I’m usually pretty happy when I get a wedding held at the Berkeley because I’m in for a wedding with pretty details and a couple who appreciate history and architecture. Ryan and Kelly were orginally from small towns that were relatively close to each other (Petrolia and Wyoming, Ontario) but didn’t meet until they both moved away to attend University. Their wedding was overall inspired by their unique wedding venue and I love that their favorite moment was their first look. I really do urge everyone to consider this, because it makes for some really geniune moments captured on camera. Photography is by the lovely duo Ieva and Gee of Blue Colibri.
What were your favorite wedding moments?
Kelly – I loved having our “first look” pictures taken. It was a really special private moment and it calmed my nerves. Our photographers, Ieva and Gee, made us feel very comfortable the whole day and having our pictures taken before the ceremony was one of the best decisions we made.
Ryan – I also loved the first look pictures, but my favourite part of the day was seeing all of our friends and family surrounding interacting and socializing in the venue we chose. It was the culmination of what we had envisioned.
What was your wedding inspiration?
We were inspired by our venue, the Berkeley Church, which was built in 1871. We wanted to highlight the character of the Berkeley and keep things simple and elegant. We chose grey and pale yellow as our colours because they are fresh yet classic.
Advice for future brides/grooms-to-be:
Decide what kind of wedding you want to have and what is really important to you. We really wanted a great dance party with amazing food, so choosing the right music and food were very important to us, so we put our focus and our resources there. Also decide what’s not important to you and don’t feel pressured to do it. We don’t love cake, we so didn’t have a wedding cake, I don’t think anyone noticed.
Photographers: Ieva and Gee of Blue Colibri
Venue and Catering: Berkeley Church, event coordinator Kathy Lee
DJ: Justin Jacques
Flowers: Kay and Young flower market – 136 Avenue Road, Toronto
Bride’s dress: Alyne “Audrey” dress from Beckers Bridal
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Dessy Twist Dress
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suit: Ted Baker, Tom’s Place
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Foltys, MIXX Custom Cosmetics Inc.
Hotel: Westin Harbour Front Castle