We never know what life might throw our way, and this amazing couple decided, despite challenges, to still follow their dreams, and that meant saying “I do” in the hills of Tuscany. Surrounded by family and friend, they celebrated all they’ve overcome together and toasted to a beautiful future. Peter & Veronika captured it all and this love story is not one to be missed – more this way!
From Bride… Evan and I met seven years ago when we were both working at a restaurant – Evan was working as a bartender temporarily and I was paying my way through university. We were friends first and then quickly became more.. after eight months we moved to the city and got our first apartment downtown. We both began our careers doing what we love: Evan as a Construction Manager and myself in Marketing and graphic design. Over the next few years we grew as a couple and as people – we went through great times and some intense personal struggles, but kept the focus on our life together and each other. We would always come out strong no matter what life through at us. Little did we know that it was this mentality that would prove to be extremely helpful when the biggest challenge we would face yet was thrown at us unexpectedly…
Two years ago while working in his dream job as a Construction Superintendent, Evan broke his neck when an improperly secured load of flooring weighing 3500lbs fell off of a delivery truck onto his head and neck. Evan was instantly paralyzed from the shoulders down, and was left without full use of his arms and no use of his hands or legs. He was lucky to have survived his accident without any head trauma. After five months in the hospital and intensive rehabilitation, we began our new life together – although very, very different, nothing changed our outlook on life or how much we love each other. Evan is now confined to a wheelchair and needs 24 hour care and assistance, all of which I do myself as we decided early on we didn’t want to live with nurses and care aids – we wanted to lead normal, private lives!
After Evan returned home from the hospital we packed up our life and moved temporarily to Southern California to attend a world renowned rehabilitation facility for five months in order to help him gain his strength and focus. While we were there, Evan proposed to me at our favourite restaurant in San Diego called Juniper and Ivy – completely by surprise! He had designed my ring himself with Dino at Harlings Jewellers in Vancouver while he was in California – he even had it shipped to California without me knowing with help from his therapist!
We decided to have our wedding in Florence because we had planned a trip to Europe BEFORE his accident happened that we had never been able to do – and we did not want his injury to stop us from visiting all the places we want to go. Our passion together is great food and wine and Florence, Italy was at the top of our list for destinations. We found an amazing wheelchair accessible seven bedroom villa located 45 minutes outside of Florence in the Tuscan countryside called Castel D’Acone, and the rest just fell into place! Our wedding was intimate as we decided to turn the whole thing into a group European vacation with our closest family and friends for the week. The wedding was perfect and our entire week there was like a dream. For our honeymoon we decided to stay in Europe and visited Rome, Barcelona, The South of France and Amsterdam.. and enjoyed every minute of our travels.
We hope to meet other couples from around the world who are going through similar situations as us. We are soon launching a new website soon as a vessel to connect with people we can help, and let others know that you CAN live your life to the fullest as a happy couple – even after devastation and loss.
Photography: Peter & Veronika | Floral Design: Marco Nocchi at Il Giardino Del Re Florist | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Rings: Harlings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering: Giulia Panzariello and Angela Lamarra of Delizia Ricevimenti in Florence | Lighting: Castel D'Acone in Pontassieve | Groom's Attire: Canali | Officiant: Silvia Todini | Wedding Venue: Castel D'Acone in Pontassieve | Decor: Giulia Panzariello and Angela Lamarra of Delizia Ricevimenti in Florence
I think at some point, every little girl dreams of a wedding just like this one. The regal setting. The stunning ballgown. The real-life Prince Charming to call your own. Take all that storybook romance and it translates into Deidre and Corey’s wedding day captured by Starling And Sage + Lance Cook. P.S. Deidre’s amazing dress? It’s custom-designed, featuring an 8 ft train! See it all right here.
From the Bride… I had been single for four years the day Corey noticed me as I exited a nutrition store. With a delicate and charming approach, I smiled throughout our brief exchange where I gave him my number. We didn’t know until months later, but after that chance meeting, we both had gushed about the other as we left the parking lot. Me to the barista as I ordered my usual coffee, cheesing about the cute guy I just met and him to a friend, suggesting he had just met the woman he was going to marry. That one day triggered many events, developing a solid friendship, courageous trust, and the greatest love of our lives.
