When Vanessa + James told me they were getting married at U of T during Christmas, I knew that their Hart House wedding photos would be absolutely breathtaking. Not only is Hart House an amazing location throughout the year, with it’s high ceilings and unique architecture, but during the holidays, Hart House is decorated with all the trimmings and can get even the most humbug-iest of people into the holiday spirit.
The wedding day was absolutely freezing, although you wouldn’t be able to tell from the photos. We took warming breaks when the wind got too chilly and the brisk winter air was all the encouragement people needed to stay nice and close to each other and really be present in the moment. The reception was filled with laughs and the speeches were absolutely hilarious. By the time the dancefloor opened, everyone’s tummies were filled with the most delicious meal and it was very evident that it was party time. A grand venue for a grand celebration of love!
3 Tips for Hart House wedding photos
- Take advantage of night photography. Hart House wedding photos are beautiful during the day, but utilizing the outdoor spaces at night (and even some of the dark, indoor spaces) is really what makes Hart House unique and different.
- While the reception room has architecture reminiscent of the rest of the U of T exterior architecture, the ceremony space inside of Hart House is minimalistic and humble by comparison. If you’re looking for a grandiose ceremony space that matches the vibe of the Hart House reception hall, consider opting for the Knox College chapel instead.
- Use height to your advantage during your reception. With the extra tall ceilings in the reception hall, you can level up your reception decor by opting for extra tall candelabras and centerpieces as well what you choose to put behind your head table.