Granite Brewery Wedding + Distillery District | Rich + Tara

Friends’ weddings are some of the most fun, yet stressful, to photograph, and this Granite Brewery Wedding was no exception! Of course I want all my clients to be happy with the images I create for them, but with friends there’s an added pressure, because it would be super awkward at future get-togethers if they hated them.  (Thankfully that has never happened.)

Rich and Tara had lots of awesome details incorporated into their day. I loved the peacock details and colours – and everything around us seemed to fall into place and enhance the theme. The hotel lobby where we ended up doing family photos had awesome yellow chairs (complementary colour to purple – the colour the bridesmaids were wearing), and at the Distillery District there were some awesome blue designs on one of the outdoor walls that matched Tara’s shawl and shoes!

The Granite Brewery Wedding Ceremony

When you scroll below you’ll see that even though it was a rainy day, the Granite Brewery offered a covered tent ceremony location that still allowed us to see the beautiful greenery and grounds in the background. The food (and beer!) was delicious, and the intimate dance floor kept the party going all night long!

Photos at the Distillery District

It’s not hard to see why the Distillery District is a favourite spot for couples getting married in Toronto to do their photo session on their wedding day. The cobblestone streets and red brick walls accented by green doorways and windows, are such a unique look. Plus there’s always something new to use as a background – from antique cars, to wooden barrels, and pretty lights to stunning overhead displays.

I find it hard to narrow down my blog selections when I know the subjects personally, so I’ll add some comments throughout the images below. Enjoy!

Custom Chucks. Awesome.

Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars with wedding date on heel

Just some of the cutest kids ever. Can also be seen here, and here and soon here (once I blog baby Ava’s newborn session).


inscription inside bride's clutch
bridal details - back of dress, brooch, makeup

The inside of Tara’s clutch – how cute is that?


They saw each other before the ceremony, but they kicked me out of the room. This is when they let me back in ;)

Goofballs (below, in case there was any doubt).

groomsmen being will in Toronto hotel for wedding photos

Then Grandma interrupted our photos and made everyone cry.


How awesome is Tara’s dress? Perfect for a rainy day like this, as we didn’t have to worry about a long train, and it showed off those awesome heels!

couple posing with the antique car at the Distillery District
backlit photo of bride and groom in front of the antique car at the Distillery District
Wedding photos at the Distillery District and close up of bride and groom's shoes

rainy days photos at the Distillery District with umbrellas and bum grabs

If you look closely at the cake photo below, you can kind of see that the cake topper figures are also grabbing bums.

Tradition, smadition. These two walked down the aisle together, after each of their families also came in together. It was a bit squishy (Rich has a large, and constantly growing family), but such a great break from the norm. This Granite Brewery wedding ceremony was done in a tented area out back, with guests facing the gardens in the background.

Granite Brewery Wedding ceremony on a rainy day


Seeing their AMAZING cake for the first time. Tara’s sister made it for them, and they weren’t allowed to see anything until this reveal. This girl has some serious talent. Check out the next image for a detailed explanation of each layer. And contact Holly here to talk about your own cake needs!

Seating charts on records, beer glasses and custom coaster party favours, and who doesn’t love a game of Mad-libs?


Thank you, Rich and Tara, for choosing me to capture your day. Hope I did it justice :) Love yous.

Want to inquire about photography for your own wedding day? Check out more info on my Wedding page!

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  • Amelia Dunfee McKenzieOctober 28, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures!! So pleased to catch glimpses of much loved family members and to see the love and joy on the faces of the bride and groom!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel LevyNovember 23, 2013 - 12:51 am

    Finally have good enough internet to look at these properly! They are so amazing! Congratulations again and congrats also to Tara G for the amazing photos! xReplyCancel

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