As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen many different types of weddings throughout my career. But there’s something truly special about intimate elopements and micro-weddings. The focus is truly on the couple and their love for each other, and that’s what makes them so beautiful. That’s why I was thrilled to be a part of this New Year’s inspired editorial at One King West Hotel in Toronto.
The Inspiration Behind the Shoot
This editorial shoot was inspired by two things: the elegance of a traditional wedding and the excitement of New Year’s Eve. I wanted to create a celebration that combined these two elements in a way that felt sophisticated and fun. And what better place to do that than at One King West Hotel?
This historic hotel combines classic beaux-arts architecture with modern features, creating a stunning backdrop for any event. We knew that it would be the perfect setting for this editorial, with its grand staircase, elegant ballroom, and luxurious guest rooms.
Of course, any wedding editorial is only as good as its fashion. For this shoot, we created a look that was both classic and fashion-forward. The Narces Vienna gown was the perfect choice for our bride. The combination of organza and feathers created a stunning textural effect that was truly show-stopping. And when paired with a bold red lip and sleek bun, the look was the epitome of modern elegance.
One King West Hotel provided the perfect backdrop for this editorial shoot. The hotel’s grand staircase was the perfect place for our couple to make their entrance, with confetti raining down around them. And the ballroom, with its soaring ceilings and opulent chandeliers, provided the perfect setting for a New Year’s Eve celebration.
But perhaps the most memorable location for our shoot was the bathtub. Yes, you read that right - we created some truly unforgettable images of our bride lounging in a bathtub filled with confetti and champagne. It was a playful and unexpected moment that perfectly captured the spirit of the shoot.
No wedding celebration is complete without some fabulous details. For this shoot, we've put together a sense of luxury and sophistication while still keeping things fun and playful. The table was set with elegant gold-rimmed plates and crystal glasses, while the champagne tower added a touch of glamour to the events.
And let’s not forget the confetti! It was everywhere, from the grand staircase to the bathtub to the New Year’s Eve countdown. It added a playful touch to the photos and created some truly stunning images.
Our real-life couple, Victoria and Vova, were the perfect match for this photoshoot. They brought a sense of love and intimacy to the photo shoot that was truly beautiful to witness. And they were game for anything, whether it was popping champagne or lounging in a bathtub filled with confetti!
The key takeaway from this editorial shoot is that you don’t need a huge wedding to have a celebration that is both sophisticated and fun. Micro-weddings and elopements can be just as beautiful and memorable as larger events, as long as you focus on what really matters - the love between two people.
And of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a stunning location like One King West Hotel to provide the backdrop for your celebration. With its combination of classic and modern elements, it’s the perfect location for any couple looking for both elegant and fun celebrations.
As a wedding photographer, it was an honour to be a part of this New Year’s inspired editorial shoot at One King West Hotel. From the stunning fashion to the playful details to the beautiful love between our real-life couple, it was a commemoration that truly captured the spirit of what a wedding should be - a celebration of love.