A conversation that morphed into a mutual proposal sparked Meg and Andrew’s wedding plans. That modern, full-of-love moment infused their celebration at the University Club of Toronto, which incorporated a bunch of special nods to their family’s histories. Andrew’s uncle married them, favours were made from Meg’s grandmother’s chili sauce recipe, the flowers were from Meg’s hometown, and the cake was confetti since Andrew’s mom makes one for his birthday every year. Even Meg’s finery got into the action—the lace at the edge of her cathedral veil (which looked SO fetching with her Madeleine gown from our Toronto bridal boutique) was from her mother’s wedding gown.
When you scroll through the pics, you’ll see how amazing their day was, and we love the try-to-relax reminder Meg offered for others in the midst of planning:
“I am incredibly particular and over-stressed the details and logistics of wedding planning. When Andrew and I arrived at the church and looked out at all of our friends and family, the stress of it all faded away and we were completely overcome. In the midst of planning, I honestly hadn’t fully visualized what it would mean to have all of our friends and family from different parts of our lives come together to celebrate with us. Seeing their faces blew all of our worries away.”
More from Meg (who is Hawaii-honeymoon-bound with Andrew come the new year!) :
How did Andrew propose?
“Andrew and I had a practical conversation about the next five years and found ourselves immediately planning our wedding. We live on top of Waddington’s Auction House and a connection there referred us to a diamond specialist so that we could design a ring together.”
How did you choose your gown?
“My mother, sister, best friend, mother-in-law and I went shopping on what would be my maternal grandmother’s birthday. My mom selected the Madeleine dress to try on as it reminded her of my grandmother’s wedding dress (it also happens to be my cousin’s name!). I’m shy to smile and it was the first gown to make me grin and everyone else cry.”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“Andrew and I were hoping for a classic wedding with casual elegance and a celebration of our family histories.
Andrew’s uncle married us in his church and little details nodded to our families such as the veil made from the lace of my mother’s wedding gown, favours made from my grandmother’s chili sauce recipe, a confetti cake because Andrew’s mom makes him one every year for his birthday, and flowers grown in my hometown of the Kawartha Lakes.”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“When our baby nieces and nephews came running toward us after our first look they were repeatedly shouting “we’re getting married!””
What was your favorite wedding day moment?
“We had a gap between the ceremony and our reception so we were able to hideaway and share a moment (and drink) together and then be happily overwhelmed by the arrival of all of our guests for cocktail hour.”
What was your first dance song?
“Funny Valentine – Chet Baker”
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or less:
“Classic, dreamy, family, loving, elegant.”
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
“Old: Paternal grandmother’s pearl earrings
New: My dress!
Borrowed: My sister’s handkerchief
Blue: A ribbon hidden inside my dress
Alternatively – my something old, borrowed, and new may be my veil as the lace was from my mother’s dress, the veil was new, and it’s borrowed because I’m placing ownership in the family so that my nieces or nephews may use it should they like to.”
Meg + Andrew’s University Club of Toronto Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: Lea-Ann Belter Madeleine via the flagship Toronto bridal boutique | photographer: Sara Monika | florals + decor: Kenilworth Floral | venue: University Club | hair: Morgan Lovely | MUA: Erin Heather | music: Evolved Entertainment