Heidi & Sam TRUE LOVE. TRUE LUXURY.
Heidi Sokoloff and Sam Chiovitti were only sixteen years old when they were introduced by a mutual friend, but sparks didn’t fly between the two until they reunited in their early twenties. “I asked Sam if I could buy him a drink one night at a bar and he insisted that he buy me the drink instead. From that night on we never looked back,” says Heidi. A year after they began dating, the pair stumbled upon a photo that proved their paths had first crossed in preschool! “We were looking through Sam’s old photo albums when I came across an old class photo,” says Heidi. “‘Why do you have a picture of me from when I was three?’ I asked him. He replied, ‘Heidi I am in the photo as well!’”
Sam proposed in March of 2013. He planned an elaborate, ten-hour surprise proposal for Heidi that involved the pair’s closest family and friends. The epic adventure began in the morning when a limo arrived to pick Heidi up. Confused, she required a reassuring call with her mom who encouraged her to “Get in!”. Just then, her twin sister emerged from behind the limo. Sam had arranged for a surprise adventure to unfold throughout Toronto. Heidi spent the day being pampered as she was driven to several of the couple’s favourite places in the city. Along the way, she discovered more of her friends and loved ones waiting for her at each destination point with envelopes detailing her next moves. Stops included a beautiful breakfast, a shopping spree, a manicure (for her and all of her girlfriends!), and a dinner with her mom and Sam’s mom before the final stop on the itinerary. As the limo returned to the couple’s home, Sam was there waiting, dressed in a suit and holding a rose (a lighthearted reference to the television show The Bachelor). After he finally proposed, the party continued inside where their entire group of friends and family were gathered to celebrate! “It was the best and longest day of my life!” says Heidi.
Heidi’s wedding gown by Inbal Dror was purchased from White Toronto. The backless design featured a band of pearls that beautifully draped the bride’s collarbone and back. Heidi accessorized her dress with a crystal clutch from Brian Bailey, a pearl hair piece from Ritché Bridal, and jewellery from J.Crew. Heidi’s makeup and hair were styled by Jackie Gideon of Jackie Gideon Beauty. The bridesmaid’s black evening gowns from BCBG featured a geometric sequin design, a subtle nod to Art Deco.
Deborah Lau-Yu of PALETTERA Custom Correspondences designed the wedding stationery. The Art Deco-styled invitation suite was inspired by Heidi’s engagement ring and the sparkle of winter. The design included a silver-pressed folio, Swarovski crystals and lucite materials, along with a personalized monogram which was incorporated throughout the wedding decor.
The couple had a non-religious ceremony but integrated elements of their individual religious traditions (Heidi is Jewish and Sam is Catholic). They recited their vows under a dreamy white and cream-coloured floral chuppah created by Rachel Clingen and her team. The grand structure incorporated asymmetrical draping, crystal chandeliers and mounds of fresh orchids, roses, and hydrangeas. Rachel also designed the white aisle runner, produced by Dance Floor Décor which featured the couple’s monogram by PALETTERA. Abundant floral arrangements in white urns lined the aisle alongside glowing candles.
Heidi carried an oversized bouquet composed of white phalaenopsis orchids and soft cream roses. Her bridesmaids carried smaller nosegays wrapped with dark gray ribbon, pinned with pearls.
The Aria room of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was transformed into a luxurious, all-white oasis for the reception—having been entirely draped in white sheer fabric. Tables were covered with white and silver sequined linen topped with tall, floral centrepieces. Extra sparkle factor was achieved with glass pedestal candles and decadent charger plates with crystal gems.
Two lounge areas were created using borne sofas and other beautiful furniture provided by Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc. Guests could enjoy one of the couple’s signature drinks or partake in bottle service (after dinner). An oyster bar was also set up in the lounge, with a custom ice sculpture by Ice Culture featuring the couple’s monogram. The monogram was also utilized on a white, custom dance floor produced by Dance Floor Décor.
Heidi and Sam’s sweetheart table was positioned under their chuppah and was surrounded with lavish floral arrangements. “As we sat at our table, I can remember thinking that this was our little piece of heaven,” recalls Heidi.
The band Saturday Night Jive provided all of the music for the day. The group played a range of hits from every era and switched from live music to DJ sets flawlessly. “The band kept the party going all night long,” shares the couple.
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto catered the event and worked in conjunction with Truffle Cake & Pastry to create desserts for the late-night sweet table.
Christina Wong of Truffle Cake & Pastry created the couple’s all-white wedding cake. Christina also designed small cakes for the sweet table that were decorated with orchids, pearls, and crystals to tie-in with the overall event decor.
Guests received a custom lapel pin, designed by Sam. The snowflake design featured a red heart inscribed with “Sam & Heidi.” PALETTERA Custom Correspondences designed delicate pin cases to house the keepsakes. The couple also donated to three charities in the names of their guests.
MINI-MOON AND HONEYMOON
Heidi and Sam followed their dream wedding with a mini-moon at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario. The couple will be travelling to Europe on their honeymoon later this year.