As her mother put the final adjustments on Victoria’s veil and train, emotions ran high. Jonathan was only a few steps away. Close enough to touch. As we all stepped back to allow these two their moment, Victoria was visibly shaking with excitement. The little squeal as he started turning around to see her made all of our hearts skip a beat. As our cameras clicked and Jonathan’s eyes first landed on Victoria, everything felt right. The air filled with their excited giggles, they hugged, and Jonathan just couldn’t even believe how beautiful she was. His contagious giggle lifted the gravity of the moment for a short moment.
As their faith is so integral to every part of their relationship, it was the perfect spot for their first look. All the details that Victoria so carefully selected, combined for this elegant Toronto wedding into one perfect, beautiful wedding day. The day they became Mr. and Mrs. Lesarge.
Faith & Fate
Victoria and Jonathan met two years ago when they were both staffers at Queen’s Park. Sparks flew right from the start. Victoria would often use Jonathan’s office for work; she found it was more convenient for her. They got to know each other very well in the time that she spent there. Very early in their relationship, they learned that they shared the importance of their faith, which was an integral piece of what they were each looking for in their forever partner. One of their first dates resulted from Victoria inviting Jonathan to Latin Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Parkdale, Toronto – the church where they would eventually wed. Their engagement session was one for the books, you truly could see the love between the two of them.
The wedding day started at Victoria’s mom’s house. While the hair and makeup artists worked their magic, I got to play with loads of beautiful florals that the florist had provided. If there was ever a florist who made my dreams come true, it was Therese. It’s no wonder she only takes referrals and is very choosy with which weddings to work with. Her work is absolutely astounding!
When Victoria put on her Pronovias gown, I just knew that the wedding day was going to be something I was lucky to witness. She looked absolutely breathtaking! And I told Jonathan that when I first saw him as well. The florals were the absolute icing on the cake.
Victoria & Jonathan were most excited about the portraits which were captured in the church, while catching a break from the Toronto heat. The couple was thrilled to personally welcome each of the grandparents to the ceremony as they entered the church during this time as well.
The kindness of Victoria’s mother extended beyond expectations. She kindly provided lunch for both of us and even brought water to us at the portrait location because of the extreme heat. She was probably the best mother of the bride we’ve ever had the pleasure of being with.
The 1.5 hour ceremony was everything that the couple wished it was. They were still gushing over it hours later. When it’s your own, the wedding happens to mean more than you can ever imagine, and we can say that from experience. Jonathan’s family was so excited to watch him get married. Especially his step-mom has a special place in her heart for him.
At Osgoode Hall, we used the golden light to take more beautiful portraits of Victoria & Jonathan. As the veil floated in the breeze, they went from looking in awe at each other and their rings, to sharing private jokes and giggling uncontrollably. On our walk to and from the portrait location, we even used the traffic and the crosswalks for some epic “Toronto photos”. One TTC driver was very excited to be included in such a special time of their big day, and it made for the perfect background!
The reception at Drake’s Commissary was the perfect end, with delicious food, the perfect ambience, and a very good MC. Activities were limited because of COVID, but the couple had organized a Trivia game including topics about religion and politics, normally very polarizing subjects, but the range of beliefs of the people in the audience made it all the funnier. Jonathan even forgot the last word in the Bible amidst all the fun.
Victoria and Jonathan are excited for their future together, and that is very evident. They planned the most amazing honeymoon (even amidst Covid) in Quebec City, and as they shared little tidbits over this last week about their experiences, I can honestly say that I was jealous. But they deserve it! They are moving to Montreal later this year, and made sure that they could spend their big day with as many of their loved ones as possible before that happened.
Victoria and Jonathan, to say that your wedding day was a highlight in our career so far is an understatement. To watch you pledge your love in front of God and your family, and to lock those memories in on digital files for you was more of an honour than we can ever explain. May God bless you and keep you. May He be your guide through the ups and the downs. We wish you nothing but the best in the future, but we know if there are some less-than-best times, you have the perfect person for you standing right by your side and God in your hearts. -xo
The Vendor Team
Dress | Pronovias at Mona Richie Bride
Shoes | Nine West at The Bay
Tux | Andrew’s Formals
Hair | Uno Jo Bridal Hair
Makeup | Super Fox Makeup
Rings | Tallie Jewelry, Peoples Jewellers and Zen Moissanite
Styling Mat | Thistles & Lavender
Florals | Therese Guidolin
Ceremony | Holy Family Catholic Parish
Reception | Drake Commissionary
Cake | Drake Commissionary
Invitations | Minted