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A Spectacular Wedding in the Australian Outback

A Spectacular Wedding in the Australian Outback

Rebecca Sykes and Bryden Richardson's Wedding

Inside the couple's special day

When Rebecca Sykes came to Canada for a one-month work assignment in 2012, the last thing she expected was to meet the love of her life. But over post-work drinks with colleagues one evening, she met Bryden Richardson, and everything changed.

Pretty in pink: Rebecca is surrounded by her bridesmaids.

Meeting Rebecca was also a game changer for Bryden, who had met his match. Not only did Rebecca also work in the financial industry (she works for BlackRock and he runs his own Merchant Banking business), they both shared the same passion for the outdoors. Any spare time they have is spent outside, whether it's hiking, biking, running, swimming, camping, fishing, golfing, skiing or kite-boarding.

The couple in Southern Australia. Rebecca wore Oscar de la Renta and Bryden's tuxedo is from Harrison Menswear in Toronto.

The couple, who decided to marry in Rebecca's home town of Adelaide this past March, relied on Rebecca's mother to plan the entire event.  170 guests gathered at the Mandalay House & Garden in the Adelaide Hills for an optional black tie ceremony. "The weather was very hot," explained Rebecca, "so it was as formal as people were comfortable dressing, given the heat of the Australian summer."


Bryden and Rebecca plan to take a honeymoon at the end of this year, and are spending the early months as newlyweds entertaining for friends and family.  "I love to entertain because I get to bring my friends together as well as cook, two things I adore," explains Rebecca. The glowing couple is looking forward to casual evenings with friends, family, and their beloved dog Mr. Roo. Adds Rebecca, "Our entertaining style is very relaxed." 


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Un matrimonio chic della città

Un matrimonio chic della città

Julieta Grieco & Peter Bonetta's Modern Formal Matrimonio

Italian is the language of love, so it's only befitting that Julieta Grieco and Peter Bonetta met while studying the language at the University of Toronto while both were in their third year. A friend in common decided to serve as  paraninfo (Italian for matchmaker), and arranged a pub night where Peter claims it was ​amore at first sight. Not only was she beautiful and smart, but Julieta, who grew up in Argentina, was a big soccer fan. As they say in both sport and life, it was win-win. The bride, who agrees there was instant chemistry between the two, loved Peter's soccer player looks and kind demeanour. She wanted to know more.

Above: Momentos of the couple's day.

Julieta is radiant as she prepares to walk down the aisle. Her dress is from Rosa Clara and the flowers are from Coriander Girl.

The couple married at Trinity Chapel at the University of Toronto.

Peter and Julieta take a moment amidst the celebrations.

On their first date, which took place at the Boulevard Café near UofT, Peter and Julieta both realized much they shared in common, including the same values and a great sense of humour. It didn't hurt that they also had lots of friends in common.  In fact the couple was so simpatico that they both knew each other was "the one" by date No. 2.
Five years in, after both completed their Masters degrees from the University of Toronto, Peter planned a picnic in High Park where he unveiled a charcuterie board, french macarons and a bottle of wine. With their English Bulldog Winston in attendance as witness, Peter proposed. Winston, seeing Julieta become teary with emotion, wanted to comfort his master not realizing these are the best kind of tears in the world.


Above: The couple pose with their parents and wedding party.
Outside Trinity Chapel. The couple chose Amrita Singh as their photographer.
En route to their reception at the Berkeley Field House, the couple stopped off at the Toronto Brickworks for some photos. Peter's suit was tailor-made for the occasion.
At the Berkeley Field House, the 125 guests dined on Heirloom Tomato Salad, Berretta Farm Dry-Aged Beef Tenderloin with Beetroot Puree and Leek & Sherry jus, Grilled Halibut with Sweet Potato Rösti and Fennel Purée, and for dessert, pint-sized Crème Brûlées, Cream Puffs with Dulce de Leche, and Salted Caramel Brownies. Julieta planned everything herself but gives lots of credit to her florist for bringing the room to life. Though it was mid-summer, the couple opted for a formal wedding that was modern at the same time.

The cake was made by 'Midnight Snack', a catering company owned by the bride's friend Mary Wood.

While Julieta shared a quiet moment waltzing with her father, Peter and his mother Jennifer chose to kick-up 
their heels and get the party started.

The couple, who went to Sardinia and Andalucía for their honeymoon, are enjoying their newlywed life. Julieta, who works in communications and adult education as an Instructional Designer and Peter, who works as an Account Manager at a Liberty Village tech company, are currently at the intersection between informal entertaining and sit-down dinner parties. Regardless of entertaining style, they're already known for their gourmet dinners, and as such are loving their new dinnerware and flatware from their HG registry. Complimenti agli sposi 

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