Did you know that cities around the world are often “twinned” with one another? You might be wondering why I’m mentioning this, in the context of Melissa and Robert’s Kariya Park Wedding. Well, Kariya Park is named for Kariya, Japan, which is the twin-city (or sister-city) of Mississauga, Ontario. Opened in 1992, on the eleventh anniversary of the twin-city relationship, Kariya Park is a tranquil little place in an otherwise bustling city, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the massive mall down the street.
Melissa and Robert’s sunny spring wedding day started out with some “getting ready” fun at two different locations, with the groomsmen and bridesmaids each whooping it up for the camera. These two were among the most fun-loving couples I’ve captured — just look how much they’re celebrating during the ceremony! After the ceremony at the Oakridge Bible Chapel, we headed to Kariya Park for formal photos. By sheer coincidence, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom at the park, which drew large crowds. After beating off the crowds with sharp sticks (not really… but maybe… you’ll never know), we captured some amazing photos incorporating the blossoms, as well as at Kariya Park’s other highlight areas. Japanese foliage and symbolic features can be found throughout, making for some awesome Kariya Park wedding photos.
After the formal Kariya Park wedding photos were complete, we moved on to the Teatro Conference & Event Centre for the loosely “Great Gatsby”-themed reception, complete with feathered centrepieces and gold accents. And look how fun things got once the dance floor opened up!