MICHELLE PLENER & EL­LIOT STARR

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - IGNITE SOMETHING -

FROM MICHELLE: Peo­ple al­ways tell you that your wed­ding day will fly by and to just en­joy ev­ery minute. They were right. Our en­tire day felt like the best dream—from the mo­ment we had a pri­vate re­veal out­side my par­ents’ house to our cer­e­mony. It is hard to men­tion how great the night went with­out men­tion­ing the food— es­pe­cially since I’m in the culi­nary in­dus­try. We trusted Oliver and Bonacini’s cater­ing, and they did not dis­ap­point. Our menu in­cluded Asian-in­spired treats like the soy and lemon­grass braised beef short ribs and a five-spice-rubbed branzino. Of course, their fa­mous fried truf­fle mac and cheese made its ap­pear­ance dur­ing cock­tail hour— it was a party favourite. For our wed­ding theme, we chose to go with an el­e­gant gold and pink pal­ette. The Ar­ca­dian Court ball­room is a big white can­vas, which we dec­o­rated with bright co­ral pe­onies and pink gar­den roses. Fiona from Stemz helped bring our vi­sion to life— she is be­yond tal­ented and has a real pas­sion for flow­ers. The swan was one of our fave de­tails of the en­tire night. My sis­ter and El­liot had pur­chased in­flat­able swans for the ho­rah, with­out telling each other they had the idea— but two swans are def­i­nitely bet­ter than one! The guests ended up us­ing them as props for pho­tos. I guess we can thank Tay­lor Swift for its suc­cess. Bridal Gown Reem Acra from Kle­in­feld, kle­in­feld­bri­dal.ca Cake The Rolling Pin, therolling­pin. ca Flow­ers Fiona Lis­ton at Stemz, stemz.ca Hair Bruna Mata, pikore.com/ bruna­mata­hair Pho­tog­ra­phy Tyler John­ston at Mango Stu­dios, man­gos­tu­dios.com Sta­tionery Smudge De­signs, smudgedesigns.ca Venue Ar­ca­dian Loft and Court, oliv­er­bonacinievents.com Wed­ding Plan­ner Melissa Baum, meliss­abaum.com

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