Selecting the Wedding Venue of Your Dreams – Kelsey + Chris

You’ve picked a date and it’s time to get ready to rock your wedding dreams, but where the hell do you start? Wedding planning is a big task, but the one task you should start with is always your venue! Your venue will dictate 98% of your wedding plans. 

Below you’ll hear all about Kelsey + Chris, an adorable couple that chose a really unique wedding venue in the heart of Toronto. I’m also going to drop my best tips for selecting a wedding venue that you’ll love!

How do you choose a venue?

 I want you to start by outlining what your biggest goals are for your wedding! Ask yourself these questions:

  • How many guests do you want to have?
  • What matters most to you about your wedding?
  • How do you want your guests to feel?
  • What kind of vendors do you want at your wedding?

Venue selection really varies depending on how you answered these questions. For example, let’s say dancing is a priority, which means you need to select a venue with a killer dancefloor and a wicked DJ! Looking for something intimate but unique? Look into restaurants, galleries, or bed & breakfasts. Figuring out your priorities will help guide you to the right place! If you’re interested, I can write a separate blog post on some of my favourite local venues in Ottawa.

Pro tip: ask to see photos of your venue during the time of day you’ll be getting married! Some venues look different during the day compared to the evening, giving you a better idea of when to schedule your ceremony and portraits!

Kelsey + Chris’s Venue

This gorgeous couple decided to tie the knot close to home. They live in the GTA and found the venue of their dreams in downtown Toronto! The Berkeley Field House can hold anywhere between 150-275 guests depending on the season, but its size wasn’t what stood out to me. This venue had so much personal flair to it, and it made for such a unique experience! They had a small closed-off section between a church and their space where we shot some of their portraits and it felt like something out of a fairytale! There was also a treehouse (I know, a treehouse!) where you could climb through the trees and feel like you were nowhere near the city.

Magical Moments

I knew right away that Chris was a bit of a softie. He MELTED when his aunt came to say hi before the ceremony and I almost cried because it was so sweet. He broke down when he saw his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. Kelsey had a few tears of her own but held it together! The whole wedding party was just so genuinely happy for the couple, and you could feel the love in the room. They shared a champagne toast seconds after signing the register – it was such a cute touch I would recommend to anyone!

One of the bridesmaids also happened to be the manager at a bridal store (tagged below), and she was a DREAM to have around! This queen was adjusting the dress or florals for me before I could even ask. It was like having an assistant! Their whole guest list made me feel welcome; they spewed jokes all day! Honestly, I loved every one of their guests!

The couple joined their guests outdoors for a delicious meal under twinkle lights on a beautiful balmy day. Afterwards, Kelsey and Chris danced under the canopy of lights where the guests enjoyed dessert while watching. I’m 90% sure Chris had a tear in his eye during their first dance! I can’t blame him though, the entire thing felt like magic.

Venue : Berkeley Field House | Photography – SFP Photography for Stacy Kenopic Photography | Make Up : Karena Haroun⁠ | Suits : Le Chateau | Bridal Gown & Veil : Blu Ivory Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses : Azazie | DJ : Maximum DJ | Hair and Makeup : Beauty by Inara

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I am a margarita-loving photographer based out of Canada’s capital. I have an obsession for adventure and an appreciation for the small things in life. I’m known for my love of strong margaritas, big curly hair, and notorious sailor’s mouth.⁠