Brandon & I set off on a very cold & snowy January day. It was the day of Kasia & Rado’s wedding, and the winter setting could not have been more perfect for this duo. Let me rewind a bit, and give you some context. I (Jessy) met Kasia for coffee a year prior to their wedding. As soon as I met her, I felt like I’ve known her my WHOLE life. She is one of those genuinely sweet & thoughtful people, and I knew we were about to work with a very amazing couple. Fast forward a bit, and Brandon & I arrive in Collingwood. We got to spend the afternoon with Kasia, Rado and her loving pup, Cedar. We went for a hike, and explored the alleys and landscapes that Collingwood has to offer. After spending time with them, we couldn’t have felt more excited to get to capture their wedding.
On the day of, I was nervous! It was SNOWING, and WINDY and atleast -20 degrees (& colder with the windchill!) In my mind, I was wondering how I was going to convince these two to go outside for photos. Well, this wintery duo loved every second of being out in the snow. Realizing after that these two are winter souls that live for the snow. One of the most memorable parts of their wedding was watching Kasia and Rado listen to their father’s speeches. And from where I was sitting I watched the hidden dance of them holding hands. They held onto eachother so tight, I remember trying to sneak around to get a shot but couldn’t fit in. We couldn’t feel happier for these two, and more honoured to sit back and capture their love. Thanks Kasia, Rado & Cedar for welcoming us into your world. We’ve cherished every second of it.
And now, a few words from the bride, Kasia:
Rado and I always knew we would have a smaller wedding than most. Not because we had to but because we choose to. I’m so glad I keep seeing more and more intimate weddings.
We were both born in Europe, our parents immigrated when we were both very young. Our family consists of 8 members, including ourselves. Having a small family, and 4 aging grandparents overseas in Poland and Slovakia, that wouldn’t be able to attend, we kept the wedding to a selected group of 55 people. This way we knew that we would would be surrounded by the nearest and dearest to us. We wanted to spend time with every single person that attended. We both didn’t want to feel rushed that day. I ,Kasia, also knew I wanted to add our personal touch to everything. I designed our invitations and stationary for the day with a close friend, wax stamped and silk tied each invite. Packaged our favors and wax stamped those aswell. Sourced all our decor, packed it up, organized it by table to make it easier for the venue, and dropped it off the night before our wedding. I wanted to be involved in every aspect, to make sure the night reflected who we are. And it may be because I’m a tad of a control and detail oriented person.
When it came to venue choice, it was quite hard to find something within our specifications. Small intimate venue that didn’t require a minimum amount of people or buy out cost. I reached out to the local wedding bunz group I was apart of for help and I was so glad I did. Past brides, future brides and event industry individuals had provided me with some amazing small venues and restuarants, and Sassafraz checked all those boxes for us. Large enough space for our small group of close people. No deposit required to book the space, till the night before. And let’s talk about the FOOD, this is one part of the wedding everyone remembers. We had our tasting and we were blown away. The night of was even better than I remembered and the servers and event staff went above and beyond to make sure everyone of our guests were happy.
We planned for a layed back wedding and it so was. And I got to spend my morning with some of the beauty industries most talented people.
Day started off by Rado driving me to get my hair done by @ladylyngool. Then I drove my mom and myself to our airbn in Yorkville. A close friend of mine, @dawnabootmakeup worked her magic on us and then it was time to get dressed and ready for our first look. Rado came with his brother to get ready in the same room, with me turned around so he wouldn’t see my final look. I wouldn’t change a thing. The day truly depicted who we are as a couple.
And to top it off the SNOW made my winter wedding dreams come true.