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Leslie Woods met Saline Hage for the first time when they were seated next to each other at a charity event in honour of The University of Ottawa Heart Institute. “Saline entered the room and everything went quiet in my head,” shares Les. “From that moment I knew she was going to be in my life for a lifetime. In her, I found my missing piece.” They’ve been side-by-side ever since.
In November of 2019, after dating for two years, Les proposed to Saline while the pair were on vacation at THE FLEMING VILLA, at the GOLDENEYE resort in Jamaica — once the home of Ian Fleming, who wrote the James Bond novels there (Les is a big fan!). One evening, with a bright moon shining down on the beach, Les got down on one knee and popped the question with a flawless round 3.2 carat diamond ring designed in collaboration with the team at CARNABYS BESPOKE JEWELLERY.
The team at Carnabys expressed concern about transporting the valuable piece of jewelry overseas and wanted to fly it in themselves! Instead, Les’ business partner Lennox Lewis, who holds the title of the last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, coordinated the safe arrival of the ring via special expedited service through customs and immigration.
Saline and Les postponed their original wedding date due to the pandemic, but were eventually married on August 18, 2022, at CASA LOMA Completed in 1914, Casa Loma is a historical landmark as one of North America’s only... in Toronto, Ontario. The adults-only event had a black-and-white color palette, a formal dress code, and was partly inspired by Les’ affinity for James Bond.
Event planning and design services were provided by BAOS EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN, with floral design by OUDALOVA EVENTS & DESIGN Specializing in Creative Design, Stunning Flowers, Production of Luxury Weddings and Theme Events. .
Margarita Oudalova of OUDALOVA EVENTS & DESIGN Specializing in Creative Design, Stunning Flowers, Production of Luxury Weddings and Theme Events. used over 5000 stems of baby’s breath throughout the wedding’s floral design, including the heart-shaped floral installation that decorated CASA LOMA’S Completed in 1914, Casa Loma is a historical landmark as one of North America’s only... gazebo where the couple exchanged “I Dos,” officiated by RANDY HARRIS.
“The arch at the ‘gazebo’ was what I dreamt of and more! (A big shout out to Margarita Oudalova of OUDALOVA EVENTS & DESIGN Specializing in Creative Design, Stunning Flowers, Production of Luxury Weddings and Theme Events. !),” shares Saline. “The amount of baby’s breath that was ordered for my wedding was the most she had ever ordered! It looked absolutely spectacular!”
SARAPHINA VIOLIN performed at the sun-filled cocktail reception while guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and Champagne Bollinger.
To ensure the event had exceptional service, a high-end, red carpet hostess welcomed guests and directed and assisted them throughout the evening.
British-Canadian musician and the lead vocalist of the Canadian rock band PLATINUM BLONDE, MARK HOLMES, was the MC and performed a song at the wedding.
Other special quests included former NHL players KEVIN MAGUIRE, DARRYL GLEN SITTLER, and GLENN HEALY (who also played the bagpipe as Leslie walked into the reception), former WBC light- heavyweight champion ADONIS STEVENSON, and Scottish football player MAURICE JOHNSTON.
The Bond theme continued with a late-night lounge, tying-in to the couple’s engagement at GOLDENEYE and included a cocktail bar provided by BARCHEF EVENTS, serving three on-theme cocktails.
Late night snacks included fish and chips and Shawarma to reflect both the bride and groom’s heritage, while a spectacular selection of desserts delivered the sugar high!
Photography @purpletreephotography, Bride @saline_h, Groom @leswoodsjr, Event Planning and Design @baosevents, Floral Design @oudalovaeventsdesign, Getting Ready Venue @bishatoronto, Wedding Location, AV @casalomatoronto, Officiated by Randy Harris, Stationery @paperandposte, Seating Chart and Rentals @decorandfiesta, Engagement Ring @carnabysbespoke, Ceremony Dress @pronovias, Reception Dress @verawangbride, Bridal Shoes @aminamuaddiofficial, Bride’s Jewellery @yokolondonpearls, Bride’s Makeup @makeupbygeanella, Bride’s Hair by Nadia Abou-Jaoude, Groom’s Reception Formalwear @tomford, Cufflinks @cartier, Wedding Cake @kickicups, Late-Night Desserts @fruitilicious_cakes, Furniture Rentals @detailzfurniturerentals, Tabletop Rentals @splendidsettings, @simplybeautifuldecor, Napkins @have_a_seat_events, Carpeting @reznickeventcarpets, Reception Floor Vinyl @paragon.designs, Draping and Backdrops @eventrentalgroup, Neon Sign @eventgraffiti, Custom Acrylics @dangdesigns.ca, Cocktail Bar Service and Decor @barchef, Lighting and Sound provided by Event Media Design, 360 Camera @bopbooth, Violin Performance (Cocktail Hour) @saraphinaviolin, Bagpipe Played by Glenn Healy (Ceremony), Zaffeh (Reception) @omry__events, Violin and Drum Performance (Reception) @skinnstrings, DJ (Reception) Youssef Sharaf, Fire Performance (Reception) @pyra.ent, Dancers (Late- Night) @topnotch_entertainment, MC Song Performance (Reception) Mark Holmes, Cinematography @everlastingmoments, Transportation @acelimostoronto, Audio Guest Book @audioguestbook, Valet provided by Empire Valet
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