A Toronto style in­flu­encer throws a time­less yet mod­ern wed­ding set against the ram­bling, rus­tic beauty of Bri­tish Columbia’s Okana­gan Val­ley.

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A Toronto style in­flu­encer throws a time­less yet mod­ern, chic wed­ding.

FROM JILL: The goal was a chic and re­laxed con­tem­po­rary wed­ding. We both felt the colours were crit­i­cal to the event be­cause they set the tone for ev­ery­thing. We chose nat­u­ral shades of green, balanced with white and gold, and min­i­mal touches of black and wood. The set­ting was a cliff over­look­ing Okana­gan Lake and the val­ley, so hav­ing a palette that com­ple­mented beau­ti­ful B.C. was a top pri­or­ity. An­drew and I were picky about ev­ery de­tail,

es­pe­cially the flow­ers. The flower de­signer com­pletely em­braced our vi­sion of some­thing non-tra­di­tional with very lit­tle colour. They cre­ated a slightly rus­tic and earthy vibe, with lots of green and wild­flow­ers to com­ple­ment rather than over­power the rows of grapes in the vine­yard. From the out­set, it was all about the rings.

These rings will be worn for 60 years so we had to get them right! Ta­mara of Toronto’s Stu­dio 1098 de­signed my cus­tom black­di­a­mond, white-halo, deco-style ring, which was the ring I al­ways wanted with­out even know­ing it. She also cre­ated An­drew’s brushed-gold band, which was so, so per­fect. I had my wed­ding dress for 18 months. I saw a Calvin Klein ready-to-wear dress on Net-A-Porter about a month af­ter our en­gage­ment and or­dered it—it was my very first wed­ding pur­chase. I loved that it was white, clean, sim­ple and time­less. I will be dye­ing this one black so I can wear it for years to come; it’s just too good to only wear once. We had so many mo­ments to re­mem­ber, it’s hard to pick a stand­out. Be­ing an­nounced as a mar­ried cou­ple at the re­cep­tion was an ab­so­lute thrill. So was look­ing out at all the peo­ple we love so much, who were there for us on the day. The vows were in­cred­i­ble as we wrote our own and they were so dif­fer­ent yet so sim­i­lar— heart­felt, in­ti­mate, funny and with a Harry Pot­ter ref­er­ence or two. We loved the “friend in­te­gra­tion” that hap­pened dur­ing the wed­ding—strangers meet­ing and mak­ing new re­la­tion­ships. The wed­ding guest book was also amaz­ing as it was a hy­brid of writ­ten mes­sages and pho­to­graphs. We have some mar­velous and hi­lar­i­ous gems in there, and it now sits on our cof­fee ta­ble as an in­cred­i­ble re­minder of a great night.


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