BROOKE OPATOWSKI & ZACHARY COHEN
JULY 17, 2016
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.