I’m pretty sure this couple has taken the cake for the best wedding “theme” ever – because we all know the fastest way to a guests heart is with donuts! Add to that baking stations on each table, cupcake “bouquets” and tiered wedding cake macarons, and I’m half way out the door to the nearest bakery. With photos from Rhythm Photography and a design by Melissa Andre Events there are More details right here!
From the Bride… I was one of those girls that always dreamed of a beautiful, romantic wedding. The only detail really missing in the picture was my husband. So, as soon as Jon and I were engaged (and our engagement was a long two years), I was up and running trying to put my daydreams into reality. Along the way, I found comfort and help from my family, some great girlfriends, and ultimately my ‘wedding family’ of vendors. The two years flew by so quickly, especially since Jon and I had demanding lifestyles to begin with (we’re an accountant and a banker), and wedding planning was just another element to add to our busy lives.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted a wedding with soft, completely romantic details with vintage subtleties. I found the perfect combination in blush pink and contrasts of light and dark blue. I knew that I wanted to instill a sense of our personality as well. Jon and I both love eating and cooking (for me, baking especially), and one of the very first things we bonded over as a new couple in university was a batch of chocolate-banana muffins that Jon made to ‘woo me’. So it was completely fitting that our wedding would be centered around baking and cooking.
The largest challenge initially was finding the perfect venue. For the longest time, I was stuck on the idea of having an outdoors wedding in the summer. But at a whim, Jon convinced me to try looking at indoor venues, and after one visit, we fell in love with Arcadian Court and Loft, just a 10-minute walk away from our home.
For months, I let my imagination run wild, but I needed structure, and I found realism and epiphany with Melissa Andre Events (MAE). The most magical setting of antique jars; contemporary, but playful stationery; pink and blue hydrangeas; little baking stations with whisks and wooden spoons adorning each table; and a sweet table with ‘cupcake bouquets’ and ‘tiered wedding cake macarons’ could not have been executed without the vision of Melissa Andre and her team, Roxy Zapala of Flower Parade, Isabelle Loiacono of J’Adore Cake Co, Rachelle Saevil and my imagination still gone wild.
Literally, the summer months leading up to the wedding were spent scouring Etsy and Queen Street in Toronto for whimsical, antique items (i.e. the drawers for our place cards, our Chinese / Jewish cake toppers, and many, many types of mason jars for centerpieces and decor); exchanging an abundance of e-mails and calls with MAE, my main means of structure and guidance; and feeling more excited with each day.
Wherever we could, we incorporated a piece of our family, friends or ourselves. Our beautiful ‘recipe card’ invitations were designed by Jon’s high school friend Karl – the most talented graphic designer. My sister made us a ‘recipe box’ for our kissing game and our guest book. Jon’s mom made our 3-tier ‘Wedding Pie’. Jon’s other high school friend Dave performed and sang the song for our first dance. And finally, Jon and I made homemade favors – ‘cakes in a jar’ from scratch for each of our 250 guests. It was a labor of love involving many test runs, but we found solace and support from my sister-in-law, my siblings and my bridesmaid Sabrina, who all helped to tie 250 stubborn pieces of ribbon just a few days before the wedding. Then, in the ceremony Jon broke the glass. we danced the hora, and we held a beautiful tea ceremony to celebrate our Jewish and Chinese backgrounds.
Come the wedding day, I expected to be more emotional, but instead, I was stoic. I almost forgot how to think or feel. Thank goodness for my loving husband, who reminded me to laugh and be playful during our photo shoot and even during our ceremony. The day flew by so quickly, and I could hardly remember to keep my head up high awhile walking down the aisle with my amazing father, or even to tell Jon how much I love him during my speech. Regrets aside, thank goodness for the talented work of Rhythm Photography and Let Them Eat Cake Films for capturing every smile, emotion, nuance and moment, some of which I had already forgotten. It was the most perfect day we could have asked for, complete with perfect weather, and one of the best days of my life. I married the love of my life, we were surrounded by all the people we love and cherish most, and it was an absolute joy to see how genuinely happy they were to celebrate our marriage.
Finally, all it took was just a sip of champagne and the most emotional words from my parents and I was in tears.
Photography: Rhythm Photography | Cinematography: Let Them Eat Cake Films | Wedding Invitations: Karl Chen | Catering: Oliver & Bonacini | DJ: Mint Events - Jon Davine | Officiant: Don Whitty | Chinese Dress: Alice Ko | Day Of Stationary: Rachelle Saevil | Design, Planning & Coordination: Melissa Andre Events | Florist / Decorator: Flower Parade | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy - Theprincessandthebou | Furniture Store - For Photography Session: Calligaris | Indoor Historic Event Space: Arcadian Court & Loft | Make-up & Hair: Maggie Ng | Nails: At Your Service Mobile Spa | Park - For Photography Session: St. James Park | Pianist / Vocalist (First Dance): David Barnwell | Sweet Table: J'Adore Cakes Co | Tuxedos: Black By Vera Wang (Moores) | Tuxedos: Black By Vera Wang (Moores) | Wedding Cake Toppers: Etsy - Licoricewits | Wedding Dress (Amsale Bianca) & Jewelry, Bridesmaids Dresses (Am: Pearl Bridal House