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Kristen & Omar

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Date: July 24, 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Photographer: T.H. Jackson Huang, Ikonica
Wedding Planner: Machel Reeves, Machel Reeves Special Events
Venue: Royal Ontario Museum
Gown Designer: Vera Wang
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
 Invitations: Bella Figura
Day of Stationery: The Paper Place
Catering: Daniel et Daniel
   Decor/Floral: Lidia Tacconelli, Fiori Floral Design Inc.
Furniture Rental: Contemporary Furniture Rentals
  Make-up Artist: Maureen Greenstein
Hair Stylist: Al Fortier, A List Beauty


lucky in love
Kristen and Omar first met in New York City working as Investment Banking Analysts at Goldman, Sachs & Co. They worked on the same floor just a few cubicles away from each other.Omar proposed to Kristen in April of 2009. At the time, Kristen was an MBA student at the Wharton School of Business and Omar had recently moved back to New York City after living and working in London for a year.  “We were both in need of a getaway and some quality time together, so Omar planned a swanky weekend at the Borgata in Atlantic City. When we arrived at the hotel, I opened the door to the hotel suite, revealing dozens of roses, sprinkled rose petals and flickering candlelight. Omar dropped to one knee and proposed. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating.” After their romantic engagement weekend, Kristen told her parents, “I got really lucky in Atlantic City! I hit the jackpot of a lifetime! It’s so much better than winning money. I am going to marry my soul mate.”

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A year later on July 24, 2010 the couple chose the Royal Ontario Museum as the venue for their spectacular wedding celebration. Event Planner Machel Reeves of Machel Reeves Special Events helped coordinate the day. The candlelit ceremony took place in the Rotunda Room. Lanterns with tall pillar candles lined the aisle and candles in glass containers in varying sizes flanked either side of the altar. A string quartet set the nuptial mood for the ceremony and an opera singer sang ‘Ava Maria’ as the bride and her father walked down the aisle.


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Kristen carried a bouquet of white roses and peonies, hand tied
with satin ribbon and accented with large white feathers.

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After the ceremony, guests moved into the Chen Crystal Court at the Royal Ontario Museum for cocktails. The decor was sophisticated and swanky with black couches, Moroccan lamps and throw pillows from Contemporary Furniture Rentals that matched a paisley projection on the wall designed by Courtney Wotherspoon from Spoon Studio. John Alcorn sang and played the piano to set an authentic cocktail mood.
The elegant, spectacular reception took place in the Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery. The bride and groom sat together at a sweetheart table, topped with mounds of fragrant flowers and surrounded by pillars of candles at the head of the room.In the Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery, long gallery tables were draped with embroidered silver linen from Have a Seat. Lidia Tacconelli of Fiori Floral designed the tables with tall crystal candelabras alternating with silver urns filled with roses in soft muted shades along with peonies, hydrangea and silvery dusty miller. A menu by the Paper Place adorned each place setting and described a decadent four course meal with catering by Daniel et Daniel.


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a brides gift
After dinner Kristen changed into her second look of the night—a white mini dress that featured layers and layers of soft fringe by Angel Sanchez. “It was the best way to employ a ‘feathered’ look for summer, without having to wear feathers in the heat!” Kristen topped it off with another stunning headpiece from Suzanne Couture Millinery–a horse-hair oversized bow headband.One of the best moments of the night was a surprise gift from the bride to her groom. “Perhaps because of his Egyptian background or just his love of dancing and fun, Omar absolutely loves belly dancers. So, I surprised Omar with a live belly dancing performance at the end of dinner, with three gorgeous belly dancers accompanied by traditional drummers. Omar was completely surprised and guests immediately gathered on the dance floor to join in the fun. The live belly dancing and drumming completely set the tone for the rest of the night,” remembers the bride.

Guests satisfied their dessert cravings with a sweet table inspired by famed French patisserie, Ladurée. Daniel et Daniel created a croquembouche—the traditional wedding cake of France, flanked with towers of decadent macarons from Moroco, plates of mini petit fours, bowls of fresh berries with lemon scented whipped cream and towers of cupcakes. Large vases filled with pink and champagne coloured jelly beans finished the design.


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About the Photographer
T.H. Jackson Huang, Ikonica; In 2001 Jackson was awarded a doctorate from the University of Toronto for his research in Alzheimer’s disease; but, rather than continuing on to a career in science, he chose to follow a different path and yield to the power that the photographic image held over him. Since then, his work has received many accolades and awards including the CEIA Best Wedding 2001 and 2002, and Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Annual 2006: Fashion and Beauty.
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