If you’ve ever been to Toronto’s Distillery District you may know of Balzac’s coffee shop. What you may not know is that Balzac’s two-storey, cozy and intimate space can be transformed into the wedding venue of your dreams.
As one the the most unique wedding venues in the GTA it was the perfect backdrop for Beth and Ted’s equally unique celebration. Beth and Ted envisioned a fun, low key and non-traditional day surrounded by 70 of their closest friends and family.
An intimate and understated first look in the hotel room, followed by drinks in the hotel lobby, set the day into the casual and fun loving vibe they had hoped for.
It rained almost all day. Although it made their plans to take photos in the Distillery District challenging, it made everything feel that much more cozy and romantic. Despite the weather, the talented Lushana Bale had no problem capturing every adorable, rain soaked moment that led to their venue, followed by more dry, adorable moments upon their arrival.
As guests (literally) flooded into the main floor of Balzac’s coffee shop, Beth, Ted and their wedding party snuck upstairs in preparation for their ceremony.
One of my favourite parts of the day by far was watching Beth and her father make a film worthy entrance down the stairs of the coffee shop to meet her groom. It was perfect in every way.
Almost immediately following their ceremony, as if Mother Nature had a copy of the day’s itinerary, the rain subsided just in time for guests to enjoy cocktail hour outside on the patio. This gave us just enough time to transform their ceremony space into a romantic and cozy reception setting.
With a sea of candles and gorgeous, vibrant florals from Coriander Girl on every surface, we were ready to invite guests back into the coffee shop. The contrast of a moody, candlelit space with rich and colourful decor was breathtaking.
Beth and Ted decided against a sit down reception, which encouraged guests to mingle freely throughout the unique space while enjoying passed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an oyster bar.
Speeches took place on the stairs of the coffee shop and rather than separating themselves from their guests Beth and Ted stood right in the middle of everyone, sneaking kisses every so often.
Another favourite part of their day was the father-daughter dance. After about 30 seconds of traditional dancing Beth and her father broke out into the most eccentric and wonderful dance moves, jumping up and down to every beat. Each guest wore a massive smile as they took in this awesome moment.
From the start Beth and Ted had a quirky vision for their wedding day to compliment their equally quirky personalities. They were happy to let go of many customary elements in order to bring that vision to life. Every aspect of their day was unique, and authentically captured them, and authenticity will ALWAYS be my favourite wedding theme!