While on vacation in Toronto Kailey met Kristjan. Kailey was from Calgary and when it was time for her to leave, they promised each other they would keep in touch.
After a four month, long distance relationship, Kristjan proposed to Kailey. Yes was the answer, and within a month, Kailey was on a plane to Toronto to be with him. They were engaged for a year and a half before their beautiful wedding, photographed by Brent Calis, at Archeo Restaurant in Toronto.
The most memorable moment: The most memorable moment of the day was our first dance. We chose my parents first dance song that was played at their wedding…but didn’t tell them! Seeing their reaction was one of the greatest moments of my life, seriously! The song is ‘I always called them mountains’- by Rita Coolidge
The most unexpected moment: When our emcee came out dressed in silly costumes! We had no idea he was going to do that! First he was a pirate, then Tigger and then a baby! This was to get us to kiss, in lieu of clinking glasses.
Photographer: Brent Calis Photography
Venue: Archeo Restaurant
Coordinator: Sandra Torres
Dress: Romantic Bridals from the Elite Bridal, Alberta
Suit: Samuelsohn from The Bay
Kristjans shoes: Steve Madden | Socks: Van Heusen | Tie: Michael Kors
Getting Ready Location: The Grand Hotel
Flowers: Coquette Studios
Hair and Makeup, Kelly McGoey and Kristen Munro
Barbershop: Bellwoods Barbers
Meet the women behind the accessories featured in the Toronto Flower Market Shoot. we posted last week.
Antonia Akai-Casuccio is the owner and founder of The Loved One, an online accessory boutique based in Toronto. We ask Antonia to tell us about herself and the inspiration behind The Loved One…here is what she told us.
What is your background? My professional background is display, merchandising and retail design worked for many years at Holt’s, Club Monaco in California and Gap Inc. in New York. I also launched both Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie into Canada.
Why did you create The Loved One? I created The Loved One when I was shopping for my own wedding. I was so unispired by what was on the market – boring strings of pearls and rhinestones with no personality. The pieces I really loved were way out of my price range. I started researching different designers and slowly put together the concept for The Loved One.
Where do most of your products come from? I like to focus on local designers, but if I see designs from outside Canada that seem right for the brand then I’ll pick them up. I work with designers from Santa Monica, Philadelphia, and as far away as Melbourne Australia. The prerequisite is that pieces are made by hand using time-honoured techniques, not mass-produced, and use high quality materials. The tatted pieces made exclusively for The Loved One in Cobourg ON are a good example.
Who is your client? My clients they are not interested in disposable fast-fashion, and have a true appreciation for the workmanship and techniques that are employed in each piece. They are typically socially conscious, and enjoy supporting local business.
Do you design as well? I do design – I’m currently working on a line of belts and crowns that will officially début as part of my 2015 collection. I’ve also been speaking with a couple of local designers about capsule dress collections, but that will happen down the road when I find the perfect showroom space.
If you still need to complete your wedding day look, visit The Loved One!!
Model Styling and Accessories: Antonia Casuccio-Casuccio (The Loved One)
Gowns: Catherine Langlois, Cabaret Vintage
Headpieces: David Dunkley Fine Millinery
Photography: Krista Fox
Set Design: Fabulous Occasions
Flowers: Daniela Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: Suzanne Cyr at Prettiface
Venue #1: The Estates of Sunnybrook
Styling and Accessories: Antonia Akai-Casuccio (The Loved One)
Gowns, Shoot Concept and Styling: Catherine Langlois
Photography: Bruce Zinger
Hair and Makeup: Angie Di Battista
Venue: Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toront
Model: Kelleth Cuthbert, Sutherland Models