The magnificent Canon Theatre was the backdrop for the March 6, 2010 wedding of Kirsten Menkes and Jamie Firsten. Their nuptials were the first ever to be held in the space. Event Planner Melissa Haggerty of SpectacularSpectacular assisted the couple in creating one of the most memorable days of their lives, which was possibly one of the most spectacular productions the theatre had ever seen!
Kirsten wore a Vera Wang gown from the Vera Wang Toronto boutique and Jamie wore a tuxedo by Armani.
The bride and her eleven bridesmaids got ready in the dressing rooms in the basement of the theatre. Dressed in their mint green and pale blue Vera Wang gowns, each girl had her very own mirror and light station!
Kirsten is the founder of Aromachology—a custom fragrance line. To celebrate her wedding day she created a personal, custom fragrance to represent the mood of the wedding. “I wanted to embody and communicate the day of my wedding. I blended a sophisticated and sensual floral base and added soft, whimsical notes that made me feel relaxed, at ease and graceful,” explains Kirsten.
Lidia Tacconelli of Fiori Floral created the magnificent wedding floral designs starting with the bouquets. Kirsten’s bouquet featured coral ranunculus and vintage leaves that Tacconelli had sourced from New York City. The leaves were hand-painted to match the coral and were accented by pearls. Both Kirsten and her sister Marisa (Matron of Honour), carried their bouquets in sterling tussie mussies that their mother had been saving for Kirsten’s wedding. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet comprised entirely of vintage fabric leaves tied with vintage coral ribbon.
The ceremony took place on the stage in the theatre in front of the blue velvet main curtain. The stage had been extended approximately twenty feet over the first section of seats into the audience to make room for Kirsten and Jamie and their twenty two bridesmaids and groomsmen. The couple stood underneath a coral-coloured chuppah covered in a two-tone fabric of leaves that matched the bridesmaids bouquets. The chuppah was trimmed with a band of velvet. Oversized tassels at the top of each pillar completed the look.
At the end of the Jewish ceremony–during the traditional breaking of the glass–guests were wowed with a true sense of theatrics. At the exact moment Jamie stepped on the glass, confetti canons shot thousands of tissue rose petals over the wedding party and chuppah. Six gospel singers from George St. Kitts simultaneously emerged from the VIP boxes performing, “Sing Halleluja.”
The reception was a whole other production in itself. After the ceremony, guests left the theatre and went out to the lobby for cocktails and canapes. During that time, the stage was ‘transformed’ for dinner. “When guests re-entered, they saw the magical transformation,” recalls Haggerty.
The first guests to re-enter saw a backdrop created by Emerson Designs dropping down into place. A couple of minutes later, the back row of chandeliers from Ev3nts, descended. There was a chandelier dropped in place over each table. This continued until all three rows of chandeliers—twenty-four in total, were in place. This feat of engineering (and all lighting, sound and technical production) was provided by Parallel Production Services.
Designer Julie Gibb and Christian Morrison from Pantry Press drew inspiration from the Canon Theatre when creating a full set of wedding stationery for Kirsten and Jamie. The set included letterpress invitations, ticket-shaped seating cards and Playbill style programs. The menu incorporated a design motif from the ceiling of the theatre.
“Each table sparkled with crystal candlesticks and a single, ornate crystal urn that held a glorious combination of flowers in shades of coral. Amaryllis, hyacinth, ranunculus, parrot tulips and roses were topped off by sparkly crystal table numbers. Gold Chiavari chairs from Chair-man Mills, silver chargers and sea-foam linen with coordinating linen napkins completed the look,” recounts Haggerty.
couture craft services
Guests dined on a sumptuous meal from Couture Cuisine for which six, six hundred pound ovens had to be dropped in to the basement kitchen via a trap door in the stage before the wedding day!
Storey Wilkins, Storey Wilkins Photography
Cloud Nine Creative
Melissa Haggerty, SpectacularSpectacular
Vera Wang Toronto
Groom Formal Wear:
Pantry Press Inc.
Decor & Flowers:
Fiori Floral Design Inc.
Lighting, sound, technical:
Parallel Production Services
George St. Kitts