NEAR & DEAR

The His­toric Mcmichael Art Gallery Is The Beau­ti­ful Back­drop For This Cou­ple’s Stun­ning Art Deco-in­spired Wed­ding.

Wedding Bells (East) - - Contents - By Kim­berly Agli­pay. Pho­tog­ra­phy El­iz­a­beth In Love.

The daugh­ter of the star of Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies weds at the iconic McMichael Art Gallery in an art-deco in­spired cel­e­bra­tion.

When Craig Franklin pro­posed to Bri­anna Bisson he knew he had to get his fu­ture bride’s fam­ily in­volved. On their third an­niver­sary, af­ter watch­ing The

Nutcracker bal­let and hav­ing din­ner, the cou­ple made their way to the home of Bri­anna’s par­ents, Chan­tal Craig and Cana­dian ac­tor Yan­nick Bisson, of CBC’s Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies.

“My baby sis­ter had just flown in and wanted to wish me a happy an­niver­sary, along with my par­ents,” Bri­anna ex­plains.

As they pulled into the drive­way, Bri­anna no­ticed can­dles on the front steps. “I thought it was my par­ents just be­ing cute,” she says. But walk­ing up the drive­way she spot­ted a poster on the door that said, “Will you marry me?” She turned to see Craig on one knee in the snow. “I im­me­di­ately started cry­ing, say­ing ‘Yes!’” Bri­anna re­veals. “I looked up to see my fam­ily watch­ing from the win­dow. We cel­e­brated with cham­pagne that night and a lot of happy tears.”

Bri­anna and Craig opted for an art deco theme to com­ple­ment their venue, the McMichael Art Gallery in Klein­burg, On­tario. The cou­ple have al­ways loved art deco style, and wanted to in­cor­po­rate that el­e­gant feel­ing into their day. They in­cluded decor and flow­ers in shades of black, white, sil­ver, gold and emer­ald green. “The green and sil­ver were picked first be­cause Craig is a proud Slytherin!” Bri­anna says with a laugh, re­fer­ring to the Harry Pot­ter se­ries.

For the bride, find­ing the per­fect dress was a fam­ily af­fair. Bri­anna’s par­ents and sis­ters tagged along on the search. As soon as she tried on “the one,” the tears started. “I re­mem­ber my dad look­ing over at me and jok­ingly ask­ing, ‘Why did you bring me here?’ It was re­ally cute and funny. We all got super emo­tional, and that’s how I knew it was my dress!”

The bride and the brides­maids car­ried bou­quets filled with

hy­drangeas, roses and calla lilies—some of the bride’s favourite flow­ers. Another stun­ning de­tail was the cer­e­mony arch cre­ated by Cas­par Hay­dar. “Cas­par did such a beau­ti­ful job dec­o­rat­ing the al­tar; it looked stun­ning,” Bri­anna says. “All the decor was just per­fect. Ev­ery­thing felt luxe with­out be­ing os­ten­ta­tious or gaudy.”

Bri­anna in­sisted that two spe­cial guests be present at the wed­ding: her dogs, who played a key role. “They were the ring bear­ers!” she says. “One of the only things I was in­sis­tent on was that my dogs be there for the cer­e­mony. See­ing them all dressed up and ful­fill­ing their du­ties made me so happy.”

Another mo­ment of pure bliss came dur­ing the re­cep­tion when the cou­ple’s near­est and dear­est gave the new­ly­weds words of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment. “The speeches re­ally touched me,” con­fesses Craig. “I found them gen­uine and from the heart, and I loved hear­ing all of the praises sung for Bri­anna.” The bride agrees: “Every­one who spoke was so elo­quent.”

Fol­low­ing the speeches, Bri­anna and Craig shared their first dance to Ryan Adams’ cover of “Won­der­wall.” “It’s such an in­cred­i­ble song that means so much to both of us, and we felt the cover re­ally en­cap­su­lated our re­la­tion­ship.”

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