I couldn’t begin to sum up this stunning wedding into words, so here is Frank’s explanation about their lovely day:

“Like most couples, we were looking for ways to have our wedding day feel special, but accomplish that feeling working within a budget. We live together and run a design studio called Studiofunction and treated our wedding almost as a client project. We love Toronto and all of the things it has to offer – so taking advantage of local talent, settings, and amenities was also a priority.

Since we had planned a 5:30pm ceremony, it made sense for us to take advantage of the afternoon warmth and sunshine for outdoor family photos. We planned on a “first look” shoot at the University of Toronto. The weather was a gift to us from some unknown force, with a softly shining sun that was warm but not sweat-inducing, and a cool middle-fall breeze that helped remind us what season we were in.

When we were finished with photos and arrived at the wedding venue Beverley Halls, we were absolutely delighted to see the work our decorators had been busy completing since the early morning. They had preformed a total conversion on what could have once been described as a 2nd story windowless 1960’s bunker – to a warm, intimate, decadent venue for our humanist ceremony and the dinner reception to follow.

Vivian’s custom designed bridal gown by Breeyn McCarney was definitely a show-stopper. It was the first time that Vivian was the client on a creative project and the entire process was a delight. Made from silk satin, the dress was fitted with a very large structural and  architectural skirt. The asymmetry of the hemline made the dress interesting to behold from different vantages.

For our crepe paper DIY flowers, we thought that paper flowers for table decorations, boutonnières and Vivian’s bouquet would be a nice way to extend the concept established by the invite. We knew it was going to be a lot of work, but also knew we could take it slow, spending a few hours each week cutting and making flowers, and that they would easily keep until the wedding day. The whole process took the better part of 6 months, and about 200 hours of work for 60 oversized roses, 8 boutonnières, 4 single roses for the moms, and Vivian’s 15 flower bouquet. It would have been easy to spend money on decor, have someone else dress our table, and compose our bouquet, but it’s another thing to show our guests that time is more valuable than money, and we cared enough about this party to dedicate hundreds of our hours to it.”

This wedding has also been featured on the WeddingBells website, if you want to see more of their gorgeous day.

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