April 9th 2023 started our journey with Evergreen Brickworks. Darryl surprisingly proposed on his birthday which started a magical chain of events that we have said were "simply meant to be". On May 9th, Evergreen Brickworks Events announced an Instagram contest, together with Pop-Up Chapel (and many other sponsors) for a wedding giveaway to be held at the CRH Gallery between the kilns, at Evergreen Brickworks!! We had already been looking at Pop-Up Chapel as a wedding option for us, so naturally both Darryl and I entered the giveaway, and crossed our fingers.
On an unexpected Friday afternoon, after I'd had an expectionally rough day at work, I received an Instagram message from Dominic at Evergreen stating that we were THE LUCKY WINNERS OF THE GIVEAWAY!!! Darryl and I both lost our minds in excitement thinking it was too good to be true. But it wasn't!! WE WON!!!
Shortly after we confirmed we could make the date, we had our first meeting with Alison and Dominic from Evergreen, and Alicia from Pop-Up Chapel. From that first meeting, everyone was absolutely amazing!! They were so incredibly happy for us as the lucky winners, and they were very eager to make everything perfect for our special day.
Darryl and I initially thought that we would be presented with a "you get what you get" kind of wedding package...boy were we wrong!!!
Yes, they wanted to keep some things a secret surprise, but right away we had input into some of the colour schemes we would like, and we were connected with Camilla at Food Dudes to set up our menu tasting (and that food tasting was an AMAZING experience). We met virtually with our officiant Kevin Leung to go over the ceremony details. And we were in regular contact with Alison to make music decisions, seating arrangements, guest entrance details, and ceremony timing before the wedding day.
We also were given the opportunity to have a site visit at Evergreen to tour the grounds and the ceremony area.
When we arrived at Brickworks, we were a little early, so decided to take a short walk around the Evergreen Brickworks and take in some of the sights.
What a beautiful space!! Inside and outside. This historical setting has ponds and trails for outdoor beauty, and the inside building dates as far back as the late 1800s and has transitoned from industry, to party, to event and environmental purposes, and has maintained the rustic feel while developing a modern and relevant space. Alison and Dominic (we also met Meghan) gave us a tour of the inner building, and finally showed us where our ceremony and reception would take place. We were blown away at the CRH Gallery and the intimate space that would be our special place between the kilns. The "modern art" on the walls made it fell like it was made specially for us, and in some way gave it kind of a grand and modern ballroom type feel to it.
Our wedding day arrived, and although already we felt SO involved, we had no idea what to expect when we finally made to the the kilns. We were set up in our dressing rooms, given our timelines and provided exceptional support from Alison and Rasmus. When it was finally go time, we were guided separately to the space, bouquets and boutonnieres were in place, guests were seated, music was ready and perfect, and wow, just wow! When we finally walked down the aisle we could not believe how beautiful the space had been made for us. The chairs with bouquets on the seat backs, the lighting, the carpet, again the amazing modern artwork, and the incredible archway that we were married under, all were absolutely perfect!!
After the ceremony, Alicia from Pop-Up Chapel and Alicia Thurston Photography took us around the grounds to some of her favourite spots for our wedding photo shoot with us and our kids. Alicia's artistic vision was amazing and the kids just loved her as well.
Our photo shoot ended and we met up with our guests in the reception area, which yet again, was so amazingly decorated with fresh flowers, small vases, place settings and table and chair coverings. The space was small, intimate and the perfect size for the 20 guests we had around our recatgular table...which was PERFECT for conversation with such a small group of people.
We've since had SO many compliments on the space, the ceremony, the flowers, the reception and table set up, from both guests that were there, and people that have seen photos whothat have expressed how unbelievable the venue is. Everyone that seen our photos and heard our story, has said they are going to visit Evergreen in the near future.
From start to finish, Evergreen (specifically Alison and Dominic) and Alicia at Pop-Up Chapel were incredible! They were so excited and invested in the process, and kept us engaged and involved in every step of the way that, although this was a giveaway, it made us feel like it was ours, which in the end it most definitely was, it was OUR wedding, and it was "simply meant to be".
Do you want to book Evergreen Brickworks for your next big event? ABSOLUTELY YES!!. Whatever the purpose of your visit, you will not be disappointed. The space is beautiful, the people that work there are beautiful and absolutely and genuinely LOVE where they work and belive in the values and commitent of Evergreen. They are professional and genuinely love what they do. And you can just feel that the visitors that frequent the area love having such a beautiful space to explore and enjoy. It truly is an amazing space nestled nicely within the busy city of Toronto.
We are an avid outdoors family, and appreciate art in some of it's most obscure forms. The beauty of nature outside, and the beauty of the historical/rustic/modern/urban feel that Evergreen offers inside - which clearly can be enhanced into something so incredibly beautiful that words almost can't even describe it, has, and always will have, a special place in our hearts. We are forever greatful for everything you have done for us. Thank you Evergreen.
In addition to the remarkable venue itself, the Evergreen Brick Works team is a true pleasure to work with. From the initial stages of event planning to the execution and post-event follow-up, their commitment to providing outstanding customer service is evident. The team's professionalism, attention to detail, and genuine passion for what they do ensure that every event is flawlessly executed and exceeds expectations.
Whether it's a corporate gathering, a wedding, or a social event, their unique blend of history, architecture, and sustainability will captivate your guests and leave them in awe.
Once we landed on this venue, the staff was accessible and professional, available to answer our questions and suggest solutions. Conducting the wedding beside the pond, in the middle of the Rosedale Valley, was so special. The venue is urban, authentic and ultimately elegant. The service staff were as good as a fine restaurant! Our guests and family enjoyed the whole experience. Based on our experience, we highly recommend Evergreen Brickworks as a special event venue!
First of all, the space itself is simply breathtaking. The industrial-chic vibe of the brick building, combined with the natural beauty of the surrounding park, creates a truly unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Whether you're hosting a product launch or a wedding reception, the space is versatile enough to accommodate any type of event.
From a technical perspective, the venue is also top-notch. EPiQVision has had the pleasure of providing audio-visual services at Evergreen Brickworks. We have always been impressed with the ability to push the creative technical boundaries, the quality of the equipment and our onsite technicians. The team at Evergreen Brickworks is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that every event runs smoothly and that every detail is taken care of.
Overall, I would highly recommend Evergreen Brickworks as an event venue. Whether you are hosting a corporate function, a wedding, a product launch, or a gala, this space will impress your guests and provide an unforgettable experience. And as the onsite AV provider, I can personally attest to the quality of the venue and the team that runs it.
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