Jillian and Anthony are an amazing couple and we are very fortunate that we could be a part of their Big Day! It was a great big Italian Wedding, full of love, laughter, friends, warm family, great food and fun! Of course, not to mention Dood, their furry fourmlegged friend who was a big part of the day also.
Monika spent the morning with Jillian, her family and the bridesmaids getting ready for the ceremony. Dood, their adapted Goldendoodle was never far from Jillian’s side throughout the preparations and we have the photos to prove it!
The first clue that this was not just another large wedding but a tastefully themed day came from Jillian’s amazing dress which was modeled after Belle’s dress from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. In fact, from the ice-blue detailed touches, to the large Bellagio staircase, the Disney theme was tastefully and subtlety integrated into this amazing day. While Jillian was placing her gorgeous princes’s worthy tiara, Anthony was hanging out with the guys and his family.
We must say that we truly enjoyed the ceremony at the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Vaughan. Father Michael was both inspiring but also entertaining. As a married couple, we certainly understand the gravity of the commitment which a wedding ceremony brings, however, we can also appreciate first hand that a ceremony can be fun and entertaining. Well done father!
Due to the cold, our outdoor bridal party photo session did not take long. Bravo to both the wedding couple, the entire party and of course Dood for braving the cold weather. Although there was sadly no snow to speak of, we think that the naturally lit images captured the spirit of the day and Jillian’s beautiful dress perfectly.
The wedding reception took place at the Bellagio Boutique Event Venue in Vaughan. The hall is large but still manages to feel cozy even with 250+ guests. We loved the previously mentioned grand staircase and the upper-level area which created a great entrance for the newlyweds and a hidden oasis for those who wanted a more secluded and quite area to visit. This is also where you could find the photo booth which was an often visited activation bringing much fun to the guests.
After the great dinner, and just when you thought you could eat no more, out came the cream filled cannelloni, and the desert stations. Although we, of course, spent our time taking pictures and not eating, in a true Italian wedding style, we can’t imagine anyone leaving this wedding hungry.
The large dance floor promised redemption and an opportunity to work off the many available calories. We were so impressed by the number of people who turned out to dance well into the night!
No matter what their age, people certainly enjoyed dancing at this wedding. This is one of our favourite portions of the photography coverage. There is something very magical about the colours, the movement and the many people celebrating together what was an outstanding wedding day.
Thank you to Jillian, Anthony, Dood and all of their family and guests for making us feel so welcome and a true part of their fairytale celebration.