Olena + James {Berkeley Church and Vintage TTC}

Olena and James’ wedding day started with an emotional bang. When we arrived at Olena’s parents’ house, we were told that Olena had received one of the sweetest, most sentimental, thoughtful gift that we’ve seen to date from a groom to his bride. Not only did James write Olena a card to be opened on their wedding day, but also cards to be opened on their one year wedding anniversary and every milestone anniversary (typically every 5 years) until their 50th. Seriously, Olena, as we’re sure you know — you’re a lucky woman.

Olena, her bridesmaids, mom, and sister had their hair and makeup done at the house. This allowed for a low-key, relaxed morning — having breakfast together and hanging out.

Olena picked a gorgeous dress. We got to play a little peekaboo with kitten around the train as we photographed it.

It’s always fun documenting a bride’s first look at herself in her dress on her big day. All excitement and nerves. Love these two of Olena and her sister, Rayissa.

Olena and her dad are really close. His first look at his youngest daughter in her wedding dress was heartwarming.

Before heading to the church, we shot a few photos of Olena and her bridesmaids in the garden. Check out the colourful manis!

The Scrabble touches on the bouquet were really unique. Such a lovely way to personalize your flowers.

So much cuteness — Olena’s nephew and his mom.

Time to leave for the church!

Couldn’t be a better choice of ride. Olena and her dad rode to the church in style in this fabulous Rolls Royce (we couldn’t help including some of the details of this stunning classic car).

Meanwhile, after a round of golf, James and the guys got ready at the Westin Golf and Country Club.

In the Ukrainian tradition, the bride and the groom walk down the aisle together so Olena was greeted by James at the church. It was the first time they had seen each other that day. Talk about emotional!!

St. Nicolas Ukrainian Church is one of our new favorite churches in the city. The colours are just gorgeous.

The way these two glanced at each other throughout the ceremony was adorable…

Their vows completed, immediate family and bridal parties waited for the PCC streetcar that Olena and James had rented to pick them up on Queen West. It was certainly a chilly day so a stop for some pastries to warm up was in order.

For anyone looking for an amazing transportation idea, the vintage PCC TTC streetcar is definitely the way to go…

Beautiful, Olena!

Snuggling at the back. Here’s a look at their first minutes together alone as a married couple…

The whole gang. What a backdrop…

Industrial, with a view of the cityscape…

And with that, everyone piled back into the streetcar en route to the Berkeley Church!

Berkeley Church is a gorgeous wedding venue. Even more so when it was personalized for Olena and James, beautifully executed by Bliss Events, with Scrabble touches, literary quotes, mason jar steins…

Against the backdrop of Berkeley’s gothic arch, friends and family told such heartfelt stories about Olena and James. Not to mention the tender words that Olena and James exchanged in front of their guests…

Olena and James’ sweet table was to die for. The mauve donut cake with floral embellishments was one of a kind…

Romantic first dance with the look of expired film …

As a surprise for their guests, Olena and James commissioned an amazing aerialist to perform…

The perfect midnight snack…

Sparkles with McDs and Olena’s bouquet…

What a wedding! It certainly had it all — emotion; close family and friends; unique, but personalized, concepts; and such attention to detail. Thanks for asking us to document your day, Olena and James!

Club: Westin Golf and Country Club
Ceremony Location: St. Nicolas Ukrainian Church
Reception Location: Berkeley Church
Event Coordination: Bliss Events
Hair: Nicole at Coup Bizarre
Makeup: Faces by Carla
Flowers: Flower Fantasy
Candelabras: Designs by Anita
Cake: Paulette’s Donuts
DJ: DJ Razzamatazz
Polka Band: Ren Kahoot


  1. Lori Nopper

    Beautiful pictures from a beautiful wedding!
    Congratulations to James and Olena.

    p.s. Love the pics on the streetcar!!

    Lori and Jim

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