We got married in Toronto and, including rings, our wedding came in at under $15000. I think that it was around $13,000 + or minus a few things
Given what you want (your pictures are really awesome) I honestly think that you are going to have a difficult time doing it within your budget. That doesn’t mean that it will be impossible, but you will have to be flexible.
Here’s what we did:
We had a cocktail reception for 100 people in The Distillery District. The food was awesome and we had an full open bar. I want to say that it cost under $8000.
My mom made our cake.
I had a friendor do flowers. We wanted very basic flower arrangements (3 window boxes, bridal bouquet, hair flower, a lot of flowers for family). It came to just over $550. I went to quite a few florists first. I was consistantly quoted over $1000 for the same flowers.
I bought a sample dress (I wish that I hadn’t done this in retospect) at Becker’s Bridals. With alterations, it was just under $1000.
My photographer (who kicks butt) is from Barrie. Yes, we had to pay a small travel fee, but I got 3 hours of coverage, digital copies of all images, and an engagement session for $750.
We did semi-DYI invites. I bought the base from Wedding Paper Divas and then made the rest of the pocket folds and inserts.
Decor at the venue was just the window boxes, hand-glittered pinecones, candles, and my mom’s silver bowl collection.
What I discovered, is that you can do this more cheaply but it takes way more effort and time. We decided what was important to us (guest experience, so food, booze, etc) and then went pretty budget, frugal, DIY on everything else. So you have to decide if that is worth it to you. I would also look off the beaten track for non-traditional venues. We looked at a rowing club, for example. We were looking at renting furniture from a home staging company or a place that rents to the film industry. This was a lot cheaper than rental companies that rent for events.