Shirley and Gifford are both New Yorkers but decided on a destination Graydon Hall Manor wedding. They fell in love with the beauty and architecture of the venue and had 75 of their family and friends fly from all over the U.S., England and Ghana to Toronto to celebrate their marriage with them!
Shirley and Gifford actually met at work, but were just friends. Despite going through difficult times, Shirley felt always supported by Gifford. He was always there to lend an ear and put a smile on her face. As they started to date, their relationship blossomed very quickly. Gifford reminisces how the more they talked, the more he realised they had a lot in common. He says, â€œit was effortless, it felt natural, it was refreshingâ€. Shirley and Gifford would take turns planning dates for each other.
On one date, Gifford asked Shirley to go up to the One World Observatory in the Freedom Tower to have dinner there. Every twenty minutes, there was a loud demonstration of the views of NYC right below the restaurant. That meant that Gifford only had twenty minutes to propose. He wanted to have the wine all poured and ready when he got down on one knee so they had ordered a bottle. As the waiter started to uncork the wine, the cork broke midway in the bottle! When the second waiter finally fixed the broken wine cork and was able to pour the wine, Gifford only had five minutes remaining. He held the ring in his finger and Shirley was left breathless and started balling in disbelief. As she said yes, the demo came on and she described it as a crazy and an unforgettable night!
Shirley and Gifford’s wedding was so romantic and intimate. They wanted to bring the New York vibe to Toronto, but also keep it classy and dreamy. I love the timeless colours they had picked â€“ light greys, blush, pink and champagne. I love the use of the white charger plates with pink napkins. Shirley looked incredible in her Pronovias lace wedding gown. The illusion neckline was so pretty and I loved how she paired it with strappy white Christian Louboutin heels. Shirley was so lucky to receive a Chanel Boy handbag and Gifford, a blue rolex. Both of Shirley’s nieces were so cute in their flower girl dresses! Both their ceremony and reception were so sweet and real. The party didn’t stop until late into the night with so many people dancing away.
There was so much to love about this wedding. Like how both of Shirley’s brothers walked her to Gifford at their ceremony. Shirley’s parents passed away when she was younger, so they became a close family. I also love how Gifford never stopped complimenting how beautiful his wife was that day. His reaction when he saw her for the first time at their First Look was precious! He looked gobsmacked. But their smiles said everything after they finally signed the marriage certificate to make it official. Shirley and Gifford’s happiness was undeniable and we so loved being there to capture every moment.
Wedding Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography
Venue: Graydon Hall Manor
Bridal Dress Designer: Pronovias
Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridal Accessories: Haute Bride
Groom Attire: Paul Smith
Hair Stylist: Blush Pretty
Florist: FÃ©te Floral + Events
Cake Designer: The Sweet Sisters
DJ: Michael Coombs Entertainment