A Toronto Matrimony
Tell us your love story!
Similar to many of our friends, Chris and I met online. Not a romantic start, but the moment we met in person, it was pure magic. We met on a cool fall evening at one of my favourite local restaurants, the Victory Cafe. To say it was love at first sight would perhaps be a bit presumptuous, but it was pretty damn close.
Tell us about the proposal!
Our close friends were getting married in Los Angeles. We were staying in Santa Monica on the beach in a beautiful room overlooking the ocean. Although Chris had the intention of proposing on the Santa Monica pier ferris wheel, he backed out of that one pretty quickly after Nick refused to get on. You see, Nick has a pretty intense fear of heights. The proposal happened over room-service on the balcony overlooking the ocean. It was perfection.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
We knew pretty pretty soon after we met. After only a few months of being together, we started a business together and made plans to shack up. It was love!
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Our wedding planning was both exciting and anxiety inducing. We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, we knew wanted vintage lighting. We also knew that we wanted our wedding to be pure fun (note: we served cocktails before AND after the ceremony). We had spent years attending wedding after wedding, and developed a strong sense of what to focus on - music, food, drinks, and originality. Less speeches, more dancing.
What surprised you during planning?
There are so many elements when planning a wedding that it's easy to become overwhelmed. Sticking to the budget was most definitely the hardest part. All you want to do is add amazingness to your day, and unfortunately a lot of this amazingness costs money. We chose a venue that provided a lot of the essentials, including food and sound equipment. This was most definitely helpful as it relieved a lot of our planning stress.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Don't get caught in the weeds. As you move closer to the big day, the excitement can seem overwhelming. Our biggest learning curve was to remember to ask for help. Friends and family are there for a reason and are usually more than happy to take on a task or two. We were super lucky to have so many great people around us willing to plan, decorate etc.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Choose a venue that suits your personality as a couple. Do not lose sight of the important elements, the rest will take care of itself. And, be sure to let yourself go on the day of - the amount of love in the room on that day is mind-blowing.