There’s something about a natural oasis in the middle of a city that enhances the romance! It was under a huge willow tree beside a pond at Boston Commons that Stefan asked Caitlin to be his wife. Then these two chose the Berkeley Field House as the spot for their “I dos.” Despite being right in the heart of Toronto, it feels as if you’re miles away—there’s a creek, garden patio, and treehouse, which were perfect for the relaxed, low-key celebration they’d envisioned.
While it’s true that during the planning and execution of any wedding there are a couple challenges, Caitlin’s was next level. She’d bought a dress at a local bridal boutique, but when the fabric for it was lost in a fire, Caitlin found herself dressless. That was when she visited us at our flagship Toronto bridal boutique and found her custom gown, which was a riff on the dress she’d first fallen for on Pinterest!
More from our sweet bride whose groom surprised her with a honeymoon to Vietnam:
How did you guys meet?
“The first week of university, at the end of orientation week there was a Toga party. Stefan and his friend approached our group of girls, introduced themselves and were funny (instead of creepily dancing up on us!). We all hung out the rest of the night and then realized we were living in the same dorm quad…and the rest is history!”
How did you choose your gown?
“I started looking on Pinterest first and one of the first gowns I fell in love with was the Maxine dress but I thought it was a bit more than I had wanted to spend. So I found a similar looking dress at Becker’s Bridal. Then, a few months before the wedding there was a fire at Becker’s Bridal and the fabric they were using to finish my dress was destroyed, so they told me I needed to find a new one. I called so many places around the city to find out who could accommodate such a short timeline and I figured I might as well reach out to Vanessa again. She was INCREDIBLE and made all my dress dreams come true. The minute I put on the Maxine and she suggested pairing it with a different skirt I knew it was the one. She made the experience so memorable and I am so grateful!”
Tell us about your day!
“Our main goal was to throw a big party for all our guests and I think we pulled it off! We wanted everything to feel very relaxed and low key. The ceremony was short and sweet—we wrote our own vows and I cried like a baby. We had so many comments on how great the food and music was and that was so nice to hear. We danced all night long!”
What was your first dance song?
“”Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, we both love his music!”
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or fewer:
“Fun, emotional, and happy.”
What was the funniest moment of your day?
“The officiant asked us something along the lines of: do you enter into this marriage of your own free will and I said “we do” instead of “I do” and she jokingly called me out for speaking for the both of us.”
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
“Something old—my shoes, something new—the dress! and my jewelry, something borrowed—the hair piece I wore was a flower from my mom’s wedding dress.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“Vietnam! My husband planned the whole thing since I planned most of the wedding. I had no idea where we were going—all he told me was it would be hot and I found out when we got to the airport. It was beautiful and a nice mix of relaxing at the beach and exploring new places.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Don’t sweat the little things, focus on how you want to feel on the day and what kind of atmosphere you are trying to create and everything will work out.”