Post # 1
So I emailed our photographer last night to inquire about scheduling our e-session and he wrote back tonight suggesting I come up with some ideas for themes before we pick a date. Now, I live in a town about an hour north of Toronto and our photographer doesn’t have a vehicle and lives in the city. So our original plan of doing our shoot at some wicked caves about an 45 min west of my town (nearly 2 hours from our photog) is nixed bc the travel would make it too expensive.
So now we’ve been thinking of locales in Toronto… we’re not overly familiar with the city but we LOVE the Distillery District and my FI was thinking maybe something down by the Steam Whistle Brewery? I suggested these locations to my Photographer in my initial email.
Ok, I’m rambling… My dad has a beautiful sail boat here in Barrie and my FI races on it with him weekly and on overnight races throughout the summer. I grew up on the boat (although I have no idea how to sail to this day lol).. so we could build a theme around the boat and I’d just have to pick up our photographer and drop him off after…
Do you have any suggestions for themes?
Our wedding is evening wedding, cocktails and late night buffet, purples and greys and no theme, but the feel will be classy, elegant, and a bit of sparkle…
Post # 3
Alright, great spots in the GTA
Steamwhistle (not in the distillery ditrict, about a 45 minute walk)
St. Lawrence Market
Nathan Philips Square
Evergreen Brickworks (photo permit reqd)
Toronto Botanical Gardens (photo permit reqd)
Thats what I can think of off the top of my head.
Post # 4
(why do you need a theme – you guys in love and engaged is the theme…)
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: All great locations! I think a permit is required at the Distillery District as well.
Other ideas, Yorkville, I met a photographer that shot a lot of engagement pics there, some cute shots.
U of T. The ROM. Harbourfront. High Park.
Post # 6
I should add my FI isn’t super keen on using the sail boat as we’re using it for photos on our wedding day…
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: Yeah I know… I thought the location and us in love kind of was the theme? So I’m a little confused.. and I’m not the most creative person so this is a stumper for me!
He is an AMAZING photographer and he said nothing’s off the table, the more challenging the shoot, the more fun… so now I’m racking my brain.
I know I want like 3 outfit changes… casual, dressy, and something in between perhaps?
I thought maybe grabbing a beer somewhere… playing scrabble on a patio… I’m not sure… stumped
Post # 8
there’s also the wavy boardwalks down along the habour front.
If you’re driving, Mimico has a really great habour where you can see the skyline
Port Credit has a great harbour as well
I’m sure I’ll think of more….
Post # 9
@MrsPhilly: good patios downtown are actually a little hard to find although Oliver and Bonacini (i think that’s how you spell it) on the corner of Yonge and Front has a nice patio, but it’s more ‘upscale’, there are a few bistro cafe’s near the music garden that usually have tables outside and they serve GREAT coffee. there’s one in particular, i think it’s called the music garden cafe, it’s got a pretty cool interior too if i remember correctly.
who’s the photog?
Post # 10
@MsGinkgo: I’ll have to look those up!!! I usually only go places that I can get to off the subway because Toronto driving terrifies me lol. The distillery district is somewhere we both love and have only been together, but I know it’s super popular…
Our photographer is Marcin Moka… When we hired him his website was just marcinmokaphotography.com but now he’s partnered up with another photographer, Clifton Li, and their business is now called MokaLi Photography. They are amazing… every single photo he adds to his fb page is stunning. Can’t wait to work with him!! Now I just need this theme… can beers and sunshine be my theme? oh, and love lol… can’t forget that one haha
Post # 11
The Toronto Islands are super pretty for pictures. You can get some great pictures from there with the skyline in the background. I had a friend get her engagement photos done over they and they look awesome. And as others have said Harbourfont, High Park, Steam Whistle area, would all be pretty as well.
Post # 12
@burnabrenna: +1 for the Toronto Islands. You can get so many types of shots there. Skyline, beach, old time architecture, gardens. Plus, if the maze is open, that could get interesting.
Post # 13
@MrsPhilly: I second (and third) a lot of the places already suggested – distillery (although it’s kind of common), UofT…
Also consider, Kensington Market (perfect on a Sunday) and Union Station (the upstairs old portion). You can also look into whether or not the Royal York will allow photos (I’m sure your photog will know). The waterfront is beautiful pretty much anywhere along it – you could head towards Exhibition stadium and take pics along the water and at the Princess Gates?
There are also a bunch of beautiful parks in the city – ask your photog for suggestions and I’m sure they’ll know of one close to the location you choose.
Post # 14
How about your workplace? Anything that’ll make a nice backdrop? I’m a barista, so I’m going into the cafe after-hours for ours. It’s going to be super-cute. I can make hearts in latte art, so that’ll play in.
Post # 15
@JBishop: Ah I wish… I am a supply teacher so I have a different work place every day… and my FI just finished school so he’s just been working here and there for my dad while he tries to find a full time job.
I’m thinking just us grabbing some coffee on a patio with the paper or playing a game… a walk through the market or the gardens, then a dressier outfit and a shoot at the Distillery District with some wine or a beer or something… it’s such a beautiful back drop…
Maybe a tour of Steamwhistle instead of the market? Don’t know if Distillery would be better at day, dusk, or dark?
argh, I thought just picking a location was hard enough!! now I need a theme??? Romance? lol
Post # 16
@MrsPhilly: actually, there’s an interesting looking coffee place in the distillery. It’s called Balzac’s Coffee Roaters. Here’s a link to a pic of the outdoor seating http://www.torontoimages.ca/distillery%20district/pages/1200%20-%20The%20Distillery%20District%20-%20Balzac's%20Cafe.htm
and here’s the indoor area http://www.photo-serendipity.com/index.php?showimage=17
If the links don’t show up, I apologize. I’m on my iPad right now.