When I first spoke to Iulia, she and Steve were living out in Seattle, planning a “destination” wedding in Toronto. They were arranging to have their wedding at the Steamwhistle Brewery, which has long been one of my very favourite venues in Toronto because of the character, uniqueness, and the beautiful natural light that spills through the big industrial windows. I was so very excited when the day finally arrived. I love to photograph weddings that are rich in personal detail, and based on our conversations leading up to the wedding day, I knew that Iulia & Steve had a beautiful home-spun vintage wedding planned, with loads of personal touches. I wondered though how they would accomplish their lofty goals, since they were organizing everything from across the continent (while at the same time planning a 2nd wedding celebration in Iulia’s home country of Romania 2 weeks after their Toronto wedding). Well, when I arrived to see their set up, I knew that these two had either major powers of persuasion, or family and friends that loved them an awful lot (my guess is both), to cook up a wedding with the amazing personal details that theirs had. I was in awe of the labour of love this wedding was… from tedious tasks like crafting paper doily streamers, making the bridesmaids fascinators and necklaces, and creating frames and signage, to flea market shopping for vintage one-of-a-kind pieces, and designing their own stationery….so much went into this day. Perhaps the most surprising detail of all though is that this incredibly creative day was orchestrated by two engineers. Who would have thought? 🙂
Iulia and Steve, your wedding day sticks in my mind as one of the most memorable I’ve photographed for reasons stated above, but also because your quirky personalities shone through it all. It was truly your day, and what a beautiful day it was.
Venue: Steam Whistle Brewery
Flowers/Decor: Coriander Girl
Cake: Dufflet Pastries
Iulia’s Dress: Paloma Blanca
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Dolce Divas
Iulia’s sapphire engagement ring: Cathy Waterman