1920’s inspired urban wedding in Toronto

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Today we’re being transported to sunny Toronto, where Nathalie and Alex’s tied the knot with a glamorous, urban wedding celebration. Their day really is a treat for the eyes. And with so many beautiful photographs, captured by the incredibly talented Ally Ho of Evolylla Photography I couldn’t choose my favourite so included them all {whoops!}

This couple definitely planned the wedding together – Alex helped Nathalie pick her wedding dress and as you’ll see they got ready and travelled to their ceremony together, along with their bridal party. They really concentrated on what was important for them and the outcome is truly stunning. The venue – an exposed brickwork restaurant in a farmers market, brings the right amount of urban wedding chic to their otherwise elegant and stylish 1920’s theme.

The dress, the food (omg the food!), the stunning portraits, oh and throw in a champagne tower and ice cream sandwiches are just a few of the highlights. The perfect modern classic wedding inspiration to start the week – enjoy!

Photography by Evolylla Photography

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How we met

Nathalie, the bride: Alex and I met while doing aid work inner-city Kingston, Jamaica in 2003. We were friends for almost a decade after. We met up a few times a year despite the fact that we never lived in the same city. We started dating after a road trip from San Diego to Vancouver in 2010.

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The rings

When I proposed to Alex, I found a silversmith on Etsy – Cody Sanantonio –  who’s work I really liked and had her make two rings for us. We decided to stick with those rings for the wedding.

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The dress

I got my dress from a designer warehouse sale. I’d been dreading the idea of going from bridal shop to bridal shop and didn’t even know if I wanted to wear a dress for a long time. When I tried on a few simple vintage tea length dresses casually in the early planning days, I realized that I wanted something more glamorous. We went to a designer warehouse sale with our close friend who was a member of my bridal party. Alex and her helped pick out the dress. There was nothing glamorous about the setting (literally a warehouse) and the dress was very cheap. I don’t know who the designer was but we got the dress, shoes and hair piece (fascinator) for under $500, and the whole process was very fun and easy. In total, I spent less than 2 hours on finding a dress.

We went to a designer warehouse sale with our close friend, who was a member of my bridal party. Alex and her helped pick me out the dress. There was nothing glamorous about the setting (literally a warehouse) and the dress was very cheap. I don’t even know who the designer was but we got the dress, shoes and hair piece (fascinator) for under $500. The whole process was very fun and easy. In total, I spent less than 2 hours on finding a dress.

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Grooms Attire

Alex’s suit was custom made by IndochinoHe accessorised with a turn of the century pocket watch and gold cufflinks that he had inherited from his great grandfather.

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I love this photo so much! While I love the tradition of the ‘first look’ and keeping the dress a surprise, if more couples had beautiful joint getting ready photos like these, I would so be on board!

Groomsmaids and Bridesmen

Our bridal parties were gender reversed. Alex had groomsmaids  – his sister and a very good friend since most of his close friends are female. We asked them to wear anything they feel comfortable in. They each got a dress they liked.

I had a best man and my friend in the bridal party was also more comfortable wearing a suit. Again we asked them to wear any suit they were comfortable with. I think they coordinated so that the colours matched. We bought them pocket squares and polka dot bow ties to match the grooms.

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Nathalie and Alex made their vows at the Pier at the Eastern Gap on Wards Island – Toronto Island. Isn’t the skyline incredible? The jetty is so minimalistic, it makes the perfect urban wedding ‘venue’.

Buddhist ceremony

We had a Buddhist ceremony that matched our beliefs and values. Our officiant had spent quite a bit of time training at a Buddhist monastery. Our vows reflected a commitment to non-attachment and the inevitability of change, which was very meaningful to us.

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Accessories

I wore Benjamin Adams Swarovski shoes, a fascinator, and made a last minute decision to add a birdcage veil that I had impulsively ordered cheaply while buying wedding decorations online. I also decided to keep the jewellery simple and wore a string of pearls and simple pearl earrings that my parents had given me when I became a doctor.

