Liz and Manuel
Liz and Manuel originally postponed their 120-person wedding in the early spring due to coronavirus, as Manuel’s family and friends are all overseas in Europe. However, close to July they threw the expectations of a large wedding out the window and moved forward with planning an intimate celebration with their local immediate family members and closest friends.
They found an intimate blank-canvas venue in downtown Toronto to host their celebration where the team spent all weeks leading up to the wedding perfecting every detail to make the wedding happen, while being mindful of the coronavirus restrictions.
So many special touches were added to this day! Cookies were from Sweeten Up, a small local Toronto business, personalized charcuteries boards for appetizers and fun, minimal décor elements to enhance the space. The most special touch was having their family friend Evan organize a Youtube live video so Manuel’s family and friends. Also, Liz surprised Manuel with what he expected to be a Bruno Mars recessional song turned out to be friends singing a song from his favourite movie, “The Greatest Showman”.
The wedding attire was classic black and white for formal tuxedo wear. The earthy tones and blush hints in the floral really popped to create an elegant setting. All the bridesmaids were gifted a necklace from Kind Karma, which is a social enterprise in Toronto that sells handmade jewellery crafted by at-risk youth and youth transitioning from homelessness.
Seeing Manuel’s family reactions to the ceremony on Zoom was absolutely priceless and you truly felt like they were there. A huge kudos to their family friend Evan who orchestrated the entire Youtube Live and Zoom to make this happen! After the ceremony the space was quickly flipped for the reception and went into a programmed cocktail hour where the bridal party and family members all took turns in speaking (regardless if they were there in person or on Zoom). During the programmed cocktail reception, Heirloom catering served the guests personalized charcutierie boards. After the beautiful speeches and first dance was done the reception proceeded with incredible food stations prepared by Heirloom catering, keeping social distancing in mind and calling up tables at different times. The evening was a smooth flow of eating and drinking that lead guests to a fun surprise! When Liz and Manuel started to cut their wedding cake created by Liz’s sister instead of doing a full cake cutting we transitioned the song into a DJ mix created by the bride where the siblings with Manuel got together to do a fun dance in their after party attire!
Planning: Love Spell Co
Photography: Katie O’Brien Photography
Officiant: Sarah Hall
Beauty services: Go Stylu
Florals: Thyme Studio
Catering: Heirloom Toronto
Rentals: Nayos & Cool Sets
Venue: IN Lifestyle
Rings: Suzanne Crudden
Dress: Stella York
After-party dress: The Fitzroy Dress Rentals
Bridesmaid robes: Wedding Star