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Our Wedding Recap: Happily Ever After Starts Here

After following along with wedding blogs for the last year, I thought it was fitting to do my own post to summarize our day. 

The Venue 

IMG_0248We knew our venue was the one as soon as we walked in the door. The twenty-five foot high ceilings, the gorgeous crystal chandeliers… It was perfect. The Liberty Grand was originally constructed as a government building in 1926. We loved the elegant early 1900’s feel. Originally, we had not planned to have our wedding downtown Toronto. But when we realized the stunning ballroom at the Liberty Grand could actually fit in our budget, we did not need to look anywhere else. This was where our fairy tale would begin.

Favourite Details

1. I loved the way the bridesmaid dresses turned out. The girls all wore the same colour of blush pink and matching chiffon fabric, but they each selected their own waist and necklines. With one bridesmaid living in Vancouver and another in Thunder Bay, I didn’t get to see them all in their dresses together until the wedding day. It was such a nice surprise because they all looked so gorgeous. I also loved how the girls’ gerber daisy bouquets topped the look off.

2. Luke found this white birdcage that we used for cards. It was so sweet and it just represented how much thought he really put into all the planning and how important and special it was to him. I’m so lucky to have a groom who wanted to be involved in the planning process and took pride in the little details.

0Y6A20003. My Dad designed our wedding monogram, which we used on our wedding invitations. We also had the chance to project it on the screens in the ballroom. I loved the way it turned out and I know he put a lot of work into it and I thought it was such a nice touch.

Memorable Moments

0Y6A07071. The memories started the night before, during our rehearsal. The girls and I came back to our house to sleep that night and were surprised to find Luke left a giant box wrapped in pink, sitting on the dining room table.  Inside were personalized hangers for each of us. Luke wrote each of the girls a note to go with the hangers. It was so cute and was just another reason to feel so excited to be marrying him in the next 24 hours.

2. Luke and I had organized a blind “first look” at the hotel before the guys headed to the ceremony. Standing there, holding his hand without seeing him or hearing his voice was such an emotional moment for me. It was a chance to hit the pause button and just absorb all of the excitements of the day.

3. I had been looking forward to our first dance since day one of wedding planning. I spent so many mornings listening to our song by Jason Mraz while riding the train into work and just thinking about what was to come. Finally, being in the moment… it was just so perfect.

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These are just a few highlights from the day – there are so many details and memories Luke and I will always treasure.  Here is another taste of our day through photos by Debra Eby Photography and Sarah McLachlan, and our wedding highlight video created by Dwight from Wilhelm Weddings.

Other Wedding Vendors: Carmichael Hair Design & Spa, Bridals on Spadina, Just Temptations, Impact DJ, Wellington Music, Under Wraps Decor, Mid Valley Gardens.

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Luke + Carly – Wedding Highlights from Wilhelm on Vimeo.