Tania and Thomas’ wedding day was windy, bright and sunny; a beautiful downtown Toronto day. Preparations began early with Tania and her girls getting ready at her light filled Toronto home.  The blush colors she chose for her flowers and for the bridesmaids dresses matched her simple vintage bouquets  of miniature pink roses and babies breath.

Once everyone was dressed, it was time to head over to the Distillery District to meet up with Thomas and his guys who were waiting for us.  Thomas and Tania made plenty of time in their wedding day schedule to plan for a first look together prior to their ceremony.  So when I met up with the guys, we still had enough time to put their finishing touches on their dressing, and to take photos together.
When Tania and her girls arrived, the guys ducked into a close restaurant to have a snack while I took some photos with Tania and her girls.

I just love this image of Tania waiting to surprise Thomas.  It wasn’t at all what I had planned, but when I saw this image later it reminded me so much of the scene with Jack and Rose in Titanic, where he asks her to meet him at the stairway clock!

After their first look and some time for couples photos together, we met up with the wedding party for photos before the ceremony.

Then it was time to head over to the Rosewater Club for the ceremony.  What a beautiful and historic Toronto wedding venue!

After the ceremony we went out again to take some quick photos in the street around the Rosewater Club.  Tania made the perfect urban Toronto bride.

And she and Thomas made such a stunning couple together as we took photos in the street out front of the Rosewater Club.
Inside, their ceremony room was transformed with elegant tables decorated with large upright vases filled with more miniature pink roses and babies breath.  As a gift, each guest received a bottle of olive oil, tied with their place setting card.  As they arrived the guests took polaroid photos of themselves, and pasted them into a scrapbook where they could leave a message for the couple.


Instead of a traditional cake, Tania and Thomas chose to have only a sweet table.  What a work of art!


Tania and Thomas – thank you both so much for letting me share your wedding day with you!  I wish you a lifetime of happiness and a future filled with love!

xo

Judy

Wedding Vendors:

Photography:  Judy Jakusz Photography

Wedding Venue:  The Rosewater Club, Toronto, ON

Wedding Photo Venue:  The Distillery District, Toronto, ON

 

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Katie and Enrique wanted their wedding to be a gathering of everyone that meant the world to them. They planned a meaningful ceremony in their home church, and then threw a fabulous party with the help of wonderful friends — what more can you ask for a wedding day, except a setting out of the pages of a magazine, and a bright, warm sunny day.  After photographing urban Toronto weddings for a bit, it was a treat to photograph a wedding day filled with rustic DIY touches, casual bohemian asthetics and backyard romance.  How much more lovely can a wedding day be to photograph?  Katie and Enrique were married at their community church and then came back to a backyard reception filled with friends and family. 

The day began with Katie getting ready with the help of all nine of her girls, and Enrique hanging out with his guys. While the guys brought out the beers and cigars, at Katie’s house, the girls were all business helping each other get ready.  Katie had put her artistic skills to work and made simple flower bouquets for the day, but she was surprised at the church with a beautiful hand tied bouquet with beautiful white peonies, hostas and Queeen Anne’s lace from their own garden!!

Their ceremony was held at Faith Christian Reformned Church in Burlington.  It was a celebration of not only their marriage, but also the strong church faith both of these two share. Afterwards, it was time to head to the backyard reception hosted by close family friends. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went out to see the location earlier in the week with Katie to plan out the last details of her photos and timeline. I have never seen such a fabulous outdoor location filled with antiques and roadhouse memorabilia. Best of all, the entire yard extended into a back patio complete with it’s own bar and outdoor pizza oven.

Although we had talked about going doing bridal party photos at several nearby locations, in the end Katie and Enrique decided to use the patio and garden areas for their photos.  I was so glad they did because the late afternoon sun worked perfectly. We set everyone up at a communal table on the back deck to take bridal party and family photos, and created a casual Tuscan-y outdoor feel of good friends gathered for good times.

