For Desirée and Robert, a chance meeting at Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub in Toronto blossomed into a beautiful romance. After they became engaged, the couple decided to enter a new year as husband and wife with a New Year's Eve-themed wedding.
"We wanted to celebrate our marriage, as well as ring in the New Year with all our friends and family," Desirée explains.
For their chic theme, the couple chose champagne tones with black accents. Cream roses and baby's breath flowers were used for the centrepieces, complemented with wood slab decor and votive candles.
Luckily for the couple, the bright sun and snow-filled grounds served as a beautiful winter wonderland for their photos. "The scenery was breathtaking during our ceremony. The sun was setting, which gave a dusk lighting that highlighted the clear marina," Desirée shares. "The snow on the ground looked beautiful, and the lighthouse provided a beautiful architectural background."
The couple incorporated two Spanish traditions from Desirée's Nicaraguan background into the ceremony: the lasso and coin rituals. A crystal rosary was wrapped around both of them to symbolize two lives being united as one, and 13 silver coins were exchanged with each other in order to recognize their responsibility as providers to one another. "Acceptance of the coins means taking that trust and confidence unconditionally with total dedication and prudence," Desirée explains. "The 13 coins symbolize love, harmony, cooperation, commitment, peace, happiness, trust, respect, caring, wisdom, joy, wholeness and nurturing."
Desirée Gadea and Robert Close, December 31, 2017, Oakville, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Sarah Eybel.
Ceremony and reception venue: Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre
Bridal gown: Stella York from The Gown
Bridesmaid dresses: Jealous Bridesmaids
Groom’s tux: Esco Clothier
Flowers: Alana's Flowers & Gifts
Cake: European Patisserie
Hair: Kimberly Cabral
Makeup: Karla Fuentes
Favours: Individually wrapped Lindt Excellence chocolates Music: DJ Anthony
Videographer: Kindle & Coal
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