This article and the photographs were submitted by the award winning Toronto wedding photographer Calin (bycalin.com)
Enjoy this chic and romantic Chateau Le Parc wedding gallery that captures the highlights of Alexandra and Mike's special day. As a side note, the photographs you are about to see were also published in Wedluxe magazine.
Aleksandra and Mike's Big Day
Early in our wedding photography career, we learned that having an action plan allows us to deliver high-quality imagery regardless of the unforeseen circumstances of the special event. As usual, we started photographing the groom and the groomsmen while the beautiful bride was getting ready for the wedding ceremony. After taking a few traditional photographs of the groom, the family and the guests, we focused on capturing the candid moments of the big day. Having photographed the couple's engagement session, I knew they were full of energy and fun and so was the bridal party. Once we finished the groom preparation, we moved to the bride's house where the girls were getting ready. As I know bride invest a lot of time, money and effort in selecting their shoes, down, rings and so on, we took a few stunning images of the bridal details. When Alexandra came downstairs, we were impressed by the genuine emotions expressed freely by the bridesmaids. Some were crying, others were laughing, and finally, others were screaming when they saw her.
The First Look
The couple decided to see each other before the ceremony in the first look was extraordinary. Mike and Alex's advanced towards each other being separated only by a bunch of helium balloons. When the maid of honour cut the cords holding the balloons together, Mike and Alex saw each other and everybody started applauding. The noise, expressing the bridal party happiness, was indescribable. One had to be made of stone not to shed a tear during this beautiful part of the special day.
Bridal Party Photos
After the first look, we traveled to the Richmond Green Park for bridal party photographs. As usually, prior to the big day, I visited Richmond Green twice to scout for the best spots where we could shoot. As Abraham Lincoln once said, if you don't plan, you plan to fail. It is my firm belief that there is no creativity under pressure so we always plan accordingly in advance so that we do not have to improvise on the wedding day. Generally, things run late no matter how well the timeline is prepared. As such, having a plan guarantees that we are able to deliver beautiful images in a short amount of time. On this beautiful summer day, the weather was extremely hot and we were shooting around 2 PM in a harsh light. As such, moving fast was a must for the groom and groomsmen were wearing three-piece suits. To give you an idea how hot it was, doing the photo shoot we had to stop so that the bridal party went to the air-conditioned limo to cool down.
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
For those unfamiliar with this wedding venue, Chateau Le Parc boasts a beautiful courtyard where couples can tie the knot when the weather is nice. More recently the event space added gas heaters so the courtyard can host events even when the weather is not that warm. In addition, during the reception, your guests can enjoy a drink outdoors. TIP: if you are planning an outdoor ceremony, chose a North-South positioning of the aisle as opposed to East-West. Placing the aisle along the North-South axis ensures that you are properly lit when walking down the aisle as opposed to having the parking as a backdrop and an extremely bright background. The ceremony started when Mike, the groom walked down the aisle dancing on James Brown's I Feel Good song. That was a definite departure from the Catholic tradition where the groom is waiting for his bride and the altar and its raised a few eyebrows and triggered smiles. The guests totally enjoyed it! Once the bridal party and the immediate family arrived, it was time for the moment everybody was waiting for: the bride left her bridal suite and came walking down the aisle! I absolutely love the images of the bride and groom looking at each other while Alexandra was walking down the aisle. To preserve the photojournalistic nature of the moment, I selected a black and white processing. After the ceremony, everybody headed to the main lobby for the cocktail hour and family photographs. As a side note, the lobby at this reception hall offers the perfect background for photography. The side entrances, with their futuristic lighting fixtures, are my favourites for editorial couple photos. During the cocktail hour, one of our photographers took pictures of the décor in the banquet hall. Among those, the feather and crystals table arrangements in the flower wall behind the head table are simply breathtaking.
Mike and Alexandra's reception took place in the beautiful banquet hall adjacent to the courtyard. After an incendiary grand entrance, the newlyweds had their first dance as husband and wife. As wedding photographers, few things can surprise us but the bride and groom's first dance was nothing short of extraordinary. The couple started with a slow dance and then changed the tempo and showed the guests flawless moves on the dance floor. The first dance culminated with the moment when the bride and groom did the Dirty Dancing jump. At this moment, sadly, one of the guests, in his quest for the perfect shot, jumped straight into my lens. Neither he or the lens was happy after that and fortunately, I still captured the moment when the groom catches the bride. The first dance was followed by two emotional father daughter and mother son dances. I love the moment when the bride's sister joins her and her father on the dance floor. Also, during the song You Raise Me Up, the groom lifted his mother in the air. Another highlight of the evening was when the newlyweds started beating the drums set on fire by the Party Crew entertainment team. The whole room was shouting and the enthusiasm was simply contagious. After the traditional speeches and cake cutting, it was time for the bouquet and garter toss. The party continued until the wee hours.
