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Real Weddings

True Love, True Luxury: Natalie & Sean

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The beautiful August wedding of Natalie and Sean was filled with excitement as much of their extended families had never been to Canada before — the couple originally met at NYU!


When it came time for Natalie’s graduation, Sean took the opportunity to ask her parents permission to marry their daughter. That night while in the cab riding under the Brooklyn Bridge Natalie commented on how wonderful a night it was and how happy she was with their life. Sean decided right then he would ask her to marry him as soon as they got home. While Natalie walked into the bedroom calling out about who would walk the dog that evening, she came out of the room to find Sean on bended knee next to their dog Charlie. Natalie had been convinced she would never be surprised by the proposal and was very happy to be completely blown away with surprise that night.



WedLuxe: How would you describe your wedding day?


Natalie: “From beginning to end it felt like a wonderful celebration of our love and a celebration of everyone in our families and all of our friends who have supported us so much. The whole day exceeded our expectations in every way.”


Was there a specific theme or mood you were trying to to achieve on your wedding day?

“We wanted to throw a huge party where everyone would have a great time celebrating with us. Our families get along so well and love to party and we wanted to make sure our guests had nothing to worry about or anything to think about besides enjoying themselves. We wanted it to be like a vacation for everyone especially since Sean is American and many of his family had never been to Canada. We were so excited to get married and just wanted everyone to feel that excitement and love too.”


What was your favourite design detail?

“Our centrepieces. We wanted the space to be transformed into a “magical forest” and the centrepieces truly did that. We also loved how the magic of the museum was used to frame the floor plan so that those details weren’t lost. There was beautiful details everywhere one looked.”


How did you personalize your wedding day?

“Our tables were named after New York City Subway stops that were important to us and that suited the guests seated there.” (For example, Natalie’s father’s work colleagues were seated at 168th Street which is where Sean worked at the time. Their single friends sat together at a table named 8th Street-NYU where Natalie and Sean met as singles themselves!)

“We also had our dog, Charlie, come from New York to take pictures with us on our wedding day. He wore a black bow tie and looked extremely handsome. ”


What was your favourite moment on the wedding day?

“Dancing with Sean on stage during the reception.” (Sean) “Seeing the church doors open and Natalie walking down the aisle.”


What is the most important thing WedLuxe readers should know about your wedding day?

“We didn’t just have fun, all of our guests had an incredible time too (which was our goal all along). Because more than half our wedding was coming from the States, we wanted to show them how beautiful and fun Canada can be!”





The bride wore a Christos gown from the Amsale Flagship store in NYC. Alencon lace on the bodice, natural waist-line, silk organza tiered “handkerchief” skirt. The skirt reminded Natalie of her mother’s wedding dress which also had pieces of silk organza arranged similarly. Natalie also purchased a pearl and silver broach from Amsale and turned it into a hair piece. Natalie planned on wearing sensible, low heeled shoes for her big day then got a look at a gorgeous pair of white 5-inch platform Christian Louboutins with a tulle poof and suddenly adopted a new plan!


The bridesmaids wore charcoal, one shouldered, floor-length silk chiffon Amsale gowns, cinched at the waist by a tied sash. The maid of honor wore a slightly different style of dress with a sweetheart necklace and a thin diagonal strap. The junior bridesmaids wore short charcoal chiffon Amsale dresses with a flower detail that matched the flower on the sash of Natalie’s gown.


Although natalie originally told Frank that she didn’t want a single rose in the wedding, Frank showed Natalie a Fado rose in one of their first meeting and suddenly roses were the ONLY flower used in the wedding! The bridesmaids carried a bouquet of Fado roses. Natalie’s bouquet included mostly orchids with the petals died to match the colour of the roses with most of the flowers kept white.





These stunning centrepieces by Frank Rea of Forget Me Not Flowers held huge peachy pink Fado roses attached to birch branches and lit candles hung from brass chains. Bowls of blooms were placed behind the head table on pillars. Candles were laid everywhere in glass cylinders of varying sizes for an magical, romantic feel.






Photographed by: Labour of Love Photography
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Gowns: Amsale (NYC)
Makeup: Jackie Gideon 
Hair: Allie, Atelier Salon (Oakville)
Florals and Decor: Forget Me Not Flowers
Rentals: Chair-Man Mills
Reception Venue: Royal Ontario Museum
Stationery Company: William Arthur



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