Alycia & Chris really enjoy our candid, fun, and timeless style of photography. They had a very interesting venue in mind. Truth be told, we'd never heard of The Lodge on Queen before but wow, what a completely unique venue; the sort of thing you'd expect in a tucked away, second floor on Queen West.
We paid Chris a visit at the couples' home and got some great, fun shots of Chris and the boys getting ready. Upon arrival, our first job is to find some great light, start getting prep photos, portraits, and detail shots. The cat did not disappoint.
Next stop, the elusive Lodge on Queen! There we were greeted by a VERY excited Alycia and her Maid of Honour, Alex. The venue has so many nooks and crannies for shooting, we quickly got to work taking full of advantage – getting Aly in her crepe-fit-and-flare dress by our good friend Kim at Valencienne, coupled with those Louboutins! We then shot some gorgeous portraits with her bouquet (by Coriander Girl) before the big first look with dad, and then her groom!
When it came for the big First Look, we found a really great loading dock behind the building – full of character, just like our couple. We rode down the antique service elevator and set up by photos by the graffitti and punk-rock nuance of a great, downtown Toronto alley – great juxtaposition considering how elegant Chris and Aly looked!
Big shout-out to the awesome staff at the Warehouse Bar, where Aly & Chris had their first date. We were allowed to take over the bar for a good 30 minutes and got some killer shots of them having a drink, behind all the hustle of folks drinking after work, the christmas lights strung on the ceiling, and all the eclectic neon glowing in the background. On our short walk back to the venue, we obviously found a ton of other things to shoot on the way through the vibrant Queen West neighbourhood.
At the venue, we met up with the rest of the gang to continue with the family formals and ceremony, with one the funniest officiants we've ever worked with.
And as they walked down the aisle, you could hear the bar open, drinks flow, and the DJ rock the most Old Skool retro collection of songs – it was ah-mazing! It was a cozy, intimate event, made possible by low ceilings, candle lights, and the trendy "cocktail reception" dining. The taco bar was great and THAT CAKE!!! Obviously, since there was no real seating, the dance floor was always hoppin'!
Accordian: Claudio Santaluce
Bridesmaid's Dress: David’s Bridal
Makeup and Hair: The Beauty Team