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Faye & Michael’s Berkeley Church Wedding Photography

The Berkeley Church is Awesome.

There, I’ve said it.

Over the past year or so, Charlotte and I have become the unofficial photographers for The Berkeley… Doug, Ann, Andrew, Tom, Stephanie, Jessica and the whole crew there are an amazing team – all energetic, fun and extremely helpful.

Not only have we run our last few Toronto wedding photography workshops at the Berkeley! We’ve also been fortunate to shoot several corporate events, boudoir sessions, engagement portraits as well as 3 weddings there this year. We love the space and the vibe so much that we convinced Charlotte’s sister, Tricia (see last post!) to have her wedding there.

If you’re planning a wedding in Toronto – especially if you are looking for a church setting, but you’re not part of a congregation – then this is a venue well worth considering.

Now onto our very cool couple – Faye & Michael. Faye is a children’s book author, and Michael, well Michael’s my kinda guy… he’s an Apple Genius!

We began their wedding day shooting at various locations around the Berkeley – The bridal suite, the rooftop patio, the green alleyway and on the front steps of the church.

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One of Faye’s bridesmaids, Rhonda is a florist, and did an incredible job of creating truly unique buttoneers, bouquets as well as centre pieces and sprinklings of flowers and yellow flower pots all over their reception… Beautiful work I’m sure you’ll agree.

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The ceremony was so beautiful, set in front of huge stained glass windows with natural daylight poring on the wedding party and all the guest.

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After the ceremony we jumped in the Rolls Royce and headed down to the George St. Diner – a retro diner and one of Toronto’s well known movie filming location. We found some awesome coloured walls close by and grabbed these vibrant pics of the gorgeous couple.

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As we returned to the church to begin the reception, I had a chance to capture some beautiful photos of Faye in her elegant Paloma Blanca wedding dress.

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Jon Thorpe was along to second shoot this wedding with us and did an awesome job (as always)… check out these wedding party photos. Sweet right?

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The reception took place in the church which looked stunning as always.

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As we prepped to depart at the end of the night, Jon created this amazing image of Queen St & The Berkeley Church.

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Signing off for now – We’ve just arrived at our hotel in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and I should really be at the beach!!

One Haute Engagement Session

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Wow, this was one smokin’ hot shoot! And what a stunning couple, meet Simon & Noel! While planning their engagement session, they mentioned that they’d love to have a high fashion vibe to the shoot to really give their images drama and elegance. With three wardrobe changes and some of the most beautiful gowns I’ve ever seen you can see how putting that little extra into styling the engagement shoot really does wonders! Honestly, with the gorgeous and style savvy couples who hire us, Dave and I should really open up a modeling agency ;).

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Many of our recent couples have asked to shoot at the Berkeley Church. I guess they’ve been checking out our blog and all of the great wedding photography workshop photos we’ve taken there. Like us, they think it’s one of Toronto’s best photography locations! As you can see from this shoot we managed to get a totally different look to the shoot from Sara & Hami’s engagement pictures. There are just so many options… My goodness, I do love the Berkeley Church :).

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These guys were so fierce, the pic above could easily be used in a Chanel ad! What a dress. Noel, I must know where you got that turquoise number, absolutely stunning!

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Oh, how awesome are Noel’s shoes, all of you shoe addicts out there know what I’m taking about… Christian Louboutin… Helllloooo!!! I am totally hitting up the Louboutin boutique when we go to Paris next week! Louboutin shoes, with their trademark red sole, are as desirable as they come. I’m pretty sure it’s an essential destination for any fashionista in Paris. I don’t know if Dave will actually let me through the doors with my credit card but looking is free, right!?!

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Wow, another jaw-dropper! Love this one below, it’s just fabulous. You can tell Simon loves Noel sooo much I couldn’t believe how he proposed. Talk about popping the question… Simon and Noel had their first date down by the docks on Polson st, here in Toronto. When he asked Noel to be his wife he wanted to bring an element of their first date into the proposal. Simon arranged for a Helicopter to drop them at the helipad at the end of Polson street and a limo drive to a private table he had arranged on the beach. Awaiting their arrival was a 5 star chef with a fabulous meal for the occasion. Oh no, wait, it gets better! After the private dinner for two on the beach, Simon took Noel home for a surprise engagement party with all of their friends and loved ones waiting to celebrate the next chapter of their lives together! Wowza, good work Simon, now that’s a proposal!!!

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Our high fashion engagement shoot wrapped over a cup of coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District. Thanks guys for another fab shoot at the Berkeley Church! Congrats to you both, you make an amazing couple!

