Sunday, June 24, 2012
The elegant Blessed Sacrament Church in Toronto was the setting for the wedding ceremony of Charise & Nedzad... a beautiful couple who were surrounded by loving family and wonderful friends. Their ceremony included special Phillipino traditions in honour of Charise's background. Following photos at a park across from the church, the bridal party gathered in the foyer of The Rosewater Hall for an Islamic wedding ceremony in honour of Nedzad's background.
The whole event showed evidences of Charise's DIY expertise... from the place cards, menu cards, table cards, favours, centerpieces to the "guest book", which was a canvas designed by Charise that listed all the guest names, and above their name, guests made a heart out of their thumb prints - what a unqiue idea!
The reception began with a fun choreographed dance by the bridal party followed by a graceful and romantic choreographed dance by the bride and groom - a dance that brought many of us to tears! The reception included some fun elements such as elastic wind-up butterflies hidden under the menus to surprise the guests... a ball-smooch game for 3 guest couples... a father/daughter dance with the groomsmen as "back up singers"... a traditional Phillipino "money dance"...the bridal couple game to determine "who knows each other best"...piano solos by the bride's nieces...and of course the garter & bouquet tosses. One of the reception highlights was seeing a same-day edit video of the wedding day.
It was a wonderful day - planned perfectly by this amazing couple and supported incredibly by their dedicated bridal party and family. What a pleasure it was to coordinate their special day for them!
Congratulations Charise & Nedzad!
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - www.blessedsacramenttoronto.ca
The Rosewater Hall - www.libertygroup.com
Photographers - Mariane M Photography - www.marianemphotography.com
Videographers - PGP Studios Inc - www.pgpwedding.com
DJ/MC - Impact Entertainment - www.impactentertainment.ca
Cake - I Do! Wedding Cakes - www.idoweddingcakes.ca
Floral Rentals - Pacific Florist, Lawrence Square, Toronto
Florals - Real Canadian Superstore, North York
Linen Rentals - Around the Table - www.aroundthetable.ca
Limo - Toronto Limo Rentals - www.hummerlimousineservice.ca
Assistant Wedding Day Coordintor - Susan Zuk
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Yesterday, we were watching the weather with a close eye all day... as the clouds kept rolling in, threatening rain for Patt & Kelly's outdoor ceremony at Liuna Gardens. However as the ceremony time approached, the clouds let up and the rain held off! Kelly had to fight the wind blowing her veil into her step-dad's face coming down the aisle, and the wind was a bit cool at times, but the ceremony was beautiful, overlooking the various colours of the lake.
Guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio to the great music of a jazz band while the couple had creative photos taken around the grounds at Liuna.
The reception kicked off with the couple doing their first dance - which was "accented" with a tradition from the groom's family... where all the family members came up and literally wrapped the couple in streamers and paper ribbons. I've never seen anything quite like it - but I had been warned that this would likely happen at some point in the evening! Its interesting to see what families do as traditions!! Following this dance, the cake cutting and the bride's speech, a delicious and very filling meal was served, interspersed with other speeches. Dancing lasted well into the night, and included a bride & friends rendition of "YMCA"... costume hats and all!!
It was a wonderful family celebration and obvious that this couple is well loved by their family and friends. Such an honour to be part of their wonderful day! Congratulations Patt & Kelly as you begin your new journey as husband & wife.
Liuna Gardens - www.liunagardens.com
White Orchid Weddings (officiant Anne Blinch) - www.whiteorchidweddingceremonies.com
Mike's DJ Service (Live Musicians and DJ/MC) - www.mikesdjservice.ca
Amazon Lens Photographers - www.amazonlens.ca
Wedding Cake & favours - Sweet Celebrations Wedding Cakes - www.sweetcelebrationsweddingcakes.com
Decor & Flowers by Sue Gallo Designs - www.suegallodesigns.com
Late Night Sedan Pickup - Mermaid Limo - www.mermaidlimo.com