by Amy Serrago
Danielle and Thomas met in film history class at Ryerson University in Toronto. On their fifth anniversary, Thomas took Danielle back to the restaurant where they’d shared their very first date and asked her to be his wife. Of course, she said yes and they got started planning the wedding of their dreams. Their inspiration was simple. Two best friends, getting married. They chose the University Club of Toronto because of its stunning architecture and since it’s a supper club, their wedding dinner was sure to be exquisite. “And it was”, says Danielle. Using a blush, ivory and grey color palette with hints of warm gold, Danielle and Thomas worked with their florist to bring in tasteful, subtle decor that would enhance the club’s beauty and showcase its extensive art collection, featuring works by the renowned Canadian “Group of Seven”, 1920’s landscape painters . After first looks at their hotel, Danielle, Thomas and their wedding party had fun posing for portraits on the street outside the club. Even some off duty police officers got in on the fun, stopping to capture a few playful shots with Danielle and her bridesmaids.
The ceremony featured the couple’s grandparents as ring bearers. Both couples have been married for over 60 years, and Danielle says she and Thomas “couldn’t think of two more deserving people to carry our rings down the aisle”. Danielle was gorgeous in her Eddy K gown which she describes as her “dream dress”. She says she’s always “had a vision of… [a] beaded crystal bodice, sweetheart neckline, fluffy skirt and a train”. To complete the styling and achieve the “elegant, classic, chic” look she was going for, she paired it with a delicate pearl pendant and a knockout pair of Christian Louboutin pumps. Her bridesmaids wore pale blush gowns with non-matching bodices and each lady carried a bouquet of pink, blush and white florals featuring “Quicksand Roses” and eucalyptus accents. Thomas and his groomsmen were classically handsome in tuxedos. Thomas sported a white dinner jacket and his guys rocked traditional black.
At the reception, long, farmhouse-style tables were set with pale blush linens and fresh, romantic florals. Gold accents like the modern table numbers and twinkling votive candles completed the tablescapes and a lush floral garland adorned the sweetheart table. Guests were given succulents in small glass vases as wedding favors. They sat on a table near a sign that read: “Please Take Home a Succulent and Let Love Grow” and doubled as place cards. Danielle says her one “little DIY project for the wedding was hot gluing the bamboo stakes onto the guest table cards”. After dinner, Danielle and Thomas got it started on the dance floor and their guests were quick to join in, but Danielle did take a quick break to update her Facebook profile with her new last name! Congratulations Danielle and Thomas.
Shoes: Christian Louboutin//Dress Designer:Eddy K//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Andrew's Formals//Invitation Designer: Bridal Path Boutique//Makeup Artist: The Beauty Movement//Design and Decor: Event Rental Group//DJ: Evolved Entertainment//Event Planner: Tracey M Events//Professional: Twenty Two Studio//Cake Designer: Jenla Cake//Floral Designer: Rylea Bloom//Event Venue:University Club of Toronto//Photographer: WPIC Inc.