Karolina and Pawel met at her cousin’s wedding in Warsaw, Poland. “What started out as ‘who’s that cute guy on the dance floor?’ quickly turned into a first date,” says Kinga, Karolina’s older sister. “It was followed by a week of dates, and then a long distance relationship.” After being 7,000 kilometres apart, as Karolina lived in Ontario and Pawel in Warsaw, Karolina decided to move to Poland a year later, trusting her gut feeling that Pawel could be the one. Ten years later, Pawel enlisted Kinga’s help to pop the question.
Kinga and Pawel decided to host the surprise proposal at The Broadview Hotel on the rooftop patio, with a special engagement dinner inside the tower. “They would be visiting Toronto in the summer,” Kinga explains. “He thought it would be the perfect time to pop the question and celebrate with Karolina’s family and friends back home.”
After convincing Karolina to doll up for what she thought was an evening cocktail party followed by a musical, Pawel popped the question. He presented her a custom ring, made with an oval diamond and a single halo.”The first 30 minutes my hands were shaking. I was so surprised,”Karolina shares.“The love of my life was standing in front of me, looking as handsome as ever, asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was probably the happiest moment of my life.”
After a round of toasts and congratulatory words, the sit-down dinner followed—where the gorgeous party decor was unveiled. “The exposed brick and array of crystal chandeliers made the tower a perfect mix of industrial glam,” Kinga says. “The large harvest tables and multitude of candles added an intimate and cozy feel to the setting.” There were also custom napkins, wine glasses with the couple’s initials, a framed sketched portrait, custom infographic of fun facts about the couple, photo collages, balloons and florals. The couple were blown away of how perfect the night was. “Our story has really been like a movie from the beginning,” Pawel shares. “This milestone was no exception. I’ll never forget that day.”
Karolina Gacek and Pawel Lampert, June 24, 2019, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Jessilynn Wong Photography.
Planner and signs: Kinga Gacek
Venue: The Broadview Hotel
Hair and Make up: Radford Studio
Flowers: Westview Events and Florals
Cupcakes: Ampersand Bakehouse