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A Historic Toronto Wedding Venue | The Old Mill

A Historic Toronto Wedding Venue | The Old Mill

A Historic Toronto Wedding Venue | The Old Mill

A historic Toronto landmark, The Old Mill is a highly sought-after venue for couples to say I Do. Originally built in 1793, the expansive grounds of this former lumber and grist mill is located just off Bloor Street. The Old Mill has a rich history and stunning Tudor architecture. Lush trees surround the mill, tucking it away from busy city streets. With its classic English warmth, notably the interior and exterior architecture, it’s plain to see why this historic place is such a popular wedding venue.

Despite being steps away from one of Toronto’s busiest streets, The Old Mill is peacefully surrounded by the foliage of Kings Mill Park. It is situated on the banks of the Humber River. It’s easy to forget you’re in the city when you’re surrounded by trickling streams and fountains. The landscaped pathways lead to a courtyard terrace, as well as the Old Mill’s English Tea Garden.

In addition to the fifty-plus boutique hotel suites, the Old Mill has everything you need for a wedding, including a chapel, a wedding garden, and an on site florist. They have banquet hall options to suit a variety of wedding sizes, as well as a spa to be pampered in. Picture-perfect spots for  wedding photos can be found not only outside but inside as well. For example, there are long beautiful hallways, grand staircases and many nooks and crannies, complete with picturesque backgrounds.

Tarek & Rohila

When Tarek and Rohila chose this historic Toronto site as their wedding venue, they planned it from start to finish. Their reception was held in the Guildhall, with its 14-feet coffered ceilings, elegant wall coverings, rich drapery, and heavy wooden doors and beams. Complementing the classic old world Tudor warmth, the couple chose gold seating, mirrored accents and soft pastel florals for the decor.

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Lina & Mahmoud

While Tarek and Rohila had their entire wedding at the Old Mill, Lina and Mahmoud had a different approach for theirs. Although they had their nuptials celebrated elsewhere, they decided to have their photos taken at the Old Mill. Here, they walked the halls for their first look and danced under the staircase. Afterwards, they braved the blustery May wind storm for portraits on the patio before heading to their wedding reception.

In summary, the Old Mill has everything you need for your wedding. It can be your one-stop-shop. Or, if you prefer, it can simply be a unique highlight of the day. Regardless of your preference, the Old Mill is an absolutely gorgeous historic Toronto wedding venue that will always be in style.

Check out some other great venues in the GTA:
Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan
The Atrium in Burlington
Or have a look at our list of recommended locations for Toronto photoshoots.

 

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Great Locations for Toronto Photos | Fotorflection Blog

Great Locations for Toronto Photos | Fotorflection Blog

Great Locations for Toronto Photos

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One of the aspects I love about being a photographer in the Greater Toronto Area is a seemingly endless supply of great places to shoot.

From urban settings to waterfronts to leafy parks and historic sites, the GTA is full of amazing places to make impactful images. When considering backdrops for photographing clients, I have a number of locations in my repertoire. In this article we’ll talk about some of those locations, why I like them and why I love doing engagement shoots, portraiture and more here.

Urban Vibes

Toronto is one of the great cities of the world, and I love its urban vibes and cosmopolitan feel. That’s true whether I’m just strolling the streets of Toronto on my own, or for when I’m with clients and putting them up against this unique backdrop to create images with a very urban mood.

Toronto is, of course, a multi-culture, and is ideal for urban photography & portraiture in its many diverse neighbourhoods. From Chinatown & Kensington Market to the Distillery District and so many other spots – both iconic (Eaton Centre bridge, Nathan Phillips Square) and more obscure – I love working with people to produce memorable images that evoke a distinctly urban mood and style.

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Just walking the streets, amongst Toronto’s unique architecture and the character of its residents, gives me inspiration for great photography here. Some of my favourite photos were taken while walking the streets of Toronto, especially in the hour or so before sunset when the light is magical and both subjects and backgrounds really come to life.

