distillery district wedding | jennifer & jay

On the morning of her wedding day, Jennifer is surrounded by her best friends, sipping tea and gleefully watching her girls open the beautiful gifts she has chosen for them. And then, in between readying herself for the day and stepping into her dress, she is flitting around her spotless home, fastidiously styling her own accessories and sprinkling confetti to set up photos for me. You can almost see her creative and organized mind working furiously, mentally checking over the day's itinerary. Jennifer, you see, is a professional event planner and this is her most personal event to date.

So naturally, not a single detail is overlooked, and not a moment of their timeline goes awry. The day was planned not only meticulously, but lovingly, which meant the experience is flowing beautifully for Jennifer and her husband-to-be.

Before the ceremony, Jay waits on the terrace of Archeo, between two hanging flowerpots in vibrant colours. As she walks to meet him, her smile grows with each step. When he turns, he laughs his carefree laugh, totally delighted to see his kindred spirit looking more beautiful than ever. For Jennifer and Jay, being together is as natural as breathing. They move as if connected by an invisible thread, one always aware of the other, together always in harmony. It's really something to see.

This wedding was particularly close to my heart as I've known Jennifer for many years and have been so excited to be there on the big day since she booked me over 18 months ago! It was clear that planning and styling her wedding was a true labour of love, and it was lovely to see all her beautiful creations —from handmade chalkboard signs to neon flags for waving during the ceremony—come together so wonderfully.

Jennifer and Jay, thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer. It is so inspiring to see how the two of you just work together, best friends and now partners for life. I know you will be insanely happy together, just as you have been for more than a decade. Much love from me and Brian!

As I mentioned, Jennifer styled all these details herself. Love her!

Jennifer and Jay chose to do a first look and see each other before the ceremony, which gave them plenty of time for portraits.

Their wedding party was a very fun group of sweet people, including one of my very best friends, Rozlyn, who is Jennifer's sister.

During cocktail hour, we stole a few extra minutes for some additional portraits.

Then began the most flawlessly planned reception I've ever witnessed!

Jennifer and Jay delighted me by requesting some nighttime photos. We wandered through the streets of Distillery District again and found some beautiful little spots for pictures in the dark. Again, I am so thrilled to have done more of these types of photos this year. It only takes a few minutes away from the reception, and it yields some really pretty results. Plus, it's a chance for the newlyweds to spend a few moments alone together.

Later into the night, Jennifer and Jay had arranged for a food truck to arrive and serve up delicious goodies (feta fries! fried pita sticks with Nutella and peanut butter!) for all their guests. 


Venue and Catering: Archeo Trattoria, Distillery Events  //  Officiant: Helen Sweet  //  Décor: Jennifer Burns (the bride herself!)  //  Florist: CurlyGirl Flowers  // Photography: Dallas Curow Photography, with Brian Fauteux  //  Baker: Pretty Sweet Toronto  //  Favours: Lottie & Lil  //  Invites: Cheer Up Press  //  Dress: Allure, Saratina Bridal  //  Shoes: Nine West  //  Fascinator: Fascinating Creations  //  Jewellery: Stella & Dot  // Bridesmaids' earrings: Kate Spade  //  Hair: Teo Aveda  // Makeup: Dallas Curow //  DJ: DJ Audiowise (friend of the Bride)  //  Food Truck: Blue Donkey Streatery  //