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Ryan & Rebecca’s Wedding
Welcome welcome, cherished lovebirds and celebratory planners!
Kotsy here, ready to share a tale of love that’ll surely tug at your heartstrings. Today, I bring you the enchanting summer wedding of Ryan and Rebecca – a couple who turned their high school romance into a lifelong commitment, culminating in a beautiful celebration amidst the scenic beauty of Rosetta McClain Gardens and the elegance of Scarboro Golf & Country Club.
High School Sweethearts to Life Partners
Ryan and Rebecca’s journey began in the corridors of high school in 2010. Through the years, their bond grew stronger, blossoming into a love so deep that Rebecca can hardly remember a time when she didn’t love Ryan. Isn’t that the kind of love we all dream about?
Fast forward to their 7th anniversary under the slightly rainy skies of a totally vacant Guildwood Gardens. Amidst their conversation about future family traditions, Ryan got down on one knee and asked Rebecca to marry him. Despite the rain, it was a moment of pure joy and intimacy, perfect in its simplicity.
Choosing the Perfect Venues
When it came to their wedding, finding the right venues was crucial, especially amidst the uncertainties of Covid-19. They wanted places that resonated with their love for the outdoors and beautiful sceneries.
Rosetta McClain Gardens, with its stunning flowers, tranquil waterfall, and charming gazebo was an idyllic setting for their ceremony. Despite a threat of rain, the day turned out beautifully sunny, perfect for their heartfelt vows and photo session that followed. Then it was off to Scarboro Golf & Country Club for more photos and reception!
Imagine this: a grand clubhouse nestled amidst rolling green fairways and mature trees, creating an air of secluded luxury. Its interiors exude a classic charm, with spacious, elegantly appointed rooms perfect for a reception. The large windows bathe the space in natural light, offering views of the tranquil golf course – a photographer’s paradise!
For Ryan and Rebecca, it was seeing how beautifully set up the space was for a wedding they attended previously that sealed the deal. They were particularly thrilled to take pictures across the golf course, capturing moments of love in the breathtaking scenery – something I may have been even more excited about than the bride & groom!
Moments to Remember
Like most weddings, the day was jam packed with unforgettable experiences. Rebecca’s emotional first glimpse of her parents after she was dressed and ready, the loving gazes exchanged at the altar, and the heartfelt speeches from the best man and maid of honour that evoked both tears and laughter. The vows also had Rebecca completely choked up while Ryan lit up when she came down the aisle to the sweet melody of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis.
Speaking of memorable moments, choosing a favorite photo was tough, but for Rebecca, it was the one where she’s placing the ring on Ryan’s finger. The raw emotion and love in that moment was so palpable that Rebecca had to look away to stop herself from crying. And for Ryan’s favourite, it was a candid shot on the golf course that was full of laughter. But if you ask them now what was so funny, they wouldn’t have an answer for you.
Delicious Bites & Personal Touches
Ryan & Rebecca’s wedding cake was a delightful vanilla strawberry creation by Seranos Bakery, adorned with blue roses, their favourite colour that was a no brainer to use with white throughout the wedding. Topping the two tiers was a miniature groom trying to run away from his bride, only to be held back by his tie.
The rest of the food, curated by the venue, was a gastronomic delight, with selections like steak, chicken, and salmon that left everyone raving. You can never go wrong with classic staples like these!
Planning During Covid-19 & Nuggets of Wisdom
Planning a wedding during Covid was certainly no easy feat. Constantly changing restrictions and the challenge of keeping the guest list to 50 were just a few hurdles they overcame. But with the incredible support of Kathleen at Scarboro Golf & Country Club and a focus on what truly mattered, they navigated these challenges gracefully. Now that they’ve been through it all, they have some words of wisdom to couples that are about to plan their own weddings.
Stay true to yourselves: Your wedding should reflect you, not the expectations of others. Make choices that resonate with your story and personalities.
Simplicity is key: Don’t overcomplicate things with excessive décor or details. Focus on what truly matters and let the love shine through.
Embrace the unexpected: Like the rain clearing up just in time, sometimes the best moments are unplanned. Be adaptable and cherish these surprises.
Choose vendors you trust: From the venue to photography, work with people who understand your vision and can bring it to life and make sure to shop around.
Communication is crucial: Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but keeping open lines of communication with your partner, vendors, and helpers can ease the stress substantially.
Remember the big picture: Amid the hustle of planning, never lose sight of what’s important – celebrating your love and starting a new chapter together.
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Capturing Your Love Story
Inspired by Ryan and Rebecca’s tale of love and elegance? Planning your own special day? Whether it’s at the charming Scarboro Golf & Country Club or another enchanting venue in Toronto, I’m here to capture every moment. Head over to kotsy.ca to learn more or hit the button below to set up a free consolation.
With love and laughter,
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Ceremony Venue: Rosetta McClain Gardens
Reception Venue: Scarboro Golf Club
Florist: Wedding Solutions
Hair: Maryam Makeover
Make-Up: True Beauty Make-Up