This wedding was 2 years in the making and it was so worth it! Let me describe our couple, Kimberly is a total fashionista and Teddy is the epitome of cool and chill. Oh, let’s not forget their absolutely adorable daughter Aubrey! She’s an adorable smart, chatterbox with a super cool wardrobe!
As we planned their wedding, I asked them, what is the most important element on their big day? Collectively they answered, they wanted an unforgettable glamorous event with tons of food, booze and a PARTY! As our first task was finding a venue, I thought of a perfect place that is befitting of what they wanted for their big day, The Eglinton Grand! As soon as they saw this place, they were both impressed and fell in love. Then came their theme of having a roaring 20’s party.
Eglinton Grand is a hidden gem in the city. Located at Eglinton Ave. West and Avenue Road, this historic landmark, formerly known as the Eglinton Theatre, boasts this elegant and spectacular ballroom with art deco décor. And what venue will give you your own personalized marquee!
To complement the venue’s decor, we decorated each guest table with tall white feather centerpieces and gold rosette tablecloths. For their bridesmaids and groomsmen, they chose a banquet style set-up, decorated with tall white feather centerpieces mixed with low fresh flower arrangements of white hydrangeas and roses and they covered the tables with gold sequined tablecloth. For their head table, they opted for a sweetheart table decorated with a champagne ruffled table skirt. We coordinated their cake table with satin tablecloth with large rosette applique to match their gorgeous rosette cake topper and cupcake tower made by Christina McKenzie of The Cocoa Cakery. For their guest seat chart, we used a 7’ mirror to fit their guest list of 175+. We had some DIY at this wedding as well. I used an old birdcage for their moneybox, painted in gold and adorned with a rose and some feathers. Kimberly painted the Tolsby Ikea frames in gold and used it for table numbers. For guest favours, the couple opted out of the usual tradition. Instead, a donation to the Hospital of Sick Kids was made on behalf of their guests. What a kind gesture!
The couple had a traditional catholic ceremony and they incorporated the traditional Filipino wedding ceremony: the candle, veil and cord ceremony. Another tradition and for the “something old”, the couple’s ring were tied in the same ring pillow holder that the bride’s parents used when they got married and this was carried by their ring bearer. During the reception, another old Filipino tradition that our couple included was the “money dance”. Money is pinned or taped onto the new married couple’s garments, representing the wish that good fortune is “rained” upon them, while also helping the couple financially as they begin their life together.
The bride’s chosen bouquet was a cluster of white hydrangeas with white & peach roses. I pinned a locket with her grandfather’s picture, a special tribute for him, as Kimberly wanted to have her grandfather a part of their wedding. For her bridesmaids, we used a cluster of all white hydrangeas perfect for Kimberly’s squad of girlfriends.
I had so much fun planning this event with Kimberly & Teddy, and having Aubrey around during the entire planning process made it even more fun for me. This wedding was filled with tons of tradition, laughter, tears and their family & friends truly celebrated their union. Not a single dry glass in the room. And, I think everyone is still swooning over their “Grand Entrance”.
Planning, Décor & Flowers: Hazel Boivin Weddings & Events
Cake: The Cocoa Cakery
DJ: Colthrust Entertainment
Limo: Exotica Limousine
Make-up & Hair: Silver Crystal Beauty
Photographer, Videographer & Photobooth: Blackshirt Studios
Venue: The Eglinton Grand