- Pictured here: Ian and Andrea held their wedding at Boehmer and took to the neighbourhood streets for their photo session with A Brit & A Blonde.
Ossington is one of Toronto’s hippest stretches of street. Nestled among its trendy bars, fashion-forward boutiques and pint-sized eateries you’ll find a few spots worth visiting while wedding planning. From a top notch restaurant venue to a wedding dress shop that indie dreams are made of, this avenue has it all.
Here’s how to plan the ultimate Ossington wedding.
Venue Boehmer (93 Ossington Avenue)
If you’re looking to wow your guests with a French-inspired meal, take ‘em to Boehmer. This eatery is quite a sight to see, outfitted with bespoke lighting fixtures from Brothers Dressler, local art, splashes of greenery and even a motorcycle. Book the whole restaurant or head to the back and you’ll find a cozy private room that boasts the same gallery-like atmosphere as the main space and enough space for 20 guests.
Dress: LoversLand (215 Ossington Avenue)
Are your wedding dreams filled with wildflower bouquets, rustic chic decor and naked cakes? Well, you’re going to need a dress to match the boho big day you’ve been planning - that’s why LoversLand should be on your radar. The boutique stocks frocks that are easier and breezier than the average ballgown, ideal for those whose style is more in line with Coachella than the Oscars red carpet.
Suit: Tiger of Sweden (56 Ossington Avenue)
This Scandinavian menswear shop is the perfect place to grab garb for you and your groomsmen. Stocked with everything from dashing slim-fit suits in forest green to traditional tuxedos, you should have no problem hunting a top notch wedding ensemble. Want to complete your look with a killer pair of kicks? One of the city’s best shoe shops, Gravitypope, sits at the foot of Ossington and Queen. Image: Andrew wears a Tiger of Sweden suit; Andrew and Chloe's wedding captured by Olive Photography.
Flowers: Demarco-Perpich Flowers (1044 Queen Street West)
What’s a wedding without flowers? Take a quick walk west of Ossington on Queen and you’ll come across Demarco-Perpich Flowers, a boutique that’s been in business since 1979 (so you know you’re working with seasoned pros). The floral arrangements crafted here are downright stunning, featuring wedding-worthy blooms like calla lilies, peonies and roses in an array of colours.
Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe (859 College Street)
One of the other things you won’t be able to find on the main drag is a cake. But don’t give up hope! Mere steps from Ossington on College is one of the best wedding cake bakeries in the city, The Wedding Cake Shoppe. Its sweet treats are serious eye candy, flaunting impressive flourishes like sugary butterflies and hand painted designs. Image: Michael Francis Photographers
Catering: Côte de Boeuf (130 Ossington Avenue)
By day you’ll find Côte de Boeuf operating as a butcher shop, slinging locally sourced cuts to the neighbourhood regulars. However, when the sun sets the shop transforms into a full-blown restaurant, serving up oysters, charcuterie and french family-style fare (you may want to try this out before committing to catering). Its event menus follow suit, offering a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres - perfect for occasions like weddings.
It may not be Graffiti Alley, but Ossington has its fair share of murals (which we all know make great backdrops). Take a stroll down the strip and find one worthy of your own wedding photos, it’ll add a little something extra to your album.