WARDS ISLAND ENGAGEMENT | soo & matt

Soo & Matt’s Wards Island engagement session took place on the same day as the Toronto Raptors Championship parade. Were we crazy to schedule a shoot when thousands (millions?) of fans swarmed the streets and highway ramps to celebrate?? YES, WE ABSOLUTELY WERE. 😅 Lucky for us, we’d schedule the session after the parade had cleared the Gardiner Expressway. With much anxiety, I was actually able to make it into the city without much trouble! The great thing about having such an big event run simultaneously to our plans, is that there was barely anyone on the Island that day. We had perfect, warm summer weather. The only thing that really deterred us was a bit of flooding in some areas. (The beach was completely submerged in water!) But, considering the amount of rain we had this year, that was pretty much expected.
 

hot tip: wards island is one of the best locations for views of the Toronto skyline

 
Soo & Matt were looking for a photo location that incorporated a bit of nature and also a bit of the city as well. I couldn’t think of a location more fitting than Wards Island. The quiet, residential area has less foot traffic than the more visited Centre Island, so it’s a wonderful place for an intimate, low-key session!

Without further ado, here are a few highlights from Soo & Matt’s Wards Island engagement session!
 
 
toronto islands engagement | Eighty Fifth Street Photography
Close-up of Engaged couple's clasped hands | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
couple walking hand in hand | wards island | toronto wedding photographer | eightyfifth street photography
Black & white photo of couple embracing between two trees | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
Black and white engagement photo | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
toronto islands engagement | eightyfifth street photography
wards island engagement | toronto | eightyfifth street photography
 
A few seconds after that last shot, the sun came out, and we had the most glorious light for these portraits in front of a lilac bush in full bloom. A little bit of sun makes a huge difference, no?
 
 
 
documentary style engagement photos | toronto wards island | eightyfifth street photography
documentary style engagement photos | toronto wards island | eightyfifth street photography
Wards Island Engagement | EightyFifth Street Photography
Wards Island Engagement | EightyFifth Street Photography
documentary style engagement photos | toronto islands | eightyfifth street photography
Black and white photo of man holding womans hand with engagement ring | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
 
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for photos of hands. It’s such a simple thing to focus on, but they’re so expressive and beautiful!
 
 
 
black and white documentary style engagement photos | eightyfifth street photography
documentary style engagement photos | toronto wards island | eightyfifth street photography
couple sitting on blanket | wards island engagement | eightyfifth street photography
documentary style engagement photos | toronto wards island | eightyfifth street photography
toronto island engagement | eightyfifth street photography
willow tree engagement photo | toronto islands | Toronto wedding photographer | eightyfifth street photography
Couple holding hands on boardwalk | Wards Island Engagement | EightyFifth Street Photography
Toronto Skyline Engagement photo | Wards Island | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
Best spot for photos of Toronto Skyline | Wards Island Engagement | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
Best location for views of Toronto Skyline | Wards Island Engagement | Toronto Wedding Photographer | EightyFifth Street Photography
 
Can’t get a more clear view of the city than that! ♥
 

Soo’s Makeup by Janet Ford of Ford Beauty

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