Shauna and Justin first met when they were attending Western University in London, Ontario. “A friend of mine recognized Justin as a friend of a guy she was seeing and introduced us,” Shauna recalls. “That was nine years ago, and we have been together ever since!”
Justin proposed one evening when Shauna came home from work. “I found our apartment dark with candles lit and Bon Iver, my favourite band, playing in the background,” Shauna shares. “Justin looked so formal wearing a dress shirt and holding flowers. He got on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I said of course!”
The couple wanted their celebration to be simple, modern and romantic, choosing white, gold and greenery as their colours. They had their first look at the Broadview Hotel before the ceremony. “Getting to spend time together taking photos, knowing we would be getting married in a few hours was exciting and fun,” Shauna says.
The bride walked down the aisle to the song, “Real Love Baby” by Father John Misty—the same song that inspired the wall decal at their reception. District 28 was the perfect industrial venue to host their celebration, with string lights and harvest tables with wood chairs to play up the modern romantic vibe. “Seeing all of our friends and family after the ceremony was amazing, and afterward we went into the bridal suite where we got to enjoy champagne and appetizers, with just the two of us,” Shauna shares. “One of the best moments of the day was being introduced as husband and wife for the first time, and dancing the hora!”
Shauna Polakow and Justin Mayers, December 1, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Bows & Lavender.
Venue: District 28
Wedding planner: Blush and Bowties
Bridal gown: Tara Lauren from Sash & Bustle
Flowers: Rosehill Blooms
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Olena Makeup Art
Cake: Cocoa Cakery
Groom’s tux: Atelier Munro from Harry Rosen
Leather jacket: Via Calligraphy
Music: Kyle Reid of Bounce Entertainment