Sharon & Philip’s Wedding
After rescheduling their Downtown Toronto Wedding the year prior, Sharon and Philip finally got married in front of loved ones at 1871 Berkeley Church on Queen Street East.
Toronto’s Financial District
Although it was mid-November, the temperature was somewhat warmer than usual. The bride, along with her mother and bridesmaids, were playful as they got their hair and makeup done in their contemporary hotel suite near Toronto’s Financial District. Nearby, Philip got ready with his groomsmen and were just as goofy.
Later, the couple met up at Commerce Court for their first look. Sharon wore a lace dress under a white faux-fur cropped coat. In contrast, Philip was dressed in a dark navy suit, but naturally, his pink bow tie matched Sharon’s bouquet of pink roses. Next, beyond the sculpture of Tembo, Mother of Elephants, Sharon and Philip took romantic couples photos, followed by pictures with their bridal party and a few of their friends.
Berkeley Church on Queen Street East
The venue, centrally located downtown on Queen Street East near Parliament, has two floors: a large main floor, with a mezzanine floor open above. Additionally, the historic Toronto building also offers a 26-foot stage on the main floor, a lounge area, and a courtyard garden. The upstairs mezzanine looks down over the main floor and stage, and provides an additional 2500-plus square footage of space. Here, beneath the 17-foot tall stained glass windows on the north side, is where Sharon and Philip exchanged vows.
Masked guests sat on either side of the mezzanine railings, facing the large church windows. The procession began with Philip and his mother, followed by the groom’s father and grandmother. Next, was Kobi, the couple’s dog and ring bearer; then the individual bridal party members, and finally the bride with her parents.
Downtown Wedding Reception
The reception area below was set up with round guest tables, generously spaced apart and topped with white linens. The head table, in contrast, had navy linens. The long bridal table faced the guest tables, and backed the stage.
For the first time as husband and wife, Sharon and Philip made their grand entrance, through the crowd, and up on the stage for a specially choreographed dance. Behind them, against the church’s original stone archway wall, were large glowing marquee letters spelling out S&P.
Following dinner and some dancing, the photography team presented a same-day slide show, that included images from the couple’s childhood as well as photos from the wedding day thus far.
In the end, Sharon and Philip’s Downtown Toronto Wedding was elegant, classic and timeless – despite still being under mask restrictions.