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Sara & Hami’s Amazing EShoot

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how excited I am about this shoot! I’m seriously in the middle of packing for Ankush & Lina’s wedding in India tomorrow and writing this blog post at the same time. We’ll be in New Delhi this week on an awesome adventure shooting their grand and incredible Indian wedding! When I saw the amazing photos from this shoot I could NOT wait to blog it. Hold on to your seats, here’s Sara and Hami’s engagement shoot!

I LOVE, love, love couples that are in love! It’s the kind of love when you just can’t stop smiling for ear to ear. When you can tell that when they look at each other that there isn’t anywhere on this planet that they’d rather be than together. Sara & Hami are one of these head over heels, hot for each other in love couples that we just adore! We felt so privileged to be the photographers to capture their love with our lenses.

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When we met Sara and Hami for the first time to chat about their dream wedding photography coverage, I couldn’t get over how stunningly gorgeous Sara was (Hami’s cute too of course ;) ). She has these gorgeous big brown eyes, endless bouncy curls and a beautiful personality to match. She was definitely going to be one beautiful bride.

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As we were chatting Sara mentioned that she enjoys Salsa dancing. Dave and I kept that in the back of our memory for almost a year and had to get them to show us a few moves for the engagement shoot. Boy, can these two move!!

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We love the Berkeley Church and so do many of our clients. They check out the shots on our blog from our wedding photography workshops here in Toronto and they instantly fall in love with all of the different backdrops the Berkeley Church has to offer. Sara and Hami thought it would be a perfect spot for their engagement pictures and they were right! They have soooo many amazing photos from the shoot that we are now doing some canvases and an A-Mazing engagement album for them as well! It’s going to be awesome!!

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I LOVE these shots below! Just a simple engagement portrait, but don’t they just look so gorgeous together ???!!!

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The Berkeley Church was awesome!! With little winding pathways and streams, blue, red and exposed brick walls, it was an endless source of shooting locations.

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I just loved it when these guys changed into their more formal, evening wear. Sara was wearing this stunning gold dress and Hami looked handsome and charming in his suit. We took them away to a little hidden area in the church to grab a few shots of them playing and sneaking a kiss in here and there. Later when we looked back at the images, we couldn’t believe how many of the shots turned out absolutely perfect… not a hair out of place on either of them :) We loved all the pictures so much we couldn’t decide so we ended up making it into a sequence of our favourites!

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Can you believe that this is the end of the shoot?! They still looked like movie stars even after all of the dancing, kissing, modeling and posing they did for us.

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Wait a minute… let me pop on my sunglasses… Talk about a stunning engagement ring, huh?! Hami you have some great taste, fabulous work on Sara’s ring!

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Ahhh, a couple more of my faves, this has to be one of the best poses from the engagement shoot. I don’t think this shoot could have turned out any better if we had hired professional models! You guys rocked this shoot, amazing work you two! We can’t wait to photograph your gorgeous wedding this summer, stay tuned to the blog for Sara and Hami’s wedding at The Manor in Kettleby… coming soon!

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Wicked Wedding Workshop Winners!!

Drum roll please… and now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The winners of the May 3rd Wicked Wedding Workshop Challenge!!! The top photographer and winner of our grand first place photography award is Taylor Jackson! He grabbed this gorgeous shot of Tai. The pose was quiet and sensitive and has a lot of emotion. We loved the way Taylor back lit the veil! Great work Taylor!! You’re the winner of a $500 credit to a future Wicked Wedding Workshop.

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Our second place photography award goes to Brian McKay with this stunning portrait. We loved the way he posed Ada with this playful shot. Congratulations Brian!! You’ve won $250 off a future Wicked Wedding Workshop!!!

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And the prize for the third place photography award goes to Emily Sorlie!! Awesome job Emily, we loved the way you made fun use of the location with this shot. Great use of humour, which always adds a lot of fun to engagement photography! Nothing tops having a good time with your clients and your photography, it’s the best! You’ll take home a $100 credit for a future Wicked Wedding Workshop.

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Thanks so much to all of the attendees! The race was very close and you all put in an amazing effort. We had so much fun with you guys and hope to see you all again very soon! The next Wicked Wedding Workshop will be announced soon, so stay tuned to the blog!!

Check out the gallery of the amazing pics the group created below… all of these images must be commended for their creativity, technical skill and outstanding execution. All of these images are outstanding and we wish we could hand out more than one first place! It honestly took us forever to choose the winning photos, but it was very satisfying when we finally agreed on who got the awards. Congrats to everyone and we hope to see you at the next workshop – we’re making it bigger, better and even more awesome next time around!!

