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True Love, True Luxury

True Love, True Luxury: Donna & Mark

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A Jet Set Proposal
Two years after they began dating, Mark and Donna were spending the weekend at a seaside bed & breakfast, relaxing in a hot tub and drinking a glass of wine when suddenly, a plane flew overhead with a romantic message
for Donna! It wasn’t a surprise to Mark, who had arranged for the small plane to fly above at that exact time to
reveal an aerial banner in the sky that read, “Donna, will you marry me?” With that, Mark presented Donna
with an engagement ring. To make it even more sentimental, he had traded in his prized Triumph TR6
to put towards the beautiful shiny diamond.

 

Quaint Ceremony
The quaint, intimate ceremony was held at the romantic and historic Christ Church in Surrey, BC.
The ceremony was officiated by Roxanne Thorton. Flautist Justine Blicq of JB Music Performances
performed along with a harpist from her company.

The church bells chimed as the couple made their recessional. As guests exited the church they were given cones filled with pink rose petals (Lori created the cones from gorgeous paper sourced from Essential Packaging). When the bride and groom appeared on the church steps, they were showered with petals. “It’s not very often that you find a church that will let you throw petals, so it was nice they allowed us to do so here,” Lori says.

 

Perfectly Planned
Lori Fraser of Lori L. Fraser Signature Events was commissioned to plan their September 10, 2011 wedding
from start to finish. “We left it in Lori’s hands—she’s a pro. The decor, the theme, the mood etc. was entirely
up to her and she did an amazing job,” says Donna. To start things off, luxe invitations were created
using Envelopments stationery products sourced from Essential Packaging. Lori and stationery designer
Colleen Winton collaborated on the design, which featured a graphite pocket-fold envelope. Inside, was an ornate invitation with a monogram motif. Dark silver satin ribbon finished off the set which
was enhanced with a large crystal embellishment.

 

 

Floral Notes
Florist Rosalba-Fasan Buffat of Fiorire-Custom Florals by Rosalba (previously known as Roses Flowers and Gifts) provided all of the floral for the wedding including Donna’s bouquet. The bouquet was a traditional tear-drop style but maintained a modern feel with the use of compact flowers in shades of white. A crystal brooch gave the bouquet a luxe finishing touch. Donna’s one attendant carried a statement piece bouquet featuring gorgeous Cattleya orchids finished with a crystal brooch and a band of crystals around the handle.

 

 

Cocktail Hour
The reception was held at The Northview Golf Course in Surrey, BC. Donna’s one request was that the reception
have “…lush florals and sparkling crystals.” Decorator Sandy Godfree from Art of the Party created the theme design, room layout and decor to match that request. The theme was “high-end glam.” ‘Uptown’, ‘downtown’ and ‘midtown’ were fun sub-themes. Crystal, mirrors, florals and jewels brought the theme to life. Fiorire provided all of the florals
and Lori was in charge of all of the personalized details. The ballroom was divided into three areas with white fabric. One for cocktails, one for the dinner, and one for dancing. Two lounge areas with silver furniture provided lots
of areas for guests to mingle, dance, socialize, watch the sunset or simply relax outside.

 

Guests started in the cocktail area. The area featured a white leather bar, tall glass tables with chameleon bar stools and a large floral centerpiece styled as a lamp! The signature drink, aptly named the “Diamond TR6” was a nod to Mark’s beloved car he sold just before the proposal. The recipe was printed on gunmetal silver napkins.
A master seating chart was etched into a beautiful mirror and then placed a silver easel. “I had an idea to give the couple something to use as a keepsake for their wedding,” says Lori. “I found a beautiful mirror and had Colleen Winton design the chart with all the names of the guests who attended the wedding. The seating chart could then be hung by Mark and Donna in their home after the wedding,” recalls Lori.

 

Crystallized Reception
When it was time for dinner, the drapes were pulled back to reveal the reception room. Three sections of tables named ‘uptown,’ ‘midtown’ and ‘downtown‘ were dressed with custom linen, mirrored chargers and fun crystal accessories. The table name signs (created by Flourish by Colleen Winton) were laser-cut in a script font then covered in dark silver sparkle and mounted onto mirrors. Each guest’s name was placed in a mirror frame, and sat in front of a mirror charger plate. Large pink crystal napkin rings added extra ‘bling.‘ Little mirrored boxes filled with grey, pink and white candies finished off the place setting as favors.

 

 

Academy Award Connection
Chameleon chairs (provided by Art of the Party) featured three different kinds of luxury chair covers but the chair covers that were paired with the head table were particularly notable. The covers had been made for the Academy Awards gala dinner and were brought in from an American rental company. Donna and Mark were the first wedding party to use the covers! They were dark grey suede with a band of crystals running down the back of the chair.

 

 

Later in the evening, a sweets table with ‘designer munchies’ was brought out for guests to snack on. “The cones of popcorn, cotton candy, mini pies and sugar cookies (in the shape of high heel shoes, designer purses and $$ signs) were a huge hit, and added to the theme of the wedding,” recalls Lori. ‘Designer purse’, ‘lingerie’ and ‘shoe’ cookies were sourced by Lori from Elyse Wahle of Sullivan & Bleeker. Joyful Confections made cookies in the shape of dollar signs. Cakes by Meg designed a pink, silver and creamy white six-tier confectionery masterpiece in a delicious chocolate mudslide flavour. In keeping with the ‘downtown’ theme, she also created an assortment of mini cakes designed to look like martinis (with appropriately named flavours like limoncello, cosmopolitan, and milky way). Each cake was individually presented in a crystal martini glass, on floating beds of sparkling sugar with a sugar-crystal embellishment. Each glass had a mirror charm with the name of the martini flavoured cake. Two keepsake forks engraved with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ were a cute addition to the cake-cutting ceremony.

 

Laura Lavender penned all of the calligraphic signs, pie flags, and a thumbprint tree for guests to sign.

 

 

End Note
At the end of the evening, guests were pampered with complimentary shuttle service from Country Lane Charters who provided door-to-door drop off service! Donna and Mark now reside in Surrey, BC where Donna is a media relations director and Mark works in corporate security.

 

Photography: Jasalyn Thorne Photographers and Bantilleon Weddings
Reception Venue: The Northview Golf Course
Wedding Planner: Lori Fraser of Lori L. Fraser Signature Events
Decorating Company: Sandy Godfree from Art of the Party
Florals: Rosalba-Fasan Buffat of Fiorire – Custom Florals by Rosalba
Seating Chart and Signage: Colleen Winton of Flourish
Cake: Cakes by Meg
Designer Cookies: Elyse Wahle of Sullivan & Bleeker

 

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