Their fairy tale wedding took place in Toronto, on July 23, 2011. An impressive boxed invitation suite, designed and produced by Deborah Lau-Yu of PALETTERA CUSTOM CORRESPONDENCES, was sent to each guest. The invitation consisted of a pearl white box, tied with a sleek silver band that featured an ‘S | A’ monogram in white. Inside was a lucite block that suspended a letterpress printed piece with white floral illustrations, crystals and pearls, on premium cotton cardstock. The text was foil pressed in silver.
Her Christian Louboutin peep toe platform heels were encrusted with thousands of shimmery Swarovski crystals. “They made me feel like Cinderella! I have a Louboutin collection and thought that finding shoes would be the hardest part of the wedding planning, but I saw these and absolutely fell in love! They were a gift from my father and that made them even more special. They were ordered from NET-A-PORTER.COM,” says Souzan. Her makeup was styled by Jackie Gideon of JACKIE GIDEON BEAUTY BAR with Ladylyn Bonifacio (also from Jackie Gideon’s team) styling her hair.
The bridesmaids wore dresses from BCBG.
Antonio’s bespoke Armani suit was from HARRY ROSEN and was paired with Prada shoes.
Designer Jeffry Roick of MCNABB ROICK designed the entire wedding day decor, with florals by florist Fiona Liston of STEMZ. The church aisle was flanked with custom-made white pedestals on either side. On each pedestal sat a dramatic display of three varying height glass vases, each displaying one type of flower. The blooms included a mass of striking large calla lilies, an abundance of white phalaenopsis orchids and beautiful large white hydrangeas.
After the ceremony, guests gathered at THE CARLU for the reception which started with cocktails in the west foyer. Adjacent to the elevator, family and friends were greeted by two large tables set with florals and the guest book.
The room was beautifully lit with mood lighting, slowly changing colour throughout the evening. A mix of square and rectangular tables were covered in custom ivory linens and topped with mirrors, to reflect the hundreds of candles floating in crystal candle holders and votives.
The center of the room had a custom-made white dance floor with Souzan and Antonio’s monogram in the center. It was also illuminated with special effect lighting, creating a mirage that stunned guests as they entered the dining room—it made the first dance look as if Souzan and Antonio were dancing on water! The stage featured a white baby grand piano and was fully draped to give the band a beautiful white background. DJ Piers Baker from THIRD FROM THE SUN LTD was in the center of the stage on a riser, with a mirrored DJ table bearing the ‘S | A’ monogram on the front.
The guest book was a custom-made giant lucite slab with florals embossed on the center, along with crystals and pearls.
An elaborate six-course meal was catered by L’EAT. The culinary decadence was followed by late-night desserts, including mango and strawberry cheese cake lollipops passed on silver lollipop trees, and chocolate and blood-orange sorbetto gelato cones, presented in custom plexi cone holders. There was even a yummy Beaver Tail station! (The delicious and classically-Canadian sweet treat is a pastry stretched to the shape of a beaver tail served piping hot with choice of cinnamon sugar, apple cinnamon, maple, chocolate hazelnut, coco vanilla and banana chocolate).
The couple honeymooned in French Polynesia at THE HOTEL SOFITEL in Moorea then THE ST. REGIS in Bora Bora.
They now reside in Oakville, Ontario where Souzan is a pharmacist and Antonio is a retail manager.