Real wedding: Toby + Ira


These 2 New Yorkers had a rad wedding at an old brick factory in Toronto with the bride in a GORGEOUS Phillip Lim dress….I’m just loving the black and white on her (proof yet again that you don’t need a “wedding dress” to get married!)

yellow boutonnieres


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yellow bouquet

black and white wedding dress



outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

painted table numbers


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painted menu

painted jar centerpieces


From the bride:

Though we live in New York, our guest list spanned the East and West Coast of US and Canada. My parents, who helped to plan the wedding from Toronto, stumbled upon a great venue that happened to be in their “backyard.” Evergreen Brickworks is an industrial oasis in downtown Toronto, a former brick factory that is now home to a farmer’s market, community garden, bicycle repair shop, etc. With the Evergreen Brickworks as the backdrop, we sought to personalize the setting and experience with non-traditional elements and a casual feel. The process began with color selection and logo design. We used gauche to paint the design featured in the invitations, menus, and seating assignments, all created by the bride. Our wedding coordinator shared our vision and used these themes as inspiration for the décor and flowers. She brought it to life beautifully. The place settings and furnishings were rectangular and simple to complement the lighting and ambiance of the setting. Consistent with the eco-groovy philosophy of Evergreen Brickworks, the food featured only local, seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses. After much internal debate, we decided to serve the popular Ontario pastry known as the butter tart, essentially a mini pecan pie without pecans, which was popular despite its reputation as an “acquired taste.” We served wine from Malivoire Vineyard in Beamsville, Ontario and beer from Granite Brewery in Toronto. In keeping with a casual feel, we didn’t have a traditional wedding party. The bride, the groom and the ceremony were all half-Jewish. The vows took the format of “I would love you even if….” statements, such as “I would love you even if you joined the tea party” which got many laughs from the audience. Our processional was “Cicadas & Gulls” by Feist and our recessional was “Here Comes Your Man” by the Pixies. The ceremony was followed by many hours of dancing, eating, drinking, and photo booth-ing. Instead of asking guests to clink a glass to get us to kiss, they had to stand up and perform a song. We got everything from The Little Mermaid’s “Kiss the Girl,” to barbershop quartets, to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

As you can see, our photographer had a unique style, great usage of light and composition, and phenomenal attention to detail. We feel he not only captured the moment, he captured emotion and great beauty with his lens.


Photographer: JR Magat Photography
Wedding Planning/Floral Design: Love by Lynzie Weddings & Events
Hair: Nadine Smellie at Aphrodite’s Sanctuary
Gown: Phillip Lim
Venue: Evergreen Brick Works
Caterer: Carole Flemming
Graphic Design of Invites, Table Numbers, Menus: The Bride
Makeup: Tess Osgoode
[images from JR Magat Photography ]
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