Toronto Wedding at the Harwood Smith Fermenting Cellar from Renaissance Studio
June 14, 2013
North America
Classic WeddingsModernIndustrial
This, my friends, is one dapper duo. A duo with a style all of their own. And that style? It's totally steal-worthy. Her Vera Wang gown and his Paul Smith get-up are simply perfection, and that's just the tip of all the fabulous that happened at their Fermenting Cellar soiree. It's image after image of pin-able prettiness, and it's all waiting for you right here.
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From the Bride...From the get-go, Michael and I were on the same page when it came to our wedding day vision. We both wanted a huge party with a casual, vintage feel, but no muss or fuss. Michael comes from a Jewish background so we decided to incorporate a few traditions, such as the breaking of the wine glass and dancing the Hora, but other than that we envisioned a very non-traditional celebration.

We were married on June 2 at the Fermenting Cellar located in the Distillery District in Toronto. The moment we saw the venue, we knew it was the one! It is an extremely raw space- escentially a blank canvas- so it was our to shape. Our colour scheme was grey, light purple and blush and we carried it throughout, from our invitations down to the very last detail.

In terms of decor, we kept it simple and elegant. We created a dinner part feel with long tables that were draped in white linens and burlap runners that has a rosette detail. Our flowers were lush arrangements of pink peonies (my favourtie!), but best of all we had two stunning chandeliers, one hanging above our head table and the over over the ceremony space that was converted to the dance floor. The chandeliers added a real element of drama.

It was important to Michael and me to include some personal touches, which happend to be my favourite elements. Michael is a Legal Officer working as a Deputy Judge Advocate in the Canadian Forces, so in his honour we had grey toy army men stationed on the gift table, bars, and scattered among the flower arrangements on the guest tables. We also brought in a bit of my British Heritage with the Keep Calm signs, that read, " Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake" at the sweet table, or at the bar, "Keep Calm and Reload". Michael's Mother and Aunt also hand-made the cookie place cards, which were a sweet touch. And to top off our personal details, we exchanged our vows under a chuppah, which we hand-crafted from Michael's grandfather's prayer shawl and bamboo poles we found in Chinatown.

We are big foodies so it was important to us that the food be spectular; it did not disapoint! Late night we served porchetta sandwiches from our local coffee shop as well as cupcakes for those with a sweet tooth.

It is rare that the man in the relationship cares as much about fashion as the bride, but that is very true in our case. I wore a Vera Wang gown, which I altered slightly to make it my own, and Michael wore a Paul Smith suit and custom short by Garrison Bespoke. Our day went off without a hitch. More importantly, however, it was a true reflection of both Michael and I, and our relationship.


Photographer: Renaissance Studio | Venue: Harwood Smith Fermenting Cellar | Day-of Wedding Planners: Gush Weddings & Events | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang (Gabriela) | Bridesmaid Dresses: Voacdo | Groom's Suit: Paul Smith | Groom's Tailor: Garrison Bespoke | Groomsmen's Suits: Indochino | Cupcakes: Desmond & Beatrice | Flowers: The Pink Twig | Prochetta Sandwiches: The Slow Room | DJ: Perry Gilman