Classic elegance abounded in the wedding of John and Nicole, held in downtown Toronto, Canada. Every detail of the day was carefully planned with the comfort and enjoyment of the couple’s guests in mind. Nicole wore a traditional wedding gown for the ceremony followed by a jaw-dropping, vintage Hollywood number for the reception. And when it came to her bridesmaids, Nicole’s only requirement was that they be comfortable and happy, which of course, led to smiles all around. Following a romantic church ceremony, the reception showcased the newlyweds’ favorite foods, including an all-inclusive dessert bar and a surprise midnight bowl of macaroni and cheese to the delight of everyone in attendance. Two live bands that showcased John’s Croatian background and Nicole’s Nova Scotian history kept the room dancing into the early hours of the morning. Images of this celebration courtesy of Andreas Avdoulos Photography!
Tell us about your wedding gown.
Well, there were two. The first was a more traditional bridal gown, perfect for walking down the aisle. The second one sung to me – it was very reminiscent of old hollywood and made me feel like a better version of myself. Just as importantly it was comfortable! A comfy bride is a happy bride, and a happy bride makes for a joyful wedding.
What was the most memorable moment?
For both of us it was the walk down the aisle. We don’t even know how to describe the emotion of that moment. It was very powerful.
Was there a specific theme or style?
We didn’t have a theme in mind so much as an ambiance or a feeling. We wanted every single person there to feel appreciated, valued, and comfortable. This really informed every decision we made: from the venue, to the long tables, to the hanging centerpieces. The details just fell into place from there.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Yes – more than we should have! The largest projects were the ‘swings’ that the flowers hung in, and the sign that floated above our head table. On the sign we wrote “to be loved by you” – it was a message of gratitude to our guests as well as a shout out to our first dance song – “How sweet it is” by Julia Stone.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
To not sweat the small stuff! It sounds cliche – but it’s true. This wasn’t advice – I learned it the hard way. I was having a very difficult time with one of the wedding details on the same day that I accompanied John for a tux fitting. As soon as I saw him in his suit nothing else mattered. At the end of the day it is just the two of you, in that moment, committing your lives to one another. Don’t let anything (or one) take you away from that.
Photography: Andreas Avdoulos Photography | Event Planning & Design: Melissa Andre Events | Venue: 99 Sudbury | Catering: The Food Dudes | Desserts: Truffle | Dresses: Ferre Sposa | Videography: Summerfeild Films | Floral: Nous Design Group | Hair & Makeup: Nicole Richards & Co.