A summer proposal at the Toronto Music Garden
The Toronto Music Garden is a lovely spot in Toronto, and are very popular for engagement and wedding photography because there aren’t many spots in the city where a couple can have nature-filled shots juxtaposed with graffiti and charming city photos. Samantha and Ryan had a lovely surprise proposal at the Toronto Music Gardens, and Samantha is the sister of our own social media intern, Tarisha! Check out her story here:
Ryan and I were introduced by mutual friends about two years ago, and went on our first date in November 2013. Many of our excursions includes us roaming around the downtown Toronto area and discovering new places to hang out and see.
Since Ryan and I spend a lot of our free time downtown, when we made plans to go get drinks in the distillery district on a random Saturday in June of 2015, I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. On the the subway ride there he said that we needed to make a quick stop. I asked where, to which he answered the Toronto Music Garden; somewhere neither one of us had been. On our way there we got a bit lost and went too far East, and then decided to hop in a cab and we finally arrived at the Toronto Music Garden. We walked around a bit and reminisced about when we first met. We walked over to a beautiful gazebo and he pulled a letter out of his jacket he said I have something I want to read to you… As he read I realized what he was going to ask. He got down on one knee and said “will you marry me?” In tears I paused and said yes!
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2015 Wedding Statistics
Weddingbells recently released the results of their 2015 wedding statistics in their reader’s survey report. They found out some pretty interesting stuff, like the most popular month for weddings, and even about the burgeoning role of social media and technology in wedding planning! We’ve summarized their 2015 wedding staticstics for you below:
Couples are engaged for an average 1 year and 10 months.
The average bride was 30 years old.
Size & Location:
Number of projected weddings is up from 157,125 in 2014 to 160,324 in 2015- 22,445 of those wedding will be destination weddings.
The average wedding consisted of 129 guests.
1 in 4 Canadian couples have a destination wedding.
23% of weddings happen in August- we’re guessing this is because our post that explains why winter weddings are awesome wasn’t published until a few months ago 🙂 2015 wedding statistics
Only 18% of Canadian couples hired a wedding planner in 2014, but those who did were 16% more likely to be “ecstatic” with the results of their wedding.
Average cost of a wedding planner was $3,535- which isn’t a bad price for ecstaticism on your wedding day!
Wedding planners worked with an average budget of $37,948 in 2014
36% of brides find wedding planning to be more stressful than enjoyable- as wedding planners, it’s our job to make sure that our brides (and grooms) don’t become this statistic!
2015 wedding statistics
The Role of Digital and Online Media in Wedding Planning:
Brides spend an average of 4.3 hours per week consuming wedding-related media
92% of couples feel it is important that a wedding website be Canadian when they are browsing for information online
80% of brides use Pinterest for wedding planning
42% of brides use a wedding app every day.
Pretty interesting stuff, huh? We were surprised to find that so many couples are opting to tie the knot abroad, when there are so many beautiful venues right here in Toronto! Look out for our Wedding Venues in the GTA post coming soon, that’ll feature some picturesque options for your big day.
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Toronto Wedding Band
Ascension Groove Band is made up professional musicians. We have been together for more than twenty years. The band has played various venues locally and internationally. We primarily worked overseas a lot. It just takes one client to see you at a club and book you for a wedding and that’s what happened. We still perform at clubs and casinos and also do corporate/private events. It is always a thrill to be part of someone’s special day and provide lasting memories.
Our first wedding gig was more than 10 years.
We can’t imagine doing anything else but we all would still be involved in music. We have all harnessed our craft through school and performing over the years. Once in your system, you never leave music.
We are always making sure everyone is having a good time and things are running smoothly. So when we are not on stage entertaining we are perhaps on a short break, having dinner while speeches taking place but we are constantly keeping track and in close contact with the planner if the client has one. My job primarily during breaks is to connect with the planner or if there is no planner I help with coordinating between the client and venue.
Being in a wedding band is fun!!! You perform a variety of genres, you meet interesting people and at the end of the day you were part of a special moment and it’s quite an honour to be the entertainment that was chosen. It not only means something to the client but to us as well…you like what we do.
I don’t think people realize the work put into preparing for a wedding. A band learns new repertoire, perhaps performing their first dance, coordinating and booking of musicians whether it’s for the ceremony or the reception, organizing/arranging for sound and lighting etc.
Besides music we are family type individuals. Our downtime is spent with family, sports, travelling and photography.
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June wedding at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre
As little girls, we spent a lot of time watching Disney movies and marvelling over the beautiful details in each movie. When our lovely June 2015 bride approached us in Fall 2014 about designing a fanciful, punch pink, silver, white and blush wedding, we instantly thought of Cinderella. Our bride selected a gorgeous colour palette and a large venue in John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre in Mississauga, which has a ton of open space and lots of lighting.
In developing the colour scheme, we imagined crystals, large floral displays, and horse-drawn carriages. We decided to use a silver gilt framed mirror as the seating chart using the custom stationery design that we created for the bride’s invitations.
We envisioned a lot of white, with pops of punch pink and touches of blush and silver. Using simple uplighting and LED bars, provided by Ally Entertainment, under the Cinderella-skirted head tables transformed the auditorium. The hand-pinned silver brooch buckles on the head tables really shone with the uplights and candle light. As you can see, using the right kind of lighting can transform any type of space!
We assisted the bride with selecting vases for her tall centerpieces, which consisted of greenery and hydrangeas. We set these off with votives for each table. The table linens were white satin with punch-pink satin pocket-folded napkins. The pop of pink set off the centerpieces wonderfully and brought the room together. It was quite the feast for the eyes, as well as the palette!
All in all, we found the experience of decorating at John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre to be a delight, with very helpful staff and management. We would recommend this hall again and are looking forward to working with this great group again in the near future! These lovely photos were provided by Nirvanie Srikishun Photography, and she even helped us set up and tear down :).
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