Eliza and Dave met at a mutual friend’s Christmas party in 2010. “We hit it off immediately,” Eliza shares. “I even left my purse with him when I went to the washroom to ensure we could continue our conversation when I came back.” The pair began dating long distance between New York and Hamilton, until Eliza eventually accepted a position at FASHION Magazine in Toronto. At the time of their wedding, they had been dating for eight years.
“We wanted a minimal, romantic, winter wedding,” Eliza says of her décor inspiration. At the reception, tables were kept dark to fade into the venue’s skyline backdrop and a neutral floral installation hung above them. For the most part, the floral décor was built on site the day of the wedding. “I could not have found a better match when I met Lauren Sellen at Coyote Flowers,” Eliza says. “My family sourced mesh that Lauren attached dried hydrangeas, pampas grass, baby’s breath, orchids and amaranth to.” Mid-ceremony, the couple’s three-year-old niece headed down the aisle to recollect her tossed rose petals. “I don’t blame her for not wanting to let go of the beautiful toffee-coloured roses,” Eliza says.
The bride first fell in love with her wedding gown by Danielle Frankel after seeing it online. “I loved how the dress, with its billowing sleeves and sleek skirt, straddled simple and dramatic,” Eliza remarks. “I knew it was perfect, but I couldn’t get my hands on it in Canada,” she explains. On a trip to Dallas, Eliza was able to track down the dress and arrange to eventually meet with Danielle in New York to have her measurements taken in person.
“Dave and I attended a number of weddings where Grooveyard had performed and always had a great time on the dance floor,” Eliza explains. For their first dance song, the couple chose “Beyond” by Leon Bridges. “I nearly ruined the song by playing it on repeat before the wedding,” the bride shares. “But Grooveyard did a wonderful version of this sweet song.” After the band was finished performing, guests started a request list for recorded music. “When Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” came on, we were circled and eventually lifted on our friends’ shoulders while we lip-synced the lyrics,” Eliza recalls. “It was the perfect way to end the night.”
Eliza Grossman and David Torchetti, January 26, 2019, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Kayla Rocca.
Venue: The Globe and Mail Centre
Wedding dress: Danielle Frankel
Flowers: Coyote Flowers
Caterer: Food Dudes
Wedding planner: Ivana James
Groomsmen’s attire: Harry Rosen Atelier Munro
Hair: Chanel Cezar at Studio 67
Makeup: Sabrina Rinaldi
Espresso: Latte Booth
Monogrammed cups for espresso: The Cup Store