This was definitely one of the highlight weddings of 2017! Not only are Aniela and Joe so easy going, but their stylish nature and photogenic selves made for an exceptionally stunning day! The day itself began simultaneously at Joe’s condo and also at the Shangri La hotel in Toronto.

Both Aniela and Joe were surrounded by their wedding party as the excitement began to build.

 
As always, we do our best to make space to utilize the best light so we can photograph all the details as well as the various stages of getting ready. While it’s common for people to say to us, “Meh, we don’t really want/need photos of us getting ready” they tend to forget how important these images are for story telling (which, at the heart of it all is what we do!)

A candid moment of Aniela getting ready from head to toe.


 
We all headed to the church not far away where they were surrounded by family and friends as their said their “I Dos”. Aniela and Joe also incorporate Filipino traditions of a veil, cord and coin ceremony.

We loved the heartfelt moments that were abundantly peppered throughout the entire ceremony!

Aniela’s father giving her away moments before the formal ceremony.

The newly weds!

 
After getting hitched, the entire crew (aka wedding party) headed down to the beautiful Aga Khan museum — a graphic white building with an equally striking landscape of trees, shrubs, water structure and more!

We took our time building our signature “Lebo” shot…

 
…something we started over 10 years ago as an ode to Annie Leibovitz’s epic group portraits. On average, the set up takes between 10-15 minutes depending on the landscape, what’s available to us to use as layers as well as how big the wedding party is. This particular scene took around 12 minutes.

 

Our signature “Lebo” shot designed to lead the eye using dynamic lines and shapes.

 
Once we had captured enough options of the wedding party, they were dismissed and we stayed back with Aniela and Joe for a session of their own. Playing with the light and landscape, we create a series of images that were varied between stylish, airy and graphic. To be honest, the mix of our gorgeous couple and the amazing grounds of the Aga Khan did a lot of the work for us!


 
The evening was simple and intimate. We loved the bare bulb backdrop they used! Not only was it great for general ambience if you were a guest eating dinner but it was great as a side light when there were speeches! Win-win 🙂




 
Through the various speeches and musical performances, we simultaneously ran the Portraits On White for about 2-3 hours along with on-site, live printing (which just means guests have their portraits taken and can find their photo printed in a beautiful 4×6 by the end of the evening).

Check out some of their Portraits On White highlights!