toronto winter wedding – april + mike

April and Mike’s classy winter wedding was a dream to shoot! Just a couple of months prior to their wedding, we met downtown Toronto for a coffee. We wanted to get to know one another a little more, chat details of the wedding, and snap a few “engagement photos”, they were both so laid back, that I think I only took about 50 images of them enjoying their post work coffees. They filled me in that the Love by Lynzie team was helping them to create a classy, winter wedding with pops of teal, gold (check Mike’s shoes!!) and lots of black. They’d be bringing together 225 of their best and closest to celebrate their marriage in a gorgeous church downtown Toronto before shredding up the dance floor all evening!
I met April at her parent’s condo where she laughed through the whole morning while getting ready with her bridal party and family. I think she picked out my favourite bridesmaid dresses to date! They’re black with gold sequinned sides, like C’MON, I think I need one of those dresses haha! While I was drooling all over the girls’ dresses, Alex was over with Mike and his groomsmen who had a great time hanging with their family at Mike’s parent’s beautifully designed home (the family has too many architects to count!). With a December wedding we had to be mindful of not only the chilly weather but also the amount of daylight we would have to work with for their photos. April and Mike opted not to do a first look and instead saw each other as April walked down the aisle linked arms with her Dad. Luckily we were able to work quickly through group photos so everyone could get back inside for some mulled wine and cozy by the fire. We only had about 15 minutes left of daylight with the couple, but Alex and I worked quickly, capturing them snuggling together for warmth (and cuteness!). It goes to show that photos on your wedding day don’t need to last for hours and take up all your day. As long as we’ve got some nice light to work with and a couple willing to trust us, then we can make just about anything work! Every wedding day we’re surprised with different conditions, time frames and landscapes. I love that it keeps me on my toes and my creativity sharp!
What were your top 3 most important things while planning the wedding?
1. We really wanted our wedding to reflect us. We trusted our instincts on a lot of decisions, even when it meant going against the grain.
2. Making sure our guests would have a great time!
3. We always made sure to check in with each other and set aside quality time together during the craziness of planning the wedding, so that we would not lose sight of why we were doing this.
What was your favourite part of the day?!
April – “Running down the church steps with my new husband and our wedding party, while the church bells rang and cars honked their horns!”
Mike – “Tearing up the dance floor til 2 in the morning with our closest friends and family! Dancing closely with April to Hey Jude while everyone formed a circle around us!”
Second Shooter – Alex Mattie
Planning and Design – Nagham of Love by Lynzie
Videography – QT Films
Florals – Tanya List Designs
Makeup – Makeup Lady
Venue and Catering – Palais Royals
Band – Stereo Flavour
Hand Lettering – Catherine Cachia
Lighting – All Cargos
Bride’s dress designer – Rosa Clará
Bride’s Shoes – Manolo Blahnik
Groom’s suit? – Zegna
Groom’s shoes(!!) – Paul Smith
Nagham from Love by Lynzie described their design inspiration for April and Mike’s wedding; “We wanted it to feel as warm and romantic as possible. That included lots of candle light, keeping the colour palette simple, but also adding that pop of teal as a feature. The couple loves Christmas time and were so excited to share the season with their friends and family. We wanted to pay homage to that special time with touches of traditional decor but reimagined with a timeless and creative spin. This lead to the gorgeous ornaments that guests got to take home and hopefully treasure for years as a memory. I love when the decor has such a strong impact on guests as they walk into a venue and that includes details like how the space smells, so we had Tanya incorporate evergreens to make you really feel that winter wonderland spirit everywhere!”

Anemone bouquet for April + Mike's downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Beautiful details for April + Mike's downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bouquet and shoes for downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bride prep for April and Mike's downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white bridal makeup portrait for downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie. Wedding dress hangs in the window overlooking the city before their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bride holds wedding dress backlit by Toronto skyline before her downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white photo as a guest holds the Bride's dress before her downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Getting the wedding dress on with the Toronto skyline backdrop before her downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Buttoning the wedding dress before the Bride's Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white portrait buttoning the wedding dress. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie. Bride and bouquet with the Toronto skyline backdrop before her downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Portrait of the bride with her bouquet before her downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Portrait of the bride with her bouquet for her downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie. A toast before the wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.A toast with the family before the wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Groom and dog. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Groom prep. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Groom putting on shoes. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white portrait of the groom putting his coat on. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.A toast with the groomsmen before the wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Arriving at the church for their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie. Bride and groom stand at the alter during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white photo as the bride and groom exchange rings during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bride and groom kneel at the alter during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bride and groom's first kiss during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bride and groom walk down the aisle in downtown Toronto for their winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Groom holds the train as they walk together after the ceremony for their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Outdoor portraits of the bride and groom during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Portrait session of the bride and groom during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Outdoor portrait of the wedding party during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bridal party bouquet photo during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Bridal party in black during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white portrait of the groomsmen during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white portrait of the wedding party outside during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Details of the back of the wedding dress during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white portrait of the bride and groom laughing outside during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Elegant outdoor portraits of the bride and groom during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom walk down the boardwalk during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom walk hand in hand down the boardwalk during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom kiss on the boardwalk during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom with graffiti background during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Urban portraits of bride and groom during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Portraits of the bride and groom with graffiti during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Portrait of the bride and groom with graffiti during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom embrace on a bridge during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Urban portraits of the bride and groom during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom arrive at the reception during their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Wedding reception decor for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Table decor for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Wedding reception decor details for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Table numbers for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Ornament gifts for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Table decor details for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Evergreen wedding reception decor for a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Table number for downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Card basket and wishing tree at downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Classy downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Hor d’oeuvres at a downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Speeches at downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.Black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing during the reception at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom at the head of the table during the reception at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom laughing during the reception at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom's first dance during the reception at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom's first dance at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom's speech during the reception at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.A toast at the reception of their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom laughing during their speech at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.The bride and groom give a speech at their downtown Toronto winter wedding. Shot by Jennifer See Studios and featured on Crazy Beautiful Weddings & Love By Lynzie.

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