Alicia & Joshua true love. true luxury.

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FIRST MEETING
High school sweethearts Alicia and Joshua were engaged after ten years of dating. The romantic proposal took place at the couple’s favourite Italian restaurant in Toronto. Joshua had pre-arranged to have a special dessert platter served at the end of their meal. When their server presented a dessert with the words “Will you marry me, Alicia?” written in chocolate, Joshua bent down on one knee and proposed.

 

PLANNING 
The couple were married on June 22, 2013. Melissa Samborski of ONE FINE DAY EVENT PLANNING + DESIGN INC. provided full-service planning and design services for the celebration. Alicia had a clear vision of what she wanted her special day to look like and worked closely with Melissa to bring her dream wedding to life. “Melissa was there for us every step of the way and made the whole process much easier,” says Alicia.

 

FASHION NOTES
Alicia wore a princess-style gown by Pnina Tornai with a custom veil from KLEINFELD BRIDAL in New York and later changed into a white Marchesa cocktail dress for dancing at the reception. Her pearl earrings were a gift from a close family friend and her diamond necklace was from her grandmother. Alicia’s hair was styled by Miranda Robinson and Rachel Pento at FLAVIO’S HOUSE OF HAIR DESIGN. Makeup artist Alicia Franchino completed her look. The bridesmaids wore ivory, mermaid-style gowns by Monique Lhuillier from WHITE TORONTO. They accessorized their gowns with chandelier-style earrings and Jimmy Choo patent-leather pumps from DAVIDS FOOTWEAR. Joshua wore a Tom Ford tuxedo.

 

FLORAL AND DECOR DESIGN
Tina and John Scalzo of  COVERS COUTURE DECOR & FLORAL DESIGN designed the lavish floral and decor for the day including Alicia’s beautiful bouquet of stephanotis.

 

CEREMONY
The traditional wedding ceremony held at ST. PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH in Mississauga, Ontario was officiated by Reverend Canon Jennifer E. Reid. Covers Couture Decor & Floral Design decorated the church with dreamy floral arrangements in shades of cream, ivory, and blush pink.

 

RECEPTION
The ceremony was followed by an opulent reception at Toronto’s ARCADIAN COURT. Guests were seated in gold Chiavari chairs that were tucked into tables topped with tall centrepieces made primarily of ivory and cream roses with hints of blush pink. Floral and event decorators John and Tina Scalzo of Covers Couture Decor & Floral Design provided the floral and decor for the grand reception.

 

COUTURE CAKE
Patricia Drewnowska from Patricia’s Cake Creations created a towering, six-foot tall showstopper wedding cake that was a focal point of the decor. The cake featured thousands of hand-painted sugar flowers in hues of soft blush and creamy whites.

The couple’s sweet table was styled by ONE FINE DAY EVENT PLANNING + DESIGN INC. and featured desserts from CONNIE CUPCAKE INC. and BOBBETTE & BELLE.

 

TABLE FOR TWO
The bride and groom were seated on a Swarovski crystal bench, and the best man and maid-of-honour were seated beside them on chairs in the same style at the head table. The table was also topped with glimmering candles in crystal holders and scattered with rose petals.

 

EVENING UNFOLDS
OLIVER & BONACINI catered the evening reception with a four-course dinner and a late-night food station.

An inviting lounge area was created in the space with high-top tables and benches fromCONTEMPORARY FURNITURE RENTALSDANCE FLOOR DECOR created a custom white dance floor with Alicia and Joshua’s monogram in the centre.

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND END NOTES
The GEORGE ST. KITTS band entertained guests during dinner and a DJ from IMPACT ENTERTAINMENT kept the party going until 2:00 a.m. At the end of the night, each guest was gifted with handmade truffles by Bobbette & Belle that were packed in gold letterpress boxes designed by SWEET PEONY PRESS. 

 

HONEYMOON
The couple began their honeymoon at HOTEL 41 in London, England before jetting off to the Maldives where they stayed at the W RETREAT & SPA – MALDIVES. “It took two long flights and a seaplane to get there, but it was worth it. The Maldives are beautiful,” says Alicia. They finished off their romantic trip in Paris at the W PARIS-OPERA.

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