Claudia and David knew exactly where to DIY and where to leave it in the capable hands of professionals. Having just battled breast cancer, the bride knew she wanted to wear her mother’s vintage wedding gown and her aunt graciously volunteered to make that dream happen. When you have these sentimental touches, you can leave the other details to vendors whom you trust and whose work you admire. This wedding is a reminder to focus on what really matters on your wedding day: family, traditions you cherish, and the beautiful love you share as a couple. Learn more about Claudia’s brave battle here.

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding

From the bride, Claudia. We originally wanted a wedding downtown Toronto but we’re Italian and had a lot of guests, so it was hard to accommodate everyone. We ended up going super traditional and chose The Terrace, which was all Italian food. Plus, it was close to most of our guests so that made it a lot easier for everyone.

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding
My dress was my mother’s wedding gown, my aunt transformed it for me. It originally had long sleeves and a high collar so we took those off, and added lots of tulle to the skirt. We redesigned it and she made the belt for me by hand! We wanted a classic, vintage wedding that was clean and simple. We stuck to a color scheme of whites, greens and yellows.

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding
While planning the wedding, I was just finishing up treatments for breast cancer so I was fatigued and my health was most important, so our florists, Covers Couture, were very accomodating and took care of both the flowers and the decor for me. They basically saved my life!

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding

From Vanessa, of Boyfriend/Girlfriend pictures. Claudia and I would occasionally chat about how she was doing during her chemotheraphy treatments and surgeries. I got a few different photographs of her adventurous hairstyles she tried before she lost her hair – from bleached blonde to mohawks. She always had her wits about her and a positive attitude that was beyond inspiring. When Jess and I got the news that they were going ahead with their day despite her health concerns, we could not have been happier. Claudia figured that her and Dave were in love and no matter what, they were in it together. It goes without saying that Jess and I are so honoured we could be part of their day and above all else are so grateful to have met such an amazing woman.

vintage toronto winter wedding

Huge thanks to Vanessa and Jess of Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures for sharing these images and to Claudia for sharing her amazing story with us!

Wedding Vendors (Toronto, Canada):

Reception location: The Terrace at Vaughn / Florist: Covers Couture / Photographer: Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures / Wedding Dress: Bride’s mother’s gown, reconstructed by Bride’s aunt / Makeup: Zoe Zaplatel / Hair: Stephen Cito / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG, Svetlana Arpas, and Domenic Serio / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Band: The Blackboard Blues Band / Caterer: The Terrace / Wedding Cake: Adjoa Duncan of Pretty Sweet / Wedding invitations: Linda Commisso and Tania Meschino of Pulpcuts and printed by Pronto Reporductions / Transportation: Majestique Limo

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