A Distillery District wedding is one of the best wedding destinations for a photographer’s eye. As a commercial and residential district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located east of the downtown core, but still in the urban centre of the city, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops all housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. You may remember the name Gooderham from our previous post – the Gooderham family owned the Jarvis St. mansion that is now home to the Berkeley Bicycle Club.
In the Distillery District we can find high quality venues and an amazing historical backdrop for wedding photoshoots. The Distillery venues are the elite choice for Toronto wedding couples. The district contains over 40 Victorian Industrial Architecture buildings, which have been transformed into a pedestrians-only village, blending new and old architecture into a gorgeous community. This exquisite space has been dedicated entirely to the arts, culture, and entertainment.
Here are just some of the types of event spaces you will find in the Distillery District:
- Archeo, which is located in the old carpentry shop, has the history and heritage of 150-year-old reclaimed wood from the Gooderham and Worts days. High yellow pine ceilings, concrete floors, exposed brick walls and the reclaimed timber bar and tables are a perfect blend of contemporary style and historic tradition.
- The Loft, which is the historic Boiler House building, offers a stunning and dramatic backdrop for any event. It’s one of the newest locations in the Distillery District’s list of event spaces.
- The Fermenting Cellar was awarded for best wedding venue in Canada in the first BizBash Event Style Awards. The exterior of today’s Fermenting Cellar looks much as it did when it first opened in January 1861. Designed by David Roberts, Sr., the Fermenting Cellar was a one-and-a-half storey, limestone structure that stretched west from the five-storey stone distilling and milling building. Originally constructed on what was then Toronto’s waterfront, the Fermenting Cellar has now been transformed into the most unique event platform in Toronto. This flagship venue offers a breathtaking industrial chic setting. From heavy timber beams and trusses to the original Kingston limestone walls, The Fermenting Cellar offers your event a memorable atmosphere.
We’ve been privileged to photograph several weddings in the Distillery District. Here are a few of our favourite photographs: