March 8th, 2017

If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast. It was my favourite Disney movie growing up as a kid and it is still one of my all time favourite movies. Of course when I heard that there was going to be an exhibition held at Casa Loma to showcase some of the costumes, songs from the soundtrack and the iconic rose displayed, I wanted to go and see it; and of course photograph it.

I went with my boyfriend Alex and we really didn't know what to expect as far as a crowd. The exhibit was being held only over Family Day weekend and it was the only exhibit of this film in Canada. I assumed it would be crazy; not to mention parking would be impossible. We got there at 7:30 am and the doors didn't open until 9:30 am. I know what you're thinking: Why the heck would you get there 2 hours early? And you're right, it may have been a little excessive. But, we got a good parking spot, we jammed out in the car to some great music and we were the first handful to get in. 

This shot of the rose took me a good 20 minutes to shoot. As you can imagine, there were tons of people in this room. The rose is one of the most well know and loved parts of the movie. There were people going up to it and taking photos with it and whatnot, and I was crouched down in the centre of the room, just waiting. It got to a point where I almost gave up, but I still waited and was able to get this beautiful shot.

Along with the exhibition, there were costumes (some used in the movie) displayed around the main floor of the castle.

I personally think that they picked a great location to host this exhibition. The first time I went to Casa Loma, I remember thinking about Beauty and the Beast and how much the castle (especially the photos of the room above) suited the movie.

They also had some performances happening occasionally that were awesome to watch; ballroom dancing and an aerialist dancer.

Beauty and the Beast will always be a favourite of mine, and I'm so happy that the exhibition was close enough for me to go to. 

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