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A Modern, Minimalist Wedding in Toronto

When it comes to hosting 180 people, sometimes less is more. For Alexa Roland and Rob Yelavich, a modern couple with an elegant aesthetic and an eye for detail, the goal was a celebration that reflected their modern style and love of simple, natural things. The result? Pops of detail that made the simple nothing less than sublime, leaving guests with a feel for who they are and what they love.

Above: Alexa chose gold shoes by Aquazurra. Below: Some finishing touches for Alexa, who wore an Oscar de la Renta dress underneath a Monique L'Huillier skirt. Rob wore a custom midnight blue Lardini suit and a Lanvin tie from Nicolas. Alexa and her mother Ellen share a moment before the activities got underway.


“She took my breath away,” says Rob Yelavich, describing his first impression of Alexa Roland. The two, who had been introduced by mutual friends, spent their first date at Toronto's Buca restaurant, and over the course of the evening, Rob became enchanted with his date's intelligence, thoughtfulness and passion for the environment. Alexa, who works in marketing for a sustainable agricultural startup, couldn't believe how much she had in common with Rob. Not only did they realize they had gone to the same schools, they also had many friends in common, wondering why they hadn't met before. It also didn't hurt that the man before her was tall, dark, handsome and extremely kind.

On that very first date, both Rob and Alexa knew they were for each other. As Alexa explains, "We just felt so comfortable with each other....however cheesy that sounds." Rob, who runs his own company specializing in medical monitoring for seniors, proposed to Alexa in the couple's apartment in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. He then recreated their first date, taking Alexa to the very same table at Buca where their story began two years prior.

The couple exchange vows at Grace Church on the Hill.

The Wedding Party: Rob is  flanked by his two brothers, while Alexa is joined by her sister.

Below: the reception begins at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music.


Alexa and Rob fell in love with the modern and minimalist space of Koerner Hall at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, which was also large enough to accommodate their 180 guests. They transformed the space with the help of Todd Caldwell of Emblem Flower Studio, turning the minimalist space into an ethereal and natural, yet modern space using live trees, moss, ferns and Queen Anne's Lace.


    Guests dined on a menu catered by North 44 Restaurant, including pea soup, branzino, steak with chimichurri sauce, quinoa cakes with ratatouille, and poached peaches with fresh cream and raspberries. The couple chose a carrot cake for their wedding cake, and for a late night snack, offered mini sliders, fries and popsicles.


    Surrounded by their favourite people, Rob and Alexa danced into the wee hours of the morning with DJ Bello and a live saxophone and singer. 


    The newlyweds travelled to Spain, Portugal and Croatia for a two-week honeymoon, before returning to start their new life, which includes Saturdays at their local farmer’s market and lots of walks with their new dog Stevie. Alexa, who loves to cook, prefers casual entertaining with friends and family, opting for (surprise!) modern and minimalist tableware to reflect their aesthetic.


    Among some of the couple's favourite gifts are Georg Jensen's Bloom Servers (above), Ichendorf's Venezia wine glass and Jensen's Alfredo Carafe for water.


    Photography by Rebecca Wood.

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