V E N U E S and V E N D O R S

I'm always asked about outdoor engagement and wedding photography location suggestions. Until I started researching this, I never realized the many locations for engagement and wedding photography venues the GTA has to offer! From gardens to parks, lakes to waterfalls, conservatories to flower gardens, the options are endless. There are of course venues that require permits for GTA wedding photography so please make sure to inquire about it and acquire one if required. Call City Parks Permit at (416) 392-8188 for more information and book your wedding photography venue!

Here are some suggestions, from having photographed at these locations myself, for photo shoot locations.

Ashbridges Bay Park • Lakeshore & Coxwell, Toronto • (416) 392-8188

Ashbridges Bay Park is 35 hectares of waterfront which features expansive beaches, a harbour & marina, and boardwalk cafe for eclectic wedding photogaphy photographs. Call for permit information.

Black Creek Pioneer Village • 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, Toronto • (416) 736-1733

Black Creek Pioneer Village is more than a collection of buildings and artifacts. Here, you will become immersed in the lifestyles, customs, and surroundings of early residents who built the foundations for modern Toronto and Ontario at the typical crossroads community village found in the Toronto area during the 1800's.

Crawford Lake Conservation • 3115 Conservation Rd, Milton • (905) 854-0234

Crawford Lake Conservation park is a 232 hectare park with a rare meromictic lake with surrounding boardwalk. One of the most accurately dated pre-contact archeological sites in Canada.

Edwards Gardens Conservatory • 777 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto • (416) 392-8188

Edwards Gardens Conservatory is a botanical garden which was a former estate garden featuring annuals, roses and wildflowers and an extensive rockery. The park's manicured lawns and well kept flower beds make it a popular destination for wedding photography. Permit required.

Hilton Falls Conservation • 4985 Campbellville Rd, Milton • (905) 854-0262

Hilton Falls' enchanted forests is a natural treat with great trails. The blazing colours of fall are only surpassed by the beauty of fleeting spring wildflowers or the richness of the green summer landscape makes it an excellent location for wedding and engagement photography all year round. Entrance fee required.

Humber Bay Park • Lakeshore & South Kingsway, Toronto

In addition to beautiful trees, wildflowers and sandy beaches, Humber Bay Park also provides some spectacular views towards downtown Toronto that you can incorporate beautifully into your wedding photographs. Permit not required.

Jack Darling Memorial Park • 1180 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga

Jack Darling Memorial park is a large, diverse park offers many great facilities for families and individuals who want to spend time outdoors. The park is maintained by the City of Mississauga and it is classified as a picnic park with a waterfront. There is no entrance fee to the park.

James Gardens • 61 Edgehill Rd, Toronto • (416) 392-8186

There’s a reason why you’ll see several wedding groups taking pictures each Saturday within James Gardens, it’s because the place is beautiful (note that professional photographers will need to pay for a permit if taking wedding pictures). There are so many different types of flower beds, each more colourful than the next.

Kariya Park • Kariya Dr & Burnhamthorpe, Mississauga • (905) 896-5384

At the heart of one of Canada's most proudly multicultural cities, Kariya Park is an age-old Japanese garden style. A colony of the beautiful lavender-hued Iris laevigata or rabbit-ear iris flowers. Permit required.

Lowville Park • 6207 Guelph Line, Burlington • (905) 335-7600

A very lovely rural park in the quaint village of Lowville where Bronte Creek meanders throughout the park with lovely views of surrounding farmland lies the beautiful Lowville Park.

Rockwood Conservation Park • 161 Fall Street, Guelph • (519) 856-9543

Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes, including one of the world's largest, are a few of the natural wonders at the Rockwood Conservation Park Area. You can view them from hiking trails on both sides of the Eramosa River or in a rented canoe. The conservation area has over 65,000 visitors a year from near and far and offers excellent recreational opportunities only a short distance from major metropolitan areas.

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