Katie and Enrique — your day was fabulous!  You are blessed with so many loving family and friends, and you two made the cutest couple. Thanks so much for letting me share it with you!

xo

Judy

Wedding dress: Heirlooms Bridal Shop Dundas, ON

Wedding Ceremony: Faith Christian Reformed Church Burlington, ON

Reception Venue: Friends of the bride and groom

Flowers: DIY – friends of the bride and groom

Reception DJ: DJ G-mani Toronto, ON

Wedding Photography: Judy Jakusz Photography

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It’s so awesome to be able to watch a wedding come to life so true to my bride’s vision.  What made Mel and Steve’s wedding vision so unusual though, was that it was taking place in a very decorative and traditionally styled Toronto venue; the Liberty Grand.  This beautiful reminder of Toronto’s turn of the century lakeside complex  has an elegant Euopean decor and style.

What Mel and Steve wanted was a Gatsby inspired, Hollywood style wedding, and they were just thrilled with the results.  F. Scott Fitzgerald himself would have been impressed!

Hollywood spotlights were on the couple as they said their wedding vows on a raised platform stage.  And while they hosted their guests during cocktail hour, the room was transformed into a tropical Hollywood inspired club with palm tree decor.

If the wedding wasn’t enough, the couple surprised everyone with a first dance tango!

Mel and Steve, I’m so thrilled that you made your wedding style dreams come true, and it was such a great experience to photograph your fabulous day!

xo

Judy

 

Venue:  Liberty Grand, Toronto, Ontario

Photographer:  Judy Jakusz

 

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She looked like she could step right out of a fashion magazine, he was sensitive enough to show that real men do cry on their wedding day.  Together, Tania and Thomas had a romantically simple and elegant wedding day held at two of Toronto’s most photographic wedding venues, The Distillery District and the Rosewater Club.

Tania’s lace cutout back dress was fabulous, and I loved her old fashioned sweetheart bouquet filled with pale blush roses and babies breathe.  Babies breath is coming into it’s own again lately in our local markets and flower shops, it’s a romantic hint of floral that certainly seems to be making a resergence in bouquets and wedding decor this season.

 

Thomas and the guys looked awesome in gray suits, with pink ties to match the blush roses.
The brick shades in the distillery district matched the bridesmaid’s blush dresses perfectly,  And I have to say the style Tania chose was true to her wedding vision.  Everyone was freezing with the wind off the lake, but you wouldn’t know it from all the laughter and smiles these ladies gave me.

Tania and Thomas chose to do a first look, a really smart choice when you want to maximize your wedding day timeline.  When I saw this image, it instantly reminded me of the scene in the movie ‘Titanic’ where Jack passes the note to Rose saying “Meet me at the clock, make it count”.



After the couple’s first look, and more wedding party photos, it was time to go back to the Rosewater for the ceremony.  The decor at the Rosewater features shades of gold and greens, which blended perfectly with Tania’s floral choices and dress colors.
The highlight of the ceremony was a solo by one of Tania’s closest friends, who adapted the Leonard Cohen song “Halleluah” with  lyrics she wrote for the couple.

After the wedding, it was back out into the Toronto streets surrounding the Rosewater Club.

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  The Rosewater Club, Toronto, ON

First Look Venue:  The Distillery District, Toronto, ON

Photography by : Judy Jakusz

 

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Who doesn’t love birthday parties, especially when you have a storybook cake, an outdoor BBQ, and lots of presents! I was so excited when Lisa told me the plans for her little man’s first birthday.  It was all about Dr. Suess, and the cake she planned to serve was certainly the co-star of the party along with the birthday boy.

Let me tell you, Natasha from Burlington’s mmmSugar Bakery outdid herself with a fabulous children’s cake.  It had bunches of colorful detail, and was absolutely delicious.

Just look at these delicious cake details…

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Lisa is such an awesome mom, every session I do with her and her family is filled with lifestyle moments, lots of fun, and lots of feeling.  She comes ready to participate every single time.

Mississauga first birthday party photography

And of course Michael was more than eager to let everyone know he was turning one — okay we made I’m do the number one — but it was so cute!

toronto first birthday party photographyblowing out first birthday candles

Blowing out your birthday candles and then having a huge piece of birthday cake is enough to put anyone to sleep.

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This was one of the last photos I took as presents were opened – who says a family photo has to be perfect every time.  Family photo session are all about real life.  With a one year old and three year old, life is perfectly imperfect.  Busy days and lots of love, who could ask for more.

oakville family birthday party photographer  xo

Judy

Party Photography:  Judy Jakusz Photography

Birthday cake:  mmm Sugar, Burlington, ON

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