Jessica and Matthew’s wedding was a beautiful combination of Chinese tradition and contemporary details. And it’s fascinating how the former was the root of all the bright pops of color – red and gold. These colors, for the Chinese culture, means fortune and good luck, and the abundance of this lovely palette in this wedding will surely attract them by the multitude. Aside from this, I also love the modern venues they used throughout the day, specially that of the theater during the ceremony. Although our bride gave up the idea of walking down an aisle by using this location, the result was uniquely awesome – it feels like they’re the lead characters in a play attended by the people they love. Congratulations Matthew & Jessica!
What is your story as a couple, how did you meet & fall in love?
We met online. It was love at first sight!
What makes the two of you a perfect match?
We compliment each other.
How did he (or you) propose?
After a dinner of meatballs at Ikea, Matthew proposed on a Monday night in a photobooth at a local mall. After he put he coins in the booth he showed Jessica a sheet of pictures he took the week before. The words in the pictures said, “Will you marry me”. Jessica said, “of course” as the photobooth captured the moment.
How long was the planning process? Did you think it was enough time?
We were engaged in October and married in May. It was just enough time.
What was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?
To get a wedding planner!
What were some challenges you faced while planning your wedding & what did you do to address them?
We had to keep our budget in check.
What inspired your wedding décor? Why did you choose the things that you did?
We chose the colours red and gold due to a recent trip to China. We love the classic combination. There was also a vintage flare to our theme.
What was the wedding budget?
Where did you save the most money?
What was the biggest expense?
How many guests were invited in your wedding and what was the final guest count?
What songs did you use during the ceremony?
Processional was In My Life – Beatles.
Recessional – All You Need Is Love – Beatles ( Love Actually Soundtrack)
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Istanbul and Amsterdam
What are you most excited about for the future?
Traveling and eating together.
Do you have advice for couples still in the planning process?
Try not to get stuck on the small details. Have fun!
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
What was your favorite part of the day?
What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?
Our officiant told our story about how we met during the ceremony. We had many guests tell us it was the best ceremony they ever attended.
Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?
Anything else you would like to add ?
It was the best day ever!
Photographer: Blair Gable Photography
Officiant: Exceptional Ceremonies
Ceremony Location:Great Canadian Theatre Company
Event Planner: Kennedy Event Planning and Design
Location:Nepean Sailing Club
Restaurant:Yangtze Dinning Lounge