Wedding Guide: the best wedding photographers in Toronto
Partners Vanessa Heins and Jess Baumung use their doubles act to get multiple perspectives on the client’s big day, producing stylish, candid images backed up by Heins’s experience in editorial photography and Baumung’s background in live-music shots. They only do 20 weddings a year, so book early. From $3,500. By appointment.
5ive15ifteen Photo Company
429 Spadina Rd. (at Lonsdale Rd.), 416-487-0515
The photographers at 5ive15ifteen like to keep their work natural and relaxed, but with the lush colours and elegant composition of a high-toned editorial spread. (The studio’s work has appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Today’s Bride.) From $3,950. By appointment.
388 Carlaw Ave. (at Dundas St. E.), Ste. 302B, 416-259-6795.
One of Toronto’s best-known studios, Ikonica captures breathtaking shades, settings and fleeting moments that often appear right out of a storybook, whether it’s a flower girl running down the aisle or a couple gazing at a sky full of fireworks. Typically $5,000. By appointment.
Johnny Lam Photography
Johnny Lam’s shots are casual, breezy and fun. A traditionalist, the photographer prefers to shoot outdoor weddings and use natural light (he almost never uses a flash, claiming it drowns out a lot of the ambience). Lam “soft poses” couples, having them just stand and talk to each other casually. By appointment.
Joseph + Jaime Photography
Joseph Paget and Jaime Maddalena have been married for seven years and shooting weddings for eight, favouring a documentary style and fresh compositions inspired by their editorial work. Those looking for something different can have a few pics taken on a toy camera. From $2,900. By appointment.
Let Them Eat Cake Films
70 Ward St. (at Lansdowne Ave.), 416-252-7768
Owner and lead cinematographer Mike Rybinski has embraced video to the benefit of brides and grooms everywhere: he can have an expertly produced DVD documenting wedding preparations and the ceremony itself in the couple’s hands in time for the reception. LTEC’s shooters use Hollywood techniques—including professional off-camera lighting, audio and Steadicam—to capture primping bridesmaids and a behind-the-scenes peek at the bride-and-groom photo shoot. From $3,000. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
477 Richmond St. W. (at Brant St.), Unit 101, 416-366-4723.
Co-owners Nancy Da Costa and Mo Govindji like to think of Mango as a collective of artists helping each other hone their craft (many of the shooters are graphic designers and fine arts majors). They describe their aesthetic as timeless nostalgia, making use of light (solar flares are de rigueur in their pics) and eschewing Photoshop for more natural looks. Packages start at $3,900, but Govindji recommends the $5,500 one, which comes with two photographers and an album to make the day all the more memorable. By appointment.