Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hot Day, Bad Traffic - BUT a Still a Successful Wedding!

The day dawned clear and hot and humid for Helen & Eric's wedding day today. And then the news came that a police investigation closed the QEW Niagara-bound for hours, resulting in huge traffic problems. However, with flexibility at Liuna Gardens on our side, the wedding happened as hoped, just an hour delayed. But the guests were understanding, the vendors were accomodating and it was a beautiful ceremony overlooking the lake. A nice breeze and shade of the trees helped to keep guests comfortable.

Following the ceremony and family photos... and photos with their little dog, Chico (wearing a tuxedo!) Helen changed into a beautiful red traditional Chinese gown to participate with Eric and their parents in the special Chinese Tea Ceremony. After the Tea Ceremony, it was back into her wedding dress for bridal party photos at Liuna's beautiful property.

The Cocktail hour was held at Burlington Golf & Country Club while the Bride & Groom had more photos taken there and then the reception followed.

Congratulations Eric & Helen on a beautiful and special day, despite the delayed start! It all worked out and was a special day!


LifeImages Photography (Alex)
Norris Films Videography (Norris)
Liuna Gardens (Ceremony)
Burlington Golf & Country Club (reception)
Gala Decor (Christina)
Lush Florals (Melanie)
All Life's Milestones Officant Tom Chire
Quartet, Alicia & Trent
Guitar & Vocals, Mike & Wendy
Andy's Cakes
Mainstream Entertainment (William)
Fox Run Limosines
Satine Makeup & Hair
Chinese Lion Dancers

Saturday, July 2, 2011

FAMILY & FRIENDS Wedding Theme...

Canada Day holiday + perfect weather + lots of close family & friends = a wonderful wedding day for Sharon & Marcus in Kitchener-Waterloo...
Sharon & Marcus celebrated their marriage at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener, with 21 close family & friends standing up for them in their bridal party and 230 guests on hand to celebrate their special day. The ceremony included the unique element of all guests & Bridal party lighting candles to symbolize the special connections that the couple felt with their guests. Also, at the end of the ceremony, the couple also symbolically "jumped the broom" before starting their recessional.

A Classic Car drove the couple from the church to the photo site, while the bridal party enjoyed the comfort of a Limo Bus.
The reception hall at St George's Hall in Waterloo was a vision in white and lots of "bling"... crystals, sparkly fabrics, and special lighting effects A delicious meal was served by wonderful staff from St. Georges... who did a great job in a tightly set up room! The program included touching, and sometimes. humourous, speeches as well as a special video prepared by co-workers at ESPN and a surprise video of the wedding day itself!! Following a late-night delicious Portuguese seafood & Sweet table, guests were treated to a SURPRISE... 3 Samba Dancers who put on a great show & really got the party pumping.
Sharon put so much thought and work into the day... providing flipflops for female guests to wear for dancing, providing amazing gift bags for guests in their hotel rooms, preparing bubbles for "fun" and bottles of wine as favours. She printed and framed and labelled wedding photos of guests that were placed randomly on reception tables. A "FAMILY" tree held small cards with old photos of guests, again all labelled with who they were. A second tree was used as their "WISH" tree - where guests could write a wish on a card & hang it on the tree for the couple, in lieu of a guest book.

Escort cards were hand-written and decked out with "bling". So many small yet personal touches that really showed Sharon's tender heart & love for family & friends. Sharon & Marcus made a stunning couple who are obviously crazy about each other. They were so relaxed and flexible, willing to change the agenda as needed to suit the flow of the event...they were a joy to work for! And in the end, I believe that they and all their guests truly enjoyed their incredible day.

Leah Lee Photography (California)
Jeff Rocchi Videography
St. George's Hall
Benton Street Baptist Church
Brentwood Livery Limousines
Memory Lane Classic Cars & Limousines
R.S. Divas Dancers
Jerry Jerome Steel Drum Band
Julia Weddings (Decor & Florals)
Pat's Party Rentals (Red Carpet)
Jirina Wedding Bakery
Sherwood Systems (Lighting)
Joe Resendes Portuguese Catering
You Cakes - Felicia (Groom's cake)