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A Garden-Inspired Tented Reception with Lush Greenery at Casa Loma

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Dominique and Martin met in their freshman year of high school. While neither can remember their first conversation, they both distinctly remember flirting throughout high school. “Martin ended up asking me out in our Junior year but I said no!” remembers Dominique. “It was a bit too early for me to have a boyfriend, but I secretly regretted saying no and thankfully he tried again in his second year of university and that time I was ready! We’ve been inseparable ever since.”

In the Fall of 2019, Martin proposed to Dominique at the very same park near his house where he had asked Dominique for a first date. “He blindfolded me and led me over to a spot with ‘MARRY ME?’ spelled out in big letters and a heart made out of white rose petals on the ground. “It was so sweet and I couldn’t hold back the tears. It was such a special time for both of us.”

The couple were married on July 31, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario with full-service planning (lovingly!) provided by the groom’s sister Lina Gobrail of Elegant Steps Events . The wedding was designed around a garden theme, inspired by the bride’s love of all-things-greenery.

The ceremony took place at The Church of the Virgin Mary & St. Athanasius. “Dominique always dreamt of having an aisle full of white petals. We created her vision by using 700 white roses which made it look like a white runner flowing down the aisle. In the middle of the church we included two white cherry blossom trees at the altar behind Martin and Dominique,” says event planner Lina Gobrail. The priest took the time to explain the Coptic Orthodox ceremony in English (which isn’t normally done) to make it easier for Dominique’s side of the family to understand the symbolism and traditions.

Find Dominique and Martin’s magical day in the Winter/Spring 2022 Toronto Edition of WedLuxe Magazine.

The bride, a graphic designer, created her own wedding invitations under her brand, DOBO Design.

Event planner Lina of Elegant Steps Events together with Lemis Hassani of Royal Orchid Florist designed Dominique’s bouquet.

Luxe Locations Casa Loma

Completed in 1914, Casa Loma is a historical landmark as one of North America’s only...Also Seen In

"As a designer I have a bit of an obsession with aesthetics. I had a specific look in mind that I love and it all really came through beautifully at the wedding. I wanted the wedding to reflect my own style and personality and I am happy to say it absolutely did!” – Dominique, BRIDE




The garden-inspired wedding reception was held in the Glass Pavilion at CASA LOMA Completed in 1914, Casa Loma is a historical landmark as one of North America’s only... More | Message . Royal Orchid Florist created a fresh floral vibe using greenery inspired by the bride’s love of plants and nature. Lights were installed inside the glass pavilion and outside in the garden to give guests a beautiful view of Casa Loma at night.



"Despite the many obstacles we were faced with; rain forecast, traffic concerns,and lots of last-minute planning due to COVID-19. . . we went ahead with it and still chose what we wanted and the wedding turned out absolutely perfect." – Dominique, BRIDE


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