Real Weddings

Shelley and Moe



Rustic Glam

compiled by Lindsay Ruck
photos by Zack Berjawi and Nick St. Denis

While on assignment in Ottawa for the federal government, Moe admits he wasn’t prepared for the cold winters. Luckily, he had the perfect guide to assist with the frosty adjustment.

“I warmed his heart by introducing him to skiing and snowshoeing,” says Shelley.

When Moe’s initial surprise proposal plan went awry, he switched gears and popped the question on the beautiful grounds of Toronto’s Casa Loma.

“The love and emotion in his eyes was what made the moment special and unforgettable.”

Their next unforgettable moment would happen July 3, 2015 at Stonefields Heritage Farm, which features 120 acres of breathtaking views and whimsical backdrops. The venue proved to be the perfect spot for their 140 guests.

“Not only did Stonefields have the most beautiful grounds for our rustic-glam vision, but after meeting with Steve and Stephanie (the owners), we knew we were in good hands with their attention to detail and personal touches.”

With a colour palette of blush, gold, and ivory, the pair, along with family and friends, planned a picture-perfect wedding filled with sentimental and creative elements.

As guests arrived, they were treated to the musical stylings of friend and musician, Bryan Snider.

“He’s so talented and we were very appreciative that he added a special, personal touch to our day.”

To keep cool under the summer sun, guests were given programs which doubled as fans.

Shelley appeared on her father’s arm donning a Lazaro ivory silk satin mermaid gown with a chapel train. Purchased at L&J Bridal in Toronto, the dress features Swarovski crystal accents and organza flowers.

“[Moe] had a look of pure love on his face. It was a beautiful moment of raw emotion.”

To complement the outdoor locale, bridesmaids held bouquets of cream and blush peonies, roses, and dusty miller. Florist Dalia Bortolotti of Harmony Florals carried that theme into the reception area with centrepieces of cream hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and dusty miller in gold mercury vases.

To celebrate and highlight the groom’s Lebanese culture, the Ottawa Zaffeh Group, comprised of drummers and dancers, kicked off the festivities.

“Every guest was up dancing and learning the traditional dabke. Our guests remarked that the performance really set the tone for the night.”

Individual bags with the inscription, “Five wishes for the new husband and wife – health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!” held the traditional Lebanese favour of candied almonds.

As an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, the newlyweds offered guests takeaway Suzy Q donuts packaged in individual boxes – a sweet ending to a perfect day. W

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