A beautiful wedding for a gorgeous bride! We are simply swept away by this luxurious Chateau Laurier wedding and its fabulous floral tunnel (definitely fragrant.). A grand ballroom with marvelous high ceiling looked so extra as it already is, the neutral color palette that most of us love, and oh, the low lying clouds kissing the dance floor, believe us, it’s another dream fairytale wedding came to life!
From the bride:
Elias and I were introduced through mutual friends. At the time I lived in San Diego and him in Orange County. During one of our calls, Elias said, “I want to ask you to dinner, but under one condition. I get to pick the place and you can’t say no”. Little did I know, he picked a restaurant in Toronto and also asked me to be his date for his medical school reunion. I still can’t believe I got on a plane for a first date. Did I mention we hadn’t even met in person yet?!
Taking a leap of faith, I arrived in Toronto where we spent the day riding bikes throughout the historic downtown, sipping sangria by the harbour front. It was the start of something neither of us had ever experienced.
And just like that, one year to the day, somewhere on a beach in San Diego, he rode upon a white horse and asked her to marry him… Literally!” I knew he was the one very early on because I could not be without him. We spent all of our time together despite the distance. I kept a journal/prayer book of the “perfect man” that I had started when I was 19. Looking back, it’s kind of funny- but he fit the description, to the T; dark hair, green eyes with a curl that falls in front of his eyes, kind heart, strong personality. He was the one I had been looking for.
I remember the first time Elias took me to visit his family in Ottawa, Canada. It was Fall of 2016. We walked through Major’s Hill Park which was the first time I saw the Chateau Laurier. I recall being dazed and in awe of the castle thinking to myself “If I ever marry Elias, I want to get married there!” I have always been drawn to fairytales and old world romance so naturally, I wanted our wedding to have this same feeling as if you were transported through time in an enchanted castle.
We meticulously designed our wedding with Elise from Toast Events who brought our vision to life. Elise immersed herself in the design process using the grand ballroom and springtime in France as our main inspiration. She guided us to include the unique gold crown moulding details in our stationary, cake and stage design. Designed a spoked estate table floor plan which centered around our cherry blossom trees, and through various vendors, custom designed white draping to cover the existing 30ft burgundy curtains, imported rustic Parisian furniture and hand-carved charger plates from overseas. We also created a live floral tunnel to lead from our cocktail hour to the reception dinner. It was one of the magical highlights of the day. When I look back it was more then we could have ever dreamed.
My gown was also inspired by our chateau vision, I wanted something that was timeless with a modern twist. The Drillia by Pronovias was my vision put to life. From our horseback engagement on the beach to our castle reception our wedding felt like a modern fairytale.
Of course, this dazzling cake from Valentina Sweets deserves a spotlight!
Photography: Lace & Luce Photography
Planning and Styling: Toast Events
Florals, Invitations, and Decor: Wedecor
Cake: Valentina Sweets
Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Charger Plates: Amy & Jen Decor
Hair: Show Pony
Make-up: One Fine Beauty