A wonderful wedding at Adath Israel Synagogue and Thompson Hotel

Weddings are often likened to fairytales since the bride and groom are the living embodiment of the coveted “Happy Ending”, yet every once in awhile a wedding will come along that feels like a fairytale for an entirely different reason. Shauna + Richard’s wedding, for instance, was like a modern day Cinderella story – albeit a bit abstract!

Richard’s father owns the stylish Davids Footwear in Yorkville. It’s a family-owned business and Richard actually works there as well. The wedding had a subtle shoe theme to honour the family business, which worked out quite well for the bride and her bridesmaids!

Shauna wore the most incredible strapless Vera Wang gown that had curves in all right places, a scalloped neckline, dainty train and impeccable lace with a flower accented ribbon belt. Her silvery Cinderella-esque stilettos were custom made for her by Manolo Blahnik, and custom is an understatement!

Shauna’s bridesmaids wore special peep toe heels which were black, dressy and comfortable. Keeping with the shoe theme, she gave her girls pairs of Toms as gifts. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Toms makes incredibly comfortable shoes with the added bonus that for every pair sold, the company donates a pair to a child in need. It’s a great way to treat yourself (or a loved one) and do something good for the world!

Before the ceremony, Shauna + Richard had their big reveal. Since the day was wet and wintery cold, we kept everything inside at the Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto. The hotel was amazing with a sleek modern edge, so we didn’t mind the indoor limitation at all! Shauna walked through the large lobby toward Richard, who was sitting in a chair with his back to her. As she reached him, she glanced down at his shoe cufflinks and gave a little smile. With a slight touch to his shoulder he turned around and saw his beautiful bride. They were so sweet together! From there we took a little tour of the hotel for some extra portraits, and then made our way to the ceremony.

This was a traditional Jewish wedding at Adath Israel Synagogue in North York. The room was filled with loved ones who came to see the wonderful couple who had been friends since elementary school.

After the beautiful ceremony, the guests had a blast celebrating with the newlyweds! First they grabbed their unique place cards made from black shoe horns, and then they danced the night away thanks to the fabulous band Sole Power.  Judy Stein, the wedding coordinator, did such a stellar job as always in every visible detail. It was such a great night!

Congratulations, Shauna + Richard!

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