Carmel & Jon's Toronto Wedding at The Carlu

August 5th, 2018

Toronto Jewish Wedding

I first met Carmel and Jon at a Starbucks in downtown Toronto. Right away I could tell how calm, collected, and in-sync they were as a couple. After a lovely meeting over some coffees and lattes, I hoped and wished that they would choose me to capture their big day! A couple of weeks later the contracts were signed and we were all set for their big day on August 5, 2018.

We did an engagement shoot in May at the gorgeous Guild Inn Estates in Scarborough. Carmel and Jon had requested a second photographer for a couple of hours on their big day, so the talented Matt of Matt Besenyodi Photography joined us at the engagement so we all had a chance to work together before the wedding. The adorable intimate images we captured during the engagement had me even more excited for their upcoming wedding! Not to mention the practice bouquet that Carmel brought as a prop… crocheted by her mother - absolutely beautiful.

Finally August 5th arrived, exactly five months after our first meeting. The day began with the girls getting their hair and make-up done in the rooftop lounge at Carmel and Jon’s Toronto apartment. I got to see all of the intricate bouquets and boutonnieres all hand-made by Carmel’s talented mother.

Carmel went to get her dress on while Jon came in to get himself ready. He went outside to the rooftop patio to await his bride. When that elevator door opened and we all saw Carmel’s stunning pink wedding dress, we were all in love! She then headed out to the patio to meet Jon for their first look.

After their first look, Carmel, Jon and I headed out to get some portraits of the two of them. We found this gorgeous park across the street from their apartment that made for the perfect backdrop! I never would have imagined finding such a luscious, green spot for wedding photos in downtown Toronto.

After their formal portraits, Carmel and Jon shared an intimate lunch with their family. We then headed to The Carlu for some family photos and a cocktail hour before the ceremony.

Carmel and Jon had a traditional Jewish ceremony. After signing the official documents, they joined back-to-back in a circle of their family and friends. This was one of the most meaningful moments I have ever witnessed as a wedding photographer. Their Rabbi asked them to think of each other’s faces the first time they ever saw each other, the first time they said I love you, when they became engaged. Tears were streaming down everyone’s faces as the couple turned to face each other, and the Rabbi announced that they would remember this look on their partner’s face for the rest of their lives. It was breath-taking.

Afterwards, the more formal ceremony took place under the Chupah, including bubble boys, flower girls, and of course stepping on glass! We then moved into the Round Room at The Carlu for my next favourite part of the day: the Hora — note the chairs hand-painted by their parents!

Carmel and Jon’s friends and family gave some very moving (and sometimes hilarious) speeches while everyone ate dinner. After that it was time for fun, games, and dancing — starting with the first dance that invited everyone onto the dance floor while “Time of My Life” played. (The Dirty Dancing fan inside of me jumped for joy!)

Thank you so much to Carmel and Jon for choosing me to capture such a unique and memorable day. All the best to both of you! <3