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The summer of 2016 was the summer of love for Juliana Da Silva and Isaque Silva. Mutual friends introduced them, and soon the duo were hanging out regularly. “A couple of months in, it was pretty obvious we were very into each other,” says Juliana.
After three years of dating, Isaque proposed to Juliana in her sister’s backyard. He had worked feverishly with the couple’s family and friends to set up an epic engagement scene. “We arrived at my sister’s house for a casual get together and when we arrived, she asked me to go upstairs to grab something then brought my attention to her new lights in the backyard,” remembers Juliana with a smile.
515 Photo Co.Isaque’s romantic backyard proposal included marquee letters spelling out “Marry Me.”
When she headed back outside, she found Isaque standing in front of marquee letters that spelled out “Marry Me.” Fairy lights and rose petals strewn on the ground forming a heart shape completed the romantic tableau. “It was so beautiful, and I was so emotional,” says Juliana. “Isaque knelt down and asked me to marry him. Without a second thought I said yes! Then all our friends and family came out to congratulate us and we had an amazing dinner celebration with them.”
515 Photo Co.The couple cancelled their planned spring 2020 wedding and “eloped” mid-summer last year instead.
The couple were planning a May 2020 wedding, but they were forced to put their party on pandemic pause. As they struggled to make plans and figure out which way to turn, they found a unique opportunity to have their dream wedding courtesy of Toronto event planners Muse Event Co. who last summer launched the Elopement Edit, a luxury elopement offering inspired by a Las-Vegas-style wedding pop-up. Juliana and Isaque shared the space on their wedding day with four other couples at this curated event, with each couple given a specific time for their individual celebrations, and all the day-of details were looked after for them. “We enlisted top wedding vendors to offer an effortless intimate wedding experience,” shares Ellie Martires, creative director of Muse Event Co.
515 Photo Co.A dreamy garden themed cake by Nadia & Co. perfectly matched the florals the couple had for their day.
Juliana says the day could actually not have been more perfect. “Our day was intimate, personal and every single detail from venue to photography, florals, hair and makeup was looked after,” says Juliana. “After all the stress we had been through with our planning, we didn’t have to worry about a thing, it was all done for us.”
515 Photo Co.The couple were married in front of a magnificent floral arch made from multi-tonal roses and lush greenery.
The couple were married on July 26 and were able to host 34 guests. Decor-wise, the party was trimmed in shades of cream, blush and green creating a vibe of timeless elegance. Flowers were a huge focus of the day with the couple’s “I dos” exchanged in front of an otherworldly floral arch created by renowned Canadian floral designer Rachel A Clingen.
515 Photo Co.The couple hosted just 34 guests for their intimate outdoor elopement.
“’Perfection’ is the only word for our wedding flowers,” says Juliana. “The arch, my bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets were beyond. I couldn’t have asked for, or imagined, anything more beautiful for our elopement.”
515 Photo Co.The couple’s youngest guests were one of the biggest scene stealers of the wedding, says Juliana.
The couple say their most cherished memories of the day were the intimate ones they were able to spend together, just the two of them. “Our first look was incredibly special, and it was actually something I was very hesitant about doing,” remembers Juliana. “I thought it would take some of the magic away, but I was so wrong! Seeing each other before the ceremony gave us a chance to enjoy some personal time together on our day. It also took away all the jitters about walking down the aisle.”
515 Photo Co.Though they were on the fence about having a pre-ceremony first look both Juliana and Isaque agree it was the most special part of the day.
The pair also decided to keep the moment they signed their marriage license as an intimate one. “We did this prior to the ceremony with our immediate family, maid of honour and best man,” says Juliana. “This act was so important to us and keeping it ultra-personal made it feel beyond special.”
Select standouts from Juliana and Isaque’s big day.
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“My wedding dress was not one I would have pictured myself wearing, but when I put it on, I immediately fell in love,” says Juliana of her stunning Blu Ivory gown. “My favourite detail was the train. The lace details make me fall in love with it all over again every time I see photos.”
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“Isaque and I chose rose gold for our wedding bands,” says Juliana. “I always knew I wanted gold for my rings and when it came time to choose our wedding bands, we found the perfect ones that we both loved.”
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“Who doesn’t love getting dolled up?” says Juliana, with a laugh. “I was so excited to see my vision for my hair and makeup come to life. My hair and makeup artist Jen did an incredible job—I thought what she did with my hair was phenomenal!”
Juliana & Isaque’s Wedding Directory
Dress: Blu Ivory
Tuxedo: 4 Men United
Cake: Nadia & Co.
Flowers: Rachel A Clingen
Hair & Makeup: Jen Evoy, Jen Evoy Makeup Studio
Music: Alex Toskov, Royal Strings
Officiant: Jeremy Citron, All You Need Is Love
Photography: 515 Photo Co.
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Wedding Planning: Muse Event Co.
Venue: Graydon Hall Manor