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A Floral-Filled Estate Summer Wedding In Toronto

Charlotte and Gajan had a gorgeous late August wedding and the bride shares the entire look and feel of the day was inspired by her love of pampas grass and dried florals. “The neutral softness of the pampas grass contrasted by the dried palm worked so nicely together with the intricacy of my wedding dress and the clean lines of the Gajan’s suit, Charlotte says. “The burnt orange and golden tones with the complementary blush, mauves and taupe created a warm palette that was versatile and not only remained subtle in the background, but still provided splashes of richness with peaks of rust and golden yellow when the light hits just right.”

The couple invited 140 guests to celebrate with them The Guild Inn Estate. The bride kicked off the day with a little much-loved quiet time to meditate and prepare for the excitement of the day to come. “It was nice to get to get ready at my parent’s house and have some of my bridesmaids see where I grew up,” Charlotte says. “I loved that our photographer Lauren captured the moment when the bridesmaids opened the gifts from me.”

She says her wedding dresses were a favourite detail of the day and perfectly fit the couple’s theme of traditional with a modern twist. “I never thought my wedding dress would have lace on it until I tried on this gown from Made with Love. I was immediately drawn to the perfect cut, off-white colour and the fact it came with beautiful trailing tulle wings! The wings were a game changer and probably my favorite aspect of the dress.”

Charlotte says her and Gajan wanted to pay homage their two cultures— Chinese Cantonese and Sri Lankan Tamil—but with their own twist. “Since we are in an interracial marriage, it’s sort of what makes us, us” Charlotte explains. “My red Chinese tea ceremony dress had a modern spin on the traditional mandarin collar fitted dress. I went with a high-neck silky sunset orange (looks red with golden tones), fit and flare dress from Fame & Partners. The details would be in the gold traditional accessories, which was very intricate. This modern traditional twist also carried over in my evening reception gown. My husband is Sri Lankan and the traditional attire for a wedding is a sari. However, I found a gorgeous gown from Gossamer, a vintage shop in LA, that had a sari-inspired look. It was a 1980s Mary McFadden Seafoam coloured Pleated Gown. This beautifully made dress came with a scarf that wrapped from shoulder to hip, similar to a sari. Needless to say, pairing it with some fun earrings really created that fusion vibe I was going for. This also became my something old and something blue.”

The pair had a day filled with incredible moments and memories and the bride says she is forever thankful to her wedding all-star team who helped her and Gajan to plan their perfect day. “I would like to say that we could not have done all this without our incredible planner Mallory Cheung, our photographers Lauren McCormick Photography, and videographers from Paul Voden Films were probably the most helpful and organized crew that we could have hoped for,” Charlotte says. “Gaj and I were so grateful to have all of them beside us on our wedding day. They made our day so much easier and we honestly didn’t feel an ounce of stress that day. We were so happy to have been able to be surrounded with such a great supportive crew.”

Charlotte Tang & Gajan Vamatheva, August 25 in Toronto

Photography courtesy of Lauren McCormick Photography

Venue: The Guild Inn Estate
Bridal Gown: Made with Love Bridal
Tea Ceremony Gown: Fame & Partners
Reception Dress: Gossamer
Grooms Tux: Indochino
Flowers: Hunt And Gather
Cake: Love In Bloom Cakes
Stationary: Paper Culture
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Windy Chiu
Music: Wing Night
Wedding Planner: Mallory Cheung for August in Bloom
Videography: Paul Voden Films

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