The bride has an infections smile and laugh.  The groom is an artist and DIY pro who designed and freehand created almost all of the wedding decor.  Together, they’re a selfless couple that gave their time and talents every day to help others.

It was no surprise then that they chose one of Toronto’s most hidden away small wedding venues – tucked between busy Queen Street and the Grange Park area behind the AGO.  St. George the Martyr Church was filled with vintage florals, linens, and babies breath.  Their family style BBQ reception was filled with toast and speeches from their friends and loved ones.

Because of their involvement in the L’ARCHE community, Hannah and Matt opened their wedding o making sure their community friends were included in all parts f the day, from the interpretive dance at their wedding ceremony, to leading out dancing to “The Hustle”

Hannah and Matt asked several of their LARCH community family to do an interpretive dance to poetry during their ceremony.

After the vows, Hannah and Matt showed their devotion by washing each other’s feet at the altar.

St. George the Martyr borders along Grange Park, just behind the AGO.  We started wedding party photos first, and then wandered down alleyways right across from the church.

Loved this impromptu version of ” I Want to Grow Old With You” from the movie The Wedding Singer.

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

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Sometimes are the most beautiful wedding days don’t have a lot of sun, but the threatening skies didn’t stop Michelle and Michael’s wedding day at the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Burlington from being full of family traditions and wedding party fun.

The day started at Michelle’s home in Burlington where her family shared traditions with her parents, sister and grandmother.

 

Before we left for the ceremony, Michelle’s family performed a traditional Polish wedding blessing for their daughter.  It was simple and sweet, and there were lots of happy tears.

Michael and his guys shared lots of funny moments at RBG for their photos!

Michelle and Michael chose Hamilton’s St. Stanislaus Catholic Church for their traditional Polish wedding mass.  St. Stanislaus is one of Hamilton’s oldest churches, and the inside is filled with Eastern European style and tradition.

After their ceremony it was off to Royal Botanical Gardens for family and wedding party photos.

Michelle was a stunning bride!

Showers never stop romantic wedding day moments!

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

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Summer in Northern Ontario is the perfect time for a wedding, and being asked to travel to Iroquois Falls, Ontario to capture a small town Ontario wedding first-hand was an honor I won’t soon forget.

The day started bright and sunny, and absolutely perfect for Jen and Joey.  I loved the fact that they wanted to take care of all their photos before the ceremony.  Being so far north, they knew that there would be little sun time left after their late afternoon mass at Sainte Anne’s Catholic Church.  After their first look outside of the bride’s home, we moved on to family photos at Anson Memorial Park.  From there we toured around the quiet downtown streets finding wedding party photo opportunities, and a fabulous little secluded place for a quiet bride and groom photo moment.

Jen and Joey, it was such a treat to be able to join you and your families for a taste of small town Ontario hospitality, to learn about northern Ontario wedding traditions, and to be there for your beautiful day.

xo

Judy

 

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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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