the time came for Bryant Ramdoo to propose to Ashley Houlden, he drew inspiration from something they both loved— German Christmas markets—replicating the magical atmosphere in his own backyard. “I was away for a business trip and I came home late one night to find Bryant had created this Christmas market,” Ashley recalls. “And one of the ‘stalls’ had the ring displayed in it.”
Planning their wedding day, the couple wanted an equally charming scene for their ceremony, opting to tie the knot at picturesque St. Andrew-by-the-Lake, a historic Anglican church on Toronto’s Ward’s Island (accessible via ferry or water taxi). “It was the perfect location,” the two explain. “Michael Marshall, the church’s minister, personalized our ceremony and the mood was joyous and light. His style brought incredible warmth and intimacy to the ceremony.”
For their reception and cocktail hour, Ashley, Bryant and their 100 guests headed to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC). “The venue was very cool because even though it’s located so close to the city, in many ways it felt like a destination wedding. It has a lot of old-school charm and the willow trees on the property added a very romantic feel. And the view of the city skyline at night is unparalleled.”
The venue also allowed the couple to host parts of their wedding outside. Delicious canapés, fun lawn games, and custom drinks were served on the RCYC’s sprawling green lawn, while a string quartet provided accompaniment.
“For Bryant and I, one of the best moments of the entire day was definitely the cocktail hour. It was a beautiful setting to have