Weddingbells (Toronto) - - CONTENTS - By KIM­BERLY AGLI­PAY. Pho­tog­ra­phy KRISTA FOX.

In­ti­mate vows were ex­changed on a he­li­pad over­look­ing the Santa Mon­ica moun­tains.

hen Krys­tal Pal­isoc and Phillip Ed­wards be­came en­gaged they knew their day would be small and in­ti­mate. In­spired by a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding they at­tended in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, they wanted their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion to have the same fun vibe but at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion— Cal­i­for­nia was the ideal choice.

“Most of my fam­ily from my mother’s side al­ready lives in Cal­i­for­nia, and a lot of our friends had not been to the west coast,” Krys­tal ex­plains. Not long after­ward, while brows­ing a blog, Krys­tal hap­pened upon some amaz­ing pho­tos of a gor­geous wed­ding on the he­li­pad of Mal­ibu Rocky Oaks Es­tate Vine­yards. “When Phillip came into the room and saw it, he couldn’t believe his eyes and asked me where it was,” Krys­tal re­calls. “We booked it im­me­di­ately.”

With 50 of their friends and fam­ily in at­ten­dance, Krys­tal walked down the aisle wear­ing a clas­sic Pronovias trum­pet gown com­plete with a cus­tom-made se­quined veil to match. Play­ing in the back­ground was “Spend My Life With You” by Eric Benet fea­tur­ing Tamia. “It touched on the feel­ings we both felt that day— so much so that Phillip started cry­ing as soon as he heard it, and when I saw him cry­ing I started cry­ing too!” Krys­tal rem­i­nisces. See­ing Phillip for the first time in his tuxedo, and stand­ing by him, was also an emo­tional part of the day for Krys­tal. “It felt like the cul­mi­na­tion of our re­la­tion­ship to that day, and at the same time the start of an­other chap­ter,” she muses.

While the cou­ple’s clos­est fam­ily and friends flew in from Toronto for the wed­ding, there was one im­por­tant per­son miss­ing—Krys­tal’s mother, who passed away from can­cer. In her hon­our a sin­gle rose was placed on an empty chair be­fore the cou­ple ex­changed vows. “It was to make it known we were think­ing of her that day and she was with us in spirit,” Krys­tal says.

Après-cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds im­me­di­ately took ad­van­tage of the scenic vine­yards to take their wed­ding pho­tos. “While we were climb­ing up one of the small hills, fam­ily and friends back at the es­tate were cheer­ing us on and clap­ping in en­cour­age­ment,” Krys­tal says. “It was ab­so­lutely one of my favourite mo­ments.”

For their re­cep­tion, the two kept the decor simple yet chic with white floral cen­tre­pieces on the ta­bles, a hang­ing crys­tal chan­de­lier and flow­ing white drap­ery. Guests min­gled, en­joy­ing ap­pe­tiz­ers and a three-course meal by caterer Room Forty. “Ev­ery­one was rav­ing about the food,” Krys­tal en­thuses. “One of our friends said he would have been happy just eat­ing ap­pe­tiz­ers all night.” For food­ies Krys­tal and Phillip, know­ing their guests en­joyed the meal as much as they did was the ic­ing on the cake.

Speeches about the bride and groom were shared be­fore guests joined the cou­ple on the dance floor to tunes spun by their friend, Toronto’s DJ Swiss. In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, Krys­tal and Phillip par­tic­i­pated in the clas­sic Filipino money dance, where at­ten­dees pinned money onto the cou­ple to bring good for­tune. To­ward the end of the re­cep­tion guests took home mac­arons as favours, a trib­ute to the cou­ple’s en­gage­ment at the top of the Eif­fel Tower on their first trip to Paris.

For some the party didn’t end at the re­cep­tion. “A few peo­ple flew back to Toronto, while some joined us in Las Vegas for a post­wed­ding party,” Krys­tal says. This in­cluded din­ing at SushiSamba, stay­ing at The Vene­tian and head­ing to Tao night club. “Ev­ery­thing went beau­ti­fully and, most im­por­tantly, I got to marry my best friend,” Phillip says with a smile.

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