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A White Wedding Wonderland with a Sky Full of Roses

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Growing up with several of the same friends, Julia and Giancarlo had known each other for many years, but their relationship was never more than a casual conversation until 2017. “Several years had passed and we had not seen each other around for a while,” remembers Julia. “Giancarlo sent me a message on Instagram. We spent the entire night texting and arranged to go for dinner. Our first date was special, he was different in all the best ways. The rest is history, we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

The couple were engaged at Casa Loma in June of 2019. Knowing Julia would be suspicious of any overtly romantic gesture, Giancarlo asked Julia’s dad to setup a “Father’s Day dinner” ruse at Casa Loma. Strategically, he had their driver drop them off on the far side of the property, so they’d have to walk across the entire castle lawn to get to dinner. “As we crossed the middle of the castle, he turned around catching me completely off guard, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. He had also arranged a photographer to capture it all,” shares Julia. The newly-engaged couple then enjoyed an intimate celebratory dinner with their parents and siblings.

Michelle Cundari of SINCERELY YOURS EVENTS Full-service Event Planning & Design More | Message was commissioned to provide full-service planning and design assistance for the couple’s wedding. A timeless, yet modern twist on an all-white wedding was requested and delivered! Using Julia’s favourite flowers, roses, and peonies, the result was a “monochromatic vibe that felt unique and impactful.”

After two years of planning, (and three ‘new’ dates), the wedding was once again upended with only two weeks’ notice due to Covid-19 restrictions! While decor elements of the wedding were planned in advance, the venue changed entirely, a tent was sourced, a new caterer and menu were implemented, and the guest list was tapered from 300 to 50. “Michelle made our day come together perfectly and didn’t sacrifice a single aspect of our original plan,” shares the bride.

See Julia and Giancarlo’s white wedding details in the Winter/Spring 2022 Toronto Edition of WedLuxe Magazine.

The ceremony and reception were held at The Arlington Estate on June 19th, 2021 with floral, decor and event design by Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design . Inspired by contemporary California architecture, the custom ceremony design featured a row of squared arches that supported a modern take on a floral chandelier. A chrome aisle runner was then lined with thousands of white roses and peonies placed in elongated hedge boxes. Acrylic risers filled with roses and peonies created a ceremony focal point where the couple exchanged vows. An outdoor Catholic ceremony was performed by Father Mike, a lifelong friend of the bride’s family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the original guest list was tapered down from 300 to 50 people and moved to an outdoor tent by PREMIER EVENT TENT RENTALS Premier Event Tent Rentals Inc. is 100% owner-operated, providing unrivalled attention to detail and an... More | Message .

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"We loved every single moment of our wedding day. Though our wedding was small there is not a single moment of regret from that day. We are so lucky to have been able to marry one another in the presence of our nearest and dearest in the most romantic, expertly decorated and incredible rose-filled rooms,” Julia, BRIDE


A reveal wall welcomed guests into the all-white dining oasis. Once opened, guests were greeted with a “sky” full of roses! Designed with thousands of white roses and peonies, the monochromatic design included over 9000 “floating” roses (which took a full week to install!) canopied over the guest tables and dance floor. The couple had their first dance on a chrome-covered multi-level dance floor. “The reflection of the roses was spectacular!,” notes event planner Michelle Cundari.
“My favourite moment of our wedding day was dancing as husband and wife undera sky full of roses. I had dreamt of this moment under the roses for years. It was the most overwhelming sensation of happiness and completeness. Seeing our dream day come to life and getting to share in this moment as husband and wife surrounded by our 50 closest family and friends," Julia, BRIDE

"Since we were permitted more guests at our ceremony than the reception, after we were married we returned for a first dance as husband and wife. We had passed champagne and truffles for the guests to enjoy in their seats, while we danced. We felt it was important for those guests who were not able to be included for dinner to experience this special moment with us," Julia, BRIDE. 


The ceremony tent was later converted into a chic, modern lounge for cocktail hour and a late-night cigar and scotch lounge.

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