It’s the Most Wonderful Time… of the Year!


The weather getting warmer and the days are getting longer. It can only mean one thing… Wedding season has begun!

Call me a sap, but I love shooting weddings. Love is in the air, everyone is dressed to the nines and it is just a really happy and pleasant work environment. A sixteen hour shift on your feet would seem like an ordeal to you, but not to me. I think I am one of the only people that I know that actually gets up in the morning before work and can’t wait to get there. My mind starts working through posing the large group shots and how I am going to make this wedding different and more creative than the last. I am salivating with new ideas as I drive to the studio with the top down and the wind in my face.

This weekend I had the pleasure of working in the Distillery District again. I love to shoot in that part of the city. There are so many options for formal spots that are a little out of the ordinary from your standard wedding pictures. The couple had chosen to have an old school TTC bus as their chariot for the day which  I thought it was a great idea! Since we had ample room to truck the bridal party around, we got over to Cherry Beach for some more formals and fun stuff. The day was a little chilly and overcast which made for almost perfect lighting and some really funky slow shutter shots.

The reception was held in the Archeo Trattoria which had some space constraints, but made for excellent photography. Exposed beam ceilings and intimate lighting helped to create a perfect atmosphere for a wedding.

All and all a fantastic day, except for one thing… The Gardiner Expressway being closed this weekend didn’t help anyone, including a very tired photographer that just wanted to get home to bed. I guess this is a fantastic trade-off to be doing what you love most.


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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