Toronto
Wedding at Balzac’s
in Distillery District

Emily & Katherine

by Ryan Rowell on July 20, 2016

In late spring we photographed the Toronto wedding of Emily & Katherine. They were married in a simple ceremony at City Hall and then partied the rest of the wedding at Balzac’s in Distillery District. There were so many great moments from this day; watching the newlyweds walk out of their ceremony as a notable number of strangers congratulated them. Some epic dance performances in the wedding at Balzac’s, a mix of wildly fun and perfectly choreographed moves by the brides and their parents. The liquid nitrogen ice cream bar, and a traditional money dance. Of course two beautiful best friends tying the knot in front of their closest friends and family.

The day of this Toronto wedding, Ryan and I actually spent 3.5 hours stuck in traffic, for a drive that should have only been 1.5 hours. Actually 1 entire hour of that was spent only 15 mins from their Toronto wedding ceremony. But we always plan ahead, you never know what you might get into. Weddings are totally unpredictable, and traffic even more so. We made use of that time in traffic, calling all the photographers we knew in a 1km radius of Toronto City Hall to possibly fill in for us in case we didn’t get there in time. With it being a weekend there was no one was around (all our friends  were away photographing weddings). So for an hour we panicked in the car, inching our way along the DVP. When the traffic finally broke we had 15 mins until the ceremony. I’ve never seen Ryan drive to effortlessly through the downtown core. He let me out of the car at the intersection of Queen & Bay Street because traffic was at a stand still there too.

We couldn’t waste another moment, I sprinted across Nathan Phillips Square, while Ryan parked the car. This is not a joke, I sprinted with the ambition of Usain Bolt and all the mastery and coordination of a baby whose legs had fallen asleep from sitting far too long. People moved out of my way, probably for fear that the crazy girl in the polka dotted dress would knock them over. They opened doors and even held elevators for me. When I finally reached the ceremony, the brides and their bride maids were all just standing there, like “Oh hey, nice to see you.” I didn’t miss a thing. Apparently half the family hadn’t arrived yet. So I panted for like 10 mins, and Ryan arrived without breaking a sweat, and the ceremony went off without a hitch. Looking back on it now, it was still totally worth the run. If need be, I would have run across the whole down town core to not miss a moment (but I hope I am never held to that statement haha!).

Emily & Katherine, we had so much fun at your wedding. Thank you for choosing us to capture this amazing chapter in your love story. Congratulations!

Cheers

Erika & Ryan

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