While the rest of us were standing at opposite ends of the gym at middle school dances, these two cuties were feeling butterflies. Erin and Andrew’s sweet beginning and later romance is one for a modern storybook. Naturally, they chose to host their Toronto wedding at one of our city’s fairest venues, Casa Loma. Warm and elegant, the day celebrated Erin and Andrew’s future as well as their past. They got ready at their parents’ homes (down the street from one another), included all sixteen of their dear friends in the wedding party, and one of Erin’s bridesmaids made a sweet storyboard of their over-twelve-year-long relationship.
Our darling bride fell for our Delphine wedding gown in our Toronto bridal boutique, and being a part of the days leading up to her marriage was such a treat!
How did your sweetie propose?
“We were high school sweethearts and actually had our first official ‘date’ at our grade 6 dance in elementary school. We always knew we’d get married, but Andrew completely surprised me with a proposal during a trip to California in August 2015. I was tagging along on a work trip and he popped the question on top of a mountain overlooking Big Sur. We had the best time celebrating in wine country and can’t wait to go back to California soon – hopefully for our first anniversary!”
How did you choose your gown?
“I hadn’t given my wedding much thought before getting engaged, but once we set our date, things started to move pretty quickly. I knew I wanted a dress that was simple, classic and elegant, but I also knew I wanted it to feel more special than a typical evening gown. I tried on a few lace dresses I thought I would love, but ultimately they felt too plain. It was the mermaid silhouette that really caught my eye and gave me a fitted look without being too boring. When I booked an appointment at Lea-Ann Belter, the Delphine gown was the first dress I tried on. I immediately knew it was the winner. The rest is history.“
Tell us a little about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“We got married at a castle in our hometown of Toronto and had an evening ceremony, which allowed us to spend most of the day with our closest family and friends. When we thought about our wedding, we knew we wanted to host an evening that would be elegant, fun, and most of all, full of love. We chose a simple colour scheme of green and cream florals with gold accents and made sure to include lots of candles in our dinner space to create an intimate and warm atmosphere. Despite having 150 guests, it felt like the coziest gathering. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos and the bridesmaids wore mismatched long dresses in blush and champagne tones. It all came together so well and we had the most beautiful September weather. One of the highlights for us was being able to have cocktails on the terrace overlooking the city with the stunning castle behind us. It was truly a magical day from start to finish.
Having known each other since elementary school, we also wanted our wedding day to have some personal touches. We each got ready at our parents’ family homes, which are down the street from each other in the neighbourhood we grew up in together. We also made sure our 16 nearest and dearest friends, many of whom we’ve known for almost two decades, were in our wedding party and could spend the day with us. And one of my bridesmaids created a storyboard of our 12+ year relationship that we displayed at our reception. Looking back, it’s all those little details that made the day so unique and memorable.”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“One of the funniest memories had to be when we were taking pictures with our wedding party before the ceremony. The castle was still open to the public at that time, so we were bombarded by tourists snapping pictures of us (and some with us…) on their iPads, phones, you name it.
We also heard that our MC knocking over a massive floral arrangement before kicking off his speech was a pretty close second.”
Five words that best describe your significant other:
“Andrew is the best partner I could ask for. He’s handsome, smart, fun, kind and wickedly funny – always keeping me on my toes. I’m so grateful for him everyday and still can’t believe he’s my husband.”
“Erin is the best friend in the world. She’s beautiful, funny, intelligent, fearless and spontaneous.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Enjoy every minute! The wedding day itself goes by so fast. It’s so much more fun if you appreciate the entire process, as exhausting as wedding planning can sometimes be.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went away for a few days after our wedding but are planning a big trip to Southeast Asia in December.”