Reasons Why You Want to Get Married at this Event Hall
The exterior exudes a classical elegance and creates a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos
This is a new event centre and everything is immaculate, from the lobby to the restaurant
The food is divine here
The owners are closely involved in managing the establishment and they are passionate about treating their clients right
The quality of the services is constantly reinforced by this hall making the Wedluxe other discerning magazines. If you dream of having your event published, your chances are fairly high. For example, this gallery was published in Wedluxe
The AV and Lighting equipment are fantastic
There is plenty of parking in front of the building and underground. The establishment offers valet and red carpet parking
The garden courtyard is covered by a pergola, which makes it perfect for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour at summertime.
The newly installed heaters will make the courtyard usable even during the cold season
The service is flawless
The cuisine varies from the Mediterranean to South Asian
Its proximity to highways 407 and 400 make transportation convenient to and from church or photo shoot locations
The venue can host marriages from 160 persons to 550 guests
The mural projections will create an exquisite ambiance for your reception
More Information About this Venue
The event space has two bridal suites that can be used for the bride and groom's preparation. The mosaic wall creates a perfect backdrop for wedding photos and the huge mirror offers the opportunity for beautiful reflection shots.
The only downside of the rooms is the fact you cannot turn off the lights because they are motion detector activated. As such, the daylight coming through the windows and the tungsten light coming from above mix, a less ideal situation for photography.
The lobby is ideal for formal family photos and for the first look in case the weather does not cooperate.
The establishment has a huge parking lot on the east side, south of Langstaff Rd. We often use this parking lot for groomsmen photographs when couples are getting ready at the venue.
The Side Entrances
The two futuristic side entrances offer perfect backgrounds for couple editorial photos and shots of the wedding gown.
Lighting and Audio Video Options
This reception hall boasts state of the art audio video and lighting equipment.
While it is technically possible to project live images onto the huge projection screens, that feature is not for everybody. Most of the time, the videographers are following the newlyweds during the reception and in case you are caught in an unflattering position, there is no time to edit the live feed and you can face embarrassing situations. The same comment applies to photography.
Dry Ice and Vapours on the Dance Floor
During your consultation with the AV specialist, they will mention the possibility of having dry ice or vapours floating over the dance floor to enhance the spotlight effect, please note that should you have a choreographed first dance, you need to be extra careful as dry ice makes the dance floor slippery.
How do I know that? I shot so many times laying on the floor to catch a perfect angle that I learned to be cautious.
I always suggest couples to allocate 5 minutes before the sunset and 5 minutes at night for a quick photo shoot. This is when we can create stunning images indoors or around this splendid venue.
This special event marked our transition from Canon only equipment to mirrorless cameras, more specifically Fujifilm.
Our choice was dictated by the splendid image quality of the Fuji sensors, the weight and sharpness of lenses. A lighter camera allows us to move faster and catch more moments: your mother crying, your grandmother dancing all night, etc.
Here is a slideshow with highlights of Alexandra and Michael's special day.
Tips on Letters, Gifts and Other Surprises
If you plan to exchange gifts, letters or any other surprises, please let us know so we can capture the moment you open them. Those photos are priceless!
This perfect day was possible with the help of the following team:
Wedding Photography by Calin (bycalin.com)
Decor - Precious Flowers N' Things
Venue - Chateau Le Parc
Gown - Allure Couture from Superior Bridal
Shoes - LoriBlu and Badgley Mishka
Headpiece - Tara Fava Jewellery
Veil - Superior Bridal
Hair - GlamGirls
Makeup - Jen Evoy Makeup Studio
Bridesmaids Dresses - Jealous Bridesmaids
Groom's Formalwear - Rosso's Bespoke
Rings - Mirage Fine Jewellery
Furniture Rentals - Detailz Couture Event Rentals
Linens and Tableware - Have A Seat Decor Inc.
Cake - Fine Cakes by Zehra
Dessert - Sweet Regards Cakes
Entertainers - Party Crew Entertainment
Dance Floor Production - Event Graffiti
Lighting, Audio, Video - bb Blanc
Videography - Coppola Films
Transportation - Allure Limo
Photo Booth - RAD Photo Booth