Michelle and Chris's connection was instant. "A mutual friend of ours saw us both down on our lucks with previous relationships, so she had the bright idea to try our luck with a blind date," Michelle shares. 'We hit it off like we had known each other for years, and ended up talking until the sun rose."
Chris's proposal came on one of the couple's yearly traditions visiting the Niagara area wineries. "By the end of the evening, we headed to the Falls where they had an annual Winter Festival of Lights," Michelle recalls. "All the trees were decorated in beautiful lights and decorations. He proposed under the biggest, brightest tree in the area and although we were in what felt like a perfect moment, I didn't see it coming!"
For their wedding, the couple wanted to keep their theme simple, classic and minimalist. "I'm very into succulents and terrariums, so we knew our wedding would follow a greenery theme with some lighter colours," Michelle shares. "We didn't want to smother our guests in flowers so we tried to keep it more minimalist."
On the day of the wedding, the couple took a non-traditional route and didn't include their own written vows within their ceremony. "We felt like it was something that should be shared privately," Michelle says. "It was a nice change of pace from the day when my husband and I ventured off alone to read our vows to each other."
The day ended with the guests indulging in late-night eats, specially chosen by the bride and groom. "We were overly excited to say the least when we finally figured out our food choices," Michelle shares. "We had Banh Mi Boys make sandwiches for us, as well as Toast Delight set up a booth to make egg waffles with ice cream. The look of surprise and excitement on our guests' faces are moments we will never forget!"
Michelle Quan and Chris Garrido, July 6, 2019, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Marissa Joan Ho.
Venue: York Mills Gallery
Bridal gown: Blu Ivory Bridal
Day-of coordinator: Lilacs and Lilies
Bridesmaid gowns: Lulus and Tobi
Groom's tux: Indochino
Groomsmen attire: RW& Co. and The Tie Bar
Rings: Mark Lash
Hair: Uno Jo Bridal Hair
Makeup: Karen Kim Beauty
Flowers: Brothers Flowers
Cake: Casita Wilson Candles: Humble Bee Candles & Co.
Decor: Ultimate Wedding Project
Favours: Tina Marie Lighting: Sole Power
Music: SSTO, Carlo Suarez and DJ Scuffs
Late-night eats: Banh Mi Boys and Toast Delight
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