What are some of the spots I like in particular?

Knox College, U of T

The University of Toronto campus is great, and I especially like Knox College. You need a permit to shoot here, but it’s worth it. Great architecture is found here, especially in and around the chapel and surrounding buildings, courtyards and gardens. Elegant in its traditional style, quite dramatic in fact. It’s in the heart of the city, evokes a great urban feel. It’s also convenient for people to get to, easily reachable by public transit and central to folks living across Toronto and the GTA.

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

High Park

You can’t beat Toronto’s lovely High Park for urban nature, especially in May for those couple of weeks when the cherry blossoms are out. High Park is great virtually year-round, though, and I’m always happy exploring its many settings, doing portraits and engagement shoots.

Toronto Music Garden

This isn’t one of those tourist guide or Instagram-saturated places, but another oasis of urban nature (smaller than High Park to be sure) is this spot on the waterfront just west of the CN Tower. That’s what lets us make some iconic, unforgettable Toronto images. Manicured grounds give a green backdrop with the famous Toronto skyline right behind it. Another one that’s fairly central and well within reach.

Distillery District

I still think this is a great area for a stroll, giving a candid, romantic city vibe. The Distillery District is worthy of the amount of attention it gets. Having said that, they are doing more to control capacity and are charging more for permits now. With good reason, admittedly, since it’s really a great urban setting. You’ll see Instagrammers galore here. But that doesn’t mean that we should avoid it, I’ll just make sure to plan it out well to get the most of our time and effort here.

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I Would Love to Work with You

This concludes Part 1 of our spotlight on GTA photo locales.

There are so many great spots to shoot in and around Toronto. Next time we’ll talk about more great places in and adjacent to the city, as well as some locations elsewhere in the GTA.

Whether you have are planning a Toronto engagement shoot, are looking for an urban location for wedding day shots, or you have other portraiture needs, I would love to speak with you. We can talk about what kind of mood and style you’re going for and how our visions can mesh to work well together.

Give me a call at 289.828.3030 … or use the contact form below if you prefer.

Until next time!

–     Moussa
 
 

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Surprise Proposal Photos | Tony & Carmen

Surprise Proposal Photos | Tony & Carmen

Surprise Proposal Photos in Downtown Toronto | Tony & Carmen

This happened this past weekend. Tony Diab from Halifax proposed to his girlfriend Carmen and she said YES! 
The surprise proposal took place at One Restaurant in the Yorkville area of Toronto, one of Canada’s exclusive shopping district. 

Congrats Tony & Carmen. May the days ahead be filled with great moments. 

 

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Small Backyard Wedding in the GTA | Lara + Wael

Small Backyard Wedding in the GTA | Lara + Wael

Small Backyard Wedding in the GTA | Lara + Wael

Prior to heading to their reception at Mazza Garden, Lara and Wael hosted a small backyard wedding in the GTA.

It was all about the details as they prepared for the ceremony. Lara was gorgeous in a fitted lace dress and nude platform shoes while her husband to be looked handsome in a black suit and pinstriped tie.

Excited to begin their day, the two met in the foyer and lovingly snapped selfies together. Around them, white balloons floated at the ceiling with their ribbons cascading down to the floor. Tied to them were personalized notes and snapshots that loved ones had written.

Before the hustle began and everyone arrived, the pair took a stroll around the neighbourhood, stopping for photos at a local park along the way. Although many of the trees were still bare from the winter season, the springtime cherry blossoms sprouted colourful pink blooms around the couple.

Back at the house, the couple greeted their guests. Once everyone had arrived, they made their way outside where family members stood, snapping pictures and waiting for the nuptials to begin.

Lara and Wael exchanged vows with the bright spring sun shining down. It was short but romantic, and at the end they marked their newlywed status with a pop of champagne.

The group continued their celebrations at the restaurant in Ajax. Halfway through the reception, Lara changed into a blush-coloured cocktail dress. The band featured a saxophonist decked-out in white from head to toe, performing while the belly dancer swayed her hips on the dance floor.

