We actually met these two amazing people at a wedding for a different couple of ours: Joanne and Matt. Livia and Vincent were in their wedding party then—and now, the tables were turned. It was so great to see these friends all together again.
On the day of the wedding, Livia and Vincent both started out at their Toronto home with light-hearted door games and a traditional tea ceremony for both of their parents. While we were there, we also grabbed a photo of Livia with her favourite Hello Kitty, which she has kept since she was a child.
Before the wedding, Livia and Vincent had written beautiful, touching cards to each other, and they were so beautiful, we wanted to share parts of them with you:
To my dearest wife,
Thank you for choosing me to be your partner in life. Being with you, I understand the complete meaning of love…I think my life would be less colourful without you around. There’s really no-one else I would rather spend the rest of my life with… I guess that’s what happens when you’ve your soul mate: That one special someone in your life who you never let go of… You truly are my best friend.
Dear Vincent, the love of my life,
I can’t believe this day is finally here as we make our promise to spend the rest of our life together. . . . I can’t wait to walk down the aisle and see your handsome face. . . .I can tell you honestly that coming back to Toronto was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life, and I don’t regret any part of it. . . . You are the centre of my everything in life and more. You are the one who makes my life complete, and I promise you I’ll love you forever until the end of time… I can’t wait to call you my husband.
The church itself was filled with history that you could see pouring out of every corner. It was originally established in 1822, though as the Catholic population in the area continued to expand, so did the church. In 1880, the bigger church was designed in the Italian Romanesque style, and from there, more artwork was commissioned, with four major paintings completed in 1893 and an all-wood organ installed in 1898—a detail that was simply amazing to hear inside the church itself in person.
With that kind of history all around us, it wasn’t hard to feel the grandeur of this particular wedding—from the rings to the readers and the marriage itself and everything in between. It was simply breath-taking every step of the way.
It had been raining all day, but it stopped suddenly as soon as the ceremony had finished. We immediately jumped on the opportunity to get the big group photo we wanted to take outside and directed everyone out. We had the whole group cheer the couple on and bless them as they came out. What’s more, stopped raining again when we were photographing Livia and Vincent together at the University of Toronto.
From there, we headed to the Liberty Grand, which is one of the few traditional ballrooms in all of Toronto. It was originally built in 1926, so again, this gorgeous reception venue only added to the grandeur and sweeping feeling of the whole day. Complete with crystal chandeliers and twenty-seven-foot ceilings, not to mention iron balconies, arched windows, and columns, the whole place feels like something out of a storybook.
It was the perfect setting for some truly touching moments, like the father/daughter dance that brought Livia to tears. Her father stole our hearts as well in the moment that he had shaken hands with Vincent, so seeing this dance with his little girl was something else entirely.
Vincent & Livia, thank you for asking our team to document your wedding day. We loved being part of your celebrations and wish you both the best.