Toronto Groom Gushes Over Valencienne Bride

Bride and groom kiss under outdoor atrium

It’s not often we get an overjoyed Groom (in this case Eric) sharing his version of the wedding day, but for our beautiful Valencienne Bride, Elizabeth (or Beth) we couldn’t resist asking him a few questions:

What was the wedding day like?

It was a beautiful autumn day on September 6th, 2014. We got married outside on the patio at Palais Royale with our loved ones enjoying the sunshine and amazing view. Our personalized vows were a highlight of the whole day with us taking jabs at each other’s favourite sports teams. We incorporated the German Tradition of sawing a log in half together, signifying our first big hurdle as a married couple, as I’m half German. It was special as my brothers found the ‘perfect log near our family cottage and even fashioned the saw horse for us.

Stunning bride and and groom recite their vows in a beautiful outdoor wedding at Palais Royal Toronto

Beautiful outdoor wedding that highlights this stunning wedding. You can see Toronto in the background! Center shot photo of the wedding party with Lake Ontario serving as the backdrop. Look how the gown flows with nature.

What was your wedding theme?

The theme was a Gatsby-esque ‘roaring 20s’ theme utilizing the character of the venue (Palais Royale) which used to be a jazz club in Toronto. Black and gold were the main elements to the theme, with a live jazz band that also helped contribute to the overall ambience of the day.

Beautiful place setting for the bridal party.

reception setup before the guests arrive. simply gorgeous. Place setting for the wedding reception. dinner place settings wedding invitation wedding invitation with ring

wedding cake

What were your Top 3 Wedding Moments and Why?

  1. Wedding Vows: The officiant, Dennis, was excellent and came across as if he was an old friend of the family. The personalized vows were also a nice touch to the ceremony as both Elizabeth and myself took turns to ‘jab’ at each other’s sports teams (I promised to console my wife when the Leafs beat the Habs) and likewise, Elizabeth promised to stand by me when Tony Romo throws his classic interception to lose the football game for the Dallas Cowboys.
  2. Log Cutting Ceremony: This is a German tradition that the couple overcomes hardship by sawing a ‘log’ together with a two-man saw. It’s a symbol that if they overcome this first hardship together they can overcome all hardships that will come their way in marriage. The saw horse was a little unsteady so our bridal party ended up holding a leg each which ended up making it more meaningful.
    Note from Beth: “I was so nervous about the Log Cutting Ceremony and ruining my beautiful couture gown from Kim, that she actually made me a super sweet silk apron to wear during the cutting! It was quite the hit!”
  3. The opening of the dance floor: Elizabeth and myself love dancing, as do our group of friends; therefore when the first dances were over with and the dance floor was finally open it was the quickest busiest dance floor I have ever experienced at a wedding. It was really awesome.

Bride and groom sawing a log in half - German wedding tradition.

Bridal Party Bridesmaids Groomsmen

Bridal Bouquet Groom with a 'wow look' while looking at his bride!

What was your first reaction to seeing Beth in her dress?

I was absolutely blown away! She looked drop dead stunning and I had a hard time picking my jaw up from the floor. She’s ALWAYS beautiful but the gown just really accentuated who she was and made her even more gorgeous.

 What were your Top 3 Favourite Wedding Details?

  1. Elizabeth’s Dress from Valencienne was absolutely beautiful, it was custom made and really accentuated her figure as well as being mindful to the ‘roaring 20s’ theme that the venue exuded. **swoon** Editors note: We are so THRILLED when the Groom loves the gown as much as the Bride!!! 
  2. The Jazz Band filled the space brilliantly and brought the venue to life.
  3. All the décor including the stationary, the black glass chargers with gold sequin table cloths, with the gorgeous high florals really filled the space wonderfully and made the place look elegant and warm.

Bride and groom with saw after cutting log.

ABOUT THE DRESS (From Valencienne):

Beth wanted a gown that elevated the art deco style of her venue while still remaining modern and chic. She opted for a timeless silk organza and french corded lace gown with a keyhole back and trumpet skirt. We accented the design with custom hand made silk roses for a special added something.

Congratulations Beth & Eric! Thank you so much for sharing your day with Valencienne!


Planner: Distinct Occasions – Gina Humilde
Photographer: Anthony Manieri of 5ive15ifteen
Flowers & Decor: Paras Events
Stationery: Palettera
Officiant: Dennis Curley – All Life’s Milestones
Venue: Palais Royale
Band – Jeff Deegan Band 
DJ – Kevin Cheung
Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids: Valencienne Bridal
Cake: The Caketress 
Caterer: Palais Royale
Favours: Nadia & Co.
Hair and makeup: Sonia Ryan