A Whimsical DIY Wedding in Downtown Toronto

Bride and Groom

Lovebirds Rachel and Travis first met on Twitter. “While looking at a list of followers of an acquaintance, I noticed Rachel, and I thought she was beautiful in her tiny little avatar, so I hit ‘follow’. Thankfully she followed me back, and the rest is history,” Travis explains.

In a nod to their modern day fairytale, the two decided to share their vows via tweets during the ceremony. “When our officiant announced it was time for us to read our vows, we both pulled out our cellphones and created a Twitter archive of our love,” Rachel reminisces. In lieu of a traditional reading, the Travis and Rachel asked their officiant to read a passage from the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go.

The original details of this creative couple’s awe-inspiring celebration included a 13-foot-tall burlap word search puzzle containing the couple’s favorite quote: “Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly” as well as a gorgeous ampersand marquee. “We built the ampersand from scratch with the help of a couple friends, cutting a large sheet of wood, bending and bolting aluminum flashing, drilling holes for and mounting lights, and hand-painting the finish,” Travis says. “As the sun set, the glow from the marquee created a beautiful photo backdrop. The marquee now sits on display in our home.”

Rachel Longo-Tosoian and Travis Hines, June 30, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jayme Morrison Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Gardiner Museum
Caterer: Jamie Kennedy Event Catering
Dessert course: Nadege Patisserie 
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Maid of honour’s attire: Modcloth
Groom’s tux: Burberry from Holt Renfrew 
Favours: Field Notes and macarons from Nadege Patisserie
Music: Maximum DJ
Hair: Emily Sara Pike
Makeup: Makeup Worx
Officiant: Ceremonies with Choice
Transportation: The Electric Bus Company
Groom’s and best man’s pocket squares: Handsome and Lace
Groom’s shoes: Cole Haan
Engagement ring: Tiffany & Co
Bride’s wedding band: Spence Diamonds
Groom’s wedding band: Barry’s Jewellers

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