CITY SO­PHIS­TI­CATES

ONE FASH­ION-FOR­WARD COU­PLE CEL­E­BRATES THEIR RO­MANCE AND LOVE FOR FOOD AND MU­SIC AT A HIS­TORIC ART DECO VENUE IN TORONTO.

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - Contents - By KIM­BERLY AGLI­PAY. Pho­tog­ra­phy ART HAUS FOTO.

One cou­ple cel­e­brates their ro­mance and love of food and mu­sic at a his­toric art deco venue in Toronto.

For Sarah Marantz, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing at Cana­dian la­bel Pink Tar­tan, and Ira Lindenberg, who works in real es­tate de­vel­op­ment, it was clear they had an in­cred­i­ble con­nec­tion from the mo­ment they met. “We had tons of mu­tual friends, but we had never crossed paths,” Sarah shares. “At our wed­ding a friend asked Ira when he knew we were go­ing to get mar­ried. He said, ‘Be­fore we met.’”

The Carlu in Toronto was the venue of choice for the so­phis­ti­cated cel­e­bra­tion. On the morn­ing of the wed­ding, the cou­ple took pho­tos in down­town spots and then met with their clos­est friends and fam­ily for the first few events of the day: the be­deken veil­ing cer­e­mony and the sign­ing cer­e­mony of the ke­tubah (Jewish mar­riage con­tract).

The tra­di­tional wed­ding cer­e­mony was held in the Carlu’s Round Room, where guests were seated around the venue’s iconic Lalique foun­tain. Af­ter Ira smashed the glass, sig­ni­fy­ing the cer­e­mony’s end, the bride and groom shared a kiss un­der the chup­pah then ex­ited the room to “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie. Ev­ery­one headed into the main foyer where a jazz trio, the first of three bands that played at the cel­e­bra­tion, cranked out tunes while guests in­dulged in the cou­ple’s favourite drinks and hors d’oeu­vres. “Dur­ing the cock­tail hour we had a gi­ant har­vest ta­ble, as well as carv­ing and poke bowl sta­tions,” Sarah notes.

Fol­low­ing the cock­tail re­cep­tion, guests en­tered the main din­ing room, which was com­pletely trans­formed into the pair’s vi­sion of an in­ti­mate, se­cret gar­den.

“The Carlu is an art deco venue so we chose black, white and gold as our colour scheme,” Sarah says. “We wanted the feel­ing of an out­door space even though we were in­doors.” Gor­geous white blooms filled the ta­bles, along with can­dles wrapped in green­ery, while a large flo­ral in­stal­la­tion hung above the dance floor. To com­plete the out­door feel, 15-foot cy­press trees were placed around the venue’s perime­ter.

The hora (tra­di­tional Jewish dance) started shortly af­ter ev­ery­one en­tered the din­ing room, with Ira and Sarah be­ing lifted in chairs by fam­ily and friends. “Ira nearly gave me a heart at­tack by stage div­ing sev­eral times into the arms of his friends!” Sarah re­veals with a laugh.

The cou­ple’s first dance, to “Pur­ple Rain” by Prince, was a spe­cial mo­ment. “We had just fin­ished our speech so all the ‘work’ of the wed­ding was done, nerves had sub­sided and we were ready to party,” says Sarah. “When we in­vited ev­ery­one to join us on the dance floor to­ward the end of the song, it felt like not a sin­gle per­son was still sit­ting.”

At mid­night, guests headed back to the Round Room for the af­ter-party, where they snacked on Asian street food as The Lizards per­formed hits from Ira’s favourite band, Phish. Look­ing back on the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties, Sarah was glad to have stolen a few min­utes alone with Ira be­fore the re­cep­tion. “It was the first quiet mo­ment we had had all day,” she says with a smile. “We were of­fi­cially hus­band and wife and we were bask­ing in that joy—and drink­ing te­quila!”

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