By: ArthurK, WPICC
Last February I was contacted by this lovely couple, Anne-Marie and Alex, for their upcoming wedding at Sunnybrook Estates (Vaughn Estate). They were interested in booking one of our top Toronto Wedding Bands, Shugga. Upon meeting them to discuss booking the band, we instantly hit it off. They are our ideal couple; young, modern, tech savvy, and fashion forward. Not to mention they were planning the wedding themselves without any of their parents involvement in the planning process – can anyone say dream client?! After meeting with them to discuss the band, and asking the normal questions we ask in an initial consultation, they started to realize that they needed help in planning and executing their vision. Which led them to their next decision – to have myself and the Fusion Events team on board to make it happen.
The wedding was in mid-November in that grey area between fall and winter weddings. The inspiration for their design was neither winter nor fall, but rather festive, yet not over the top Christmasy! They wanted their colours to be Red, Black and White with hints of Damask. For florals the bride fancied red roses so that’s what we went with as the main theme for Centerpieces and Bouquets courtesy of Designing Trendz. They wanted a sophisticated, upscale wedding that was also a fierce party. Not too many formalities and lots of dancing!
Here is a video of the event as seen through the perspective of the wedding planner…me! This wedding went very smoothly and on time to almost the second. I even had enough time to sit down at the beautiful grand piano at Sunnybrook Estates for a moment of Zen before the storm, as seen in the video…I also sat in on the saxophone with the band for a couple numbers (see the video):
Mini Red Cake Topper, Red Velvet Cupcakes, and Decor
The head table with hand made giant roses. Each rose can take up to 2-3hrs to make.
Toronto Wedding Singer – Alana Bridgewater and Shugga.
Wedding Planner – ArthurK, WPICC – Fusion Events
Wedding Planner Assistant – Melissa Sobotka, WPICC
Venue – Sunnybrook Estates – Vaughn Estate
Decor/Flowers – Craig Gruzd, Designing Trendz
Band – Shugga
Photography – Jamieson Dean
Video – WeDo by Daniel Royer
Wedding Dress – Ritche Bridal designed by MiKaella
Grooms Attire – Saks Fifth Avenue designed by Hugo Boss
Shoes – BCBG
Hair and Make Up – Kristjan Hayden
Cupcakes and Mini Cake Topper – We Bake In Heels
Invitations – Stephita
Officiant – Sarah Bunnet Gibson
Looks fantastic, Arthur. What a great team to work with!
Congrats to all involved.
Loved working with you Arthur! It was a flawless event.
Thanks again Arthur for letting me assist on such a great day! I’m so glad to have been a part of it, I’m also glad my car is officially famous! lol
I love the bride’s dress! Cakes from We Bake in Heels is ALWAYS delicious!!!
Arthur, any bride and groom who are lucky enough to have you as their wedding coordinator are absolutely guaranteed to have the perfect wedding.
We cannot thank you enough for making our special day entirely perfect.
To be honest, when we first got engaged the thought of hiring a planner never crossed our minds but quickly after having you on board we saw the tremendous benefit of your services.
From day one you took the reins and let Alex and I actually enjoy the months leading up to our wedding. Your approach was simple – listen to & understand what our vision was, give us your expert advice, and deliver!
A few comments on how you made a big difference to us…
Vendors – As I am sure you can appreciate, newly engaged couples are faced with an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to vendors. Based on your knowledge and expertise, and a solid understanding of what our vision and needs were (i.e. Budget, quality, etc.), you chose vendors for us who delivered everything we were looking for – and MORE.
Designing Trendz did such a phenomenal job with our decor that our guests are still speaking about it. The flowers, lighting, table set-up, and especially the head table were simple breath taking.
We Bake in Heels made the most beautiful and DELICIOUS cupcakes I have ever tasted.
Shugga the band simply made our party one that our guests will never forget.
Prince Limo got us where we needed to be at an extremely reasonable price, on time, and most importantly in-style.
Stephita Invitations created the most elegant invitations that beautifully reflected our wedding theme.
Pre-wedding – I have said this many times before Arthur, you took all of the worry away from Alex and myself and actually allowed us to enjoy the planning process. Your appreciation for organization, your planned schedules and itineraries, your check point meetings with us, and follow-ups with vendors took every worry away that usually haunts a bride a groom (mostly the bride ;).
The wedding – I still have guests calling me and saying “who was that wedding planner you had, he’s amazing!!”… As with most weddings, I’m sure there were hiccups that happened throughout the day but I can tell you this – I have no idea if there was because I know you would have taken care of it before I even had to get involved. Everything began on time, food was served on time, vendors arrived on time, guests were ushered into the ballroom on time, the set-up was beautiful, speeches began on time and the flow of the ceremony and reception were flawless. Simply put – every little detail was taken care of because of you.
We can’t thank you enough, but I can tell you this; Alex and I will refer your business to any newly engaged couple we come across. You are truly one of a kind Wedding Coordinator, one that is attentive, resourceful, extremely detailed oriented, but also one who knows how to have fun! You have become a great friend Arthur, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!!
Please keep in touch and we would be happy to give further references to potential clients…
Anne-Marie & Alex Gabrini