In light of MRS' recent 3rd Birthday and in anticipation of receiving all of our 2014 brides' wedding photos, we're feeling pretty nostalgic thinking of all of the special brides we've had in the past 3 years. Every single one holds a special place in our hearts for they are all truly unique and, in our minds, are forever part of the ever-growing family at MRS. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight a past bride- one of our first actually, wearing a one-of-a-kind Ugo Zaldi dress (now discontinued) for her June 17th, 2012 wedding.
Anastasia and Kiron had been dating for 8+ years before they tied the knot, so you just knew this was a strong bond. Their wedding, which was held at the Gardiner Museum (Ceremony) and Mercatto Restaurant (Reception), had little personal touches like a wall of photographs from their 8+ years together strung with clothespins on twine, and a 'Recipe for a happy marriage' suggestion box because Anastasia loves to cook. These touches went along perfectly with the couples' "modern rustic" vision that had green, grey, white and kraft brown as their colour palette.
Anastasia's dress complimented her personal style beautifully. In her own words...
"I loved how comfortable it was! The flowing chiffon was super soft and lovely, and it moved so beautifully when I walked and with the breeze. Though I had originally envisioned myself in a strapless dress, the straps were great and I loved that I didn't have to worry about continually pulling the dress up. The intricate beading on the bodice was also so gorgeous - and so unique! This dress could've been worn so many ways - Art Deco, Grecian goddess-style, bohemian... In the end I just went classic with minimal embellishments since the dress spoke for itself. It was a dream to wear - so lovely. Did I mention it was also so comfortable?? "
The couple oozed originality and personality which was evident in many of the wedding details. For example, a chalkboard with their seating chart beautifully written (a nod to Anastasia's teaching background- she had just finished a masters in teaching). The couples' personality was perhaps best highlighted by Kiron composing his vows to song and singing them to Anastasia with his guitar in hand- an amazing surprise, and a throwback to how he originally told Anastasia he had feelings for her back when they were 15 and 16 years old AND also how he proposed to her! GOLD MEDAL for this guy!! As if that wasn't cool enough, the couple took the subway down to their reception since it was only one stop away because "that's how we normally travel." How fun is that!?
Perhaps the most touching detail of the wedding was when the bride carried a locket pinned to her bouquet, given to her by her aunt, with a photograph of her brother Johnny who had passed away suddenly 2 months before the wedding. Her other brother Peter stood as a groomsman for them, but for a while they weren't sure if they would continue with the wedding because, in the words of Anastasia, "our world was sort of turned upside down." At the insistence of their loved ones they continued with the wedding. When asked about what was memorable about their wedding Anastasia eloquently responded:
"what we take with us most about our wedding day is that it was full of so much warmth and love. Regardless of what the theme or decor choices were, the support of everyone and the connection we all shared was the most important and beautiful thing."
Here are some more gorgeous photos of the couples' day shot by the wonderful Jeff Turner.
Jeff must have been good because since her wedding, Anastasia has herself become a highly regarded (her work was featured on Style Me Pretty!) wedding photography in the area. Visit her beautiful website www.olivephotography.ca and see for your self!