Friday, July 22, 2011

Jane & Luis - Classy Retro Wedding at the Gladstone Hotel

The theme: a "Mad Men"-era feel
The location: The Gladstone Hotel in the super-cool West Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto
The couple: Jane & Luis, who we had already fallen in love with while doing their engagement photos a couple of months ago

We started the day off by meeting Jane & Luis near the Gladstone to enjoy the fabulous classic car that event planner Kristina Chau had found for them..

(We all loved this - apparently the rear window being able to go down is very rare..they only did it for two years on this model)

Classy start to the day or what?

Next, we headed inside (by now we were all in need of some air conditioning!)...

Jane & Luis were staying in the lovely Racine room, with a great stack of antique suitcases decorating the corner..

I love these two shots of Luis sitting on the bed, especially the one where Jane made him laugh :)

And now..for the main event :) The ceremony was held in the 2nd floor Gallery space, which was really beautiful - classic and modern all at once thanks to the combination of the architecture and the pieces of art hanging on the walls..

Luis: SO ready to marry Jane :)


I really loved how happy both Jane & Luis were every minute of their day, and I feel like it really shows in the next few images...

Checking out the 3-D art on display..

I loved this chaise, and I think Jane looks absolutely angelic with the early evening light shining in from behind (I'm sure Luis would agree!)

Next - we head downstairs to get the party started! This amazing elevator (originally put in a few years after the Gladstone was built in 1889) was one of Jane & Luis' favourite features about the hotel.

Luis' father provided the tasty almonds - I love personal touches like this :)

Some classic drinks provided the traditional "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue"

Cocktail hour in the Cafe - a really beautiful space with fantastic light.. I love the way the big windows and exposed brick walls make for great backgrounds to the candid shots :) The only thing I can't show you is how amazing the music was - what a great era to pick from!

Kristina had this great old jukebox brought in to set the mood for the dinner and dancing..

The tables were named after places and times that were significant to Jane & Luis' love story :)

The flowers were done by Poppies (just down the street at Queen and Dovercourt), who have long been amoung my favourite florists :)

Kristina, testing out the classic-style microphone..

The guest book was an album full of old pictures of the bride and groom, with spaces for their guests to sign around the photos..

The speeches were fantastic - Jane & Luis know a lot of funny people!

The late-night candy bar - full of old favourites like Popeye cigarettes and the pink elephant popcorn - yum :)

I thought even their first dance had an old Hollywood kind of look to it (the song was Elvis' "Only Fools Rush In - nice choice!) and I really love these next few shots :)

We're sure that Jane & Luis and all of their guests had an awesome time, and so did we :) Here's to a lifetime of happiness and laughter for a fantastic couple - congratulations Jane & Luis!

xo Jessica + Norman

Photography: Jessica + Norman - Jessica Lin Photography
Event Planner: Kristina Chau - Not Your Average Party
Venue: The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto 
Flowers: Poppies

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