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Just six months before he was set to get married in October 2010, David Gill decided to plan a wedding theme unbeknownst to his future bride, Julie Norden. It was a bold move but, then again, the couple had already been together for ten years, and so David was fairly confident that Julie would love with his big surprise.
The theme? You Are What You Love, the title of a song by one of their favorite Canadian artists, Melanie Doane. With help and advice from their wedding planner, Angela Zaltsman of A to Z Event Management, David had the marquee at the Eglinton Grand — the location of their wedding ceremony and reception — read “You Are What You Love, Starring Julie and David.” He also had a custom movie poster made with the same theme, and had the title projected on the wall above the head table.
Finally, David contacted Melanie Doane’s agent to see if she could perform during the cocktail hour. Melanie said she’d be honoured, and she was especially touched when she saw the poster and marquee (the singer happens to live in Toronto, though David would have been willing to fly her in from just about anywhere). I asked David what some of the logistics were and he said the hardest part was hiding the rented equipment from Julie.
On the big day, Julie was in total disbelief. “No, you didn’t!” were the first words out of her mouth when she realized it wasn’t a CD playing as they entered the cocktail reception, but rather Melanie herself.
What did this mean to David? It was the perfect verse to a beautiful song he and Julie are writing together.
Event Planners: A to Z Event Management
Photography: Ikonica, Jackson Huang
Venue: Eglinton Grand
Dress: Barbara Allin Design at Becker’s Bridal
Shoes: Benjamin Adams at Celebration Shoes
David’s Suit: Theodore 1922
Make up: Kirsch Cosmetic Studio
Hair: Image Makeover
Flowers: Designing Trendz
Officiant: Gordon Kushner
Band: New Hollywood
Limousine: Rosedale Livery
Wedding Cake: Eat My Words
Accommodations: Park Hyatt
Photo Booth: Snapz
Poster and gobo: Mars Design
Click here to listen to You Are What You Love