Today I am thrilled to share a rustic Toronto Wedding at the Gladstone Hotel with dusty mauve, dusty blue, and rose gold details.
Images were captured by Hayley Palmquist Photography.
Hayley Palmquist Dundas is a photographer based out of Toronto & Scotland capturing authentic documentary style wedding and elopement photography both nostalgic and timeless.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Danielle…
How did you meet?
We actually met on Tinder! I’m not typically the one who greets the other first, but when I saw his selfie pic with what looked like a flip phone, as well as motorcycle pic, I was like…I’ve got good vibes – let’s be the one to make the move.
So I did, and we texted each other for a couple of months.
After I got back from Peru, I decided it was time to meet. So we met at a bar called the Duchess.
I didn’t drive – my mom actually drove and I remember her creeping around the corner to see if she could see him.
He was inside, so she didn’t – but when I walked up the stairs I was greeted by a wonderful smile and the most handsome man.
I was so nervous at the time – but that quickly went away after realizing that he and I had so many interests and that there was DEFINITELY a spark.
We totally made out in his car when he dropped me off for the night.
Tell us about the Proposal…
We were going to the racetrack to camp for the weekend and watch the motorcycle races, a tradition Shane usually does each year.
I 100% thought he was going to do it then. I already knew he was looking at rings (he told me!), but I had no idea what kind of ring other than “Ill love it”.
So the weekend went by, nothing happened. Then we were driving home and he started talking about going out somewhere for dinner, maybe a walk.
So here I am thinking…it’s Sunday, if we are not showering before going, then this is just casual fast food and walk-it-off type of thing.
Then he parked the car once we got to our apartment and did NOT start unloading the car.
For context – we always unload the car as soon as we get home and put everything away.
So now, being curious, the detective I am, was thinking….okay, very odd. Lemme roll with it.
Get upstairs, start changing. I noticed he put on some nicer pants and shirt, even shoes.
So more thoughts are going off in my head – super odd. Guess I should look a little nicer as well…? So I do.
We then got back in the car, leave the dog and drive for about 15 minutes, in the direction of a nice pier we have been to previously and go to a burger joint there, awesome burgers.
Then we drive down to the water and I saw out of the corner of my eyes a bulge in his pants…A SQUARE BOX BULGE IN HIS POCKET.
I start freaking out in my mind, smiling like crazy. I turned my head to look outside so he wouldn’t see my face.
We park, start walking. I still am trying to contain myself. We get to the pier and he stops and gets his phone out to ‘take a picture of the sunset’.
If you know Shane, he doesn’t take pictures like, ever. So again, very odd. Then he just stands there awkwardly, like hey, let’s selfie? He doesn’t selfie.
After a moment, he gets the attention of a couple he thought looked like they could ‘take decent photos’.
We pose, and after about 2 poses, I see him out of my peripherals reach into his pocket, and then get on 1 knee.
I have no idea what he said – all I heard was Will you marry me, me saying yes – and then I couldn’t stop kissing his face and staring at the ring!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
Right away I knew I had to start planning. We didn’t want to wait too long, and I was really hoping I could have the wedding before my grandmother was too ill to attend – she was 103 at that time.
So right away I started researching venues, dresses, decor, the whole sha-bam.
I really wanted to go with a more rustic venue. Golf courses, churches, any places that are more traditionally typical were not our style.
We only went to about 3 places before deciding, visiting all 3 of them in one day.
On the drive home, we made a pros and cons list. And it took about all of 7 minutes to decide the one we wanted – The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
It just checked off all of our boxes – the food, accommodation, facilities.
It is the oldest hotel in Toronto with an operational birdcage elevator and every hotel room was decorated differently.
I’m an artist, and to hear at 13% of the amount paid goes towards local artists -i just fell in love with it and it suited us to a T.
Within the month, we booked the venue and I found my dress.
