The Boiler House Wedding of Caitlin & Nick, Toronto

by Ryan Rowell on September 14, 2012

Last month we had the pleasure of photographing Nick and Caitlin’s elegant Boiler House wedding in Toronto. You might remember Nick and Caitlin on the blog last fall with their beautiful Niagara on the Lake vineyard engagement session. With their huge wedding party in tow we visited some of Toronto’s most picturesque locations. Some of the locations below include the Toronto beaches for bridal party portraits, Polsen Pier for some of the stunning Toronto skyline wedding party portraits, and Toronto’s historic distillery district for the new happy couples wedding photos. We even stopped at a Starbucks to catch a pick of the newlyweds sharing a frappuchino. Caitlin and Nick were married at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse and partied the night away at The Boiler House for their reception. This wedding pretty much covered our list of favorite places to shoot in Toronto, but if you would like to see the full list of Rowell Photography’s favorite Toronto photo shoot locations, scroll to the bottom of the post to see the whole list.

We had so many photo favorites from this wedding that we have decided to post them all. So a BIG Congratulatoins to Nick and Caitlin! You both look amazing in these photos and it was such an honor to be apart of your elegant wedding.


Erika & Ryan


Garden wedding portraits of the bride

elegant wedding photos at torontos distllery district


So If you are overwhelmed by all the fantastically diverse Toronto location options for your engagement or wedding portraits, look no further, we have a Top 10 list for you!

Rowell Photography’s Top 10 Toronto Photo shoot locations list. (Not in any order)

Polsen Pier – As seen in the Toronto skyline wedding portraits above, this in our opinions is the best place to see the stunning city of Toronto by land. If jaw-dropping cityscapes are what you crave then Polsen pier is a great choice.

Liberty Village – Liberty Village is a relatively new area in Toronto, previously called the Carpet factory. It is red brick industrial buildings, and green wooden doors, and mostly a working office area. But its Pièce de résistance is the giant, vibrant wall mural of a carpet. Check out photos of Liberty Village & the carpet factory area here.

The Historic Distillery District – This is a very popular spot for engagement and wedding photos, and every photographer has been here, but the reason they keep going back is because it is so easy to find something new here. I don’t think we have photographed the same thing, the same way twice here. The forever versatile distillery, check out more images here.

Cherry Beach – Just around the Lakeshore in the East end of Toronto, Cherry beach is a little gem. usually quite quiet, with a small wooded area that the evening sunset beautifully passes through and a little beach house.

Toronto Island Ferry – While this is more of a journey rather than a destination, for 15 mins and a few bucks you can get a round trip to Toronto Island, and the best views of the city! While the crowds onboard do get big, the quickly disperse once they reach their destination giving you a few moments to take advantage of an empty ferry and a great view.

Union Station – Often used as a back up plan for our Toronto wedding photos incase of bad weather, Union Station has a lot to offer rain or shine. Stunning architecture, wide open spaces and in also the rush of hundreds of Torontonians.A permit from the city of Toronto is required for photos, and worth the $150-$200 price tag.

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel – Our favorite place! Not just because we were married there, but because in our opinion it is the most beautiful building in the city of Toronto. It’s opulent, spacious, and has loads of character due to its huge Canadian history. They even offer the chance to have photos taken on the roof! An option given to us on our wedding day that we often regret not doing. Oh well there is always our 1 year anniversary. A photo permit is needed, and provided by the Fairmont Royal York. If you are getting marrie there the photo permit is included.

York University (Glendon Hall Campus) – Over overlooked, Glendon Hall is located on Bayview Avenue, just alongside the Estates of Sunnybrook. It has beautifully manicured gardens and a stunning front entrance.

University of Toronto (Hart House Campus area) – A very popular spot for photos over the years has been University of Toronto and for many reasons. A lot of our clients actually attended school there and met their significant other during that time which makes it extra special. U of T and the Hart House area are just gorgeous, my favourite part is the giant limestone arches with all the war vetrans names carved into it. A permit is required to take photos here, Hart House can provide one for you.