Written by TRB Contributors
Decor Designer/Florist: Design2Décor – Paras Mehta
Event Planner: Elan Cachet - Antoinette Antoine and Michelle Edey
Wedding Date: September 17, 2021
Photography: Stephen Sager Photography
Ceremony: Merciful Redeemer Parish, Mississauga, Ontario
Reception: Chateau Le Jardin, Vaughan, Ontario
Cake: Frost Cake Co.
and Colin stopped on the Pont Alexander III bridge to take pictures and
enjoy the view of the Seine. As Vanessa was looking over the horizon
she heard Colin saying “There was another reason why I asked you to come
Vanessa’s proposal was one that most girls can
only dream of. It was set in the most romantic city in the world, Paris
France. Colin proposed during their two week Europe trip. On the
afternoon of April 10, 2010, Colin took Vanessa to see the Eiffel
Tower. A few minutes later Vanessa found herself sitting in a horse
drawn carriage touring the streets of Paris.
On the bridge, as
Colin was about to explain why they were there, she turned around to
find Colin on bended knee with the most gorgeous ring presented to her.
wanted to ask you to marry me,” he says. Vanessa recalls, after what
felt like a couple of minutes of smiling and crying, two younger girls
on the bridge had to scream out, "Just say YES!” to get her to say
something. "Of Course," she responded.
theme and inspiration for their wedding was Paris. They wanted the
décor to have a regal look to it, which is why they decided to go with
colours of royal blue, black, and ivory with touches of silver and grey.
To help out with their wedding planning, Vanessa and Colin hired Elan
Cachet and Design 2 Décor. “When we explained our proposal story and our
vision, they immediately understood what we wanted and they helped us
put it into reality,” Vanessa says.
Their invitations were
created by Cre8ive Invitations. The invitations were shiny white
adorned with sapphire blue Swarovski crystals,” It represented the
regalness we wanted to have at our wedding,” she says.
our tables had very grand silver candelabras with crystal candle
votives, and an arrangement of flowers at the top, while the other half
had three stunning silver candlesticks of varying heights, topped with
crystal candle votives and an arrangement of flowers in the centre. The
flowers were an arrangement of roses, hydrangeas, and orchids.”
add uniqueness to their entrance, they asked Design 2 Décor to help
them design a metallic stand filled with floating candle holders and tea
candles, decorated with flowers.
With the help from Frost Cake
Co. their wedding bombonieres were wrapped in a clear bag and tied with
royal blue ribbon and inside was a personalized message "Giving you a
little taste of Paris.”
the perfect dress is important for any bride-to-be. Vanessa ended up
purchasing Belgrade dress, part of the Blue by Enzoani collection from
Becker's Bridal. “I just knew that the dress was the one. It had all the
things I was looking for, but most importantly, it felt great on and I
knew that nothing else would compare to the feeling I got in this
dress,” she says. Her shoes were gold Prada strappy sandals from New
York City. “The gorgeousness of my sandals was from the heels which were
adorned with colourful rhinestones.”
The bridesmaids dresses
were by Vanessa’s favourite designer BCBG Max Azria. “The dress I chose
for my bridesmaids and matron of honour was a strapless dress with an
ivory bust, a black band beneath the bust and a bold royal blue balloon
Colin wore a Ralph Lauren tux paired with a charcoal
grey ribbed vest and bow tie. The morning before the wedding Vanessa
presented Colin with a TAG Heuer watch. “It's the Carrera Calibre 1887
Automatic Chronograph he was eyeing sometime before our wedding with the
black leather strap”.
Most Memorable Moment
recalls her most memorable moment was when she received a card from
Colin the morning of the wedding. “Since I've met him, he's always
called me his dream girl,” she says. “In the card, he mentioned that in
his experience, dreams don't always come true... but in this case, as
we're about to get married, it proved that a regular guy can really get
his dream girl. It brought me to tears knowing how happy I was making
someone and how our lives will be forever changed knowing we have each
other. Of course, his gift of a stunning diamond necklace made that
moment even more endearing.”
When it comes to wedding advice both Colin and Vanessa share their recommendations:
Wedding planner. “Antoinette and Michelle from Elan Cachet were
invaluable resources that we depended on to guide us through wedding
timelines…. and dealt with any stresses that came our way before we
even heard about them. They made us feel like we were guests at our own
wedding”, Vanessa recalls.
2. Photographer/Videographer. “We were
so pleased with our photos (Stephen Sager Photography) and video (Let
Them Eat Cake Films) that we look back at them very often so that we can
re-live every moment.”
3. Designer. After explaining our vision
to the designer, Paras from Design 2 Decor, it was easy for us to just
agree or disagree on an idea to put our dream event into reality. He
even brought up ideas that we've never heard of that ended up adding
such a unique quality to our wedding. We couldn't have done this from
scratch on our own.
4. Take at least one picture with each person that attended your wedding.
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