After meeting with Kristina + Toon last winter and spending an evening together in the spring for their engagement session, I had a strong feeling that their Sala San Marco Wedding was going to be a blast. Wow, was that ever an understatement. From start-to-finish, their wedding day was full of laughs, dancing, drinking, and truly heartfelt joy.
Kristina and Toon are extremely warm, thoughtful people, and it shows through the amazing respect each and every guest and family member have for the newly married couple. This wedding was a little different, in that it was pretty much a “Destination Wedding” in Ottawa. Kristina is Sudbury Italian, and Toon is Manitoba Dutch. They met while they were both playing professional volleyball in Europe. Since then, they’ve both lived all over, and there wasn’t really one place that really made obvious sense for them to get married, so they picked Ottawa….kinda sorta in the middle. They had a gorgeous ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Parish in the Glebe, followed by an all-out Dutch/Italian PARTAY at Sala San Marco in Ottawa’s Little Italy. The party ran so hard and so late, that there were probably still over 100 people on the dance floor, dancing away, long after the house lights were turned-on…the DJ played until they were pretty much threatened into shutting it down.
I was really excited that my good friend (and fellow wedding photographer), Ryan Chan was coming down from Toronto to hang with me for this weekend, and he shot this wedding alongside me. It’s always a blast to work together, and he got some great images for Kristina & Toon.