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An Elegant Wedding with Boho-Chic Florals

Photography By OSC Photography & The Wedding Group
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With the encouragement of a friend, Latoya Reeves first introduced herself to Mario Grant on a GO Transit bus at Yorkdale Station in Toronto eighteen years ago. The couple dated for eleven years before Mario proposed!

“Our engagement was a complete surprise,” shares Latoya. Latoya was celebrating her birthday, and with limited options due to the pandemic, she booked a photo shoot ending at the heart sculpture in Toronto’s Distillery District. Mario had contacted the photographer to arrange a surprise proposal video shoot beforehand, and at the end of the photo shoot, the photographer asked Latoya to turn around where she found Mario ready to propose.

Latoya and Mario were married on August 7, 2022, at THE ARLINGTON ESTATE in Toronto, Canada. Treasa Leigh Brown of LEIGH EVENT GROUP INC. provided event planning and design for the whimsical, boho chic-themed wedding that’s since been dubbed, “The Grants’ Met.”


Befitting the colour scheme of the wedding, the invitations and day-of stationery by SO PRETTY IN PRINT were printed in soft neutrals.

Latoya’s pearl-encrusted tulle bridal robe was custom designed by Veronica Tabi of VTABI.

The intimate wedding ceremony was officiated by Latoya’s pastor of many years, Pastor Winston Hurlock, who christened the couple’s daughter.

The wedding party included the couple’s daughter Xari as their flower girl, their parents, Latoya’s cousin as the maid of honour, and a friend as the best man.

The cocktail hour and reception took place at THE ARLINGTON ESTATE. While the guests enjoyed the prosecco bar and pineapple and peach-infused spritzer custom cocktails, the couple did a photo session outside. “As we entered our cocktail hour, our guests greeted us with love, it was beautiful to have a few moments to interact with our guests prior to our room reveal,” remembers Latoya.

LEIGH EVENT GROUP INC. exceeded the couple’s expectations with the design execution of the wedding reception. “The design of our wedding reception was chic, and unlike anything we have seen,” shares Latoya. “When we first saw the reception space there was an overwhelming joy.”

 

 


PRECIOUS FLOWERS provided the soft-neutral floral design for the wedding, with accents of Pampas grass and dried palms.

For the ceremony and first part of the evening reception, Latoya wore a customized version of the Gale gown by GALIA LAHAV, with a high side slit and skin-toned paneling on the bodice. The gown was purchased from WHITE TORONTO White, Toronto is an unparalleled experience in exclusive designer collections and unique accessories for modern... More | Message . She accessorized with a pair of JIMMY CHOO sandals, Swarovski crystal clip-on earrings, and pearl hairpins to compliment her pixie-cut hairstyle.

Mario wore two custom three-piece suits from KING & BAY Enjoy a curated cocktail in the exclusive private lounge at King & Bay as each... More | Message . The first included a black and white floral-print smoking jacket with a peaked velvet lapel which was worn for the ceremony to compliment the floral embellishments on Latoya’s gown. He accessorized with a two- toned ROLEX watch.


Wanting a cake that was simple yet chic, Latoya worked with the couple’s long-time confectionary designer Stefania of SPECTACLE OF SWEETS to design a four-tier vanilla-flavored wedding cake with textured fondant and buttercream icing. The design included an elegant transparent cake stand between the third and final layers of the cake.

For her reception dress, Latoya flew to Dallas, Texas, a total of three times to visit designer ESÉ AZÉNABOR’s atelier — the final flight being canceled by the airline and rescheduled for the week of the wedding! At last, she received the gown in time to be worn on the big day. She changed into the design after the first dance. The gown featured a corset bodice reminiscent of her ceremony gown and intricate beading and lacework.

Mario changed into his second look from KING & BAY Enjoy a curated cocktail in the exclusive private lounge at King & Bay as each... More | Message — a printed bespoke smoking jacket with satin lapels and a matching bowtie — after the couple’s first dance.


Juno Award-winning musician Carlos Morgan was the soloist for the wedding. Cultural entertainment was provided by steel pan-player Ken Lewis at the cocktail hour. Additional entertainment included a pianist, saxophonist and vocalist during the ceremony and a live band at the reception.

To thank guests for attending the wedding, the couple gifted everyone with blond-chocolate “tablets” infused with jasmine flower petals.

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Photography and Cinematography @osc.photography, @theweddinggroup, Bride @toyaefnlady, Event Planning and Design @leigheventgroup, Floral and Event Design @preciousflowers_, Getting Ready Location @stregishotels, Ceremony and Reception Location and Catering @thearlingtonestate, Officiated by Pastor Winston Hurlock, Stationery Design @soprettyinprint, Bridal Robe @vtabi_official, Bride’s Ceremony Gown @galialahav, from @whitetoronto, Bridal Ceremony Shoes @jimmychoo, Bride’s Earrings @swarovski, Bride’s Reception Gown @eseazanabor, Bride’s Reception Shoes @machandmach, Bride’s Hair @francinefrancis_, Bride’s Makeup Evelynn from @avaya.noelle, Groom’s Formalwear @mykingandbay, Groom’s Watch @rolex, Groom’s Shoes @louboutinworld, Maid of Honour Gown @solacelondon, Guest Takeaways @nadiaandco, Cake @spectacle.of.sweets, Soloist (Ceremony) @carlosmorganmusic, Steel Pan Musician (Cocktail Hour) @kennlewismusic, DJ: DJ Prophet, DJ and Entertainment from @thednaproject.ca,  MC: Kevin Keith, Reception Screens @bbblancevents, Vinyl Dance Floor, Bar, Risers, Stage and DJ Booth @designerdancefloors
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