EASY ELE­GANCE

LY­DIA AND ER­WIN PLANNED A DREAMY SUM­MER WED­DING IN THE NIAGRA RE­GION.

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A cou­ple show­cases the nat­u­ral beauty of the Ni­a­gara Re­gion for their guests.

LY­DIA PARAFIANOWICZ & ER­WIN VAN DE KREEKE

june 24, 2016

FROM LY­DIA: “She’s Cana­dian. He’s Dutch. They met in Swe­den and now they’re ty­ing the knot.” That was the short and sweet synop­sis of our love story printed on our save-the-date cards, but in re­al­ity, there was much more to it than these sim­ple words. We met on the dance floor of a night­club in 2009, and thought we’d never see each other again, but fate had other plans! Af­ter years of liv­ing to­gether over­seas, we de­cided it was time to make it of­fi­cial. I had my en­gage­ment ring cus­tom-made by Lyp­pens, a fa­mous jew­eller in Am­s­ter­dam. I was very par­tic­u­lar about what I wanted (Rose gold! Cush­ion cut!), but I wanted ev­ery­thing else to be a sur­prise. When Er­win fi­nally pro­posed in a beau­ti­ful spot over­look­ing the ocean in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal, I was def­i­nitely sur­prised. I al­ways wanted to have my wed­ding in the place where I grew up: Ni­a­gara-on­the-Lake, On­tario. To high­light the Ni­a­gara Re­gion’s nat­u­ral beauty for our 35 Euro­pean guests, Er­win and I chose a gor­geous pri­vate es­tate with acres of or­chards and vine­yards as our venue. We wanted to show them the best of Ni­a­gara, and the set­ting we chose re­ally de­liv­ered. It was im­por­tant for us to keep the decor neu­tral and clas­sic. We opted for a pal­ette of dove grey, cream, black­berry and what I call “the inside of a fig,” with lots of lush green­ery in our bou­quets and decor. The un­der­stated scheme al­lowed the nat­u­ral set­ting to take cen­tre stage, espe­cially dur­ing din­ner in the cherry orchard— one of my favourite parts of the day!

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