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I don’t think I’ve ever been happier…
Taking you to Toronto, Canada for another stunning love story to share with you today.
We have a Canadian-Jamaican union to inspire you today! Meet beautiful Shenese and handsome Jesse of Canadian-Irish and German heritage. They met through a mutual friend at a games night, and got engaged in a surprise proposal in Toronto.
Shenese and Jesse wanted to combine a bit of both their Canadian home provinces. Their day started with a simple but very moving Jehovah’s Witness ceremony at their local Kingdom Hall, which provided a moment of pure, joyful serenity for them in the prayers they shared after their vows.
After that, it was on to the reception at Paradise Banquet Hall which had a lovely modern country feel to it, and paid tribute to the natural beauty of Alberta (where Jesse is from). This juxtaposition of a modern-rustic vibe with this glamorous Toronto venue was something special and a perfect reflection of Shenese and Jesse’s world.
What a beautiful union! Over to Shenese and Jesse, and their delightful images from Randy Lange Photography which had me at hello!
It was April 22, 2017. Jesse told me he wanted to go into downtown Toronto to a dinner with my best friend and her fiancé. On the actual day, Jesse told me he would be down early so we should kill some time by going to the lake shore in Mississauga before meeting up with the others. We walked to the end of the pier and he was looking around and humming, which I thought was pretty strange.
Just as I was about to ask him if he wanted to go meet up with my best friend, he tapped a stranger on the shoulder and asked her if she could take a video of us (I whispered “you mean a picture” to him). Just as I went to pose, he grabbed my hands and started talking about how much he loved me, and then I realised what was happening, and I didn’t hear a word after that because I was freaking out! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I said “YES!”. Seconds later, two of my best friends jumped out from the bushes screaming and taking photos.
We went back to my house to tell my parents, and as I opened the door I saw all my family and friends waiting for me with cake and champagne.
My husband, Jesse, is from Alberta, Canada originally, and I am from Toronto, Ontario. Through our wedding, with our photos, we were able to incorporate the nature that represented the beauty of Alberta, and yet our venue in Vaughn was very Toronto.
We didn’t have any difficulty finding inspiration – I had a vision for my wedding for some time, and Jesse was on board with my ideas, so it was fairly easy.
We chose Randy and Ricardo Masillion of Randy Lange Photography to capture our day for us . I would 100% recommend them. They pay attention to detail and cater their photography to each client. They made us feel so involved and truly made us enjoy EVERY moment.
Since I was a little girl, I had wanted a mermaid strapless dress. When I actually got a chance to go wedding dress shopping, I vowed to step outside of my boundaries and try different styles, which I did, but on my first dress shopping excursion I was brought to tears and I knew that it was my dress!
Jesse’s suit was a custom suit by a local Toronto company called Canvas Custom Suits. He was able to choose every detail, which made the process super fun and easy.
Our wedding ceremony was very simple but nice.
I loved seeing Jesse for the first time when those doors were opened; I’d never been so excited to see him!
We had all our friends and family watch as we exchanged vows and listened to an uplifting talk based on the Bible, on how to have a successful marriage.
Our favourite moment of our ceremony was the prayer after the vows. Everything is so surreal and nerve-wracking when it’s happening, but when we prayed after the vows, it became so real and we felt so at ease and happy.
I like the country look for floral arrangements – hand tied, not so uniform and TONS of greenery – so when I met the florist those were my top priorities and she nailed it!
The funniest moment of our wedding was when Jesse and I walked into the reception hall and on the dance floor we saw our guests and two chairs. They rushed us to the chairs and lifted us above their heads – I was terrified but had so much fun!
Our first dance was beautiful. We sat for hours trying to choose a song we both loved and that described us, and we chose ‘From the Ground Up’ by Dan + Shay. When we danced, I saw only him, and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.
Challenges and Triumphs
We didn’t have many challenges to be honest, but I think our triumph was I was able to get a lot of great deals, and do a lot of DIYs, and I had SO much help from friends and family, which definitely helped.
Relax! It is a VERY important day and we want it to be perfect, but if you’re stressed the joy from that will all be taken away.
Enjoy your day, live in the moment, and LOVE HARD.
Such perfect advice – LOVE HARD – I am using that as my mantra. Jesse and Shenese – such a beautiful union thank you for sharing your love story with Nu Bride
Photographer: Randy Lange Photography
Venue: Paradise Banquet Hall
Dress: David’s Bridal
Makeup: The Art of Makeup & Hair
Suit: Canvas Custom Suits
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bridesmaid Outfits: Bride’s mother
Groomsmen Suits: Brooks Brothers
Cake: Angela Carty
Flowers and Décor: Alina Arango
Food: Paradise Banquet Hall