Category Archives: Weddings

Vivian & James: Traditional Opulence.

Vivian and James wanted their wedding to be not only a celebration of the love they shared together, but also a day to honour their family and friends, thanking them for their love and support. The couple showed their appreciation by hosting an affair full of flair and opulence, designed and planned by Wendy Lee of Asian Fusion Weddings. A palette of vivid scarlet and ornate gold was the cornerstone of the wedding, one rich with Chinese tradition. The ballrooms of the King Edward hotel served as the elegant backdrop to the festivities.

Throughout the day, the couple honoured their families in a series of tea ceremonies — a sweet tea promotes continued happiness; lotus seeds and red dates are said to bring the newlyweds children early and often. At the reception, guests were treated to an exquisite seven course meal by Vivian’s Uncle’s company, Grand Catering. Meanwhile, lion dancers and acrobats entertained the crowd until it was time for the dancing to begin. Before departing for the evening each of the guests was favoured with a jade token from H&F Jewellery.

Supported and surrounded by their beloved family and friends, Vivian and James celebrated their marriage with a day of tradition born of their heritage. It was a day they won’t soon forget.

Photography: Calvin Lee
Planning, Decor and Floral Design: Wendy Lee, Asian Fusion Weddings
Venue: King Edward Hotel
Bride’s Gown: Jim Hjelm from Kleinfeld Bridal
Wedding Bands, Bride’s Jewellery, Groom’s Cufflinks, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen’s Jewellery: H&F Jewellery
Hairstyling and Makeup: May Nguyen
Groom’s Tuxedo: Garrison Bespoke
Groom’s Watch: Audemars Piguet
Decor Rentals: Exclusive Affair Rentals, Chairman Mills, Stars Decoration
Cake: Dessert Trends
Dance Floor Monogram: VM Promotion
Catering: Grand Catering
Ceremony String Quartet: Vivace
Live Band: Mellow Dee
DJ: Michael Coombs
Acrobats & Lion Dancers: Sunny Tang Martial Arts Center
Videography: Summerfield Films



Kathy and William: Cutting Edge Classic.

Kathy and William are clear-cut when it comes to style. While constructing their wedding, they chose the cream of the crop vendors to inspire unequivocal confidence. Ikonica’s Jean-Marc Robin shot Kathy and William at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works’ Holcim Gallery & Koerner Gardens. The couple, along with their entourage, posed in front of a brick backdrop of graffiti art to show how they just love to cut through all the cake. For the reception at The Estates of Sunnybrook, planner Shirley Lo-Cadotte of Double Happiness Weddings designed a traditional yet playful array: White Chinese Lanterns, stark white Manzanita trees, lush golden orchids (all drenched in deep mauve lighting) emanated a misty, dreamlike quality. Kathy and William’s wedding was perfectly opposing–both cutting edge, and classic.


Photography: Jean-Marc Robin
Wedding Planner: Shirley-Lo Cadotte, Double Happiness Weddings
Flowers & Decor: Cool Green & Shady
Cake & Sweets: I Do! Wedding Cakes
Stationery: Elf Letterpress and Design
Wedding Gown: Pronovias from Becker’s Bridal & Formal
Bride’s Footwear: Jimmy Choo
Hair and Makeup: Dao Van, Hair by Dao
Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Live Music: Wellington Music
Transportation: Yorkville Limousine




Lesley and Paul.

Like so many before them, Lesley and Paul decided to wed at The University of Toronto’s Knox College. But unlike so many before them, it wasn’t just the hauntingly beautiful Gothic archways that drew the couple in. Nor was it the enchanted, columned walkways that enticed their hearts. For Lesley and Paul, Knox’s allure was more than picturesque; it was personal. Three generations of Lesley’s family have tied the knot at Knox: Great Aunt and Uncle, Grandparents, parents all. And if history wasn’t promising enough, who better to bless their marriage than Lesley’s own cousin: A recent graduate of Knox College, and Minister of the Presbyterian Church, cousin Reuben was most assuredly the minister at her and Paul’s ceremony.

Knox College’s official colour is purple. Purple has long been known as the colour of wisdom; the colour of faith; the colour of distinction. Lesley and Paul have aptly set themselves apart; a little faith in history is all they really needed to pave the way to the future.

Photography by: Jean-Marc Robin
Planner: Rachel Kay
Venue: Knox College
Stationery: Paper Things
Floral and Decor: Ital Florist, some decor DIY
Cake: Modern cake by Bobette & Belle, Traditional Trinidadian Rum Cake by Paul’s Aunt
Dress: Lazaro
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Hair and Makeup: Fiorio Cumberland
Tuxedo: Armani


Zahra and Don: I Just Wanna Stop.

Zahra and Don were set to wed in the summer of 2011. Plans were running smoothly; the formidable wedding wheel was fully engaged. But three weeks before the day of, the couple did the unthinkable deed, the deed that so few couples ever have the courage to do: They called it off—cancelled their wedding! They needed time to think, time to work on their relationship. So they postponed the wedding till June of the following year. They strengthened their ties, and the couple continued as promised along the path to marriage—this time stronger, happier, and decidedly deeper in love. It takes a smart couple to realize that if you want to keep loving someone, you may just have to stop.

Photography: T.H. Jackson Huang
Planner: Melissa Haggerty, Spectacular Spectacular
Florals and Decor: Lidia Taconelli of Fiori Floral and Event Design
Hair and Makeup: Al Fortier, A-List Beauty
Stationery: Christine Flynn, Love The Design
Cake: Bobbette & Belle
Venue: Royal Conservatory of Music


Zahra loved the design of her original invitations; so much that she and planner Melissa Haggerty decided to reuse them by crossing out the original date and writing in the new one underneath. The guests were thoroughly amused!

Planner Melissa Haggerty and photographer Jackson Huang stopped traffic with the help of four policemen on bicycle, seconds before a 2000 person protest overwhelmed Bloor Street.

As a child, Don spent many hours in The Conservatory studying music. Planner Melissa Haggerty thought it apt that Don play Zahra down the aisle. So he bought a piano to practice and told none but Zahra, who, after walking down the aisle, sat down at the piano and played the final note.

Zahra and Don took a page from the “You are My Sunshine” Style File in Wedluxe which staged a colour scheme of yellow, black and white. Planner Melissa Haggerty arranged the chairs to mimic piano key formation to echo Don’s musical tribute to Zahra. Lidia Taconelli of Fiori filled the room with enormous yellow garden roses that shined boldly against the crispness of black and white.


Pooja and Paul in Lavish Dulhan.

Photography: Gillian Williamson
Flowers & Decor: DT Floral and Decor
Pooja’s Ceremony Attire: Silver Tulip Boutique
Pooja’s Reception Attire: Vikram Phadnis from Vanita Kollections
Paul’s Ceremony Attire: Men of India
Paul’s Reception Attire: Harry Rosen
Catering: Cuisine of India
Venue: Paramount Conference and Event Venue by Peter & Paul



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