Pastels draw my eye like a moth to a flame. I love them. I honestly can’t get enough of a wedding filled to the brim with those perfect soft shades. So this wedding? It’s making my day and then some. Because not only is it filled to the brim with pretty, it’s also as personal as they come. That combination happens to be my wedding weakness, and when you throw in the lovely pictures from Meghan Andrews Photography and gorgeous florals from oh my flowers – I am officially in wedding-loving heaven. See why here.
From the Bride…We knew our wedding would be a challenging one. Somehow, we had to squeeze a Chinese tea ceremony, a church wedding ceremony, and a Korean tea ceremony all in one day. Nonetheless, we managed to accomplish all three without losing a limb, and we can say that we, along with our guests, definitely enjoyed the multicultural aspect of our wedding.
We had always envisioned a romantic, classic, soft, and relaxed atmosphere for our wedding. When we found the Arcadian Loft in Toronto downtown, the simple lines and huge floor to ceiling windows swept us off our feet as soon as we saw it. It was a perfect setting for a modern reception. The most important aspect of our wedding was the food and we knew Oliver & Bonacini would satisfy our guest’s taste buds.
After our first dance as husband and wife, Norman and I sang “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson while I played the ukelele. It was the first time we both sang together in front of anyone so I think everyone was quite surprised. This song represented us so well and we loved singing it together in front of our friends and family.
I am a huge DIY fanatic and wanted to add as many personal touches as possible. With the help of our wonderful friends, we made every guest’s placecards, which are carefully folded origami Kusadama flowers, as well as all the teabag favors. Norman and I created two flavors that we knew our guests would love and labeled the packages using customized labels from Vistaprint. The invitations, church programs, table seating chart etc all used the same pastel watercolor theme to create a romantic and dreamy ambiance. Our guestbook was a customized puzzle of one our engagement photos that our guests autographed which we assembled and laminated as a keepsake. We made numerous trips to Value Village and the dollar store for frames that we painted white for our photos that we displayed all over the venue. Every decoration at the wedding was handmade by the bridal party, Norman and I and we couldn’t be more grateful for our friends and all their hard work.
I really wanted every bridesmaids to wear a different color to create a watercolor pastel palette. I never envisioned my bridesmaids to be too matchy, so their hair and makeup were unique to their features, their dresses were various shades of peach, pink, silver, and lilac, and they were free to wear any shoes they wanted. I also created each of their necklaces, earrings and “LOVE” rings to fit their dresses and their personalities. I knew I wanted to give them jewelry as a gift since CSFootprints, my jewelry shop is my passion and I wanted my gifts to them to be reflective of me. I loved how everyone looked different, but we all blended perfectly with each other. The groomsmen all wore matching suits, and were given colorful socks and personalized cuff links as gifts. They also made sure to carry a pair of sunglasses just in case they needed to jazz up their look for pictures.
My wedding dress was the first dress I tried on. Even though I tried a handful of other dresses, I came back to this dress three times! I loved the lace details, as well as the full skirt. I felt like a princess!
The flowers were what brought the whole wedding together. The mix of Juliet Roses, Ranunculus, Hydrangeas and Lilacs in shades of peach, pink and white blended beautifully with the brick walls of the venue. I loved my bouquet and all the other flower arrangements so much that I have already dried and pressed several of them to give away as gifts.
Towards the end of the night, we had a beautiful view of the sun setting while Jovi our DJ played awesome tunes from the 90s. Our wedding day was so memorable and Norman and I couldn’t have had it any other way. It was 100% us which mattered the most.
Photography: Meghan Andrews Photography | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Church | Reception Venue: Arcadian loft by Oliver & Bonacini | Floral Design: oh my flowers | Custom Puzzle: Jigsaw2order | Customized Favor Labels: Vista Print | Wedding Cake: Wedding Cake Shoppe | DJ: Jovie Jovellanos | Hair + Makeup: Charmartistry | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ms Dressy | Bridesmaid Jewelry: CSFootprints | Groom Tuxes: Freeman Formal | Wedding Dress: Ferre Sposa