Two young wedding planners with exceptional listening skills, Jennifer
Pettigrew and Laura Nock, owners of “He Loves Me”, develop
a ‘vision’ that reflects every wish of their client.
With this, they land the contract and begin to form the dream team.
A count at the conclusion of the event is an astounding 45+ suppliers
who participated over 3 weeks of tent set up through 3 days of the
event and finally a week of tear down. With kudos to ISES, the team
was well weighted with our members. Vendors calling upon others
trades they have worked with and felt secure in knowing they could
rely on, enhanced the camaraderie and team spirit.
An important note to readers: The client interviewed wedding planners
they found through the Web and “He Loves Me” interviewed
caterers found during their Web search. Don’t underestimate
the importance of your website; keep it current. The Cast: He Loves
Me with Regal Tents, Designing Trendz, Allison Cumming Catering,
Bombay Bhel, Udupi Palace, Ice Culture and The Decadent Martini.
The Events: Thursday evening, a kick back night of fun. The vision
is to create an Indian marketplace under the 30m X 60m tent, 17ft-9ft.
x 10ft. tents were placed around the inside perimeter, housing an
international selection of food and amusement; a video tent in which
guests offered congratulatory messages, a photo tent inviting guests
to attach a Polaroid shot and note to an album, a Mystic and Seers
tent where guests enjoyed both handwriting analysis and card readings.
No stone left unturned, a children’s tent was equipped with
both crafts and entertainers. The Mandap (wedding alter) was disguised
and used as the stage for entertainment and Karaoke. Set in front
was a pillow lounge along with a café setting for the guests
comfort. Outside, the tent entrance was a 16 ft. ice bar complete
with water towers, while across and outside the far end of the tent
there was an Ice Martini Luge featuring signature cocktails named
for wedding family members. Both North and South Indian Caterers
offered distinctive foods. Note that over the course of the three
days, these two incredible restaurateurs Mandeep and Hubert never
repeated a single item.
Allison Cumming Catering presented authentic Japanese,
Asian, Thai, Mediterranean, Dessert Sweets & Exotic Ice Cream,
Iced Treats, Coffee and Tea specialty stations, and a French café
complete with unusual and rare cheeses paired with wines suggested
by the on site sommelier. As well as designing the food presentation
for the Indian Catering, Allison Cumming Catering
provided magnificent, original, one of a kind signage for every
tent. We were responsible for the floor staff that created the magic
of serving and busing the space so well, it appeared to happen invisibly.
Guests reveled in the lush and electrically charged environment
created by Designing Trendz. Hundreds of yards of rich and textured
fabric along with Indian furniture and authentic serving vessels
with exotic florals were utilized to create the magic of each tent
and the entire space. Unbeknownst to guests all of this would be
removed on Friday (including the 17 tents) when Designing Trendz
would execute the ‘vision’ for Saturdays wedding ceremony
and the 500 guests.
Friday evening’s festivities were broken up into two events.
The women enjoyed a traditional evening of Indian delicacies, music
and the Mende (henna painting) ceremony in the comfort of the family
home. Have no sad feelings for the men. In their own clear span
tented venue which was erected around a tree in the center of the
space, they enjoyed the same delicacies as the women with the addition
of fine ports, scotch and beverages, a brilliant cigar selection
and shoe shines on an oversized antique chair provided by Pennyloafer’s.
All this was enjoyed in a setting defined by custom designed chocolate
brown leather furniture, luxurious brown fabrics from silks and
satins to ultra suede, two chandeliers and an abundance of candles
to light the way.
And the raison d’etre, the wedding day. Guests arriving early
enjoyed a selection of miniature breakfast delights, fruits, juices,
coffee and both mint and English tea provided by Allison
Cumming Catering. The 500 guests assembled in the main
tent, of which only the photos can do justice, for the entrance
of the groom as he participated in all of the ceremonial traditions.
