Rino and Jeff planned their fabulous Toronto Island wedding while living in Japan and didn't see the venue in person until days before the wedding! It always feels like an adventure hopping on the ferry to head out of the city and even with a little rain, the day was perfection. There were so many gorgeous details including Rino's spectacular dress and shoes. We also loved the Canadian & Japanese elements that tied everything together.
Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Biggest party with loved ones.
What are you favorite memories of your wedding day? Bride:My brother singing at the church ceremony, our tango first dance, and our friends singing karaoke as the music for our wedding slideshow. Groom: Having our friends and family all party together – including my Grandma, who partied like it's 1946!
Best wedding related decision: Our venue – the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on the Toronto Islands
Favourite detail: The Japanese fans for our guests at the church – it was a hot day!
Advice for future brides & grooms: Figure out what's really important to you, then spend your time, energy and your money on these things. Set realistic expectations and don't worry if something goes a little awry. Enjoy the day and everyone else will too!
Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? I didn't get to speak to every guest that came to the wedding. We should have thought of a receiving line. We should have explained what the party favors were. They were Japanese curtains used for doorways. Instead of one wedding cake, we had a dessert table full of variety. It was too good, we should have had more of everything! Frangipane makes amazing desserts.
Best surprise of the day: It poured rain 10 minutes before the ceremony, then the sun came out and glistened everything around us!
VENDORS: Ceremony Location: St. Andrew by the Lake Church, Toronto Islands | Reception Location: The Royal Canadian Yacht Club – Island Clubhouse | Officiant (if not a church ceremony): friend's father, Rev. Dr. Tom Hastings | Cake: Frangipane | Dress (designer and/or store): Vera Wang | Wedding Planner: ourselves | Flowers/Decorator: Nancy Hudson | Hair/Makeup: Hair on the Avenue (hair&makeup) | Caterer: RCYC | DJ: Kwame Phillips
WEDDING SONGS: First Dance: Por Una Cabeza
Favorite HRM picture from the day : #454… an impromptu family photo! (below)
Here are some of their fun photo booth images!