Olena and James’ wedding day started with an emotional bang. When we arrived at Olena’s parents’ house, we were told that Olena had received one of the sweetest, most sentimental, thoughtful gift that we’ve seen to date from a groom to his bride. Not only did James write Olena a card to be opened on their wedding day, but also cards to be opened on their one year wedding anniversary and every milestone anniversary (typically every 5 years) until their 50th. Seriously, Olena, as we’re sure you know — you’re a lucky woman.
Meanwhile, after a round of golf, James and the guys got ready at the Westin Golf and Country Club.
In the Ukrainian tradition, the bride and the groom walk down the aisle together so Olena was greeted by James at the church. It was the first time they had seen each other that day. Talk about emotional!!
St. Nicolas Ukrainian Church is one of our new favorite churches in the city. The colours are just gorgeous.
Their vows completed, immediate family and bridal parties waited for the PCC streetcar that Olena and James had rented to pick them up on Queen West. It was certainly a chilly day so a stop for some pastries to warm up was in order.
And with that, everyone piled back into the streetcar en route to the Berkeley Church!
Against the backdrop of Berkeley’s gothic arch, friends and family told such heartfelt stories about Olena and James. Not to mention the tender words that Olena and James exchanged in front of their guests…
What a wedding! It certainly had it all — emotion; close family and friends; unique, but personalized, concepts; and such attention to detail. Thanks for asking us to document your day, Olena and James!
Club: Westin Golf and Country Club
Ceremony Location: St. Nicolas Ukrainian Church
Reception Location: Berkeley Church
Event Coordination: Bliss Events
Hair: Nicole at Coup Bizarre
Makeup: Faces by Carla
Flowers: Flower Fantasy
Candelabras: Designs by Anita
Cake: Paulette’s Donuts
DJ: DJ Razzamatazz
Polka Band: Ren Kahoot