When you want the ambience of a Tuscan wedding without actually being in Italy, you need some lemons, beautiful florals, oh, and an Italian soda bar.
AMANDA GRUJICIC & ANDREA KORRE
Photography: Wolf Photography
Venue: Saint Sava
Planning and design: Jessica Forstner of Love by Lynzie Events & Design
Number of guests: 146
Bride’s gown: La Sposa
Groom’s suit: Tom James
Bridesmaids dresses: Millennium Wedding Dresses
Makeup: Michelle Reis
Hair: Nadia’s Hair Design
Florals: Tanya List Design
Cake: Honeydoll Bakehouse
Rentals/decor: Around the Table & Event Rental Group
Calligraphy: Catherine Cachia
The church: The couple exchanged vows in the same church as the bride’s parents, 32 years ago.
The best part: “When we were at the church and the priest asked if we were joining into this union by our own choice and without coercion, I said ‘yes’ immediately and looked at Amanda,” says Andrea. “And then I whispered, ‘Are you going to say yes?’ She didn’t realize we were both supposed to answer! Once she said yes, the priest and the rest of the church broke out into laughter. It was the funniest moment and one of my favourite pictures the photographer captured. It really represents who we are; we love a good laugh and embrace the imperfections.”
Goodbye, nerves: Amanda recalls being nervous right before the ceremony. “It was just my dad and I behind the doors, and the butterflies entered my stomach. My dad leaned over and whispered, ‘Last chance if you want to make a run for it,’ just as he finished, the doors opened and he said, ‘Too late!’ I almost burst into laughter and my nerves were gone.”
Good choices: While slideshows are time consuming, Amanda and Andrea were so happy they created them as a tribute to their friends and family.
Drink up: The outdoor cocktail hour was a guest favourite, featuring an Italian soda bar. Amanda says, “It was so unique and the guests loved it. The vibe was exactly how we wanted to start off our night.”