We first met with Vickie and Lee at the Green Beanery just before their impending move to New York for Lee’s job. Although they were embarking on a new adventure together in NYC, Vickie and Lee planned to return to Toronto to tie the knot at Hart House. We were thrilled to be part of their celebration and reunion with their families and friends.
We’ve shot at Hart House in the Bickersith Room before so we were really excited to try out a few ideas we had for some beautiful moody photos of Vickie and all of her details.
Vickie is so effusive. You can actually feel her excitement at seeing the finishing touches on her hair and make-up.
With a little help from her sister, Vickie slid into her dress and was ready to go!!
Not too far from Hart House, Lee and his guys pulled their looks together with some pretty cool ties that Lee had ordered from Bay Cooper Haberdashery.
All set, the guys made the short walk along busy Bloor Street so Lee and Vickie could meet up for their first look.
And what a first look it was. Vickie and Lee had actually spent a little time apart before their wedding day as Vickie had come back to Toronto ahead of Lee to deal with any last minute wedding planning. In the shadow of the Soldiers’ Tower, Vickie and Lee reunited.
With the Soldiers’ Arch as a backdrop, Vickie and Lee struck a pose for us before the ceremony.
It didn’t take very long for the excitement and passion of the moment to set in!
Moments before the ceremony, we worked with Vickie and Lee to create some shadowy and romantic images in one of the Gothic-Revival nooks we had picked out.
With family and friends gathered, it was time for Vickie’s dad to walk her down the aisle.
(We really loved that the Hart House lion watched over the ceremony)
As fellow avid readers, we adored Vickie and Lee’s decision to decorate their tables with some of their favourite books. These personal touches gave everyone something to talk about and made the Hart House Music Room feel simultaneously grand and as intimate as Vickie and Lee’s own living room. Fantastic idea!
A few last portraits in front of the incredible leaded glass windows framing one of Hart House’s back foyers.
We couldn’t decide on a ring picture to post, either something with Vickie’s gorgeous flowers, or something related to the books Vickie and Lee chose to share with their guests . . . so, here’s two!
Vickie and Lee — as fellow adventurers and book lovers who cherish moody, romantic locations (especially institutions of higher learning), we had such a fabulous time with you two!