Steamwhistle Wedding Photos – Laura & Mark

A real force of nature brought these two world travellers together. The eruption of the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (Eyja for short) grounded all flights to Europe, which included the ones of Laura and Mark. Their paths eventually crossed in an Amsterdam hostel. (You can read more of their story in my blog post about their engagement photo session here).

Mark and Laura’s wedding took place at the Steam Whistle Brewing company — a classic landmark right in the heart of Toronto. This setting was the perfect epicentre to bring both of their families together in celebration of the love of such a beautiful couple.

Not only was this wedding a joining of two people, but a joining of spirituality. Laura is Jewish, and Mark is not. In Laura’s email to me, she said “I always knew that Judaism was a big part of who I am and that I would want to pass that along to my future family. Mark recognized how much my faith and culture meant to me and was open to learning about it and attending my synagogue on a regular basis. Mark formed a close relationship with my, now OUR, rabbi and she agreed to stand with us under the Chuppah. We knew that having a culturally Jewish ceremony was important to us both, and we fought hard to make our ceremony possible.”

This wedding was a testament how a deeply connected relationship could transcend any obstacle that arises. I really resonated with how Mark and Laura carried a genuine light-hearted nature and humour with them. Whenever they wanted to take a break from photos, they would put on goofy faces and wanted those captured as well. Although Laura and Mark’s first steps of marriage took place in a beautiful location, their home is in each other, their families, and their spirituality. Laura eloquently said that “Although our wedding was just one day, our Jewish home is forever.”

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