BROOKE OPATOWSKI & ZACHARY CO­HEN

JULY 17, 2016

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - REAL WEDDINGS -

FROM BROOKE: Zach pro­posed to me in the mid­dle of the night on South Beach in Mi­ami. We were sit­ting on the beach un­der the stars, lis­ten­ing to the ocean breeze while our toes touched the sand. Then we went for sushi at three a.m. be­cause we both love to eat! We chose white as our wed­ding colour. White is colour in its purest form, rep­re­sent­ing in­no­cence, whole­ness and per­fec­tion. I saw the wed­ding as a new be­gin­ning, that of a shared future to­gether. We tried to cre­ate a sense of peace, calm, com­fort and hope with the wed­ding decor. The flow­ers were a re­ally im­por­tant part of the de­tails for me. We chose white hy­drangea as our wed­ding flower be­cause it sym­bol­izes heart­felt emo­tion, grat­i­tude and de­vel­op­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing be­tween two peo­ple. I also bor­rowed my mom’s flo­ral head­piece, which she wore at her wed­ding. There were so many mem­o­rable oc­ca­sions through­out the day. Two of these mo­ments were walk­ing through Toronto’s Yorkville neigh­bour­hood and hav­ing the world share in our love, and be­ing raised up high on the chairs dur­ing our tra­di­tional Jewish dance. We had the best time with our friends and fam­ily!

Gray­don Hall was con­structed in 1936 for fi­nancier Ru­pert Bain to be one of Toronto’s finest homes. Poised over­look­ing the Don Val­ley on over 150 acres, the 29 room man­sion boasted a 160-foot long ter­race and 4 acres of for­mal gar­dens.

In 2000 the es­tate was thought­fully re­stored as a bou­tique re­cep­tion fa­cil­ity de­signed to re­tain its orig­i­nal warmth and beauty. Our pri­vate, so­phis­ti­cated set­tings al­low us to host, cater, and tai­lor events for any oc­ca­sion. From mod­est to lav­ish our airy for­mal gar­dens, out­door ter­race, gra­cious Great Hall, and non­de­nom­i­na­tional chapel lend an ele­gance to any event.

Its spec­tac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, world-class cui­sine, and un­ri­valed ser­vice have dis­tin­guished Gray­don Hall Manor as one of Canada’s most sought af­ter event venues.

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