As the very beautiful bride and ceremony unfolded, flowers, scents,
herbs, and incense awakened the senses. Designing Trendz shone as
members of the bridal party under the Mandap tugged on invisible
cords, releasing flower petals over the bride and groom. After the
ceremony, guests were ushered back to a totally redressed ‘gents’
tent. While they enjoyed a selection of exotic fruit juices and
Indian hors d’oeuvres we turned the main tent to a fully set
dining room with two double sided buffets in under an hour. Our
platoon of the city’s best service staff then assisted guests,
served and cleared seamlessly.
As guests made their way to the valet parking they were given original
gift baskets as a memento of the day. And… that dream client
I mentioned in the beginning had made certain that gift baskets
were provided to the entire staff.
While this was the end for many of us, Jennifer and Laura’s
vision culminated that evening when the 500 guests gathered at a
prestigious downtown hotel for dinner, entertainment and dancing.
The Finale of the evening provided photos albums and exotic Indian
spice inspired truffles placed in elegant organza bags for each
guest to take home as a memento to the end of a spectacular wedding
Kudos to the wedding planners “He Loves Me” for understanding
and truly valuing their clients.
They left no leaf unturned in the creation and execution of this
event. In conclusion - we would like you all to know that Toronto
is here and ready to do business.
In place of a rainbow of colours, organizers chose a toned-down
black-and-red colour palate suited to the Fermenting Cellar's industrial
For the second annual Pride Toronto Gala & Awards at Fermenting
Cellar, Jeff Zoeller, associate director of Pride Toronto and gala
chair, opted for understated design featuring black and red as the
primary colours. "We steered away from the typical rainbow
colours associated with Pride Week," said Zoeller, adding he
wanted the decor to complement the Fermenting Cellar's industrial-chic
atmosphere. It's a Set Up helped Zoeller develop the sensibility
of the 1930's burlesque speakeasy theme. Red satin linens and black
china, glasses, and chiavari chairs from Chair-man Mills set the
tone in the dining area, which encompassed the entirely of the cavernous
space. Orchids in square glass centrepiece vases from It's a Set
Up completed the understated yet sophisticated look.
Pin-spot lighting from Visual FX lit the dining tables at the Fermenting
Cellar during the second-annual Gay Pride Toronto Gala & Awards.
Orchids in square glass vases from It's a Set Up served as centerpieces.
Chair-man Mills supplied red satin linens and black china and glasses.
Visual FX lit the stage in alternating reds and blues. Aerialists
from Suspended Animation performed tasteful striptease routines
on either side of the entrance.
Chair-man Mills supplied red satin linens and black china and glasses.
Pride Toronto Gala & Awards
Tuesday, 06.20.06, 6 PM onwards
Additional Staffing: Core Event Staff
Audiovisual: Visual FX Inc.
Catering: Allison Cumming Inc
Decor/Flowers: It's A Set Up
Entertainment: Idea Shop
PR: Planet 3 Communications Ltd
Rentals: Chair-man Mills
Security: Star Security
The Comedienne and host Maggie Cassella introducing the evening's
entertainers, including drag comedy troupe The B-Girlz and burlesque
troupe the Scandelles. Suspended Animation supplied a pair of aerialists
who performed tasteful striptease routines on either side of the
entrance. Visual FX lit the stage, which featured Art Deco design
elements in alternating reds and blues. The presentation ceremony
was the highlight of the evening's event. Awards recipients included
M.A.C Cosmetics cofounder Frank Toskan, who garnered the evening's
lifetime achievement award; Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Tewkesbury,
who received the sport award of excellence; and James Loney, the
recently released Iraqi prisoner, and his partner Dan Hunt, who
shared the fearless award.
Allison Cumming Gourmet Catering was proud to be part of
this great event. We created a menu that included lobster filled
crepe purse, coriander crusted bison with blueberry balsamic reduction,
and duck roasted cubed potatoes and succotash of summer vegetables.
Dessert consisted of portions of double chocolate tarts with roasted
marshmallow ice cream and raspberry coulis.