We always enjoy hearing our couples’ stories – how they meet, how they get engaged and any interesting facts along the way. Phedra and Alessandro (Ale) have one of the most interesting stories we have heard. Ale was Captain on the cruise ship that Phedra was a performer on, and I am guessing her singing voice made her hard to resist, along with her obvious beauty, both inside and out. Their dating life was spent traveling all over the Mediterranean together, before finally deciding that they needed to make their relationship permanent. The big dilemma came in the form of trying decide where to have their wedding celebration – either the small village in Italy, where Alessandro’s family and friends all resided, or Toronto, where Phedra’s family and friends lived? Well – rather than make that tough decision, they decided to do both! They were officially married on a cliff-side ceremony over-looking the sea in Italy (*swoon*), and their second wedding celebration happened on a surprisingly beautiful day in February here in Canada, which we were grateful to be a part of.
When we arrived to photograph the pre-wedding preparation, it was such a different atmosphere than what we are used to. Phedra and Ale were getting ready together, calm, relaxed and sharing the moment with family in Italy via skype. Ale surprised us with his newly-learned skills fastening Phedra’s dress with the tiny crochet hook. Impressive! Once they helped each other get ready, we were able to take advantage of the beautifully muted skies at the Evergreen Brickworks for their photographs. These two are seriously photogenic; we were oohing and ahhing over how gorgeous they looked in the photographs on the backs of our cameras (usually we wait to do that at least until we are able to look at the photos on our computer screens!). They also have an incredible natural chemistry together that wasn’t just put on for the sake of photography. Once we all had enough of the brisk February air, we went back to Archeo in the Distillery District where they renewed their vows and confirmed their commitment to one another in front of their Canadian family and friends. It was a short and sweet ceremony, but they couldn’t take their eyes off each other, which was really adorable. Their first dance preceded their dinner and they then enjoyed the rest of their evening laughing and mingling with their guests. I have to say the standard kissing game (where guests have to sing a song with the word “love” in it to get the couple to kiss) was taken to a whole new level at their reception. Many of Phedra’s songbird friends were in attendance, and WOW – it was like having a front row seat on Broadway.
Our congratulations again to Phedra and Alessandro. We loved getting to know you and we really enjoyed partaking in your “Canadian” celebration.