SEPTEM­BER 20, 2014

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - BRIDAL INSIDER -

FROM CARYN: We didn’t have a spe­cific wed­ding theme at the out­set as we felt the barn venue we chose was a beau­ti­ful back­drop in it­self. We just wanted our day to feel like one big end-of-sum­mer party for our guests and our­selves. My favourite mo­ment was the first look I had with Tony. This is one of those rare times where you are truly alone with your hus­band-to-be. It was nice to take a few breaths and let it all sink in be­fore our guests ar­rived and the cer­e­mony be­gan. One of the most im­por­tant parts of our day was in­clud­ing el­e­ments that felt like ‘us’. I paid trib­ute to my home­town in South Africa by in­clud­ing gold spray-painted “big five” an­i­mals, and photos of trips to South Africa, where Tony pro­posed. My won­der­ful florist, Cedar & Stone, added lots of gor­geous protea flow­ers, which are in­dige­nous to South Africa. En­ter­tain­ment was another top pri­or­ity. Watch­ing du­elling pi­anos has been a long-time hobby of ours, and we try to visit a pi­ano bar ev­ery time we travel. Luck­ily, we have two tal­ented friends who are du­elling pi­anists and they agreed to per­form at our wed­ding. They added an in­cred­i­ble amount of energy and fun to the party at­mos­phere, and were truly a high­light of the night.

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