Real Wedding ~Danielle and Thomas

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By Tracey Manailescu

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

“I am so excited to finally share the beautiful details and photos of my couple Danielle and Thomas on the blog!  It was such a pleasure to work with them for the past year and a half, because not only are they madly in love, but they are truly each other’s best friend. Danielle’s friends describe her as the girl who always has your back. She is the first one to like a post on social media and is always good for a laugh. Thomas’s friends and family agree that he is kind, loving, smart and someone you an rely on when the going gets tough.

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

The most important thing for Danielle and Thomas was that their guests would have a good time so entertainment was crucial.  They also wanted to ensure that the food was amazing and served piping hot!

Danielle has a very keen eye for design, and she really wanted to be involved in the planning and design process. She found so many beautiful touches like the gold cake topper, table numbers and candle holders, the perfect shade of gray for the bridesmaids dresses and robes. The cuteness factor was there as well with the pretzel and mini coke late night station. 

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

The flavour for their custom-made 5 tiered cake was inspired by one of their favourite restaurants. It was chocolate/banana. Cake designer, Jen La of Jen La Cakes actually went to the restaurant to inspire her to make her own version of the dessert.

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

The wedding ceremony was beautiful as you would expect.  However, the very best part was that the Bride’s sweet grandparents were the ring bearers. 

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

The American Embassy is the building directly beside the University Club and there happened to be a protest going on at the same time. The police actually joined in on the photo fun during a quiet moment to take some photos with the wedding party. 

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Someone very close to Thomas recently went through cancer treatment, and it shook the entire family tremendously. When I suggested donating all of the florals that focuses on cancer care, they jumped on the idea. On the Monday morning following the wedding, I drove to the venue, collected all of the florals and delivered them to Princess Margaret Hospital (Just a note that this was pre-arranged). The flowers could not go into the patients rooms but were instead put in the nurses station for everyone to enjoy who passed by. 

The wedding team was one of the best that I have ever worked with. I was literally on cloud nine for the entire week after the wedding. Everyone went above and beyond to ensure that Danielle and Thomas’s wedding was everything that it should and could be!” ~Tracey Manailescu

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

An interview with the Bride:

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A:The inspiration behind our big day was two best friends getting married. We chose our venue, The University Club of Toronto because it is stunning architecturally… and… because it’s a supper club the wedding dinner was guaranteed to be great! Which it definitely was. The most important things for us at the wedding were good food, lots of drink, and being surrounded by our closest family and friends. The style of the wedding was an effortless romantic chic look. I used hints of warm gold along with a blush, ivory and light grey colour palette.

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: The venue itself is absolutely stunning with the walls being filled with beautiful original Group of Seven paintings and drawings. So we did not have to do much in terms of additional decor. We did work with our florist to bring in subtle yet tasteful floral elements in each room our guests would be in. There was one mini DIY project at our wedding. Our guest favors were succulents in cute mini glass vases. They were displayed at a table with an adorable sign that said “Please Take Home a Succulent and Let Love Grow”. We also used the guest favors to tell guests which table they would be sitting at. My little DIY project for the wedding was hot gluing the bamboo stakes onto the guest table cards.

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: The florals at our wedding were absolutely stunning. Jamie at Rylea Blooms made my floral dreams come true. I would best describe the feel of our florals as fresh and romantic. I was looking on her Instagram account and saw her feature this specific type of rose… a Quicksand rose. It is a soft shade of blush in the centre with the outer petals fading to a soft white. I immediately fell in love. Jamie used the Quicksand roses as our feature flower, then added other complimentary flowers into the arrangements. We chose low rectangular arrangements for the farm style tables so that guests could see each other and more easily interact. We also had a beautiful floral garland on the fireplace behind the ceremony space, and one at our sweetheart table. There were beautiful floral accents in every space at our venue.