Despite the small size of the venue and modest guest list, this event packed some substantial punches. The pièce de resistance: a wedding cake embellished with pyrotechnic sparklers!

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

Backyard Wedding in the GTA

For more small wedding inspiration: Brittany and Phil’s Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding.

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Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding | Brittany + Phillip

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding | Brittany + Phillip

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding | Brittany + Phillip

It was a beautiful summer day for Brittany and Phil’s intimate outdoor Hamilton wedding at the Whitehern Historic House & Garden. Although the ceremony was small, it was full of character.

The melodies of the violin/cello duo queued the procession and all thirty guests turned their attention to the bride. Ushered in by her father, Brittany walked down the centre path of the garden to greet her groom.

A pair of large floral arrangements flanked the couple on either side of the quaint stone altar. They stood beneath a delicate white trellis arch that contrasted and popped against the grey stone walls that surround the Whitehern’s yard.

Brittany was pure elegance and grace wearing a classy white lace cocktail dress with white heels. Rather than the conventional veil and bouquet, she accessorized with traditionally delicate jewelry. Her short hair was swept away from her face and her natural beauty absolutely radiated.

Phil, dressed sharply in a navy suit, gazed lovingly at his stunning bride as he promised to love and cherish her. She giggled through joyful, emotional tears as they exchanged rings and vows. Without hesitation, as soon as the officiant pronounced them husband and wife, the couple embraced ecstatically while their family and friends applauded and cheered.

When it comes to weddings, bigger doesn’t always mean better. An intimate affair such as this one can be just as exciting, fun and eventful as the Royal Wedding itself. At the end of the day, the extravagance of a wedding doesn’t matter; it’s the love of the newlyweds that brings it all together.

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

Intimate Outdoor Hamilton Wedding

 

 

 

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Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan | Chantal & Joe’s Fairytale

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan | Chantal & Joe’s Fairytale

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan | Chantal + Joe’s Fairytale

Chantal and Joe’s wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan, Ontario was straight from the pages of a classic fairytale. Without a doubt, the castle was the perfect venue for this Prince and Princess.

The Victorian-style facade is breathtaking with its four large columns framing the venue’s front doors. The dark grey surrounds of the windows contrast beautifully with the light stone walls. Moreover, the black wrought-iron fence gives a sense of exclusivity.

The recently renovated interior also has luxurious features. The main staircase curves below a domed ceiling and crystal chandeliers. Accented with ornate mouldings, the ceilings are arched, coffered and stretch thirty feet up. Unquestionably, there is elegance in every detail: such as the vibrant stained glass windows, gold accents and large scale mirrors that reflect light into every corner of the space.

Inside the castle, the two resembled royalty; not unlike the classic storybook tales of the past. Chantal wore a Cinderella-esque ballgown dress. A beaded bodice topped her layered blush-coloured chiffon skirt. She held a bouquet of ivory roses accented with sparkling rhinestones and wore a delicate bejewelled tiara in her hair. Her Prince Charming, Joe, was equally lovely in his tailored tuxedo and black bowtie.

The couple travelled in style to the venue in an off-white vintage car. Once there, Chantal and Joe were escorted into the banquet hall by a group of traditionally-clad musicians. They made their grand entrance while playfully dancing and cheering along with the parade of performers. The room was decorated with pretty rose-gold table linens, crystal candelabras, and extravagant floral arrangements as well as white fabric draped floor to ceiling.

The two appeared to be more in love than any Prince and Princess as they danced their first dance as husband and wife.

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan

Vintage Car Pulling Up to the Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin Newlyweds

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin Staircase

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin in Vaughan

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin - First Dance

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Romantic Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin

Wedding at Chateau Le Jardin Ceilings

Looking for other wedding venue options? Check out these other posts:
Wedding at Bellagio | Randa + Mark
Ancaster Mill Wedding | Olivia + David
Wedding at Loft in Montreal

 

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