Another Wicked Wedding Workshop

Yipppie!! Dave and I are so stoked to announce that our wedding photography workshop at the Berkeley Church was an outstanding success!! We were so thrilled to have Bryan Caporicci or BCap (as we call him) as our featured guest photographer. The class absolutely LOVED having him along and so did we! BCap is also an educator and his enlighten me online resource for photographers is a great way to up your game! We had such an amazing class of photographers attending our workshop as well. Looking at some of the participants websites and blogs we knew we had some serious talent and some amazing photographers lined up for the workshop. We can’t wait to check out the images they got yesterday, we’ll be posting the winners from our photography challenge soon. Stay tuned!!

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Grrrrrowwwwwwww. Very sexy BCap!

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Our gorgeous models were the picture of perfection and worked their hearts out to get the images the attendees were striving for. Thanks so much to our hard working models. We had Anett & Joel along as our couple for our engagement style photo shoot. They both did a fabulous job and the participants loved having a real couple to pose and photograph as you would have to on a real engagement shoot. They were so cute together and looked pretty happy to be spending a day of kissing and cuddling together ;) We’ll have pics of them coming soon!

We kicked off the teaching portion of the workshop chatting about marketing, blogging, looking after clients – from inquiry right through to the wedding day and producing their products. We also shared the way we visualize the perfect album before shooting a single image… here’s the 4 shots Dave grabbed during the example. I could tell a lot of the attendees really liked the concept of having the album in mind.

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Dave and I had had our Terra Australis exhibition opening the night before the workshop, and some cupcakes left over, so we brought them to the workshop to use in the details section of the shoots. We always like to include the details that people will face on a wedding day to prepare them for what they might encounter – hanging dresses and veils, rings, ring boxes and bottles of champagne. Check out this shot of the ring – we did this with the 100mm macro… both Dave and I love shooting with it… pin sharp and beautiful bokeh. Do you like the brand colours?!

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Ada was the first Model to arrive for the shoot. When she walked in the door I was greeted with a great big, warm smile, she is so professional and has the kindest personality… oh and did I mention that she is drop-dead-gorgeous!! Ada and I had a great time and a lot of laughs getting her all dolled up for the shoot :) Being the only girl out of Dave, Bryan and I, I was on dress duty. I’m sure Ada felt like Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind at some point in the dress tightening process. Even at the end of the day she still looked like a princess. I can’t blame her if she didn’t want to take off her tiara, who would want to go back to blue jeans after that!

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Tai was along for the day as well. She’s great and she’s modeled once before for our photography workshop at the Royal York Hotel here in Toronto. It was so nice having her back. Tai has done a lot of modeling and loves bridal, she’s also appeared in Wedding Bells Magazine. She looked so elegant in her cathedral veil and was absolutely glowing in the pictures.

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It was fantastic using the Berkeley Church again. It’s a magical and ethereal location for photography. Endless corridors, hidden stairways and private rooms decorated with modern art and eclectic antiques. It’s no wonder so many fashion shows, photo shoots and movies are filmed there! We were so stoked being able to book the Church again for our workshop. Everyone loved shooting at such a great location.

Thanks so much to all of our incredible, fun-lovin’ and talented attendees, you all really helped make the day a lot of fun for us all. We were also so happy to have 3 Wicked Wedding Workshop alumni back again for another workshop. Even Susan, a photographer we met at a recent [b]ecker workshop, made it all the way in from the U.S.A. We had a blast with you all and can’t wait to see more of your shots from the day. We’ll be posting the workshop winners soon!

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Along with our workshops, a great way to bring your photography to the next level is The i.c.e. Society – a 24/7 online classroom with multi-international award winning photographer Jerry Ghionis as your teacher! All participants in our May 3rd photography workshop will receive a promo code for 20% off your subscription. Please contact us for your secret code.

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We’d also love to thank Pink Twig for supplying us with such gorgeous floral bouquets for our workshop. Pink Twig is an amazing little floral boutique in Toronto just a hop, skip and a jump from our studio. Their floral boutique creates some of the most beautiful and unique arrangements we’ve ever seen. We have had many of our couples use Pink Twig on their wedding day and they always provide the freshest, most vibrant flowers so we love photographing their stuff. We’re stoked to have them provide our floral bouquets.

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A special thanks to Andrew from Sorlie Arts for doing our promo for our workshops. We all had a lot of fun being in front of his camera and we all can’t wait to see the promo he puts together for us. Thanks Andrew!!!

