Estates of Sunnybrook Toronto Wedding: Pauline & Joris
What do you do when your best friend is getting married and you are a wedding photographer? You photograph the wedding of course!
Pauline and Joris, though legally married earlier this summer in The Netherlands where they both now reside, came to Toronto to continue celebrating their nuptials with local friends and family. Their celebration took place at the stunning Estates of Sunnybrook in the McLean House, with its early 20th century architecture and beautiful furnishings as the perfect backdrop for the day.
We started the day early in the morning at Pauline’s parents house where it was truly a family affair. As the mothers were preparing the flowers and Joris’ mother was hand-making a boutonniere, Pauline’s talented sister was doing her hair…
Once we arrived at the Estates of Sunnybrook and got over our initial daze at the beauty of McLean House’s interior, the bride and groom got dressed and finished getting ready.
Seriously you two…
Pauline’s mom Joëlle took a course on floral design in preparation for her daughter’s wedding and, along with Marian, Joris’ mom, they put together all the flower arrangements on their day.
The rings… The couple chose to reflect their nature-loving personalities with their rings, as well as their respective heritages. They are of different combinations of wood representing Canada and The Netherlands.
Pauline’s father giving a sweet speech about the couple.
The couple explained how they met…on top of a mountain in New Zealand. My personal favorite part of the speech was when Joris was recounting how they immediately spent all their time together, hiking and canoeing, and then emphasized, while looking straight at Pauline’s parents, “nothing had happened at this point”.
In French tradition, the couple cut and served a pièce montée, a tower of cream puffs filled with pastry cream, glued together with caramel.
We ended the celebration with a 67-person group shot, officially the biggest group shot I’ve ever photographed.
Being best friend of the bride meant I was also in front of the camera throughout the day. I armed myself with an awesome Canon remote and tripod for many of the shots.
It was an exhausting and emotional but beyond amazing day. Pauline and Joris, it’s an honour being your friend and photographer. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to keep documenting your life.