An Elegant & Emotional Winter Wedding at the Elora Mill | Joanna + Ali

Winter Wedding Elora Mill Ontario
Winter Wedding Elora Mill Ontario

I met Joanna and Ali at a friend's wedding that I photographed in Diablo, California. We had to go through multiple postponements to get their day, but we made it! This elegant and emotional winter wedding at The Elora Mill will be forever close to my heart. Take a look, and have a read of one of the most sentimental weddings, despite all the Covid restrictions.


Ali got ready at his best friend Khalil's apartment in Guelph, Ontario. They had some *very* fine scotch - a 25 year old McCallan. Joanna got ready at her parent's home in Guelph too with all her favourite women (and her dad!) - we had a fun moment with her maid of honour, niece, aunt and mum steaming her dress for her.


Given all the Covid restrictions, Joanna and Ali actually got legally married earlier in the year, so they were able to have their dear friend Amit officiate. The ceremony was at The Foundry Chapel at The Elora Mill. The building was formerly an industrial space and has been transformed to have a romantic and rustic vibe with wooden chandeliers and reclaimed timber beams down the aisle. The ceremony was at 5pm and there was still some natural light coming through the grand windows, and there were candles lit in the polished marble fireplace.


With a big wedding party - 7 people either side - a total of 16 (including the bride and groom) - we had some fun walking across the pedestrian bridge over the gorge. We also took a quick moment to do photos with just Jo and Ali - I loved honouring Jo's mendhi which was done a few days before the wedding.


The reception was in The Grand Room, at the top floor of The Granary building on mill street. The Grand Room can accommodate up to 200 guests and has beautiful large windows that overlook the gorge and crystal chandeliers. One of my favourite things about The Grand Room are the custom harvest tables and the antique mirrors.

Their emcee, Rishan, put on the most incredible performance - he ended up introducing each speaker by re-enacting moment's in Ali's life (hence him coming in as a bellhop!) - it was so unique and everyone was loving it! We ended the night with sparklers on the terrace with the wedding party.