Take us back to the beginning, how did you and your Lover meet?
Anthony & I have been friends for about ten years and have completely different stories on how we actually first met. We were friends for a long time before we fell for each other and I'm thankful for that 'cause marrying your best friend is kind of awesome.
How do you and your partner celebrate love on a daily basis?
We celebrate love each day by little acts of kindness. And, we wake up laughing each day.
Can you tell us a little bit about your wedding’s aesthetic and scenery (Where was it held, who did the set-up, what was your inspiration?)
Being a wedding photographer made creating the vision of my own wedding something that was both easy and a little difficult. It was difficult because I didn't want it to be like any other wedding I have been to because I didn't want to feel like it was work or a replication of another person's day. It was easy because I knew that just being true to us and our relationship meant making decisions that were personal instead of traditional which meant that we'd appreciate the day more.
We got married in High Park which technically you aren't allowed to do. It was a secret ceremony and we had an amazing team of people helping us pull it off. Tellie from Hunt and Gather set up our ceremony with the help of Ashley Lindzon who coordinated both our ceremony day and reception party (we separated them on two different days). We were married on our actual anniversary. We woke up together at the Drake hotel, got ready together, got all dolled up (Ashley Readings is a close friend who did my hair & makeup and then met us later at High Park to touch me up and wrangle our pup who was with us). We did photos in our neighbourhood (Queen west and Ossington) then headed back to the Drake to sign our marriage certificate. The 25 people who witnessed our wedding didn't know where they were going when they were picked up by a Magic School Bus and brought to High Park. We were married at sunset and then went to Terroni for dinner.
You chose, a Rue De Seine "Fox" Gown. What was it about this dress that made you fall in love?
I was pretty worried about not finding the right dress after a bit of a search. I thought maybe because I am a wedding photographer and see dresses every weekend that for me, I'd never find the one I'd really love. I tried on the fox gown for fun knowing that it was the opposite of what I had in mind. Then just like that, I knew I wanted that one. The ladies I was with all ended up getting teary eyed.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to a fellow LL Bride on her journey for the perfect dress?
For LL brides searching for a dress, my advice is: Be patient and don't limit yourself. What you might imagine your dress to be might be completely different than what you end up getting, and it will be so much better. Also, trust the girls at Lover's Land. They rock.
How is married life?
Married life is pretty lovely. It's the same but different. I really like calling Anthony my husband. I think in this way, being married just sweetens the everyday.