19th February 2010 in

jessica + jed – a toronto wedding, part II

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Without further ado, here’s part II of Jessica and Jed’s wedding. The couple traveled to Toronto to tie the knot. We’re so very lucky to have Jessica explain the details in her own words.

She writes, “The Trinity College Chapel was built mid century by the renowned British architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed the iconic red telephone booth as well as the building where the Tate Modern in London is now housed. The Chapel has beautiful stain glass windows that are almost monochromatic with shades of white, off white and pale yellow and mauve which produce an ethereal light.  During the ceremony there was a choir of eight to highlight the exceptional acoustics of the chapel.

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The reception was held at the Gardiner Museum which is a ceramic museum recently remodeled by the famed architect, Bruce Kuwabara.  It is a beautiful boutique museum that is very modern in design but with warm natural accents.  Jamie Kennedy Restaurant occupies the entire top floor of the museum. Jamie Kennedy is a celebrity chef in Toronto known for his pioneering philosophy of locally, organic and sustainable foods.

We worked very closely with Jonathan Wright on creating all the paper components of the wedding.  We wanted to do something fresh, simple and classic. We worked with Jonathan to do things he had never done before i.e. the complete blind embossed and die cut invitations, custom die cut valet key card and dove table cards.  Jed sourced all the vintage stamps for the invites which composed of a love theme and love birds from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

We carried through the bird imagery into a 16mm film that we shot together and was played on the two resident flat screens in the lobby of the Gardiner.  The film consisted of images of white doves and blooming branches shot around our neighbourhood in Silverlake.  As well during the cocktail hour we had a string quartet play contemporary music such as Coldplay, Joy Division, Elliot Smith, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zepplin.  Again we liked the play of old and new or classic and modern.

Jamie Kennedy was also present  during the cocktails to personally serve smoked local fresh water lake fish and Canadian caviar on homemade bilinis at a carving station.  All the wine and sparkling wine for the evening was from Ontario to complement the completely seasonally and locally prepared menu from start to finish.

Upstairs at the entry to the dinner  was a bright red piano which was played during dinner.  It belonged to groom’s mother (who passed away 5 years ago) and the white lilies on top were always sitting in her foyer.  The red was a huge pop of color against all the neutrals throughout and acted as a memorial to Jed’s mom for those that had been to her home and knew her.

The flowers throughout the wedding were primarily dogwood, though lilacs and lilly of the valley and sweet peas were incorporated in other areas.  One of the reasons we chose to get married in the spring was to because of our love for dorwood and other blooming branches.  Throughout the interior areas we used flax colored custom made linen slip covers to cover the rental furniture.  The feeling was to create something natural and modern that highlighted the limestone accents of the museum.  On the decks we also had a modern take on a Canadian campfire with a cement pillar outside fire places where guests crowded around to chat and hang out.

The late night party was played by DJ Piers.  His DJ table is designed by Karim Rashid.
To complement dessert we had four flavors of macaroons and maple cotton candy served as guests got up to dance.

Overall, we wanted to night to feel like a elegant and chic, well executed dinner party.  We put a lot of emphasis on our guests enjoying good food, good conversation, good music…and most importantly having fun.”

The Details
Bride’s dress and shoes: Oscar de la Renta
Maid of Honour dress: Oscar de la Renta
Groom’s suit, shirt, tie: Dior Homme
Best Man’s suit: Ralph Lauren
Mother of the Bride’s dress: Balenciaga Edition
Usher’s ties: Band of Outsiders
Photographers: Paperwhites Photography

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3 comments on jessica + jed – a toronto wedding, part II

  1. Anna/Quilted Giraffe
    February 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I love this wedding. Simple and chic. Perfection.

  2. Marte Marie Forsberg
    February 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    What a stunning wedding!
    The dress is absolutely fantastic .
    I got so inspired for my own wedding just months away:)

  3. dognbird
    February 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Beautiful collection of photos. Love the elegant lily of the valley bouquet and the stark centerpiece choice.