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The Bride Wore Four Looks at This Garden-Themed Wedding

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In the summer of 2013, Alex’s friend invited him out to meet friends of his new girlfriend. At first, Alex — who had early-morning plans the next day — was hesitant. “Little did I know, that was where I would meet my future wife, Monica — I guess you can call that fate,” he says. 

Alex was completing his final year of a Master of Laws in London, United Kingdom, while Monica began her law school career in the same city. After being together for five months, the couple decided to move in together. “We were so lucky to have been able to live together in a foreign country, and our relationship grew stronger and closer; we were inseparable,” explains Alex. Fast forward to October 2019. Alex decided it was only right to propose in the city where the two fell in love. He planned to pop the question close to Monica’s birthday, so with the help of The Proposers, he got to work planning a proposal at London’s Shangri-La The Shard. 

After Monica’s birthday celebration in Toronto, Alex surprised her with two airplane tickets and asked her to pack her bags for a birthday getaway. Once she found out (at the airport!) that they were going back to London, she was thrilled. Upon arrival, the two went out for dinner while an event planner decorated their hotel room. When they returned, Monica was at a loss for words! Alex walked her down an aisle of flower petals to a view of the skyline, got down on one knee, and proposed. 

Monica and Alex were married on October 9, 2021, at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, with full-service planning, decor, and event design provided by Fleur Weddings Inc Fleur Weddings is a specialty wedding planning company focusing on the needs of Asian clientele. More | Message . The opulent wedding was designed around an “opulent garden” theme and planned and designed in only TWO months to accommodate the uncertainties of the pandemic. Since Monica has a green thumb and loves flowers, decor and design were a top priority!

See Monica and Alex’s wedding in the Summer/Fall 2022 Toronto Edition of WedLuxe Magazine!


The couple enjoyed a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony the morning of their wedding to honor their heritage.

 


Monica felt like a princess in her WONÁ Concept bridal gown. She also wore a Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet gifted to her by Alex. Alex wore custom Michael Truong formalwear from King & Bay @kingandbay.

Fleur Weddings Inc and R5 Event Design worked together to design a ceremony stage that featured four floral posts at eight and ten feet tall and a show-stopping overhead floral installation. Knowing Monica loves baby’s breath, it was a “must have” at the wedding and it was thoughtfully used within the design. Six trees strung with wisteria and twinkling lights were also placed throughout the room. Monica’s younger brother officiated the ceremony. “It was memorable because we were trying to hold in our laughter throughout the speech,” shares Alex.

The seating chart was made with suspended engraved acrylic panels printed by LK Print. The ceremony space was quickly transformed for the reception. Four of the six twelve-foot trees were used as centrepieces for round tables at the reception so that guests felt as though they were dining under a canopy of greenery. The decor and event design was by Fleur Weddings and Events with floral design, draping and furniture rentals from R5 Event Design.

 

For both the ceremony and reception, we envisioned an opulent romantic garden filled with soft white florals, full trees and greenery.

- Monica and Alex, Bride and Groom

 

 

 


All credit goes to Alex for Monica’s dramatic entrance to their reception. “It was all his idea!” she shares. 
He had suggested that they have their bridal party enter to upbeat music, but that they change the mood dramatically with a slow song before Monica appeared so that guests would wonder why the vibe suddenly switched. To further amp up the romantic drama, Alex hired ballerinas to enter the room dancing. On cue, they came in and stationed themselves in a row on both sides of the aisle. Once they were in line, the lights were dimmed further so that Monica could enter very slowly into the ballroom towards Alex. His goal was to have the spotlight solely on his bride so they could cherish the moment where it would seem like no one was in the room but the two of them, all while guests could admire his bride’s first appearance. “He’s such a hopeless romantic,” says Monica of the gesture.

The well-traveled couple hired live artist, Reena Yao to create personalized luggage tags for each of their guests featuring portraits that were hand-painted on-site.
In the evening, Monica wore a red Qipao for table-to-table toasting. (There’s a tradition in the Chinese culture that the bride should wear red when toasting her guests for good luck.)

Party gown by Eva Lendel. The wedding cake by Yue’s Cake Boutique was inspired by the garden theme of the wedding.

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CREDITS

Photography @mangostudios, Full-Service Planning, Decor, and Event Design @fleurweddingstoronto, Floral Design, Draping and Furniture Rentals @r5events, Groomsmen’s Formalwear Retailer @harryroseninc, Venue @fstoronto, Bridal Gown @wona_concept, Bridal Shoes @louboutinworld, Bracelet @vancleefarpels, Engagement Ring @harrywinston, Bride’s Party Gown @evalendel, Groom’s Formalwear Designed by Michael Truong, Groom’s Formalwear Retailer @mykingandbay, Beauty @louminousmakeup, Stationery provided by Paperland Canada, Furniture Rentals (Chairs, Lounge Furniture, Signing Table) @detailzfurniturerentals, Tableware @chairmanmills, Wedding Cake @yueyue3005, Lighting, AV and Rigging @encore.canada, Dance Floor @whitedancefloors, Entertainment @stroyals, Rose Soenen @roseharpist, TDC Entertainment @tdc_entertainment, Live Artist @reenayao_art, Photo Booth @selfietime.ca, Transportation @allurelimo, Cinematography @outsideinstudio

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