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Holt & Erika’s Wedding
Hey there, wedding dreamers and joyful party-goers!
Kotsy here, your go-to photographer and storyteller, ready to dish out the details of Holt and Erika’s fabulous summer wedding at the Royal Canadian Legion 344 in Toronto. Get ready for a tale of love, laughter, and a wedding that’s as unique as the couple themselves.
A Venue with History and Heart
Let’s talk venue! Nestled in the South Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Royal Canadian Legion 344 isn’t just a building; it’s a piece of history with a heart of gold. This place has seen it all, from heartfelt reunions to joyous celebrations, making it the perfect setting for a wedding that’s both meaningful and merry.
Thanks to a rainy forecast that turned out to be all lies, the ceremony and reception unfolded on the venue’s spacious back patio. With the sun dipping behind the trees, Holt and Erika made their way down the aisle to their friends Clamaglamza performing “The Wind Loves the Rain”, written by a local favourite, Rattlesnake Choir.
Then, against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Ontario, it was time to exchange vows next to their faux-ficiant and close friend. To wrap the ceremony up, Erika broke glass with her foot – absolutely as satisfying as it looks and sounds! Once the sky melted into shades of orange and pinks, it was time for heartfelt speeches and delicious food. Can you get more romantic than a lakeside dinner bathed in the romantic hues of a stunning sunset? I think not!
From House Party to ‘I Do’
Let’s dive into Holt and Erika’s love story! The two lovebirds met at a friend’s house party, where Holt’s offer to help with an injury won Erika over with its sweet (and slightly nutty) charm. Fast forward to a Halloween show when Erika, dressed as Ketchup, realized she had a crush while they manned the door together. Hanging out with Holt over watching a band perform is all she needed to realize that he was something special to her.
It’s really no surprise that their engagement story is just as endearing. On a trip to New York for their 10th anniversary, Erika flipped the script and proposed to Holt in Washington Square Park. After muttering a half-apology, half-proposal under the massive arch, he finally clued in when he saw the ring. It was the quirky love tale that suited them perfectly!
A Day Filled with Music, Friends and Love
Holt and Erika’s wedding day was nothing short of magical. From the moment guests began arriving, it felt like a series of heartwarming reunions thanks to Covid lockdowns. Erika, breaking tradition again, was out there hugging everyone upon their arrival. Truly a testament to the couple’s warm and inviting personalities.
And, of course, music played a pivotal role in their celebration, with friends’ performing throughout the day and night. From walking down the aisle “The Wind Loves The Rain” and rocking out post-dinner to alternative 90s covers to a DJ and another musical performance to finish the night, every tune was throwback on their special day.
A Tiny Beach Getaway
Just a stone’s throw from the venue was a tiny beach. So tiny, in fact, that it doesn’t even have a name! This hidden gem is where the elated couple and their wedding party had a photo session. Picture this: the bride and groom, along with their closest friends, laughing and posing on the sandy shores, with the gentle lapping of the lake’s waves adding a rhythm to their joy. Then add in a sunset for when Erika and Holt returned for their couples session. We couldn’t have asked for a better location or finishing touches from mother nature.
Speaking of photos, what was their favourites? This didn’t require much thought. Erika’s parents kissing her at the end of the aisle, and them walking up the aisle after the ceremony, radiating happiness and relief, stood above all the other shots. These moments, captured forever, are a beautiful blend of love and joy.
DIY Decor and Personal Touches
Holt’s woodworking skills and Erika’s crafty nature shone through in their décor. Wooden signage and centerpiece boxes made by Holt, along with bouquets and boutonnieres put together by Erika added a personalized vibe to the venue for the right price. It was a testament to their creativity and teamwork.
And after going through it all together, they have a few simple pieces of advice for other couples planning their wedding. Don’t sweat the small stuff or get caught up in others’ expectations. Focus on what matters to you, and remember, it might cost a bit (or a lot) more than planned, but it’s all worth it in the end!
Capturing Your Unique Story
Inspired by Holt and Erika’s amazing day at the Royal Canadian Legion? Planning your own unforgettable wedding in Toronto? I’d love to be part of your journey and capture every laugh, tear, and dance move. Head over to kotsy.ca to learn more or click the button below to set up a free consolation.
Until then, keep spreading love and laughter!
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