Elizabeth & Nicholas Their story goes beyond the books.
Written by TRB Contributors

Event Planner: Crystal Adair-Benning, Distinct Occasions 
Wedding Date: October 1, 2021
Ceremony: St. Marguerite D’Youville Parish
Reception: The Bellevue Manor, Vaughan, ON
Decor Designer/Florist: Petals, Stems & Leaves
Photographer: Taylor Jackson Photography
Cake: The Caketress

Thanks to Blue Diamond Society member Crystal Adair-Benning for providing this beautiful fall wedding.

The Proposal

It was 5am on March 7th and Nicholas was recovering from shoulder surgery at home. Elizabeth was helping him get comfortable so he could sleep a little better when out of the blue he asks, “Will you marry me?”

Nicholas’ original plan was to propose to Elizabeth later that day at a family dinner, but he felt so inspired at that moment he just couldn’t wait any longer. “I want you to be there for me and for us to take care of each other for the rest of our lives,” he says. That’s when he got down on one knee, despite the fact that his arm was in a sling, and proposed with the most beautiful ring Elizabeth has ever seen. Through a sleepy haze and some tears, she answered yes!

Elizabeth and Nicholas’ love for books set the tone for their big day. What’s more romantic than being surrounded by centuries of love stories?

The couple’s choice of venue and décor reflected their theme of vintage books. Each table displayed a stack of vintage books accompanied by a tall glass vase of blush pink roses and white lace-wrapped votives to accent the romantic feel of the room. The couple also showcased their favourite books by using the book covers as table cards, “Each guest was given a personalized library card indicating their table name,” says Elizabeth. Even the 5-tier cake displayed the whimsical world of literature and romance.

Wedding Attire
Elizabeth felt like a princess when she tried on a Maggie Sottero wedding dress. The corset style back, the vintage lace underlay of the ball gown skirt and the small roses sewn into each pick-up made her fall in love and say yes to the dress.

As for the bridesmaids, Elizabeth chose a dress that would complement the vintage romantic theme of her wedding and what better store to choose than Anthropology. The dresses had sweetheart necklines, delicate fabrics, floral prints of soft creams and browns, and miniature roses sewn into the waistbands.

Then, there’s Nicholas. He wore a classic black tie and white shirt to go with his black jacket and slacks. “It was super traditional, just like he is!” Elizabeth says.

Most Memorable Moment
Elizabeth has several memorable moments from her big day, but her favourite moment was when the church doors opened and she saw Nicholas waiting for her at the altar. “He got so emotional the minute he saw me, that it just melted my heart,” Elizabeth says.

Having her father by her side - not long ago had heart surgery- was also very special to Elizabeth. He even drove her to the ceremony in his 1966 Chevelle SS, which he owned since he was 17 years old and it’s the same car her parents had on their wedding day.

It was a special moment for both of them.

Wedding Advice
Elizabeth’s advice to future brides and grooms is to be open with each other and really communicate what makes you, YOU. She says, “It’s important to let your husband/wife know what makes you tick. Being an individual in your relationship is what makes you strong as a couple. Listen, be playful, and really inspire each other to be the best person you could possibly be.”

Nicholas says, “Many of the details of your wedding day you will not see, so don’t worry so much about every little thing. People will be delighted to share your special day regardless of what happens.”