I had the pleasure of planning the 25th wedding vow renewal of a very special couple, my cousin Resty and his wife, Jeanneth. I was able to witness, as a guest, when they first tied the knot back in July, 1990. Fast forward 25 years, their eldest daughter Jessica approached me to help her plan an event for her wonderful parents, so they can say their “I Do” for the second time.
This event was very impromptu. Jessica and I were in full rev planning gear as we only had 3 weeks to plan this soiree. First thing we had to decide on was the venue. The family’s estate home is located in Clarington, Ontario. Their sprawling property became the backdrop for their ceremony and reception. We transformed their front lawn into a rustic themed ceremony and reception site. We used pallets to display photos of the couple and their family, bales of hay and wooden benches were used as dual purpose, seating during the ceremony and later moved reception seating. The wooden tables were all made by the Resty himself. The area was filled with tons of rustic décor elements. For catering, as any typical Filipino parties, food is very important. Their daughter Jessica who owns her own catering company, Hooked Catering, whipped up the appetizer served during pre-ceremony cocktails. For dinner, Jessica persuaded her mother to stir away from the typical catered fare and decided to have FeastTO, a food truck company serve their guests with Vietnamese inspired food, which was a sure hit.
This event was filled with heartfelt love between Resty and Jeanneth, their 3 grown children Jessica, Russell and Julia and their adorable granddaughter Maddy. Their vows, their story and speeches truly showcased the love that they all have for each other, which brought all of their guests to tears. It was truly a beautiful event! They are a true testament of love, loyalty and devotedness. And at the end of it all, after 25 years, they still live happily ever after.
July 26, 2015
Décor & Floral: Hazel Boivin Weddings & Events
Catering: FeasTO and Hooked Catering
Photographer: Alex Meghie