronto City Airport. Since both New York City and Toronto were a big part of their lives – it seemed totally fitting that their engagement shoot take place in one and the wedding in the other. That way neither city would be jealous and all would be right with the world.

The Burroughes Building is a total favourite wedding venue space of ours in the heart of Toronto. Dani & Daniel had come across the images we had shot for Yaryna & Jason’s wedding there a year before and got in touch with us. One of their friends and talented designer Wendy Chin created the paper pieces and the design aesthetic of their big day. And the unbelievably sweet Krista Olynyk and her band of magical elves planned and orchestrated a most beautiful and cool reception. I have to give a standing ovation to the Food Dudes – who served 150 guests seamlessly and deliciously – I was in true awe of how they run logistics and their food is out of this world. Coriander Girl did the flowers which were absolutely divine.

Dani & Daniel got primped and prepped at the very cool Le Germain hotel – which is also where we did their first look. And then over to the Burroughes Building for killer cocktails, a lovely ceremony under the chuppah and delicious dins. If we can just take a second to admire Dani’s not one but two magnificent wedding dresses. The one she wore during cocktails was actually her mom’s wedding dress and I may or may not have thought about dress-napping it. Their big day would not be complete without a rambunctious horah – hold on to your kippahs friends. And a dance fest to end all dance fests  – complete with tunes from a Brit DJ they had flown in for the event.

D&D we are so thrilled that you picked B&B to capture such a spectacular day. We heart you both.

Krista | KJ and Co.: Such a great day!! Was a blast meeting and working with you two.

INTIMATE TORONTO NON-WEDDINGY WEDDING FUNNESS

Written by Jessica - Posted April 17th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

It was love at first email – oh sorry I’m not talking about how Erin & Jeff met  – I’m talking about how Erin & I met. She had me at: Rats – which is the subject line that popped up in my inbox.  It stood out in a sea of: Wedding date inquiry, Toronto wedding in June and Looking for a photographer. Intrigued, I clicked it open and hilarity ensued.

You see, just as Erin & Jeff were meant to meet – so were Erin & I. As many of you already know, we shoot sunny destination weddings in Costa Rica from November to May each year. Erin and Jeff had been looking for a photographer and could not find anyone that fit their vibe. They are a non-weddingy couple about to have a wedding but they were going to make it non-weddingy and wanted to find a non-weddingy photographer to capture their non-weddingy wedding. They happened upon our site (through a Yelp review from a former bride – thanks Michelle!). They really dug our style and whimsy but when they clicked to contact us, saw we would be in Costa Rica in March.

Regardless, Erin still went ahead and emailed me (which I love her for!). She jokingly asked in the email if there was any crazy chance that we just happened to be in Toronto on March 7 for a family birthday or jury duty or just because we missed the snow. I could not even believe it – we were actually flying into Toronto on March 6 and flying out a few days later, since we had booked a year ago,  a rad wedding at the Burroughes Building on March 8. It was totally meant to be. Not to mention that we discovered that we both use to work in advertising and knew some of the same people. It was wild.

But enough about Erin & I and on to Erin & Jeff! These lovebirds threw a killer non-weddingy wedding. They invited their nearest and dearest to Bravi in the heart of downtown Toronto on Wellington for a big party and some sayings of I do. They were married by one of our favoritest officiants ever – the one and only Mary Beaty. Jeff’s son Quinn was the ring bearer and was sure to keep the rings safe in his lego Yoda contraption. The wedding speech that Erin & Jeff made was probably the most hilarious thing ever – they had practiced for weeks – they had created a lil’ song that had incorporated every single guests name to thank them for coming. This non-weddingy wedding had a ton of heart and a million laughs.

You guys are the raddest and we love that “Rats” brought us together.