Growing up, Kristin had always been involved with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto since her grandparents were founding members and her parents were still heavily involved. Chris used to visit the JCCC as a child alongside his grandparents and participated in many popular Japanese pastimes.
Chris then eventually joined the Board of Directors in 2010. Though Kristin and Chris saw each other around the centre over the years, their paths didn’t cross too much. It wasn’t until Kristin joined the Board as well that they got to know each other a little better. Although they were both in their own relationships at the time, they remained friends for a long time. It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that their situations changed and their relationship so naturally blossomed. From that point on they were inseparable!
Kristin had plans to go out for dinner with her cousins which was a long-overdue girl’s night out. Kimiye suggested an escape room might be fun since they had talked about doing one for a while. Unbeknownst to Kristin, Chris was the mastermind behind the whole plan. He had the whole escape room orchestrated with the owner at the Durham Escape Rooms. When the girls arrived, Chris was already there hiding around back.
As they started to play, Kristin noticed that there was something weird going on when the first puzzle piece was a photo of Kristin from Halloween several years ago. She brushed it off but it didn’t really click until she found all the puzzle pieces. The code to unlocking one of the chests was M-I-N-E, and inside was a note taped to a box that read, “Kristin, you solved the puzzle to unlock my heart.” Inside the box was the most beautiful oval diamond engagement ring with a sapphire halo (Kristin’s birthstone) and another note, “Will you marry me?” At that point, Chris finally came into the room. He had been watching the whole thing on the cameras from the front desk. The rest was a blur, but the obvious answer was “YES! Of course!”
Kris and Chris’ wedding was as special as their engagement! It was truly a reflection of them as a couple and not just a collection of traditions and formalities. They wanted their decor to be romantic, timeless and elegant and chose the colour scheme of navy blue, merlot and champagne gold. But what was really nice was how they tied in little Japanese influences where they could. Kris and Chris said their I Do’s under a ceiling full of paper cranes in front of a custom printed cherry blossom background. And there were lots of tears – happy tears, of course!
Their wedding reception at the JCCC was decorated with merlot tablecloths and gold napkins to contrast the navy bridesmaids dresses. The centrepieces were designed by a friend from the Ikenobo Ikebana Society. One of my favourite wedding details was Kristin’s engagement ring which was a custom-designed piece from Diamondboi that featured the word “love” in Japanese Kanji. Kristin chose a Japanese-inspired bridal hairpiece for herself and her bridesmaids. I love how it matched their invitations which incorporated their colour scheme and their Japanese heritage with Japanese washi paper pattern and beautiful cherry blossoms!
Kristin and Chris’ wedding day was an emotional day full of love! So loved being there to capture it all! Congrats Kris and Chris!
Wedding Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography
Venue: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events
Florist: Dandie Andie Floral Designs
Hair Stylist: MonStyleFile
Make-Up Artist: Makeup by Tess
Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal Boutique
Bridal Dress Designer: Mikaella Bridal
Bridal Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker
Bridal Jewellery: Diamond Boi
Bridesmaid Gowns: KF Bridal
Linen: Around The Table
Stationery: Simply Sealed
Groom Attire: NB Men
Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein
DJ: Impact DJ
Favours: Glass Coaster Store
Cake Topper: Natz Knick Knacks