Submitted by co-founder and Vice President, Tracey Manailescu (on behalf of her company Tracey M Events)
“I am so excited to finally share the beautiful details and photos of my couple Danielle and Thomas Kais-Prial on the WPIC blog! It was such a pleasure to work with them for the past year and a half, because not only are they madly in love, but they are truly each other’s best friend. Danielle’s friends describe her as the girl who always has your back. She is the first one to like a post on social media and is always good for a laugh. Thomas’s friends and family agree that he is kind, loving, smart and someone you an rely on when the going gets tough.
The most important thing for Danielle and Thomas was that their guests would have a good time so entertainment was crucial. They also wanted to ensure that the food was amazing and served piping hot!
Danielle has a very keen eye for design, and she really wanted to be involved in the planning and design process. She found so many beautiful touches like the gold cake topper, table numbers and candle holders, the perfect shade of gray for the bridesmaids dresses and robes. The cuteness factor was there as well with the pretzel and mini coke late night station.
The flavour for their custom-made 5 tiered cake was inspired by one of their favourite restaurants. It was chocolate/banana. Cake designer, Jen La of Jen La Cakes actually went to the restaurant to inspire her to make her own version of the dessert.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful as you would expect. However, the very best part was that the Bride’s sweet grandparents were the ring bearers.
The American Embassy is the building directly beside the University Club and there happened to be a protest going on at the same time. The police actually joined in on the photo fun during a quiet moment to take some photos with the wedding party.
Someone very close to Thomas recently went through cancer treatment, and it shook the entire family tremendously. When I suggested donating all of the florals that focuses on cancer care, they jumped on the idea. On the Monday morning following the wedding, I drove to the venue, collected all of the florals and delivered them to Princess Margaret Hospital (Just a note that this was pre-arranged). The flowers could not go into the patients rooms but were instead put in the nurses station for everyone to enjoy who passed by.
The wedding team was one of the best that I have ever worked with. I was literally on cloud nine for the entire week after the wedding. Everyone went above and beyond to ensure that Danielle and Thomas’s wedding was everything that it should and could be!” ~Tracey Manailescu
An interview with the Bride:
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: The venue itself is absolutely stunning with the walls being filled with beautiful original Group of Seven paintings and drawings. So we did not have to do much in terms of additional decor. We did work with our florist to bring in subtle yet tasteful floral elements in each room our guests would be in. There was one mini DIY project at our wedding. Our guest favors were succulents in cute mini glass vases. They were displayed at a table with an adorable sign that said “Please Take Home a Succulent and Let Love Grow”. We also used the guest favors to tell guests which table they would be sitting at. My little DIY project for the wedding was hot gluing the bamboo stakes onto the guest table cards.
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: My husband Tom and I met 8 years ago at Ryerson University. We were taking a history through film class together. He proposed to me on our 5th year anniversary, after taking me for dinner to the restaurant where we had our first date 8 years prior. It was super cute and the ring was stunning too! It was a great night.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: The most special moment of the day was the actual ceremony. Tom is my best friend and I couldn’t wait to say “I do” and marry him. Another super special moment of the day was our ring bearers. My grandparents have been married for over 60 years. We couldn’t think of two more deserving people to carry our rings down the aisle. So hand in hand my grandparents walked down the aisle with our wedding bands. That was something pretty special!
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A:I would like to pass along something my mother in law told my husband before the big day, which we both found to be super helpful staying happy and stress free. Don’t let extraordinary get in the way of excellent or great. It was her little way of reminding us that if anything doesn’t go exactly as planned, don’t ruin your day getting upset or obsessing over it. This advice helped us truly have an amazing day, one which we will never forget. I would also like to thank our amazing wedding planner Tracey, owner of Tracey M Events! Her hard work and dedication made our wildest dreams come true. Our wedding couldn’t have been more perfect!