Romantic Winter Wedding at One King West

Romantic Winter Wedding at One King West

I love how every single wedding I photograph is different than the last. It’s an absolute joy to witness how couples orchestrate their special day, from the venue to the meticulous details and, ultimately, the seamless reflection of their personal style. In my consultations and through detailed questionnaires, I get to know my couples preferences and why they made their choices so that I can make sure to bring their vision to life on their wedding day. When I connected with Dan and Margaret about their winter wedding at One King West, it became clear that their wedding would embody a theme synonymous with their larger-than-life approach – go big or go home.

They envisioned a classic, elegant affair with a gold/white theme and One King West was the perfect venue for that. From the grand staircase, architecture and the history of the venue it was the perfect canvas for their wedding day. One King West is a timeless venue where no matter how you decorate, it will be glam, grand and chic. Of course they had a few surprises later that would really make everyone in attendance feel that way.

The morning prep started in the Fifteen Hundred Suite where Margaret’s dress, a masterpiece of embroidery and intricate details, took center stage on a mannequin. The talented team from Corrie Elle Artistry ensured the bridal party looked flawless, while champagne toasts on the balcony added a touch of pre-celebration glamour. Margaret popped champagne on the balcony with her besties, & then got into her stunning custom gown by Jasemin of Elite Bridal.

Meanwhile, Dan and his groomsmen all got ready together in one of the suites at One King West. It was a quiet and fun morning together raising a toast & making sure Dan looked dapper for his first look with Margaret.

Winter First Looks & City Vibes

They chose to do a first look on the Fifteen Hundred balcony which was such a smart idea. First looks really free up time for you to enjoy your wedding day with the people you love later. Most importantly though, they allow you to see each other sooner. Why wait to see your partner so late in the day?

Downtown Toronto has so many great spots for photos but one of the areas I love the most is The Esplanade. We spent some time down there & then caught the beautiful winter light up by Meridian Hall. Dan & Margaret were so fun to photograph because they trusted me to do my thing. Although Margaret had a stunning gown, they were both into it when I asked if he could pick her up. The black and white photo with the CN Tower behind them is one of my faves from their day. They prove that you can have a classy, elegant and upscale wedding, while ALSO having fun with your photos in addition to those classic portraits.

One King West Winter Wedding Reception

The inside of The Grand Banking Hall is definitely a sight when it comes to your wedding reception. The cathedral windows and the columns fill the space with grandeur. Did you know that the tables when you enter into the room are the original banking tables from the Dominion Bank? Ok, Back to Dan & Margaret.

For couples contemplating the inclusion of cold sparks in their wedding, the resounding answer should be YES. Dan and Margaret infused magic into their first dance AND cake cutting with the dazzling display, adding an enchanting touch to those moments. To top it all off, they had a live artist who painted portraits of different couples during the reception. What a fun thing to do for your guests!

From Margaret’s cathedral veil to the historic windows of One King West, and the captivating moments with cold sparks, Dan and Margaret truly embodied ‘go big or go home’. Their wedding day unfolded as a testament to their vision, seamlessly blending class, elegance, and upscale charm with moments of unbridled joy captured in timeless photographs I had the honour of taking.


Vendor Love:

Venue: One King West Hotel & Residences

HMUA: Corrie Elle Artistry

Florist: Bloomberry & Co

Wedding Gown: Elite Bridal with custom gown by Jasemin




A bride's dress on a mannequin beside a separate photo of her wedding details placed on the train of her dress4 women on a bride's wedding day in cute black satin pyjamas with a glass of champagne in their hands cheeringGroom doing up his cuplinks while getting ready inside of his One King West Hotel roomGroom and his groomsmen in his One King West hotel room pouring a glass of champagneBride admiring her wedding dress on a mannequin before she puts it onClose up details of a bride's dress being done up at her One King West weddingBlack and white photo of bride's mom's hands doing her up daughter's pearl necklace2 portraits of a bride side by side after she has put on her dressA first look between a bride and groom on the balcony of the 1500 suite at One King West Hotel 2 portraits of a bride and groom side by side exchanging a kiss on their wedding day Various photographs from the bride and groom's church ceremony on their wedding dayBride and groom with arms raised and cheering during their processionalBlack and white photograph of the wedding party in the limo with the focus on the bride looking out the windowBlack and white photograph of the wedding party on The Esplanade in Toronto while 2 bike cops ride past hemThe wedding party and bride and groom posing together on The Esplanade in front of the Novotel Hotel in downtown TorontoBride and groom portraits under an arch way at the Novotel hotel in downtown Toronto for their wedding photosClose up details of the bride's hand and lace on her arm from her wedding dressPortrait of groom walking under arch at Novotel Hotel on his One King West wedding dayBride and bridesmaids posing together under arch at Novotel Hotel in downtown Toronto on bride's One King West wedding dayClose up details of the bride's hand and lace on her arm from her wedding dressBride and groom having sun and laughing together during their portrait time outside of Meridian Hall on their Toronto wedding day A few photos side by side of the bride and groom having fun with their wedding partyIntimate bride and groom wedding day portraits inside of One King West in the LibraryBlack and white photograph of bride and her massively long wedding veil draping all the way down the staircase at One King WestDirect flash imagery of bride and groom on stairs kissing before entering into their wedding receptionBride on grand stairs at One King West looking back at camera before entering into her reception with her husbandPhotographs of the reception set up in the Grand Banking Hall at One King WestPhotograph of gold bar and wedding cake by Bobette & Belle at One King WestGold-bar themed wedding reception details in the Grand Banking room at One King WestWedding signage for couples wedding day before entering into the Grand Banking HallBride and groom have a first dance in front of 2 cold sparks that go up 10 feet in the airBride and groom laughing at speeches with champagne in their handsDetails of a wedding day artist who paints guests at wedding receptionBride and groom cu cake while cold sparks fly around them

Direct flash photographs of bride and groom dancing with their guests

For more city wedding inspiration check out Jenn & Alex’s Hotel Ocho Wedding Day or Helena & Gavin’s Casa Loma Wedding Day

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