Sparks fly at Donna and Mark’s lovely intimate La Maquette Wedding photographed by Magnolia Studios.

How did this lovely Toronto Wedding couple have to modify their wedding plans to fit safely within the Covid regulations?

I believe there was some replanning to do in terms of their church ceremony.  Limited guest capacity, all guests had to wear masks and social distance.  A great idea that they had was to hand out custom embroidered masks with their names and wedding date on it to their guests – it was a really nice touch!  Luckily the weather was lovely that day so their cocktail hour was outside on the patio as originally planned, and while indoors guests respected the rules that were in place.

I love the first look photos!  The location was a bit of a whim and a last minute call but I love how it all came together.  The candid nature of this moment is something that I think the couple wanted in their photos as well.  Taking photos requires a bit of a flow, so my approach doesn’t involve any pre-planning, it’s more about  being inspired by the couple, the surroundings, the moment, and I think that’s what makes each wedding so unique.

It was a lovely day even with the new rules and distancing!

How did your previous expereince photographing at La maquette event venue help you optimize shooting this wedding day with the extra safety measures in place?
While every wedding is different, having shot at the venue before helped in allowing for the micro adjustments that were needed throughout the day due to Covid.  There were a few extra things to look out for, for example in case certain family photos with members who are more at risk need to be done at a different location, or factoring in extra time to ensure guests have everything they need to be safe (masks, sanitizer, knowing the new rules of the venue ect), and of course keeping distance myself while still capturing the day true to life and not skipping a beat –  familiarity with the venue was a bit of a help.
Wedding Planning and Design : Dereck Drapala
Wedding Florals : Ange Kanavas