Lynn and Michael had been dating for over four years before getting married on June 18, 2011 at the romantic Château des Charmes Winery. For the proposal, Michael planned a “surprise” vacation to New York right before Christmas in 2009. In their room at the Plaza Hotel, he got down on one knee and asked Lynn to marry him. She burst into tears right away and said yes!
(WedLuxe): How would you describe your wedding day?
(Lynn): "We wanted our wedding day to be all about the things we love most – spending time with friends and family, celebrating our different cultures and enjoying good food and wine. We hired a live band who performed our first dance song, 'No One' by Alicia Keys and then kept everyone dancing until the very end of the night. The whole day passed by in a flash, but it was everything we had hoped for!"
How did you personalize your wedding day?
"Deborah from Palettera was amazing and helped us create invitations and day-of stationery that fit perfectly with our theme colours. She designed a special L&M monogram in cursive font with peony flowers and branches that was used on our wedding day stationery. Each guest had a placecard with their name, table number and our initials and date on the front, with our monogram pressed in gold foil on the back. Our gold chopstick bonbonnieres were personalized with a small teal sticker that said 'L&M, Love and Thanks' also with our wedding date. Deborah was so incredibly talented, efficient and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Every time I asked her for something, she had an immediate idea of what I wanted and I trusted her vision completely. It was a total pleasure working with her for our wedding."
What was the most luxurious aspect of your wedding?
"I think the most luxurious aspect of our wedding was the food and wine. Good food and great wine is something that Mike and I both enjoy so much, so we wanted to treat everyone to a nice night out. We really enjoy the wine from Château des Charmes and wanted our guests to reap the benefits of attending a wedding at a winery."
What is the most important info you think readers should know about your wedding day?
"I think the most important thing that our guests should know is that our wedding was great because of our guests. Our officiant, who was also a friend and guest, had gotten to know us well during our pre-marriage meetings, and delivered a personal and sincere message during the ceremony. My bridesmaids were beautiful and so supportive throughout the day and our groomsmen were great sports in spite of sweating it out in full tuxes in the hot weather. The MCs were hilarious and played some pretty racy games, but everyone really enjoyed the entertainment! The speeches were amazingly heartfelt, and we were able to express our deepest gratitude toward our families for their love and support. The dance floor was always packed and the band kept everyone going way beyond last call. We felt so blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who were truly happy for us and seemed genuinely excited to be at our wedding. So many people told us how much they enjoyed our wedding during and afterward, but it was really our guests that made the whole experience so wonderful."