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A Modern Tropical-Inspired Wedding In Toronto

A Modern Tropical Inspired Wedding in Toronto - bride and groom

A Modern Tropical Inspired Wedding in Toronto - bride and groom

Jesse proposed in the very spot he met Michelle three years prior, on the campus of Guelph University. “As we were on the way to a trip to Langdon Hall for our anniversary, Jesse said we had to stop in Guelph to drop off a suitcase for his sister,” Michelle explains. “I was annoyed by the stop cause I was anxious for our planned spa day.” But to her surprise, Jesse popped the question inspired by the words of the couple’s favourite Drake songs they had been listening to in the car ride there. “He looked at me and said: all this Drake has me feeling sentimental.” she remembers. “Then he dropped to his knees and pulled a ring box out of his pocket and asked me to marry him.”

The bride describes the theme of their wedding as “soft tropical”. “I was initially torn on whether I wanted to go full Dutch with abstract florals and bright colours or completely tropical,” she explains. “So I found this middle point that allowed me to make the outside very exotic and the inside soft and romantic.”

The days leading up to the wedding, Michelle was nervous as the forecast was predicting a thunderstorm. “It had said there was going to be a rain storm all day,” she says. “I remember waking up in the loft where I was getting ready, watching the most beautiful sunrise out of the huge windows. When I read the forecast again, it had changed overnight to 24 degrees and clear skies,” she said with a smile.

Michelle Kaweesa and Jesse Gilbert June 10, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Mango Studios.

Ceremony venue: Trinity Chapel at University of Toronto
Reception venue: Malaparte
Wedding planner: near+dear events
Bridal gown: Anne Barge
Bridesmaid dresses: Name of Love
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Timberlost and Wild Altar
Cake: Nadia and Co.
Makeup: Sherry Vanstone
Urban Curls Salon
Music: The Kensie Band
DJ: Brendan Arnott 
Stationery: Paperless Post 
Caterer: O&B Catering

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