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!