A Beautiful Outdoor Spadina House Wedding and Jam Factory Wedding Reception

I’ve always wanted to photograph a Jam Factory wedding and finally got to with Julie and Chad. They mixed the outdoors and indoors by having their wedding ceremony at Spadina Museum. The weather was strange that day; it was extremely windy and called for storms and rain. Tree limbs were falling all around us at Spadina Museum and we almost called the ceremony and moved it. Then the clouds opened up, the sun came out and they had a beautiful ceremony on the grounds. Chad made the wood hexagon backdrop a few weeks before the ceremony and they assembled it onsite! They had a popcorn machine and cotton candy during cocktail hour and then everyone headed over to their reception at Jam Factory. The food was incredible (seriously, who can resist bbq food?!) and the donuts were delicious too. Thanks for having me along to document your day Julie & Chad!

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

We always had a clear idea of how we wanted the day to feel – true to the traditions that are important to us, but comfortable and less formal, with all of the food and drinks and aesthetics that we love and are reflective of who we are. We didn’t want to get so caught up in what is expected of a wedding that we lost sight of what the day is meant to be and what would make it special for ourselves and the people we love.

What was the most memorable part of the day

Although we were on the fence about writing our own vows, the moment we read them to each other was probably the most memorable. It may sound cheesy, but standing together in the middle of that windstorm, everything else around us seemed to shut down and go still for those moments – until now, Julie actually thought that the wind was stopped for those few minutes! Aside from this, seeing everyone we love enjoying their time after the ceremony despite those winds and the threatening rain, eating cotton candy and popcorn and laughing like children… it was everything we wanted our day to be.

Wedding planning advice

Pace the planning properly! Because we began to plan 18 months out, we took care of the large aspects early, then got very comfortable very quickly, only to realize a month before the date that there was still a ton of those tiny details to take care of. Save yourselves from going into panic mode and remember that the small details stack up and can take as long to execute as the big ones.

How did you choose your venue

We looked at so many wedding venues across Ontario, but we realized that we really wanted somewhere close to home and easy for our guests to access. But even then, we had two visions of our wedding: one being in the open air with sun and nature surrounding us, and the other being indoors, somewhere full of bricks and beams and history. After some consideration, we decided to split the difference. We’d been to Spadina Museum together before for an art event and fell in love with the property and gardens, so it was an easy decision to make, as it felt like it was really “us” and a beautiful place to host our ceremony. Jam Factory was the perfect complement: it was a gorgeous space, warm and lofty and a great place to settle into a good meal and a happy party.

wedding invitation, rings and shoes on vintage floral round pillow
greenery floral crown for bride
wedding bouquet and shoes on ground in front of elegant vintage fireplace
wedding shoes, invitation and rings on round floral pillow
bridesmaid helping bride into dress in attic room with skylight
bridesmaids helping bride into dress in dark room with skylight
bride getting ready in room with skylight
bride in loft room with skylight
bridesmaid helping bride into shoes as she sits on chair
bride sitting in chair
elegant bride getting ready, sitting in chair
bride in dress, holding hands in lap
bride sitting in elegant chair in dark room with skylight
bridesmaids vogue portrait in heritage home
bride looking out window in loft
groom waiting for bride at Spadina Museum wedding
gardens at Spadina Museum
gardens at Spadina Museum
Groom waiting for bride in Spadina House gardens
Bride at Spadina Museum
First look in the gardens at Spadina Museum in Toronto
First look at Spadina Museum
bride and groom holding hands and looking at each other in the gardens at Spadina Museum
bride hugging groom
bride and groom first look
groom wiping tears from eyes after first look in gardens at Spadina Museum
bride and groom first look
bride and groom walking in flower gardens
Spadina Museum wedding portraits
Spadina Museum wedding portraits in the garden
Spadina Museum wedding portraits
bride hugging groom in gardens on a windy day
bride hugging groom in gardens on a windy day
groom holding bride's waist
Spadina Museum wedding
bride and groom holding hands while walking on grass
Spadina Museum wedding portraits
Spadina Museum wedding portraits
bride and groom walking on property at Spadina Museum
Spadina Museum wedding portraits
Bride and groom kissing with dog in floral crown at Spadina Museum
wedding party portraits at Spadina Museum
bridesmaids walking on grass at Spadina Museum
bridesmaids hugging outside
bride putting floral crown on dog
Spadina Museum wedding ceremony
Outdoor wedding ceremony in Toronto at Spadina Museum
calligraphy sign at wedding ceremony
Spadina Museum
bride and father walking down stairs at Spadina Museum
bride hugging father during wedding ceremony outside
Wooden hexagon ceremony backdrop for outdoor wedding ceremony
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Spadina Museum
bride smiling during ceremony
bride reading vows
outdoor wedding ceremony in Toronto at Spadina Museum
guests during outdoor wedding ceremony at Spadina Museum
groom reading vows
bride reading vows
first kiss in front of wood hexagon backdrop during outdoor ceremony
confetti exit during wedding ceremony
Outdoor cocktail hour at Spadina Museum
Cotton candy machine
bride with umbrella and cotton candy at Spadina Museum
bride and groom sitting on steps of Spadina Museum eating cotton candy
bride and groom sitting on steps of Spadina Museum holding cotton candy and kissing
bride and groom sitting on steps of Spadina Museum with cotton candy
Spadina Museum wedding portrait
bride with floral tattoo on forearm
Wedding portrait in front of wood hexagon backdrop outside at Spadina Museum
Jam Factory wedding reception
donuts on table at Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
cake and pie table at Jam Factory wedding reception
gold letter balloons at Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
cake cutting
cake cutting
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception
Jam Factory wedding reception

Vendors

Photographer: Daring Wanderer
Dress: Eden by Truvelle, from Sash & Bustle
Suit: Suit Supply
Shoes: Both Chad and Julie’s shoes were from Steve Madden
Invitations: Vista Print
Florals: Thorn Floral
Flower Crown: Oh Dina Flower Crowns
Ceremony Venue: Spadina House Museum
Reception Venue: Jam Factory
Caterer: Uncle Smoke Cookhouse
Hair: Melody and Emily from Lebel and Crowe
Makeup: Sophia Perri
Officiant: The Good Reverend Matty
Cotton Candy and Popcorn Vendor: Sugar Pop Rentals
Donuts: Krispy Kreme
Cake: Bake Shoppe
Pies: Apple Factory
Wooden Calligraphy Signs: Miss to Mrs Weddings
Cellist at Spadina House: Amy Lee
DJ: DJ Misty
Processional song / musician: No Surprises by Radiohead – Amy Lee (Cello)
Recessional song / musician: Julie-O by Mark Summer – Amy Lee (Cello)
First Dance song: Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós
Day of Coordinator: 11 Eight Events

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Victoria Keefe : 08:18 April 18, 2019 Reply
Hey there! I was the wedding florist (THORN floral) for Julie + Chad (Spadina Mueseum + Jam Factory). I love your blog post + photos from their special day!

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