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!