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A Wedding for All Seasons

Meeting someone's entire extended family on a first date could be construed by some as moving a little quickly. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking. But after an intimate three-hour dinner with Jamie Koffler at Toronto's Guu restaurant, Meryl Acker was game. After all, she was smitten. 

As it turns out, it took a few chance encounters for Jamie, who had first met Meryl back in 2013,  to get the courage to ask her out. “She was captivating, smart and beautiful, with a very intriguing giggle,” he said. Little did he know that Meryl had been anxiously waiting for him to make his move. “He was effortlessly kind to everyone around him and his personality is contagious,” says Meryl, “I was hooked from the moment we met.”  So when Jamie suggested drinks, she insisted on dinner— the very next night. 

Meryl's dress was Ines di Santo, while Jamie wore a custom two-tone three-piece suit.


From that first date, the relationship progressed quickly.  Although they both have demanding jobs  — Meryl as a research co-ordinator in rare disease at SickKids and Jamie, running a custom home-building business — their work has never stopped them from making time for each other.  


Within a few months,  they knew each other was "the one." For Jamie, that revelation came when he couldn't wait to get back from a family vacation to see her again.  For Meryl, it was hearing Jamie's mum describe how, when Jamie was young, he would get so nervous telling a white lie that he would instantly pass out.  The story stole her heart, and so did he.

The dress code was cocktail attire for a more casual vibe amidst the grandeur of the Four Seasons ballroom. 

Last summer, the couple were hiking at Georgian Peaks, an alpine ski resort with the highest vertical drop of any resort in Ontario. Though it was Meryl's idea to go there for a weekend, what she didn't realize was that Jamie had already planned a proposal. On the morning of June 30th, they went for a hike, and as they neared the top, she saw a beautiful wooden deck with the words “will you marry me?” written with small stones. Jamie had planned everything, including chilled bottles of rosé, a picnic and photos of them together to celebrate after she said yes.


Just three months later, on November 3, 2018, they were married at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, with the help of wedding planner extraordinaire Ashley Lindzon.


    For a truly unique take on the seating chart,  the couple had polaroid photos of every guest placed under a large banner that read, ‘our favourite people'. "I was told it would be a difficult feat, but we made it happen!," says Meryl.

    “Our inspiration was an elegant garden with rustic accents,” says Meryl. That involved creating a romantic and textured look with Jackie O Florals' white lisianthus, white roses, ranunculus and tulips set against dark leafy greens. They incorporated blue and grey accents onto their wedding cakes, chargers and seating chart wall, and touches of gold on the tables with Cutipol’s white and gold Goa cutlery and bronze lanterns for a moody ambiance.


    Guests dined on steak tenderloin, branzino and truffle mushroom risotto catered by the Four Seasons.


    Not one but three wedding cakes were made by E & R Sweetery— two, 2-tiered blue and grey funfetti cakes and one 4-tier chocolate and banana cake. At the end of the evening, Maker Pizza was on hand for a late-night snack. Many guests ended up on the dance floor with pizza slices in hand. 


    Guests were entertained over cocktail hour by a sax player and DJ. Then The Megan Boys were on hand, playing classic oldies, Motown, and contemporary music as guests danced well into the night.

    No Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, where (strong) guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the music of Hava Nagila.


    A couple of days after the wedding, Meryl and Jamie took off on a minimoon to Tulum, Mexico, where they stayed at the Nomade Hotel. They are planning a longer honeymoon to Indonesia and Thailand this summer. 

    Meryl & Jamie's Favourite Gifts


    The newlyweds, who love to hike in the summertime and downhill ski in the winter, are settling into their life as a married couple. When not outdoors, they love the simplicity of everyday life, like making dinner together, and getting cozy on the sofa watching documentaries and Jeopardy. When they do entertain, it's at home with close friends. Along with cocktails and great bottles of wine, they enjoy cooking fish with lots of salad, served on English country-style table settings.

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