Fairmont Royal York Wedding

Christian & John

by Ryan Rowell

Last month we had the honour of photographing John & Christian’s Fairmont Royal York wedding. We have known this gorgeous couple for several years now, John is our hairstylist and did all the hair and makeup at our wedding as well as numerous photo shoots for our clients. Long before Christian asked John to marry him we actually did a couples photo shoot of them. It became quite a popular photo shoot for us, John & Christian in their underwear doing laundry, you can check it out here.

They were married on the 19th floor of the Royal York Hotel, surrounded by their closest friends and family. We loved how thoughtful and personalized every detail was. The invites were hand made by the grooms. John designed their bands and made the wedding cake. Their menus even had a photo of them on it from their couples shoot with us! Both Christian and John wore custom made kilts from one of our favorite Scottish shoppes Burnett’s and Struth Scottish Regalia. But the most unique detail I have ever seen at a wedding in all of our nearly 10 years of photographing couples in love was the Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose.  Yup! That’s right, they actually had a rose suspended in the air, inside a glass case just like the rose in the Disney movie. Christian loves this movie and just thought it was romantic and beautiful. With the help of Victoria Potter from Posh Beyond there was a real life version standing next to a framed portrait of the couple on the gift table.

After the ceremony the bridal party headed to Toronto’s Historic Distillery District for wedding party photos. Shortly after we headed to the rooftop garden at the Royal York for some couples shots. It was a truly magical day. We are so excited to show off this wedding on our blog. Christian and John, you two were absolutely handsome in your kilts, but the most beautiful part of the day was witnessing the happiness you both bring to one another and everyone around you. Thank you for choosing us to be apart of your special day.

Congratulations John & Christian!


Erika & Ryan

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Hand made black and white invitations by the grooms.

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Christian walks into his ceremony on the 19th floor at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

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Wedding rings designed by the groom.
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Wedding portrait sessions on the roof top at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

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Toronto’s Historic Distillery District Wedding Portraits.

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Custom Made kilts by Burnett’s & Struth Scottish Regalia.

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Table Top Decor and floral by Posh Beyond, Barrie, Ontario.

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Venue: The Fairmont Royal York Hotel 

Photography by: Erika & Ryan at Rowell Photography

Christian & John’s Attire: Custom Made Kilts By Burnett’s & Struth Scottish Regalia

Wedding Party Attire: Keira’s Bridal Wreath

Custom designed wedding bands:  Designed by the groom:  John Linkert,  Made By: The Diamond Showcase

Wedding Cake made by the groom: John Linkert

Invitations: Hand Made By John & Christian Linkert

Invitation Designed By: Linkert Marketing Solutions

Decor and Flowers: Posh Beyond Events

Wedding Planner: Victoria Potter & Holly Carney Posh Beyond Events

Hair: Civello Queen Street

Makeup:  Hannah Debney from John Linkert Salon and Spa

Wedding Coordinator: Keith McCauley for The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Wedding Officiant:  Sarah Bunnett-Gibson

Limousine Service: Limousine Group