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Maya and Jon's black-tie affair lets loose with whimsical touches
Shy and reserved Maya Sagadore caught the eye of gregarious Jon Pezzente at his sister’s birthday party. “I knew of her from the neighbourhood,” says Jon, “but that night, I really saw her.” For her part, Maya was drawn to Jon’s kind eyes and knew there was something worth exploring.
Five years later, “We’d been dating long enough,” says Maya jokingly. But Jon was playing it cool as a member of the “why rush it?” club. Or so she thought. “He has this incredible poker face so when [the proposal] happened, I didn’t expect it at all.”
A clever ruse involving non-existent Cirque du Soleil tickets kept Maya in the dark, even as Jon dragged her into Lonsdale Quay’s Pipe Shop Building under the pretext of a quick site check for his work in real estate. The warehouse had been transformed by the team at Lux Proposals, who had mined Maya’s Pinterest boards to create the perfect white-and-gold setting for Jon to propose with an oval-cut diamond in a white-gold halo setting.
Being an interior designer, Maya quickly had a PowerPoint presentation of her dream wedding to share with her wedding planner, Aly Armstrong of Aly Armstrong Event Planning and Design. A traditional Catholic ceremony in Jon’s family church would be followed by a formal reception for 190 people, inspired by presidential and royal state dinners. “I wanted the romance and feeling of a castle, but with a more modern feel,” Maya explains.
Stanley Park Pavilion was the perfect fit for the updated fairy-tale castle theme, thanks to the lush, late-summer gardens. “It really was the perfect day,” Jon says.
Jon’s two shawl-collar tuxes (black for the ceremony and white for the reception) and those of the groomsmen were custom-made by North Vancouver’s Giuseppe the Roman Tailor, who used to make suits for the groom’s father. The bridesmaids wore simple black column dresses from Isabelle’s Bridal, where Maya ultimately found her Madison James lace mermaid dress for the ceremony.
A traditional ceremony took place at Jon’s family parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he also attended elementary school. Sunflower Florist’s natural, trailing bouquet lived up to Maya’s request that she have a “whole garden” in her hands.
Stanley Park Pavillion’s white panelled walls, vaulted tray ceiling and hardwood floors were the perfect canvas for Maya and Jon’s formal theme. A white-on-cream flower wall by Flower Wall Vancouver offered guests an indulgent selfie backdrop. Long tables, broken up by three-foot gilt candelabras, ran perpendicular to the head table, which boasted custom-made white-and-gold thrones for the bride and groom.
Trailing floral centrepieces mirrored Maya’s bouquet, while wedding planner Aly Armstrong pulled from several vendors to find the 190 gold-gilt sunburst charger plates for each guest’s table setting.
With only one week’s notice, Yaletown’s Ganache Patisserie was able to create a stunning floral-themed cake. None of the guests suspected that it was also vegan-friendly for Jon’s brother and best man, Mario.
Despite some apprehension, Maya bought her less traditional lace mermaid reception dress online. Luckily, she was thrilled with it when it arrived. It was so inexpensive that, had it been a disaster, she’d already decided to use it as a Halloween costume.
The couple snuck some levity into the religious ceremony when, during the signing of the book, the string quartet played a priest-approved rendition of the theme from The Godfather.
The couple had hoped to travel from the ceremony to the reception in a horse-drawn carriage, but bylaws will be bylaws. Ultimately, they were both very happy with the vintage Rolls Royce that shuttled them in style across the Lions Gate Bridge.