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A Vibrant, Colourful Floral-Filled Wedding in Toronto

  |  By Kimberly Aglipay

Vanessa and Vito envisioned a whimsical, fun, garden-party inspired wedding with modern elegant details. "I wanted colour and vibrancy and was originally drawn to teal," Vanessa reveals. "Luckily, our florist found a compromise with misty blue as a tone, with gold accents, greenery, and happy, celebratory flowers."

The couple held their ceremony at the Hunt Club, where Vanessa wore the first of two bridal gowns. "My reception dress was the first dress I tried on at the first store I went with my cousin as a trial experience—I loved the Theia gown and its all white beading, stones, creative and fun heart-shaped details and boho-elegant vibe," Vanessa shares. "For my ceremony dress, I loved the lace, the beaded straps and soft neckline—the dramatic back and long train were romantic and traditional."

An extra-special detail was the DIY wedding favours—succulents in terracotta pots spray painted white and gold. "We painted the pots ourselves the week before the wedding—a real undertaking, but so worth it!"

The couple shared their first dance to "Best Part" by Daniel Cesar and H.E.R as vapour from dry ice drifted around them. "We wanted the dry ice for a little 90s throwback, but couldn't justify buying it after all our costs went up, but our DJ surprised it with us on the day," Vanessa says. "The song has a very hopeful and upbeat ending which is impossible to slow dance to, so we had a close friend of mine choreograph a 45-second dance with a dramatic dip finish."

Vanessa Gallo and Vito Marchese, September 16th, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Samantha Ong.

Ceremony venue: The Hunt Club
Reception venue: The Arlington Estate
Ceremony gown: Enzoani from Mona Richie Bride
Reception gown: Theia from Sash & Bustle
Groom's tux: Suitsupply
Groomsmen's attire: 4MenUnited
Day-of coordinator: Simply Perfect Weddings
Flowers and decor: Fete Floral + Events
Stationery: Whiteboard Studio
Cake: Cake Creations by Michelle
Succulent favours: Floral Dimensions
Head table: Glamorous Affairs
Maid of honour gown: Morgan & Co. from Nordstrom
Bridesmaid gowns: Sorella Vita from Jealous Bridesmaids
Makeup: Makeup by Stephanie Hair: Jen Evoy Makeup Studio
Lighting and DJ: BB Blanc
String trio: Wellington Music
Jazz quintet: Vas Palantzas Officiant: Stuart Watson Transportation: Allure Limo and Classic Rolls Royce


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