1. Wedding Award "

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 event.

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.

2.Gay Pride Week Gala Decor 2006

Toronto gay pride week gala 2006

Gay Pride Week Gala 2006 Decor

In place of a rainbow of colours, organizers chose a toned-down black-and-red colour palate suited to the Fermenting Cellar's industrial decor.

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
Fermenting Cellar
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
Venue: Distillery District

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.

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