An Elegant Wedding With Chinese Cultural Elements In Toronto

Michael and Christine were vacationing in Positano, Italy when Michael arranged for a private yacht to take them for a sunset cruise. After a few shots of limoncello, Michael grabbed Christine’s hand and proposed while undercover photographers–disguised as a boat crew–snapped away. “She responded gracefully with ‘thank you’ and eventually said yes,” Michael says.

The couple wanted to embrace their Chinese heritage in an event that was elegant, timeless, and romantic. A rich palette of deep burgundy, pink, and peach brought out the late summer colours and complemented the cultural elements of the wedding. To make the celebration a unique, interactive experience, a 12-foot cherry blossom tree inside the reception was decorated with treats such as macarons, cupcakes, and cake pops.

Door games were also incorporated into the wedding, to the delight of the wedding party. “In Chinese tradition, the groom and his groomsmen have to perform a series of tasks in order to earn the right to see the bride,” the couple says. Tasks included taking mixed shots, doing yoga poses in suits, waxing their legs, and a freestyle rap performed by Michael. “Many of the groom’s friends are Canadian and have never experienced this before, so it was fun for everyone.”

The highlight of the special day was when Christine and Michael recited their personalized vows to each other. “Despite not discussing their vows with each other beforehand, they found that many of their promises to each other were identical,” says Carmen Luk, their wedding planner. “It was a very special and personal moment that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Christine Ho and Michael Fok, September 16, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Visual Cravings.

Vendors
Ceremony venue: Knox College at University of Toronto
Reception venue: Fairmont Royal York
Wedding planner: Devoted to You 
Bridal gown: Allure from Superior Bridal 
Bridesmaid dresses: Honey, Nordstrom, and Boutique 1861
Groom’s tux: Canali from Holt Renfrew
Caterer: Fairmont Royal York Toronto
Flowers: Stemz
Stationery: Palettera and Ivory & Twine
Desserts: Bloom Cake Co.
Hair: Windy Chiu
Makeup: Judy Lim 
Favours: Sriracha 2 Go
Music: Maximum DJ and Rosecourt Strings
Cinematographer: Derek Chan Films

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