Olive Photography shares Sharon and Scott’s stunning wonder winterland wedding at historic Berkeley Church with gorgeous design by Quill and Oak.

What made the couples choice to work with the seasonal holiday theme special and how did this inform your approach to documenting the day ?

I loved the Christmas trees and use of winter greenery! I made sure to get some great shots that showcased those unique details Sharon and Scott had chosen.

Quill and Oak share the details and creative energy of Sharon and Scott’s wedding at 1871 Berkeley Church.

The most Christmasy thing about this wedding was entirely intentional (and adorable!). Sharon and Scott wanted to combine their wedding with one of their family traditions: a holiday potluck with gift exchange. Instead of receiving gifts, they had all their guests exchange gifts! You can see all the presents lined up on the stage in front of a backdrop of quirky, natural evergreen trees. Backlit with blue and purple, it almost felt like a Canadian winter scene complete with aurora borealis. Quill and Oak

What were some of your first ideas about how you would approach documenting this wedding when you met with Sharon and Scott? 

Olive Photography: It was a Winter wedding at Berkeley Church, and luckily I’d photographed another winter wedding at that venue the year prior, so I could apply the previously done research for convenient and great photo locations to this wedding!

Sharon and Scott had a tea ceremony in the mezzanine at the Berkeley Church. How did you document this intimate part of the wedding day to effectively communicate the atmosphere and feeling so effectively?

Olive Photography: Tea ceremonies are very intimate because they include the closest family only. I love capturing the expressions and emotions during this special event, and so I am always on the lookout for laughs, smiles, knowing looks, and warm hugs. I also like getting up close shots of the gift exchange and tea to show the traditions.

You took some stunning wedding portraits in the entrance foyer to the Berkeley Church that highlight the architecture to the historic building as well as the sweet interaction and personality of the couple. How did you plan for this ?

Olive Photography: I’m always noticing our surroundings and possible photo opportunities on any wedding day. Berkeley Church has some gorgeous architectural elements and I thought it was important to showcase that. I really enjoy getting wide shots that show the scenery as well as close shots that show the emotion and connection – a good balance of far and close photos for a well rounded gallery of the day.

The wedding ceremony has a beautiful soft natural lighting with a gentle romantic feel to the album. What were some of the contributing factors to this success?
Olive Photography: How I utilize light and my gear! Each photographer is like an artist and we have our own unique approach 🙂

You created a beautiful intimate feeling in your photographs that show the connectivity of the couple with their guests, how did you achieve this? 

Olive Photography: I’m always on the lookout for real moments! I love getting photographs that are genuine! It’s important for me that the couple and their loved ones are able to view the photos and feel the day again.

In addition to getting the overall impression of the wedding decor you specifically pay attention to the textures and specific subtle design elements such as the combination of greenery in the table runners. Why is this specifically important to you?

Olive Photography: So much thought goes into personalizing the details in a wedding, so I try to make sure couples get photographs of them!

What are some of the effective ways you get photographs that can take the couple back to specific moments during their wedding day that were uniquely remarkable for them?

Olive Photography : It’s so hard to write about your own creative process! The best way I can describe it is that I photograph from the heart. I click my shutter when I feel something so that my couples will too when they look at their photos.

Quill and Oak share the lovely design choices of Sharon and Scott.

Whenever I design flowers for a couple’s wedding, I always think about seasonality. Most of the time that means I’m thinking about spring, summer and fall flowers. But winter flowers are so often overlooked and forgotten. A true shame because winter offers some truly lovely possibilities! Check out this gorgeous Southern Ontario winter wedding featuring some of my favourite things: lush winter greens, preserved and dried botanical accents, a unique ceremony set-up and anemones – a favourite winter bloom! If you want to incorporate wintery elements but you don’t want it to feel “too Christmasy” read on, because it is totally doable! Quill and Oak

Siren designs wedding and Event design was the day of co-ordinator and made sure the wedding had all the magical elements of the winer season.

First of all, I refuse to call my favourite evergreen foliages “Christmas greens” as many do. After all, up here in Canada our winter persists far past Christmas. Whether in December or February, these seasonal foliages feel fresh and completely appropriate. For Sharon and Scott, we used winter greens everywhere: delicately framing bouquets, as lush garland down their head table, spilling out of their table centrepieces and mixed with glowy candles on the venue’s stately fireplaces. We even created a grounded, greenery ring on the floor to frame the ceremony space. This space was designed to serve as the backdrop for both their wedding ceremony and for the traditional tea ceremony. I wish you could have smelled Berkeley Church. The earthy and bright, citrusy scents of pine and cedar filled the space and set the stage for this very unique wedding. Quill and Oak

The most Christmasy thing about this wedding was entirely intentional (and adorable!). Sharon and Scott wanted to combine their wedding with one of their family traditions: a holiday potluck with gift exchange. Instead of receiving gifts, they had all their guests exchange gifts! You can see all the presents lined up on the stage in front of a backdrop of quirky, natural evergreen trees. Backlit with blue and purple, it almost felt like a Canadian winter scene complete with aurora borealis. Quill and Oak

What would you say to a couple that has booked a wedding for now and has to rebook for the winter months. How would you coach them to adjust their mind set and be excited about the different season for their big day?

Olive Photography : No matter when your wedding day happens, remember what it is really about. No matter when it is, it will always be special because of what it symbolizes and who is there to celebrate with you.  

Photographer: Olive Photography
Wedding Planner: Siren Designs
Ceremony Venue: Berkeley Church
Reception Venue: Berkeley Church
Wedding design and Flowers: Quill & Oak

Day of Co- Ordinator : Siren Designs

Bride’s Dress Designer: Martina Liana
Bride’s Chinese Dress Designer: Grace’s Wedding Workshop (custom)
Groom’s Suit: Theodore 1922
Bridesmaid’s Attire: Show Me Your Mumu
Groomsmen’s Attire: Indochino
Makeup & Hair: Sam Lee Makeup & Hair