Liane and Matt Relive their exquisitely beautiful wedding day at Berkeley Fieldhouse with their CopperRed Photography Album.
There is a lovely vintage filmic look to your wedding portraits throughout the downtown Toronto neighbourhood. What were your impressions when you first saw your album?
It was really important for us to have all the special moments from our wedding documented and our photographer did not disappoint. We love all the candids that were captured and it was so fun to go through the album and relive the day. The pictures were edited beautifully and we love the incorporation of the black and white shots. I am so impressed with the range of photos we received and the joy that was captured.
Looking back through your album what are some experiences and thoughts you have had reliving your day?
The whole process was definitely an experience. Because of COVID we planned, postponed and replanned our wedding over the course of two and a half years. It was truly a labour of love so it was exciting to see everything come to fruition. The day itself absolutely flew by, but we had an amazing time and have lots of photos to look back at.
Ultimately, getting to be around our closest friends and family to celebrate our long-awaited day is something we will cherish forever.
What were some of the considerations and choices for the flow and timing of your wedding day that you feel paid off ?
I am always worrying about logistics and the small details so it was really helpful for me to have a super detailed itinerary to ensure everyone was on the same page. We knew that we wanted to do the majority of photos before the ceremony so we started getting ready early to ensure we had plenty of time. This allowed us to mingle with the guests during cocktail hour, rather than disappear to get all the shots. We also timed our first dance to be later in the evening so that we could dance under the lights on the patio.
What is the story of your stunning dress and your process for choosing your bridesmaids dresses?
I didn’t have a specific style in mind – so I tried on a lot of dresses! The dress I ended up choosing was the Donata gown by Rosa Clara. I got it at a boutique called Promises and Lace. I knew I wanted something romantic and elegant, and it was important to choose a dress that I would be comfortable dancing in all night. I loved the shape and the slit was very unique to me. For my bridesmaids, I wanted them in the same grey colour but felt it was important they chose whatever style complimented them best. No bridesmaid chose the same style, which I think looked beautiful and a break from the uniform appearance everyone is used to seeing.
There is a very meaningful purposeful celebratory quality to the getting ready albums with pauses for documenting the relationships and feeling of the day.
How do you feel this was achieved ?
I feel this can be achieved by having a plan for what you want with your photos in advance, focusing on the details and natural moments with others throughout the day. Everyone was excited and happy to celebrate after such a long engagement. I believe our photographer did the most perfect job capturing our love and joy throughout the day.
Which parts of your wedding day were of the most significant to you in the planning process?
It was very important for us that our guests had a good experience, so we planned to provide great entertainment. We had The Dave Murphy Band perform and they helped us throw an amazing party.
You can’t beat live music, especially since it was ours and many of our guest’s first big celebration after being locked up during COVID for so long.
We were able to curate the playlist and the band brought an incredible vibe that kept the party very lively. With regards to the design, the florals and table decor were the most important aesthetically, so we planned on elevating those elements. For example, we added a pop of colour to the table by renting gold cutlery.
The album around the Berkeley fieldhouse venue including the treehouse and all ten other locations ate gorgeous and create a stunning documentation of both the marriage beginning and the people surrounding you . How did you plan for this with your photographer and get such a beautiful outcome ?
What I love about the Berkeley Fieldhouse are all the different visual elements that can be incorporated into the pictures. My photographer had a great vision and we let her take the lead, using different backdrops I wouldn’t have considered initially. My one request was to use the courtyard because I love the rustic look and the warm brick tones.
The goal was to capture all the joys of the day, prioritizing our relationships and the beauty of the venue.
Your wedding reception design is so well integrated with the attributes of the Berkeley fieldhouse. The decor choices heighten the environment and visa versa . What are your impressions of this aesthetic success ?
The Berkeley Fieldhouse was such a perfect and intimate space for us to tie the knot. It has an elegant and romantic charm that makes you forget you’re in a big city.
It provided a great atmosphere, with both an indoor and outdoor space. For the design, we wanted to accentuate all the beautiful elements that were already there. We feel our design choices complemented the space while maintaining the natural charm. I had a wedding planner who was instrumental in helping us achieve this look.
The florals have almost a minimalist structure with a maximalist energy (does this make sense ) resulting in a powerful beauty . What were the steps for the floral designs foe the ceremony, reception and bouquets ?
I really wanted to achieve a minimalist chic look, focusing on white and neutral colours and mixing in a lot of dried florals. My amazing wedding florist understood immediately the type of vibe I was going for and suggested we incorporate a lot of baby’s breath and grasses to mimic a whimsical and delicate feel (almost like a cluster of clouds). The differing shapes, heights and textures complemented my wedding style and the space perfectly. I am still in awe over the amazing bouquets, ceremony arch and massive floral ground installation that covered the length of our head table. It was everything I wanted and more!
LIST OF VENDORS
Planning – All that Jaz Weddings @allthatjazweddings
Photography – CopperRed Photography @copperredphotography
Florals – Threads & Blooms @threadsandblooms
Suits – Surmesur @surmesur
Makeup – Hutch Cosmetics @hutchcosmetics
Stationary – Ink and Aisle @inkandaisle
Table Top Rentals – Table Tales @tabletalesinc
Band – Dave Murphy Band @davemurphyband