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Sunny & Phil


* Sunny, Graduate Student & Phil, Graduate Student * Photographer: Nikki Mills * Soundtrack for reading: “All I Need” by Radiohead

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: British garden party meets Canadian cottage weekend.

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The Info—PhotographyNikki Mills / Venue: Private home / Vegan Catering: Hearty Catering / Vegan Cakes: Bunner’s / Wedding Bands: Sarah Wan / Sunny’s Engagement Ring: Alex SepkusSunny’s Dress: Classy Collection / Sunny’s Shoes: Nine West / Sunny’s Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Sunny’s sovereign ring and necklace: Family Heirlooms / Phil’s Suit: P. Elliot Custom Clothiers / Phil’s Shoes: Aldo / Phil’s Cufflinks: Bario-Neal (APW Sponsor)

Other cool stuff we should know about: We got married at my parents’ house in small-town Ontario, where I grew up. It was great to have a mix of old friends and neighbours, family from Britain, and good friends (and thesis supervisors) from Toronto all together in one place. Luckily we found an officiant who was totally open to our ideas for a secular ceremony; he even let us substitute W.H. Auden for Jesus in the text.

Everything about our wedding was a little “imperfect,” from our community-hall chairs, to our ceremony sing-a-long, to our multi-vendor catering (and our servers—the high school wrestling team!). We were worried all along that it wouldn’t be what people expected in a wedding, but on the day we just felt surrounded by so much love. Our imperfect wedding turned out to be perfect for us!

Favorite thing about the wedding: Everyone rocking out to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

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  • http://www.sarahhoppes.com Sarah Hoppes

    Beautiful!!!!!!!

  • http://www.whataboutsara.com SJG

    three cheers for a pinata!

  • Zeph

    I absolutely adore that picture of you coming down the stairs…so much joy in that photo! Looks like a delightful and beautiful ceremony. Congratulations and welcome to married life!

  • http://landlockedlove.blogspot.com Kelly

    Your dreeeeeeeeeeeeeess! Hot damn, lady!

  • Catherine

    you had me at “smells like teen spirit.” and vegan catering. you guys are awesome…great inspiration!! congrats :) :)

  • Kat

    Love, love, love your dress :)

  • http://www.mollyeverafter.com/ Molly

    There are so many gorgeous red wedding dresses on APW lately! My wedding dress ship has already sailed, but I really want to rush out and purchase a fabulous bright red party dress because all these ladies are absolutely crushing it in red!

  • Georina

    I also wore a red dress to my wedding (I was the second Wordless Wedding last week) and I’m so pleased to see another bold woman rocking this look. Red is the colour of passion and who the hell isn’t passionate on their wedding day!? Congratulations to you both – may you enjoy may many happy years together.

    • Sunny

      Thank you! Your dress was STUNNING!

  • Joanna

    Absolutely radiant, gorgeous wedding. I just love the photo of the groom chilling on the couch with a calm serenity. Your dress is amazing! You both look sincerely relaxed.

    And yay Bunner’s! They are also my chosen vegan / gluten-free dessert caterer. You have excellent taste! ;)

  • Kat

    OMGish!! THANK YOU for linking to Bunners! I have been looking all over the GTA for a bakery that could do the wedding pies, pastries etc for our wedding day so that myself and a bunch of our guests can actually eat the dessert table with out becoming sick!! (we`ve got two gluten allergies, one is almost celiac, lactose allergy and a severe egg allergy attending our wedding next fall). WOO WHOOO! I knew there was a reason I stalk this site!

  • LIZ (SINCE 1982)

    Wedding pinatas? Guestbook cats? OH HALE YES. Additional shallowness: your henna looks amazing! And I’m super curious what Auden you used and what the song was for the ceremony sing-a-long.

  • Pippa

    Vegan catering AND a beagle… best wedding ever!

  • http://emiliajanephotography.com Emilia

    Just wow.

  • http://bettencourtchase.blogspot.com Helen

    So beautiful! And your dress. Whoa.

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  • http://glamourgist.com/ Laxx

    It’s a modern take on an excellent look

  • sandyliz

    Could you explain the ceremony sing-a-long? I’m so intrigued, and I’ve been thinking about how to get everyone to sing together at our wedding.

  • http://www.blanche.rs vencanice blanche

    Wow, this is so fantastic. I love her idea about red dress for a wedding. Also all photos are so nice, lovelly wedding with a lot of nice details!

  • leah

    It’s sad we do “worry about people’s expectations” when it comes to our wedding day. I find that to be my biggest concern.
    I love how you broke tradition with your dress and seeing him beforehand. Let’s get real here, some wedding traditions are just so silly!

    So modern and admirable. Good for you!

  • http://www.venetti.gr nyfika 2013

    Very beautiful wedding dress!

  • Athena

    Absolutely LOVE this wedding!

  • Lauren Kurtz

    Oh my gosh- I found one of the photos from this wedding on Pinterest & am dying to know who the designer is of the red dress! Is there anyone who knows? I would be so appreciative!!