Wicked Wedding Workshop Wrap-Up

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Woo Hoo! Dave and I are so happy to announce that our wedding photography workshop at the Berkeley Church was a huge success!! We were so excited to have Johnny Tran fly in all the way from Calgary as our featured guest photographer. The class absolutely LOVED having him along and so did we! Johnny was honoured with DWF’s Wedding Photographer of the Year award and with his personality and ability he definitely deserves it. We had such an amazing class of photographers attending our workshop as well. Going through some of the participants images from the day, we were awe struck by the shots these guys were getting and all of the interesting angles and poses they were coming up with. It’s been a lot of fun for Dave and I to go through the images from the day, we’ll be posting the winners from our photography challenge soon, so stay tuned!

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Our gorgeous models were a breeze to work with and looked fabulous in every shot. We had Eric and Angela along, we shot their wedding last year at the Manor in Kettleby.  Angela is a blogger and bakes healthy goodies. Her site “Oh She Glows” is very popular and attracts thousands of visitors every day!! She made Dave and I some healthy brownies and apple cake, it was sooo moist and delicious. It seemed utterly impossible that they were made with no oil or butter! MMM… healthy brownies…  They both did an awesome job and all of the participants mentioned how nice it was to work with a real married couple. We loved shooting them again, it took us back to that beautiful wedding day last summer when they vowed their love for one another. Ahhhhh… it seems like yesterday :)

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We had such an overwhelming response last workshop with Vlada on board. She is a professional world class model and is always quick with a funny joke or a new pose! Dave and I had a real blast shooting her, she kept us laughing all day. She hales from Russia but you should hear her do her “Aussie Dave” impersonation… “Crikey!!” It’s spot on!

Alana was along for the day as well. She’s done a bit of runway but is new to modeling. It was nice having such beautiful subjects with different levels of experience along for the shoot.  It really made us exercise our abilities as photographers to get the reactions we wanted from all of our models.

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The Berkeley Church was nothing short of a magical and ethereal location for photography. Endless corridors, hidden stairways and private rooms decorated with modern art and eclectic antiques. It’s no wonder so many movies are filmed there not to mention all of the rock stars that have graced the stage! We were so happy to use the Church for our workshop, it was a photographers dream!  Dave and I will be back to the Berkeley Church March 24th to photograph an event and cannot wait. We’re sure it’s even more beautiful lit up at night!

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Here are a few of Dave’s favourite shots of the day. He amazes me every time, I love seeing the stuff he comes back with after a day of shooting :) He did a wicked job teaching while he was shooting! Evoking true and honest reactions as well as endless laughter from our models! Johnny was also an amazing teacher, he was so informative and has such a cool and down to earth vibe about him. We’ll have his shots soon and post them on the blog when we do. Stay tuned for Johnny’s workshop dates and details as well.

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These are a few of my own personal shots. I loved shooting the location and the gorgeous models.  They were so much fun to photograph and stayed so congenial and chipper through a long day of shooting. I also loved the effect of video light and used it for a few shots with the class. In the shot I took here of Alana against this red wicker wall, it really made for a moody dramatic effect. Like I said the Berkeley Church is just loaded with cool, funky locations to shoot. My sister Tricia was along to help us out with styling the models and lighting. She was such a super-amazing help all day so we’re hoping she’ll join us for the next workshop… pretty pleeeaassee.  I think her arm was getting a bit tired from holding the video light at a 45 degree angle so hopefully she’ll be up for another one lol! Thanks Tricia, you’re a trooper :)

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Thanks so much to all of our totally rockin’ attendees and models. We had a blast with you and love your shots from the day. We’ll be posting the workshop winners shortly!

Along with our workshops, a great way to bring your photography to the next level is The i.c.e.Society – a 24/7 online classroom with multi-international award winning photographer Jerry Ghionis as your teacher! All participants in our March 15th photography workshop will receive a promo code for 20% off your subscription. Please contact us for your secret code :)

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We’d also love to thank Pink Twig for supplying us with such gorgeous floral bouquets for our workshop. Pink Twig is an amazing little floral boutique in Toronto just a hop, skip and a jump from our studio. Their floral boutique creates some of the most beautiful and unique arrangements we’ve ever seen. We have had many of our couples use Pink Twig on their wedding day and they always provide the freshest, most vibrant flowers so we love photographing their stuff. We’re stoked to have Pink Twig along to provide our floral bouquets.

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A big shout out to The Wedding Cake Shoppe for supplying us with two super scrumptious wedding cakes for our workshop. If you are one of our brides to be you should definitely check them out for your special day!