How gorgeous was Paula and Mike’s Toronto Golf Club wedding?! This was one we were so looking forward to for so many reasons, especially once it was confirmed that Ontario made a move into “stage 2” earlier than anticipated. I remember talking to Paula and Mike right at the beginning of 2020 and feeling very excited about what they had planned. They had to reschedule twice but third time was a charm and the day surpassed all our expectations.
“Mark!!!!!!!!!! We are truly speechless. We got your e-mail last night and I’m not kidding when I say I watched the video 10x on repeat. I have already watched 4 more times this morning. It’s exactly what we wanted. So beautiful!! You captured every moment(I love being able to see the torrential downpour in it too! At that point I had mentally blacked out and couldn’t look outside the window so it’s fun to be able to see it in the video). Everything came together beautifully and we can never thank you enough.” – Paula & Mike
THIS is why we LOVE Toronto Golf Club Weddings
We filmed our first Toronto Golf Club wedding last October with Emma and Blake. Funnily enough, they knew Paula and Mike and seemed to share their vendor list! We were back shooting with the amazing 5ive15ifteen and had a great time exploring the grounds and collaborating during the photo shoot.
We began the day grabbing a few aerial shots. Doesn’t this place look amazing from the sky? You have the city skyline in the background with Toronto Golf Club perched on top of a hill surrounded by the countryside. You can also see how you have a nice compact space for all your wedding needs; the lawn (which can be used for the ceremony, cocktails and family photos), the terrace (which is perfect for a rain plan, as you can see in this film!) and a tented area for covered cocktails and the reception. There are also multiple areas that can be used for preparation, such as the locker rooms and library.
A Toronto Golf Club Wedding is perfect if you’re looking for something that’s close to the city but allows you to feel like you’re surrounded by nature. As a vendor, it’s perfect because we can hop between locations easily. As a couple, you’re able to prepare, get married and celebrate in one place and free yourselves from the hassle of travelling anywhere. Of course, you still have the option to hop in a golf cart and zip around the grounds snapping photos as you go!
Back to Business for Wedding Vendors
It just feels so good to be filming “full” weddings again. Not only is there a little more to film, but we get to have more collaborative relationships. There are more vendors to work with and most importantly, I’m not filming solo. We have an insanely good team of second shooters to bounce ideas off and it’s great to have a fellow team member who you know has your back on a busy and stressful day.
The forecast leading up to Paula and Mike’s Toronto Golf Club Wedding was rain, rain, thunder and rain, before a miraculous cloud clearing in the morning. Funnily enough (or not) , it’s been a running theme for many of our weddings so far this summer. Can we not just have nice weather for some rescheduled weddings please?
Anyway, we somehow ended up with a picture perfect day, other than a brief 45 minute weather “sneeze” which meant moving the ceremony from the lawn to a sheltered area. It was no problem though, the rain plan (pulled together by the Juniper Events) was so good that it didn’t actually feel like a rain plan and the ceremony was as beautiful as it would have been otherwise.
Exploring Toronto Golf Club
As for the rest of the day….it was just so much fun. The vibe was so relaxed with plenty of time to explore the grounds of Toronto Golf Club and get ALL the footage we could have hoped for. Sometimes portrait sessions can feel a little rushed and it makes SO much difference when we just have an extra half an hour here or there. I think some couples forget that the portrait session isn’t just about photos, it’s about spending time together away from the hustle and bustle of a wedding. It’s time to be intimate, share jokes and have an experience that’s about the two of you.
We loved that we were able to easily switch up landscapes to create a more visually dynamic film. We had woodland, willow trees and trailers. My favourite sequence is when we had Paula and Mike practice their first dance on top of a small hill. We had so much room for mike to spin and dip Paula, switching from super wide landscape shots to more intimate close ups. Oh, and we can’t not mention the sunset session. Who doesn’t love a little glow.
We Have Receptions Again!
This was the first “proper” reception that we were able to film in 2021. Isn’t it so great to be gathering again? (Safely of course!). While we have absolutely love filming micro weddings, you can’t replace the energy you get from having a bunch of happy smiley people in one place, drinking cocktails, eating great food and enjoying some fun music.
Looking back, Paula and Mike’s wedding has a special place in our hearts. It was the first time that we (as vendors) got to feel somewhat “normal” again. But most of all, we’re just so happy that we were fortunate enough to work with a couple who were so easy going and co-operative. For so many couples this year, it hasn’t just been about working together on a day, but working together over a much longer period of time as we all deal with rescheduling services and changing wedding plans.
As we already said, when we saw the weather forecast on the morning of the wedding, we couldn’t help but feel a little worried, but the clouds miraculously parted and we were left with a truly stunning day. It was almost poetic; nature throwing up one last “gotcha!” before we could all relax, take a breath of fresh, let our hair down and have some fun. “Grateful” is the word.
Toronto Golf Club Wedding Vendors
A big thanks to the amazing vendors who helped us make this film. You should check out their work and give them a follow, because they’re seriously awesome:
Cinematography by Kismet Creative | Photography by 5ive15ifteen | Planner/Co-ordinated by Juniper Event Co. | Hosted by Toronto Golf Club | Florals by Stok Floral Design | DJ’d by DJ Floh Back | Officiated by The Love Story | Makeup by Anne Blumenthol | Hair by Sara Smith | Cake by Mooncake | Decor by Plate Occasions and Event Rental Group