Influences from Dubai dazzle guests at the charming Hart House wedding of Ashley and Shane

"Living in Toronto while planning our wedding, we were able to organize remotely with the help of family and friends—and a couple of well-timed visits. A year and a half was essential to be able to book the vendors we wanted, especially the venue and photographer as the good ones get booked far in advance! Costs add up quickly so it was most important to us to prioritize our spending on items that most impacted our guests’ experience—venue, food and decor. Having our ceremony and reception at the same venue allowed our guests to flow seamlessly from ceremony to cocktail hour and then reception without losing momentum. The Hart House provided amazing food and signature drinks that kept our guests very happy while we were taking photos!"


"With Shane and I meeting and getting engaged in Dubai, it was important to bring a Middle East influence to our wedding day. The beautiful, backyard tent at the Hart House was perfect for our theme, allowing us to host an outdoor wedding without worrying about the weather and also allowing our dog, Mia, to attend. It was a bit overcast the day of, but one of my favourite memories was the sun coming out as I walked down the aisle and throughout the ceremony—perfectly captured by Christie of White Dahlia Studios. Debut Event Design went above and beyond bringing to life our vision with rich and vibrant décor, accented with gorgeous flower arrangements from the Flower Factory and our show-stopping cake from The Cake and the Giraffe. Our canopied altar was the perfect background for our vows and photos and also acted as a cool seating area during cocktail hour."


"As night fell, coloured lighting made the tent extra special for dancing and looked amazing in photos. We then surprised guests with the Japadog food truck as our late night snack, driving right up on the lawn. Overall, we can honestly say we had the time of our lives and wish we could do it all over again!"




Photographer: White Dahlia Studios
Venue & Catering: Hart House Restaurant
Decorator: Debut Event Design
Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Amanda-Lina’s
Bride’s accessories: The Borrowed Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Gallery
Groom’s & Groomsmens’ Outfits: Moores
Makeup: Nanami Ushiroji
Hair: Mona Leung
Florals: Flower Factory
Cake: The Cake and the Giraffe
DJ: Girl on Wax
Seating Chart & Lawn Games: Bespoke Decor