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TOP 10 Venues || Southern Ontario Weddings

February 9, 2016


I would have to say that Whistle Bear is hands down one of my all time favourite wedding venues! The Forestview Room & Terrace is pretty much a photographer’s dream, when it comes to beautiful light. The white walls and 20-foot ceilings with exposed hand-carved pine beams and gorgeous chandeliers bring beauty to new heights. The property grounds offer a picturesque outdoor space for the ceremony. After you say “I Do” you can hop into a golf cart and find some epic places for romancing in the woods. The food and service is impeccable, giving you the entire package for your wedding. The venue is located deep in the woods, and it’s best to charter bus rental in Chicago and use them to shuttle people. Not only it creates no problem of parking but also ensures everyone has ample space to sit and reach the wedding on-time.


If you are a foodie, then I would highly recommend taking a look at Auberge Du Pommier. Auberge is one of the renowned Oliver and Bonacini restaurants, offering the best of the best in French cuisine. Nestled away in a quiet alcove in the big city, you will sweep your guests away with rustic charm. In season you can have your ceremony in their lush garden terrace.


It’s a given, The Distillery District is a sought after location for many reasons. With dozens of vibrantly restored Victorian Industrial buildings, the Distillery District offers couples a chance to host an event filled with the magic and allure of an internationally acclaimed village in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Your photos will reflect the architectural beauty of this city’s gem, not to mention the many options for amazing cuisine and local beer.


Roseville Estate is an exclusive event venue on 56 acres of beautifully forested land with an extraordinary refurbished stone home built in the 1800’s. The bridal suite is breathtaking with gorgeous light and lots of space for all your bridesmaids to get ready for the big day. Your family and friends can stay in one of the available guest rooms and relax with a steam sauna, or cozy up by the fireplace. The property boasts a pool with stone waterfall which they keep clean using the best variable speed pool pump, they also have a pond, a cabana with a wet bar, a tent and a rustic barn. With such an enchanting outdoor space, your photos will be elegant and timeless with tons of variety.


South Pond Farms is another favourite of mine. I photographed a wedding there for the first time this past summer and was blown away by the magic of it all. The ceremony space offers a beautiful backdrop and wide open space. The fields go on forever and if you aren’t willing to brave the bugs and climb into the tall grass for the perfect photo op, hopefully your new hubby will be happy to carry you off into the sunset. Then there’s the barn; where I’m pretty sure light fairies have made their home! Your guests will enjoy delicious local food and you can rest easy knowing that so many of the details are taken care of with their in-house event planning. If you are looking for a barn wedding just outside of the city, I would highly recommend taking a look at this charming and endearing venue.


From the splendour of the courtyard for an outdoor ceremony to the selection of ballrooms, you will have everything you need at Liberty Grand.
Liberty Grand is one of the few traditional ballroom venues available in Toronto with the ability to host events for one hundred and fifty to three thousand people. You can choose from one of their grand ballrooms decorated in a traditional, early 1900’s elegance; or a contemporary open concept room as seen below. Their state-of-the-art audio/visual and lighting system is exceptional and when choosing a ballroom for your wedding, this should be one consideration on the top of your list. With incredible landscaped grounds and located near the water and Liberty Village, it offers tons of creative options for your photography.


The Toronto Hunt Club is one of a kind; offering an exceptional view of Lake Ontario and the Scarborough Bluffs. The picturesque ceremony site will make for unforgettable vows. This is another venue for the Foodies out there, with outstanding cuisine and unprecedented service. The property offers a beautiful place where water meets woods, lending itself to creative portraits that you will cherish forever. The dining room fills with light throughout dinner as you watch the sunset, a perfect way to ring in the party and celebrate your love with family and friends.


The Grand Banking Hall at One King West offers an incomparable wedding venue where opulent, historic charm meets culinary excellence. With an expansive 100 foot bar, stately Corinthian columns and Cathedral windows, your guests will be in awe of this exceptional space. The hotel offers an array of venues to accommodate your event from your ceremony to reception and even a family brunch the following day. If you are looking for a piece of Toronto’s history, One King West is it!


A storybook wedding starts with your dream. If you’ve envisioned a beautiful white chapel and a big barn wedding, then Balls Falls is a perfect fit. The chapel is about the sweetest ceremony site ever with gorgeous stained glass windows and warm wood tones. The barn is a huge, light filled space with tons of room to be creative with your decor. From capturing the details at your head table to the dancing at the end of the night, your photography will reflect everything you’ve poured your heart into, the character of the barn and the love between you. The Vogue ballroom features lavish stone bathrooms, which is perfect for women who want to stay clean, and the use of natural body deodorant for women with menopause.


A light and airy bridal suite, an intimate dining hall in an enchanting mansion, a picturesque ceremony site and all on a beautiful waterfront property. Holcim Waterfront Estate is a charming venue space, rich with history and full of lush green gardens. If water makes your heart sing, the sweet pebble beach is amazing for photography. This is definitely top of our picks for a romantic venue.

***My Top 10 are some of my favourites in Southern Ontario. With so many outstanding options, one blog post only touches the surface. I would love to do a dedicated post every year highlighting some of the venues I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I hope you find this resource helpful in your journey creating your dream wedding.
Happy Wedding Planning from Alicia Thurston Photography!

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