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: We really tried to infuse a little bit of ourselves in all aspects of the day. There were no food trucks or guest entertainment, but we made our big day personal in all of the little details. Our guest book, which was put together by Twenty Two Studios, was filled with photos from our engagement shoot. It was super cute. On the last page of the guest book we hid a few scary yet hilarious pictures. My husband is a huge fan of the band “Slipknot”. The band is best known for their intense heavy metal sound, and by their appearance. During performances each member of the band wears a different gory mask on stage. When he saw them for sale in a nearby shop, my husband being the heavy metal fan he is obviously had to buy a few. Near the very end of the engagement shoot he asked me to put on one of the masks, and he donned another. Our photographers Laura and Alesha were dying with laughter. We took a few gag shots which turned out great! My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. I was just so excited to marry my best friend! The ceremony was filled with laughter, sweetness, and love. My second favourite part of the day was immediately after the ceremony. Right after we walked back down the aisle as a married couple, our kick ass wedding planner had an elevator waiting for us so we could make a quick getaway! I felt like I was in a James Bond movie. My husband and I were whisked away for the first part of cocktail hour to spend a few precious moments together, just the two of us. It gave us a chance to connect after the ceremony, have a glass of our favourite celebratory bubbly, Veuve Cliquot, and unwind a little bit after the chaos of the morning/afternoon. This is one thing that I would highly recommend to any couple planning a wedding. We entered cocktail hour feeling relaxed, and ready to celebrate!

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.

A: I started with the wedding dress and pulled the rest of the look together around that piece! I would describe the look I was going for as elegant, classic, chic. Since I was a little girl, I’ve had a vision of my dream wedding dress in the back of my mind. Beaded crystal bodice, sweetheart neckline, fluffy skirt and a train. At my first dress appointment I described my dream dress to the lovely associate (she must have been at least 75, it was so cute!) that was helping us. I could see the gears turning in the back of her mind as I explained every little detail. After I was finished she said… “I don’t have it in the store, but I think I know the perfect dress for you.” She pulled up the Eddy K website on her computer and showed me the CT 154. I couldn’t believe it… it was my dream dress! I eventually tracked it down in a boutique and tried it on. It was perfect. After it was ordered I chose the rest of the accessories to compliment my gown. As for my groom, I had a vision of him styled to look like the classic groom you see on a cake topper. We both agreed that because of his blonde hair and blue eyes he would look smashing in a white tux. We found the perfect look at Andrew’s Formals. The black trim on the shawl collar added the perfect touch of elegance. Combined with a black pants, pocket square, vest and bowtie the look was complete.

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: My husband Tom and I met 8 years ago at Ryerson University. We were taking a history through film class together. He proposed to me on our 5th year anniversary, after taking me for dinner to the restaurant where we had our first date 8 years prior. It was super cute and the ring was stunning too! It was a great night.

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: The most special moment of the day was the actual ceremony. Tom is my best friend and I couldn’t wait to say “I do” and marry him. Another super special moment of the day was our ring bearers. My grandparents have been married for over 60 years. We couldn’t think of two more deserving people to carry our rings down the aisle. So hand in hand my grandparents walked down the aisle with our wedding bands. That was something pretty special!

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A:I would like to pass along something my mother in law told my husband before the big day, which we both found to be super helpful staying happy and stress free. Don’t let extraordinary get in the way of excellent or great. It was her little way of reminding us that if anything doesn’t go exactly as planned, don’t ruin your day getting upset or obsessing over it. This advice helped us truly have an amazing day, one which we will never forget. I would also like to thank our amazing wedding planner Tracey, owner of Tracey M Events! Her hard work and dedication made our wildest dreams come true. Our wedding couldn’t have been more perfect!

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Photo: Twenty Two Studios

Wedding Professionals
Event Planner: Tracey M Events
Photographer: Twenty Two Studios
 Cake Designer: Jenla Cake
Floral Designer: Rylea Bloom
Invitation Designer: Bridal Path Boutique
Makeup Artist: The Beauty Movement
Dress Designer: Eddy K
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Andrew’s Formals