Emerald Autumn :: A Styled Shoot at The Great Hall

I remember the first time I visited The Great Hall. I was so intrigued by this beautiful old red brick building with it's domed corner turret which had stood proudly at the corner of Queen St W and Dovercourt Rd since 1890. I was in my first year of university at Ryerson, and I was seeing Jens Lekman and Owen Pallett in concert, which was a very exciting experience for this indie kid in 2008. Being this far west on Queen also felt unknown and exhilarating, and I remember sitting on the upper balcony on the left hand side of the stage, snapping photos of the show on my old Canon DSLR and bopping along to the music. After the show, Jens and Owen walked us east along Queen St to a grassy spot where they played a few more songs to the small group that had followed. I remember sitting crossed legged on the ground beside Owen and it was all very magical for an 18 year old music fan.

Over the years I would attend several more concerts at The Great Hall, everything from hip hop to big band, and shop at numerous craft fairs and holiday markets before the building closed for extensive renovations in 2014. This past September, on the eve of The Great Hall's re-opening, I had the opportunity to do a styled shoot with the lovely Jess Hoang of Bisous Events to show off the beauty and functionality of the building's "new" Conversation Room. The perfect palette for an early Fall wedding, the tabletop included lush greenery with rich purple and soft pink florals housed in bold bronze vessels and light sea foam bottles. The colours pop off the fresh white walls of the Conversation Room and the warmth from the restored wood floor brought everything together. It was a pleasure photographing this intimate scene in a room that felt like a breath of fresh air despite being 126 years old!

Thank you to The Wedding Co for sharing this Emerald Autumn inspired shoot on their blog. Here are a few of my favourites!

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Thank to the wonderful team that helped bring this shoot to life!

Production, Styling & Florals: Bisous Events
Photography: Becca Gilgan Photography
Rentals: The Perfect Table
Linens: Chair Decor
Chairs: Luxe Rentals
Styling Assistant: Sophia from Present Day Gifts

A Proposal on Lake Ontario

In August I had the pleasure of photographing my first ever proposal and my goodness was it a ton of fun! To actually witness (and document) the moment of surprise when a groom-to-be gets down on one knee with a ring in hand was both exhilarating and incredibly emotional. It was an honour to be part of such a moment that I nearly paused to gaze in awe as everything unfolded below me, but knew that I had to continue snapping away and capture every reaction.

How how did we make this happen? Raul had hired a private boat to tour us around the Toronto Islands, and the scheme we cooked up was that I was taking photographs of a "private couple's session" for the boat company's website. Oh how sneaky we were as I casually captured Raul and the lovely and unsuspecting Mariam enjoying the cruise and the views. Once we were in position with the city skyline providing the most perfect backdrop, Raul got down on one knee and told Mariam just how happy she made him and that he wanted to spend the rest the rest of his life with her. I had such a blast yelling "Congratulations!" with the boat's crew before we docked at Centre Island to do a mini portrait session as the sun begun to set. I loved shooting these portraits as there was both an excitement and peacefulness to the moment, as Raul and Mariam embraced this special time together and took everything in. Naturally we had to do a little Titanic reenactment at the end because hey, when do you have the chance to do it on your own private boat right after getting engaged?

Raul, thank you for having me tag along on your most special surprise, I loved every moment.

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Thank you to the fine folks at Heritage Coast Charters for the smooth trip around the islands!

Katharine & Hani :: First Favourites

Katharine and Hani exchanged vows under two towering pine trees, surrounded by family and friends, by the shore of Bark Lake. Their ceremony was one of the most beautiful I've ever photographed, with Katharine's mum singing a song that's traditionally sung at their family weddings, and Hani's father reciting a beautiful passage.

Following the ceremony we slipped away for a few portraits as the sun began to set. I'm so excited to share more of this day with you soon.

Gift Card :: Souvenir Studios

For this month's edition of Gift Card, I'm excited to introduce SOUVENIR Studios. I love SOUVENIR's mix of contemporary craft, vintage treasures, under the radar cosmetics, and cozy apparel, all displayed in a beautiful, minimal environment. After visiting several of their charming pop up shops around the city during the past year (and discovering my new favourite candle there), I was so thrilled when SOUVENIR announced that they would be opening a brick and mortar shop in Fall 2015.


More from SOUVENIR's co-owners, Danielle Suppa and Trisha Lepper: "To keep the pop up spirit alive, the current space was designed as a multi purpose and ever changing home to showcase and collaborate with the creative community at large. The main focus of SOUVENIR is to create a collaborative and dynamic space to offer a new and evolving vision of contemporary design. Beyond simply selling goods, our true purpose is to foster meaningful connections between our designers, our customers, our space and our products. We believe in and support a range of design that is modern, innovative, accessible, beautifully executed, and above all - purposefully and lovingly made."
 

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Danielle and Trisha put together two unique gifts using an array of items from SOUVENIR's shelves (and walls.)

The Honeymooners Pack - $255 + tax
Plaj Turkish towel, Artifact Skin Co. cinnamon sage lip balm, SOUVENIR copper book darts, Appointed linen journal
Aunt Rae leather travel bag, Harlow Rain Waves hair tonic, Harlow body whip, Ville Marie candle
Snap + Tumble x SOUVENIR Love Love Love Letterpress card

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"This gift was created with the travelling couple in mind and includes products that appeal to him and her. They are luxurious, practical (and packable!) items to take to a multitude of destinations and allow the couple to relax and enjoy their trip throughout as well as remember it for years afterwards."
 


Limited Edition Art Prints from Sagan Editions
Two sizes available
12" x 16" - $150 ($300 framed)
16" x 20" - $200 ($400 framed)
 

Women in the Woods, 2015 by Darby Milbrath

Women in the Woods, 2015 by Darby Milbrath


"Buying someone a piece of art is an incredibly special and personal gift. Sagan Editions are extra special because you are not only supporting the artists themselves but also the thoughtful work and approach of curator/owner Sagan MacIsaac. The 3 prints we currently have available are very diverse but appeal to a wide audience of art appreciators, besides being of exceptional quality as well."
 

Waterways, 2015 by Heather Goodchild and (En)Meshes, 2015 by Layne Hinton

Waterways, 2015 by Heather Goodchild and (En)Meshes, 2015 by Layne Hinton

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Thanks for the visit ladies! It's safe to say that I want everything in this shop!

SOUVENIR Studios - 1232 College Street West, Toronto
Monday: Closed
Tuesday + Wednesday: 12-6pm
Thursday + Friday: 12-7pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
hello@souvenir-studios.com
Instagram @souvenirstudios