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