Kelly & Todd A wedding by Rachel A. Clingen

Wedding Date: August 28, 2021 
Photography:  Eclipse Photography
Ceremony/Reception Location:  MacLaren art Center 
Event Planner | Florist:
Rachel A Clingen

A contemporary wedding that embraced your mind and your heart!

The Proposal
“I am a bit of a wine geek,’” says Kelly, “so Todd planned a side trip to Burgundy (eastern France) for the two of us while we were in Paris for a business meeting.”

The couple spent four days in Burgundy sipping wine and dining on savory food from local restaurants.

“It was on the second day he proposed,” reveals Kelly, “after an excellent dinner and a great bottle of wine, of course!”

The Wedding
The old and new of the MacLaren Art Center made for an interesting venue; with contemporary modern lines adjacent to the Classical Revival style of the original building.

The Palladian style doors and windows bracketed with keystones and acanthus leaves set in dark red brick, blended seamlessly with the modern visual artwork and the clean lines of the interior.

Taking her cue from the venue, wedding planner Rachel Clingen continued the seamless transition of art and entertainment with black geometric patterned table linens accented with white napkins. Tall rectangular vases centred on each table displayed an asymmetrically placed bouquet of bold burgundy calla lilies. All of this was set adjacent to a backdrop of framed crafted native artwork; lending itself to an art deco ambience.

The Wedding Attire
Kelly’s, ivory trumpet gown, designed by Enzoani, featured a strapless sweetheart neckline with mesh organza under cotton lace appliqués. Her natural waist was embellished with a heather grey and black floral fabric belt embellished with jewels. The scalloped hemline showcased a cathedral train

The bridesmaids wore a strapless mermaid gown by Enzoani, in shimmering grey. The dress featured a bow at the natural waist embellished in the centre with a jeweled brooch.

Todd, the groom, wore a two-buttoned, three piece black suit by John Varvatos.

The Most Memorable Moment
“The most memorable moment of my day was coming into the MacLaren Art Center during cocktail hour with my new husband and his two children, Ashley and Dylan, while the song “We Are Family” played,” Kelly divulges.

Wedding Advice
“My advice,” Kelly says, “is to get a photographer who is creative and will take nontraditional wedding shots. Your pictures should be fun shots; stay away from a ton of photographs where everyone is standing in a straight line.”

Kelly also suggests that you do your speeches on a video ahead of time as it takes the pressure off of the maid-of-honour and best man.

“You can involve the whole family and friends coming to the reception,” she says.