Warren and Jen both met while working in film and TV on a pilot project together. Warren was directing and Jen was casted as an actor, but it wasn’t until years later that the two would reunite. “I was working on a project for my post-graduate media program and I needed a reference letter. Warren’s name suddenly came to mind even though I hadn’t seen in him in years. I reached out to him and he suggested we meet for coffee,” Jen shares. “That coffee turned into lunch, which turned into a movie, which turned into a lifetime together. Come to think of it… I don’t think I even properly finished that project.”
For their wedding, the two chose Willowgrove Farm, which featured a running creek and beautiful arch tree. “It isn’t particularly known for a wedding venue and we had to be resourceful and figure out how to connect power for mics and keyboards, but we did it,” Jen laughs.
As the owner of a floral design company, Jen was very excited for the chance to make her own arrangements. “The ceremony installation, my bouquet, the 100+ bud vases, the 50 flower crowns, which half of our guests wore, made everything look like it was a floral haven,” Jen smiles. “We went all-out with activities throughout the day. Between the ceremony and dinner, we hired a magician to come and do tricks for about an hour. There was also wagon rides that took small groups around the entire farm grounds. Finally, at dark, we had sparklers and extensive firework show to cap off the night. We really wanted to fill the day up with a plethora of action we thought might be fun for us and our guests.”
Jen Pogue & Warren Sonoda, October 12, 2019, Stouffville, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Kathryn McGean.
Venue: Willowgrove Farm
Bridal gown: Studio Fitzroy
Hair & makeup: Lori Sasaki
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Groom’s shoes: John Fluevog
Flowers: Flowers by Jen
Rings: Anice Jewellery
Chair rentals: Reverie Farms
Favours: Origami flowers by Matthew Pogue
Caterer: Kiss the Cook Catering
Music: Becky Ressor Music Studio