Weddings

Alexandra and Paul – Toronto Canada Destination Wedding

Jan 25, 2019
Toronto Canada Destination Wedding

You read correctly – Alexandra and Paul – Toronto Canada Destination Wedding! We are so excited and pleased to share Wedding photography brought to you all the way from Toronto.

Seriously, this Wedding was already amazing simply due to the cool background story of this couple. Alex, a Canadian, Paul, an Australian, living in Uluru in the middle of Australia. What more can I say! If you didn’t read about their story on the Engagement Shoot blog post, you totally should! Read about it here on the blog:¬†https://sunlitstudios.com.au/gold-coast-country-engagement-photography/

Cameron’s story

I have a love for travel, so making the 30+ hour journey to join them in Toronto, Canada was a pleasure. After a few days to overcome jet lag, I spent hours the day before scouting the area of the wedding Venue, Hotel Ocho, making sure I had the very best spots lined up for use the next day. I had spent hours already reviewing local photographers work and Google Earth, but I wanted to see the options with my own eyes before committing to a photo route. Time was limited, and I never like to rely on what other photographers have done in the past.

Located smack-bang in the middle of Toronto’s centre, Hotel Ocho is surrounded by busy streets (both cars and pedestrians), the city’s streetcar, and towering buildings. Believe it or not (I know I couldn’t!), it is also just one street away from what is literally called “Graffiti Alley”! I’m not usually a fan of “city” weddings; options tend to be limited, as is natural light with all the big buildings blocking the sun. That WASN’T the problem this time – I had TOO MANY options! Being selective, I picked out a couple of spots, including a quirky community garden for a some natural, green backdrop in some of the photographs. Natural light was a bit tricky still, but as we were walking back we caught a ray of light coming in between some buildings right on a busy street corner (I mean people-dodging-us-due-to-the-size-of-the-crowd kind of busy). I simply had to take advantage of it, and so we stood our ground as a snapped away. I LOVE the results – I hope you do too ūüôā

Hotel Ocho, Toronto, Canada was also a winner! A well picked venue for the style of Alex and Paul’s Wedding, it was full of class. It offers two levels, with a void between the two so you can see below from upstairs in certain parts. Downstairs was the Ceremony location, with upstairs reserved for the Reception. The staff were super friendly and accomodating, even providing me with a ladder to use for various angles (I couldn’t fit my usual ladder in my checked in bag, no surprise there!). I would definitely recommend Hotel Ocho, Toronto, Canada.

The venue and decorations add to the atmosphere to a Wedding, particularly the Reception. But make really MAKES the atmosphere is the people, and Alex and Paul successfully gathered some of the nicest people you could meet. And it wasn’t just the locals, just been nice to the foreign photographer. Even the Aussies who travelled from Australia were so helpful to me throughout the day. The things shared during the speeches about Alex and Paul were really no surprise, they really just confirmed what I had already come to know – they really are a fun, positive, genuine couple. Their family and friends were also a testament to that.

Congratulations Alex and Paul on your Toronto Canada Destination Wedding, it was a huge success!

The Bride’s story

On working with Sunlit Studios:
We met Cameron by chance! Paul purchased my engagement ring from Anthony’s Jewellers¬†and we entered into a draw to win an engagement photo shoot. Lucky us, we won and met Cameron in the Gold Coast for our engagement photos. We had never had professional photos taken together and weren’t sure how we’d feel in front of the camera. Cameron’s style is very candid so we just got to enjoy each others company while Cameron worked his magic. We felt super comfortable with the whole process and loved the results as the photos didn’t feel too forced or “posey”. Our wedding was in Toronto Canada and we were so thankful that Cameron was willing to travel across the Pacific Ocean to shoot our wedding as we loved his style and photos…there was nobody else we’d rather have shooting our wedding. Thanks Cameron!
 
On the most stressful parts of wedding planning:
The most stress inducing part of planning our wedding was committing to a venue! It felt like such a big deal and we wanted to make sure it had the right “vibe” for our day — relaxed but special and contemporary but classic. Once we found our venue (Hotel Ocho) and secured a date, it was a huge sigh of relief! Another challenge we faced was planning our wedding in Toronto Canada all the way from Central Australia. We are currently living in the township of Yulara (20 kms from Uluru). We are so thankful for the internet, blogs, Instagram and Skype! They were our best friend in terms of finding all of our other vendors and doing research. Not to mention we were planning not one, but two events! Along with our Toronto wedding, we were also planning an Australian celebration for our friends and family who, understandably, couldn’t make the journey to Canada.
 
What we will remember most from our wedding day:
The day was honestly so much fun from start to finish! It’s hard to narrow it down, but a few special moments that we will always cherish from the day is the ceremony and the dance party. The ceremony felt intimate, full of love and we enjoyed every second of it. My grandfather and Mom walked me down the aisle, which was very special and then my handsome husband was waiting at the end of the aisle. It was really amazing to look around and see so many of our friends and family there to celebrate us; it was a truly humbling experience. Another favourite memory was everyone dancing up a storm to some classic songs! We truly were dancing like nobody was watching ūüėĀ

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Toronto Canada Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer – Cameron, Sunlit Studios
Venue –¬†Hotel Ocho
Flowers – Mint & Magnolia
Make-up – Steph Roberts
Hair – Jessica at Toronto Beauty Group
Celebrant/Minister – Jonny Belinko
Entertainment/Music – Alex Williams aka Lexx at The Spectrum Agency

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