Daniella and Michael’s wedding was so special and it was truly the grand finale to a spectacular wedding season for me so I really wanted to share it on the blog today.  This wedding was also a milestone event as I got to play bridesmaid AND wedding planner for the first time!  

I have known Daniella, (or ‘Yellie’ as she is affectionately known by her close friends) since our house league soccer days and Saturday ballet classes as kids. When she met Michael we all knew it was just a matter of time before they made everything official.  Throughout their six year relationship, they experienced graduations, new jobs and settling down in Toronto.  Despite their new address, when it came time to plan their dream wedding they knew they wanted it to be in their hometown of Winnipeg and I couldn’t wait to help her when she shared their exciting news.  The original wedding date was delayed due to a family illness and when it was time to start planning again, her vision had shifted from bold colours and patterns to an elegant and traditional wedding with navy and gold accents, (gold and metallics was a huge trend I saw repeatedly last year).  

With the new vision in mind I knew we needed to approach Brandi and the team at the Floral Fixx for classic white and blush rose centerpieces, gold mercury votives and gold vessels and their gorgeous gold chiavary chairs.  Daniella still wanted the vibe to be fun and celebratory so we fitted the head table with a glitter linen that tied in with the glitter gold table numbers and had the receiving tables sprinkled in gold table top confetti.  We also tied in the navy accent colours in the bridesmaid gowns and navy stationary. 

To enhance the elegant head table look, I proposed a King's Table which is a beautiful and elegant way to make a head table bigger and better.  It is a large rectangular table, (often created from pushing 8 foot tables together) placed in the middle of the room which gives it an intimate and social feel since everyone sits face to face and there are more people to interact with.  It is one of my favorite set ups and works well for just about any wedding.  We re-purposed the bouquets on this table and prioritized lots of candles and we also transferred the tall pillars that lined the aisle during the ceremony and moved them in front of the head table, (both high impact and cost effective).  Certainly the 'drama' of the head table was supported by the massive 65 foot draping backdrop provided by Rick Mayhew and we featured a variety of cakes and treats on the sweet table behind the head table to offer guests a late night sweet fix.  As for the logistics, it was certainly an adjustment to walk down the aisle instead of prepping it, but Emily from Feast & Festivities kept us on track all day and I couldn’t have done it without her – thank you Emily!

At the end of the dinner, Yellie and Michael surprised everyone with a beautiful choreographed first dance to Tenerife Sea performed by the Big City All Star Band (all those Saturday ballet classes really paid off), before we all danced the night away celebrating a very special couple.  Check out all the pics on my gallery here, xo!