Taya and Jamie first met years ago as colleagues, when she was working as a bartender, and he as a waiter, at Toronto’s Brant House. While they remained acquaintances for several years, it wasn’t until a chance encounter in 2010 that sparks really flew – within two weeks they were living together and by the end of the same year Jamie had proposed in New York. “We knew almost instantly that the timing was right and we were meant to be together,” says Taya of their whirlwind romance.
The focus of the couple’s big day was family. “I come from an extended hippie family so my three dads walked me down the aisle, one escorting my mom and two with me," says Taya. Taya’s brother deejayed and sang songs throughout the night, including writing the couple a wedding song, since they couldn’t decide on one. “It was really beautiful,” Taya says of the song. “My family also did a lot of the décor. It made the day really meaningful. Plus the party was awesome!”
A vibrant colour palette made the close-knit gathering extra sweet, with pink and white paper lanterns, bridesmaid dresses in a rainbow of hues and a palate of pink hues for the bouquets. As night fell, the guests took the party outside and lit up the Distillery District with sparklers.
Taya and Jamie Cook, July 21, 2012, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Marianne Rothbauer.
Ceremony and reception location: Archeo Trattoria
Dress: Monique Lhuillier from White Toronto
Bridal party attire: Each wore a dress of their own choice Groom’s tux: Ermenegildo Zegna from Harry Rosen Cake: For the Love of Cake
Caterer: Archeo Trattoria
Music: Bride's brother Hair and makeup: Bridezilla Beauty
Flowers: Sweet Woodruff Stationery: DIY by bride's sister Decor: DIY by couple's families
See all of the photos from this DIY wedding in Toronto.
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