My best friend also wanted to be the one who captured all our moments (thank you for everything Hayley!), and we found the most wonderful florist who could envision what I envisioned
I got my decorations earlier, and everything after that was just easy. I’m a planner, so I had most things in order and I never stressed.
Actually, the most stress I felt was my dad being late for everything and getting there within 40 minutes of the ceremony!
How did Covid impact on your plans?
Although we had our wedding a bit before COVID was even a thing, we were SO close to choosing a venue that only had 2020 dates starting in May and we would have to be on a waiting list.
I am SO extremely thankful that we decided against that – and my heart goes out to all whose weddings were affected by COVID!
Any special touches/DIY?
I really wanted to get married under an arch of some sort, but the price to rent them was absolutely insane.
So I looked up how to make one, and thought alrighty, I can do this, no problem.
Asked my sister’s father-in-law (a carpenter), what would use, and any advice for building it. The first thing he says is “don’t worry about it – I’ll make it for you”. So that DIY meant a lot.
We put all of our coffee bean favours together – bought the coffee from a really good coffee store (one dark, one medium, and one light).
Ordered the bags and stickers all on Etsy – even a stamp of our faces (I now stamp everything I possibly can with it!).
The table runners I dyed myself, and actually loved that the hues were different. Made it more real to me.
I hand-wrote the place cards, and the night before the wedding the bridal group stayed at an Airbnb and we were attaching the strings and nametags to all the folded napkins the hotel gave us (sorry for making you work ladies!).
There were mad libs instead of the traditional guestbook that made it a little more fun. And we had a cello player during the ceremony and cocktail hour (so cool!).
Lastly, one of my other besties so kindly made our wedding cake and it tasted BOMB! Carrot cake with cream cheese filling!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
I suppose my theme was a little more rustic but it was more based on the palette of dusty mauve, dusty blue, and rose gold.
They just meshed so well in my mind in the environment.
What was the best bit of your day?
There were so many good parts of the day, it’s hard to choose just one! So I’ll choose two and keep it brief (we are excluding the part where we heard ‘husband and wife’) that are dancing-related.
Shane and my first dance were to I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis (I remember listening to this song every day on my walkman).
Shane had NO idea I planned for it to go the way it did. He agreed on the song and I said “leave it to me”. It’s originally a fast-paced song, but a friend of mine who sings and plays the piano, and the cello player, teamed up to slow the song down so we could dance to it.
Everyone was in a circle around us, cello and keyboard included.
Shane was SO surprised and stoked about it, especially when halfway through, it was announced that there were instruments under the seats and people could join in on the last half of it.
It was surreal and so amazing, surrounded by so much love and happiness.
The other would be when my mom and I danced a routine in front of everyone. We practiced a bit together for a month, literally, no one knew we were going to do it (even Shane).
From cheesy dance moves like the shopping cart, Charlie Brown, and microwave; to the Fresh Prince of Belaire dance, disco, and Gangnam Style.
It was SO fun, and to have done something that random with my mom and worked out was absolutely AMAZING!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t stress the small stuff. It will all come together in the end.
What really matters are the people you spend it with. It’s hard not to think that really, you’re trying to put together a day that everyone else will like, and I totally get that. But remember it’s a day about the two of you.
If your guests can feel your happiness and love throughout the room, that’s the best you can ask for. People remember that.
Oh, and the food. Everyone remembers the food.
Try to take 40 minutes of the day (later on), to get away with your hubby. Just you and him to take the time to take it all in. You just got freaking married!
Venue – The Gladstone Hotel – Toronto
Photography – Hayley Palmquist Photography
Shoes – Betsey Johnson
Hair & Make-up – Victoria Barrett Makeup and Hair
Groom’s Suit & Store – Jack Nash Fine Clothiers
Bridesmaid Dresses – Skylar Belle
Flowers and Décor team – Juniper Floral Studio
Cake – Friend
Ceremony Archway – Brides sister’s father-in-law
Band or DJ – Jeremiah Charlebois
Photobooth – Elephant Events
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