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Evolylla Photography

The talented Ally Ho of Evolylla Photography captured our day. We googled wedding photographers and met with a few who’s style we liked. Ally met us at a Starbucks, and at the time was relatively new to the work without much of a portfolio. But ee liked her so much and liked her work that we decided to take a risk. It was a decision we did not regret. She was amazing and we love our wedding pictures.

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Urban wedding venue

We had been engaged for four years to a large extent because we were trying to figure out what kind of wedding we wanted. When we found the venue, everything else fell into place. We love food and love the St. Lawrence Market. We have a thing for historic brick buildings. We wanted our wedding to reflect our love of food and good drinks and to also match the historic backdrop.

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1920’s urban wedding

We had a 1920’s theme… We wanted our wedding to be a bit of a lavish over the top Gatsbyesque affair in terms of the food, drinks etc. Just a night of fun and debauchery, so the look and feel of the 1920’s theme fit perfectly. The setting was an urban wedding setting, but all the details made it feel opulent. We had no colors but jokingly said our colours were the rainbow, so basically all the colours!

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Special thanks

We want to include a shout out to our caterers. They really made the event what it was. They set up food stations (sushi chefs, oyster shucker, amazing charcuterie and cheese, market themed snacks) that many of our guests still talk about almost a year later! They were also incredibly fun to work with and really shared our love of food.

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Macaroon tower

Neither of us is a huge fan of cake so instead, we got a Macaroon tower from our favourite French bakery Delysees. Fred at Delysees was one of our favourite vendors in the process of planning our wedding. He put so much attention and care into his part of the wedding and spend a lot of time with us. On the day of the wedding, he personally delivered the tower to the venue and stayed for quite a while to make sure everything was just right.

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We didn’t exchange any weddings gifts. We kind of figured promising to spend the rest of our lives together was a gift in itself!

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Personal playlist

When we first started dating, I was in Vancouver and Alex was in Montreal, so we had a five-hour flight and three-hour time difference between us. I started sending Alex music that reminded me of him and we called it Sappy FM. At our party, we played all the Sappy FM’s I ever sent to Alex! My best man, who shares a love of music with me put together the rest of the playlist.

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Entertainment

We originally didn’t plan to have any dancing, since neither of us likes to dance and we didn’t have a first dance. Instead, we organised lots of interactive food stations, a typewriter guest book and a bicycle ice cream sandwich delivery by Be Good Gelato to keep our guests entertained. We also had a drag queen – Fara N Hyte, who performed later on in the evening. She performed some of Alex’s favourite songs and somehow got us and everyone else dancing, despite our best intentions!

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Advice

Ignore the rules and just do what you want to do. Get good food, everyone likes good food. And only worry about the little details that matter to you, nobody else will notice them.

Honeymoon

Because our relationship started on a Highway 1 road trip from San Diego, we decided to do a road trip back to where it all started. We drove Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles and ended at the start of Highway 1 at the Santa Monica Pier.

So much wedding pretty in one post! I’m off to find some food, Nathalie and Alex your wedding food is right up my street! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. I hope your marriage is as beautiful, if not more so than your wedding.

Hope your week is off to a great start everyone.
Love, Sarah x

Nathalie & Alex’s Little Black Book

PhotographerEvolylla Photography
Reception venue – The Market Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market
Bride’s shoesBenjamin Adams
Hair – Nicole Kelly at Curl up and Dye
Makeup – Milena Iaizzo at Blush and Bows
Groom’s AttireIndochino
Flowers – Rachelle Soucy from Botany Floral
StationeryVistaprint – designed by us
Catering – Michelle Pollack and Shauna Teiko McDermott M&S Catering
Cake – Macaron Tower by Delysees | Ice Cream from Be Good Gelato

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  1. July 15, 2016 / 09:23

    Beautiful wedding photos !

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