Kayla and Josh’s fun, timeless, and emotional Toronto Wedding shared with the insights of Wind and Willow Studios.

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bride and groom dancing and groom shows bride the ring

There is an exquisite intimate quality to the wedding portraits of Kayla and Josh where it feels like life is standing still for their love story. How did you achieve this ?

I think it is so important to make sure you & your clients vibe together! We aren’t the right photographers for everyone because of this, but I had such an immediate connection with Kayla & Josh even over email and the phone I knew it was going to be a great partnership. We always recommend doing an engagement session before the wedding so we can all get to know each other and so the couple can experience what we’re like to work with, and during Josh & Kayla’s session it truly felt like we were immediate friends! They are such open and genuine people, combined with their very obvious love for each other, it honestly makes my job as a photographer so easy! I think one of the most important parts of this job is to be so aware to what’s happening throughout each individual wedding day, and to be sensitive to the couple’s body language and emotions so you can document all the most heartfelt moments.

bride and groom infront of posters on urban street

bride and groom hugging infront of ivy covered industrial building

bride and her bridesmaids on venue patio deck

bridal wedding party

bride and groom standing infront of neon sigh in-between vintage doors

The wedding ceremony design is so immersive, lush and creative what did it add to the wedding experience and how did you capture it so effectively?

The florals for this wedding were stunning and really played off of the 1871 Berkeley Church backdrop so well!

The way that the space is set up allows for the ceremony to be capture from a few different angles which is always such a great experience as a photographer. The fact that the couple had a planner who was familiar with the venue space and was able to cohesively pull everything together really helped too!

bride standing inform of window with lovely florals

bride and groom at wedding ceremony with gorgeous greenery

bride and groom kissing at wedding ceremony in botanical designs

bride and groom kissing husband lifting bride up in botanical wedding design

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bride and groom kissing in a historic church venue

bride and groom walking down stairs showing each other their rings

What struck you from your perspective as a really great decision your couple made in the planning of their day that paid off?

I think the best decision these two made was to be present in their day! They allowed lots of time for couples portraits of the two of them together, which is of course something that makes my photographer heart so happy but also allowed us time to walk around and get creative in a bunch of different locations.

They really narrowed in on what was important to them (time for portraits, highlighting some important Jewish traditions, and celebrating with their loved ones) and structured their day around these key things.

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bride and groom signing their wedding papers with parents

bride being held up at reception held by bridesmaids

bride and groom on shoulders of guests in historic venue

What three words describe how you felt when you were editing This sneak peek album (apart from the general exhaustion of covid ups and downs which has to be acknowledged. 

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bride showing her bridesmaids her dress

And the extra effort event professionals have made to manage to create these wonderful weddings under the circumstances 🙂

Yes, this has definitely been a crazy year with Covid, but I think it’s also made it all the more special that couples are able to celebrate their love stories with their friends and family! While editing their sneak peeks I think three words that came to mind and really summarize their wedding as a whole are fun, timeless, and emotional.

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bride and groom kissing sitting in black and white portraits

It was so evident through their whole day just how crazy in love these two are!

bride signing wedding papers in-between tow women

bride and groom ar wedding reception sitting hugging

bride taking a photo with a digital camera

bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

bride and groom kissing during wedding dance

bride and groom dancing in wedding reception

bride and groom kissing infront of neon sign

Photographer: Wind & Willow Studios

Venue: Berkeley Church

Planner: Ashley Van Dorp

Florals: The Flower 597

DJ: the Mood Curator

Dress: Park & Fifth Co

Tux: Ted Baker

Makeup: Sam Brewes

Videographer: Jaiden Crawford Media Art