In my opinion, the key to being a great wedding photographer is being able to find photo opportunities that other photographers may have overlooked. I always do my best to look for small details that could make a shot interesting and unique. In this instance, I could have just taken a photo of the bride and groom standing on the grand staircase, which would have been lovely, but I wanted to make the shot different and artistic. It also occurred to me that many photographers who had shot at this venue in the past likely had used that idea repeatedly. In order to make it unique, shooting through the banister detail was exactly what the image needed. Not only does it frame the couple beautifully, the outline is in the shape of a perfect heart. What could be more fitting for a romantic wedding day moment as the bride and groom enter the Grand Banking Hall?
This shot was captured at one of the most elegant venues I have seen so far. Located in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, the One King West is a beautiful place to host a ceremony and/or reception. It is not often that a building offers so many indoor photo opportunities, the grand staircase being one of them. The hotel also has a historic, underground vault accessed by a sweeping marble staircase in the centre of the lobby. The venue also has three different options for reception areas. The first being the Austin Gallery, which is both elegant and stylish and has over 2,000 square feet of space. The second is the Chairman’s boardroom, ideal for intimate, smaller weddings. And finally, the Grand Dining Hall, which is beyond stunning with its cathedral windows, high ceilings, Corinthian columns, and historic charm.
Location: 1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1A1.1/200; f/4.0; ISO 2500; 58.0 mm.