College sweethearts Emily and Luke wandered sweetly through an eight-year-long courtship until one morning, as the couple noshed on breakfast in New York City, Luke got down on one knee and asked Emily to be his wife, offering her a diamond ring he'd had designed just for her.
Five months later, on Oct. 19, 2013, the couple exchanged vows at Grace Church on the Hill in Toronto, Canada, retiring to Luke's family home for a Great Gatsby-inspired reception, complete with more than enough glitz and glam for 140 guests.
Even a midday sprinkle couldn't bring the mega-watt factor of this Art Deco wedding down. And thanks to photographer When He Found Her, you can gaze over every glistening detail here.
Sweeping gold-and-navy invitations, designed by Courtney Wotherspoon Design & Lifestyle, set the tone for a glamorous evening affair.
Layers of ivory satin and tulle cascaded into a short train on Emily's stunning hand-beaded Jenny Packham gown. Its deep V-neck and sheer back made the bride feel sexy. "It fit me like a glove," she recalls.
She paired with her gown with rose-gold lace Manolo Blahnik pumps and vintage heirloom jewelry, and carried a hand-tied bouquet of anemones, garden roses and sweet peas. "My grandmother, who couldn't physically be there on our wedding day, lent me her wedding rings," says Emily, "and I tied them to my bouquet so that she would be there with us in spirit."
With just a few months to find her own gown and dresses for her four 'maids, Emily definitely felt a tinge of stress! "But when we finally chose them, it was the most rewarding feeling!" she says. Because each of her bridesmaids has a different body type and sense of personal style, "It was a struggle to find a dress that suited them all. So they each wore a different dress by Amsale that suited their personality. They were absolutely beautiful!"
Wearing cream-colored J. Crew cardigans, blush-hued tutus and sparkling Zara ballet shoes, two flower girls walked down the aisle ahead of Emily, handing out stems of ivory blooms to guests seated in the aisles. "They had a hard time taking the stems apart, so it took them about 10 minutes to walk down the aisle!" the bride laughs. "The maid of honor had to walk down to them to give them a hand! Everyone thought it was adorable."
After exchanging traditional vows, Emily and Luke left the church through a tunnel of ribbons waved by guests. Luke donned a classic black-and-white Hugo Boss tuxedo, which he paired with his grandfather's cufflinks.
Towering silver flutes holding palm leaves anchored long reception tables topped with anemones, sweet peas and garden roses held in julep cups. Votive and taper candles illuminated folded ivory napkins, which held the couple's customized menus. "We love to cook, and time in the kitchen is a big part of our relationship," Emily explains. In addition to creating a menu that included their favorite dishes, such as warm kabocha squash and wild mushroom risotto, the couple also named each table for their favorite herbs and spices.
For this glitzy wedding, one cake wouldn't do! The couple and their guests indulged in a three-tier white cake dusted in gold and accented with anemones, as well as a second "cake" — a tower of 130 mini cookies-and-cream doughnuts!
Emily and Luke took their first spin as husband and wife to "In a Little While" by U2. "Our ceremony and reception were both so personal and intimate," Emily says. "All of the details spoke to our relationship and there was so much warmth."
The couple took a whirlwind European honeymoon before settling in to married life. For brides-to-be, Emily offers this advice: "Take your time, do not rush, and have fun planning. The day comes so fast, and is over even faster, so really savor every moment."
Ceremony Venue: Grace Church on the Hill || Reception Venue: Groom's family home || Wedding Planner: Naomi Serkin-Silver, (416) 485-3902 || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Jenny Packham || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair: Rob Dunne Salon || Makeup: Gregory Graveline || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss || Flower Girl Attire: J. Crew and Zara || Ring Bearer Attire: Zara || Wedding Bands: Custom made by Richard Perren & Co. || Florist: Emblem Flower Studio || Invitations & Paper Goods: Courtney Wotherspoon Design & Lifestyle || Music: Shaking Hands || Catering: North 44 || Cake: Flour Studio || Rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rentals, Inc. || Favors: Paulette's Original Donuts || Transportation: Rosedale Livery || Videographer: Images Weddings || Photography: When He Found Her