After a two-year, wide-ranging courtship, asking my fathers (and a close aunt!) for my hand in marriage, and the sweetest proposal at one of my favorite places to dine, my honey made good on his day-one consideration, he proposed on bended knee. I have never felt so peaceful and confident about a decision. I didn’t know that day in the parking lot, but at some point during our courtship, I knew he was meant for me. We had a very short engagement—1 month. We wanted to marry soon! And we did at our church where there was a small gathering of family, mostly. The following year we wanted a formal affair that exuded elegance, romance, and class effortlessly.
My custom Aurelia Dress with a 8 ft train by Lauren Elaine Bridal worked well with the ethereal Annesdale property where guests were serenaded by the string trio. The spacious green front lawn of Annesdale was absolutely perfect for our Sunday morning ceremony that reflected the memory of my sweet mother-in-law who had passed two years to the day. Our wedding party was all family and all the florals were peppered with purple Agapanthus as a nod to Corey’s mother—her favorite flower. My sisters stood for me and Corey’s brothers stood for him. One father walked me down the aisle and the other performed the ceremony. We only wanted family and close friends involved and in attendance who fully respected our covenant.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the real honors go to my coordinator Andria Lewis and Valerie at Annesdale who were so thoughtful and kind about my adamant and many changes. With a team of wonderful vendors, including crucial planning, execution, and coordination, our wedding was all that we had hoped!
Photography: Starling And Sage | Cinematography: Lance Cook | Floral Design: Bartlett Florist | Wedding Dress: Lauren Elaine Bridal | Cake: Frost Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Annesdale Mansion | Reception Venue: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - Edgewater | Rings: Jared | Makeup: DAdrian Jones | Groom's Attire: Sergio Rossi | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Memphis Strings Quartet | Ceremony Music: Memphis Strings Quartet | Dessert Table: Nuha Abuduhair | Drone Operation: Seth Evans | Event Management: Andria Lewis | Hair Styling: Textures by Tia | Junior Maid's Attire: Anagrassia | Veil: J.Crew
Victoria and Tom had no interest in a stuffy wedding and instead looked to words like bright, vibrant, and whimsical to guide their Palm Springs affair. Infused with pops of citrus and printed bridesmaid frocks, they bucked tradition in the best way and we’ve got an up close look at every moment. More from Christine Doneé Photography in the gallery and Artisan Production’s film below!
From the Bride… The inspiration for our wedding was the location itself. I wanted to get married in a venue that I already felt was beautiful and representative of my style which I could enhance but not overcomplicate. I love pops of color and what better place to bring that to life in a wedding than Palm Springs! The La Quinta resort uses bright tones throughout the grounds to create a whimsical yet classic Spanish/Mediterranean vibe. We wanted the wedding day to be stress free which was why we opted to get married on a Friday night, allowing us all day Saturday to enjoy a pool party with our family and friends and celebrate again that evening with a low-key fiesta – we essentially flip-flopped the traditional rehearsal dinner and wedding set up since this was a destination for all of our guests.
As far as style goes, I wanted the colors to be bright and abundant while keeping a slightly romantic vibe which is why we opted for candles floating in citrus, gold painted pineapples and skinny vintage bottles with delicate vibrant flowers. For our table cards, we printed every guests’ name on stickers with our invitation florals and placed them on white matchbooks. The matching name tents at each seat were clipped with a mini clothes pin to a bright colored or metallic candle which the guest could light. I continued the bright floral theme into the bridesmaids’ dresses which tied in with the colors of the arrangements and of course the bouquets. Despite the trend in trailing wispy bouquets, I opted to keep the arrangements tight as they went with our slightly more sleek design.
With all of the beautiful bright colors, we decided to keep my gown and the groom/groomsmen’s suits extremely simple. We opted for a gorgeous blue suit and crisp white shirt for the groomsmen who went tieless, the groom wore a satin cream-colored tie that tied perfectly to my dress. Other small touches throughout the wedding included the use of succulents which tied in the desert theme, we incorporated them into the boutonnières, the naked cake, and the ceremony decor.”
Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Planning: Chic Productions | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake : Over The Rainbow | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Chi Chi London | Hair + Makeup: Wink Lash Studio | Band: New Sensations | Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club | Paper and Calligraphy: Boheme Prints