Gather up a world of gorgeous details and pair them with a romantic rainy day in Toronto and this is what you get: a fabulous French-inspired affair with too much pretty to list. Think lush florals from Sweet Woodruff, a fab BHLDN gown and a whole lot of yumminess from Rahier Patisserie (croquembouche, anyone?). See it all captured by Lavish & Light Photography right here.
From the Bride… The night before our wedding, both of our families stayed at the same hotel. We knew we’d be most comfortable if we saw each other before the ceremony, so Tim’s parents rented a suite and throughout the day everyone dropped in to get ready there together. It was very relaxed and a lot of fun.
On a planning form from our photographer we wrote that our rainy day plan was to hope for the best, so we were a little worried when the forecast for our wedding day changed to rain. We bought a cute umbrella and planned to make do.
On the day of the wedding rain poured continuously. Despite the grey skies, the small downtown church where the ceremony was held was bright and cheerful inside. The church decoration was simple. Two large arrangements of dusty pink, blush and buttery yellow flowers with luscious greenery adorned the alter. Pink and grey chiyogami hearts made by my mother were hung on alternating pews.
My favourite moment was right after our kiss when the piano player began playing the most upbeat version of “Here Comes the Sun” and we walked together down the aisle. It took a while for the sun to oblige, but as we were taking the first family photos under an awning in the church courtyard, we realized the rain had stopped!
My family set up a beautiful tea reception in the church hall, so that we could spend time with older relatives who could not join us for dinner. Guests mingled and snacked on croissants and fresh fruit as photos were taken in the garden a few metres away.
The dinner reception was at Le Select, an authentic French bistro located in downtown Toronto. It’s a gorgeous space with parquet floors, high ceilings and vintage French gallery posters on the walls. The first time we ate there we knew it would be perfect; we didn’t consider any place else. We wanted food that everyone would enjoy. Guests had a choice of duck confit, steak frites or mushroom fricassee. After dessert, there was croquembouche.
We didn’t intend to have a themed wedding, but we were influenced by the natural beauty of the church garden and the Parisian style of the restaurant. The end result was casual French elegance.
The colour palette was soft muted tones of pink and yellow with hints of grey, gold and plum. Blush pink is one of my favourite colours. Yellow was chosen because yellow roses are the favourite flower of a beloved older aunt who absolutely adores yellow roses because yellow roses are for friendship. They mean a lot to me, because my aunt loves them so much. We weren’t sure if she would be able to fly here for the wedding, but she made it. Other family members had floral bracelets, but Sweet Woodruff made an old fashioned yellow rose corsage just for her.
As festivities at the restaurant wound down, we ventured around the corner for a ping-pong afterparty at Spin. My dad turned out to be the star player!
Photography: Lavish & Light Photography | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff | Stationery: Smitten on Paper | Ceremony: St. George The Martyr | Reception: Le Select Bistro | Favors: Harney And Son's Wedding Tea | Groom's Suit: Harry Rosen | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Bride's Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Bride's Jewelry: Made You Look | Croquembouche And Pastries: Rahier Patisserie | Fruit Trays: Say It With Fruit | Hair & Make-Up: Jessica Jean Myers