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INSIDEWEDDINGS EN UK A OK UMA & JOE GA S PA R I K JUL Y 2, 2011 TORONTO, ONTARIO PHOTOGRAPHED BY DONAT BARBE TOWN AND COUNTRY From the onset, an organic ease hallmarked the relationship of springboard from which to jump.” The print inspiration fueledactress Enuka Okuma and musician Joe Gasparik. Having met in not only wedding ideas but Enuka’s enthusiasm as well. “I gotToronto while working on the same televised crime drama, the so into it that my friends would laugh when I’d say somethingpair struck up a friendship that eventually grew into more. Three like, ‘I think there’s a shot of that gown in the spring 2009years later, with the blessing of the bride’s parents, Joe popped issue of Inside Weddings,’” muses the bride. After consideringthe question while the pair strolled a Vancouver beach. Through their options, the couple ultimately selected a theme thattears of joy, Enuka agreed, and the couple happily enjoyed a long would combine the bride’s affinity for city life with the groom’sengagement before delving into wedding planning. appreciation of country living. “Joe is a pretty outdoorsy guy “I’m a pretty visual person,” reveals the bride, “so when it and I’m definitely a city girl,” Enuka notes, “yet, together wewas time to make my own ideas a reality, magazines gave me a expand each other’s horizons.” InsideWeddings.com | 113
INSIDEWEDDINGS Beauty DaRico Jackson - hair Candice Ornstein - makeup Bridal Gown Barbra Allin Bridal Salon Becker’s Bridal & Formal Bridesmaid Gowns Cynthia Rowley for The Dessy Group LulaKate - sashes Cake Pretty Sweet Cakes Entertainment DJ Efsharp for Evolved Entertainment Hi-Topp: 90’s R&B Extravaganza Favors Herbal Infusions Tea Co. Floral Design Gaylord Florists Formalwear Lanvin - groom Freeman Formalwear - groomsmen Invitations Dutch Grandma Jewelry Mindham Fine Jewellery Photography Donat Photo Shoes Badgley Mischka Transportation Yorkville Limousine Ltd Venue St. Paul’s Basilica - ceremony The Capitol Event Theatre - reception 114 | InsideWeddings.com
Although many advised the couple to white dahlias and was secured in placeemploy a professional wedding consultant with a white satin ribbon.for the planning, Enuka and Joe chose Bridesmaids were sheathed in knee-to take the helm themselves with help skimming frocks in delicate sage green,from several talented friends and family and carried small ribbon-wrappedmembers. The bride’s sister, a graphic bouquets of white roses and lilies. Twodesigner, created a custom invitation of the couple’s nephews made for darlingsuite that combined the Toronto skyline ring bearers, one carrying a ring in awith faux bois elements to play up the bird’s nest, and the other cradling a bandcouple’s theme, and a talented friend in an engraved ceramic bowl. “We displaydesigned a custom monogram that was both in our home now,” says Enuka ofutilized on wedding stationery and the emblematic vessels.favors. The groom’s father and his wife – The ebullient groom awaited his bridea professional florist – lent their skills to while wearing a handsome ebony suit, athe floral design, while one of the bride’s white orchid pinned to his lapel. “It tookbest friends was appointed to act as all I had to keep it together,” admits Joecoordinator on the big day. “I am forever of seeing his breathtaking bride glideindebted to her for that,” gushes Enuka. down the aisle. Enuka was lovely in a When selecting their ceremony and strapless silk gown featuring a rouchedreception locations, the couple relied on skirt and sweetheart neckline. Petal-the same instincts that led them to each adorned satin pumps, a snowy veil, andother. “We fell in love with our venues in a bouquet of large white dahlias addedkind of the same way we fell in love with to the romance. Three of the couple’seach other,” shares the couple. “When friends played violin, viola, and classicalyou know, you know!” The historical guitar during the processional. “SeeingItalianate-style Roman Catholic church all of our friends and family together inwhere the ceremony was held featured one place for the first time was a magicalpews decorated with cone vases crafted moment,” recalls the groom. “It was afrom birch bark. Each vase held large beautiful feeling I won’t forget.” InsideWeddings.com | 115
Apropos to the bride’s profession, frosted with the couple’s initials. Aa former theatre was the site for the colleague who works as a voice-overcouple’s wedding reception. A marquee actor announced each member of theannounced “The New Romantics Starring wedding party while the former themeEnuka and Joe,” and personalized movie song for Late Night with Conan O’Brienposters designed by the groom’s best played in the background. “It was a hugeman adorned the entrance to the theater. hit!” Joe laughs.Guests located their table assignments Following a delicious three-coursecourtesy of a unique seating chart the dinner, guests were treated to a chocolate-inventive bride had created by securing flavored wedding cake that featured fourescort cards to ribbons on an upholstered beautiful tiers. Iced from top to bottomcanvas with clothespins. Table in a subtle gradation from white to sage,centerpieces were a sprightly mix of white the cake was crowned with a single edibleGerbera daisies, roses, hydrangeas, and white dahlia that mimicked the bride’slilies, along with green spider mums and bouquet. All of the tasty food and drinka plethora of foliage tucked in cylindrical fueled a night of merriment and dancingglass vases wrapped in birch bark and to R&B tunes played by a band that thetied with ribbon. As gifts to the couple, groom selected. “The whole weddingthe crafty groomsmen had created table was extremely personal and each creativenumbers fashioned after old Toronto idea was born out of our life together,”street signs, each representing a road that says Enuka.the bride or groom had either once lived The couple urges future brides andon or near. grooms to savor the moment. “No matter Friends continued to play a significant how busy your wedding day seems, takerole in providing the extra touches that a moment to enjoy yourself,” says Joe.made the event so special. A loved one “I did, and as a result, the whole day isteamed up with a mixologist to create pretty much committed to memory.”liquor-infused drinks, while another Which is exactly as it should be.close friend served home-baked cupcakes KELLY LEE InsideWeddings.com | 117