How did he propose?
I am pretty hard to surprise, but I didn`t think twice when Fab proposed the idea that we join a few friends on their vacation to Punta Cana, because we both LOVE to travel and I am ALWAYS in the mood to go on vacation. Fab had a lot of other things in mind for this trip, and I had no ideas other than who would pass up the opportunity to sip some drinks on the beach? Apparently, I really had no idea of all the things happening because throughout the first few days of the trip I didn’t even notice he kept leaving with our friend Nadia, who would be his Best Woman to go and plan the actual proposal. I never once realized that every time he said he was getting a drink he never actually came back with one.
Since we were on a group holiday, he mentioned he wanted to have a private dinner and I had no objections but was quite concerned we would offend everyone by leaving the group. He reassured me saying it was okay and we were just going to have a romantic beach dinner. Still I had no idea and went along with the plan. We arrived to this beautifully draped gazebo on the beach, and no I still didn’t think anything of it, I just thought we were having a really nice dinner to the sound of the best love songs from 1985-1998 seriously the soundtrack was hilarious. I guess the resort knew what was happening too! Throughout the dinner, we just had a great time and enjoyed our meal on the beach and not once did I notice or think anything was up. Meanwhile, the entire time our friends were hiding out in the bushes behind the gazebo paying staff to let them hide so they could capture the moment. Eventually after dessert was served, Fab asked to go for a walk on the beach, and a couple steps from the gazebo he got down on one knee and proposed. It was so overwhelmingly romantic and sweet, and the entire moment caught me off guard but we spent an entire week celebrating our engagement with our closest friends.
The sweetest part about the proposal for me was the amount of effort he put into it, even down to how he designed the ring. I found out after the fact that the centre stone of my engagement ring was purchased with my father on a family vacation we had the previous year in St.Maarten. That trip was so special to me, because we were celebrating my mom being in remission, and I will always have this beautiful stone as a reminder and memory of how resilient our family is. The fact that he included my family in the entire preparation of the proposal was incredible, he had the ring custom designed with our initials underneath as well. There were so many details throughout the entire ring, proposal and everything around it that truly made it so special.
How would you describe your wedding style?
It’s hard to define exactly what our wedding style was, to be honest we worked together as a team to bring in different elements that really represented our different personalities. I would say it was somewhere between a romantic rustic boho vibe. Fabio, the groom, by trade loves working with raw materials, so we felt that we really loved the rustic elements we brought into the day but countered them with softer elements and industrial metals as a balance. As opposed, Krysta the bride is a creative at heart and really wanted to bring in handmade elements, including a hand painted globe, and handmade memorial area. A lot of the decor incorporated was handmade by both the bride and groom and bride’s mother, including the table numbers, and seating chart, and vintage handkerchiefs for guests. We really wanted to be able to have specific stand alone pieces from the wedding that we would be able to bring into our home after, so I think our main goal was sustainability and trying not to be wasteful in anyway. However, our overall goal was to create an atmosphere that allowed our guests to really enjoy themselves and embrace the meaning of the day.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
This is a hard one there were so many elements of the day we loved. I think, the best decision we made was hiring a Month of Coordinator because that really allowed us to enjoy every moment of the day. But in truth we both were so thrilled by the ceremony, our officiant Wayde really made this special and specific to us. There were many parts of the ceremony that were not rehearsed so every moment was genuine and 100% real for both of us including our vows. We had dinner with Wayde a few weeks before the wedding and had a long conversation about what marriage meant to both of us, and through this conversation he curated the most beautiful ceremony that spoke to us directly. He also added a very unique element by including a Hand Tying ceremony and each time he wrapped the silk cloth that was handmade and embroidered by the bride’s mother, he spoke an incantation of values specific to us and what we hoped for in our marriage. It was truly touching.
Photographer: Collective 67
Wedding Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative
Dress & Belt: Sottero & Midgley purchased at Superior Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Makeup & Hair: Salon JC Spa Boutique
Accessories: Hair Comb & Bracelet – Isn’t She Lovely
Necklace – Tiffany & Co
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: DiamondBoi
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal
Grooms Suit: Studio on 7
Grooms Shoes: Aldo Shoes
Groomsman Suit: Studio on 7
Menu/ Place Cards: Lisamarie V Designs
Cake: Sweet Sister Chic Sister
Flowers: Stôk Floral Design
Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Caledon Estates Banquet Hall
DJ/Entertainment: A1 Entertainment
Saxophone Player: Igor Babich
Decor: Luxel Décor
Officiant: Wayde Salmon
Wedding Planner: Make My Day Count