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Royal Wedding – Crown Jewel Tones

I love the Crown Jewels tabletop. Not only because it evokes a sense of elegance, but because it also evokes the ultimate sense of luxury, romance and style!

I was privileged to work amongst great talented wedding professionals and I thank each one for sharing their talent and inspiring all brides for their own breathtaking “Crown Jewels” wedding.

Each of my productions start as a blank canvas and the “attention-to-details” in producing a design for my clients is what makes the ultimate difference.

At your wedding, guests will be seated and gathered at a table and will instantly observe the details that have been weaved together and carefully presented. There are so many elements to combine. However, let the color that speaks sophistication to you be the foundation that will bring together all of the fine details.

What inspired me to design the beautiful Crown Jewels tabletop? The Royal Princess Diana. She was between Royalty and a modern woman gracefully socializing in designer gowns – Dior, Versace, Valentino. The Crown Jewels table displays classic modernism just as Lady Diana did. The Saphire blue color reminded me when Lady Diana wore Victor Edelstein’s midnight blue velvet gown to dance with John Travolta at the White House dinner.

Not only do tabletops set a tone but the design must also speak to your guests of who you are as a couple. Classic, modern, sophisticated, glamorous. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors, textures and looks. Let the design and creativity work for you.

Many thanks and credit to…

Photography: 5ive15teen photo co
Stationery + Menu + Favor Boxes: Palettera
Floral Design: Pink Twig
Cake: The Caketress
Photographed on location at: 99 Sudbury
Calligraphy: Barbara Kua
Chandelier + Centrepieces + Crystal Candlesticks + Accessories: Ev3nts Planning & Design
Gold Chiavari Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture
Gold Wingback Chairs: Furnishings by Corey
Stemware + Glassware + Cutlery + Gold Charger: Chairman Mills
Midnight Blue Sequin Table Linen + Crystal Charger: Have A Seat
Dusk Blue Satina Underlay Table Linen + Gold Topper Table Linen: Susan Murray Linen Rentals
Cocktails: Noble Culinary Inc.

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Haute Couture Wedding Gowns for 2010

World renowned designers have hit the runways to display their breathtaking latest bridal gowns and they continue to make our hearts flutter. Now it is time to say hello to the hautest wedding designers and Wedding Fashion for Fall 2010!

These gowns make me utter…I want…I need…I love…I must have…

Gowns from Angel Sanchez

Harry Winston Ring & Gowns by Anne Barge

Gown by Atelier Aimee

Gowns by Oscar de le Renta

Sasha Primak Ring & Gowns by Jenny Packham

Gowns by Douglas Hannant

Douglas Hannant’s gowns are very, very sophisticated.

Chanel Ring & Gowns from Monique Lhuillier.

The ruffle details will create such a beautiful movement as you walk down the aisle.

Javier Larrainzar’s inspiration is for the avant-garde woman of today – a more cutting edge look.

Gowns from Reem Acra

Reem Acra’s Fall Collection is inspired by the origami patterns and Japanese gardens. I am so in love with this gown – could this be my “must have”?

Perfect for the bride who wants to show off her tiny waist.

Michael B Ring & Gowns from Ines di Santo

Ines di Santo designes gowns that make me wish I could wear one every day of the year. They are so beautiful and gorgeous. It is no wonder she is known internationally as a leader in haute couture wedding fashion. As always, she personally and professionally holds a special place in my heart!! XoXo

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Chasing Cherry Blossom Weddings

Cherry Blossoms explode with “Romance”. This beautiful flower is the symbol of love and life and are awaiting to shower your wedding with their beauty.

This flowering tree is an exquisite wedding day inspiration!
Claire Pettibone named her 2010 Bridal Collection “Cherry Blossom” and designed every detail with the blooming Japanese flowering cherry in mind.

Badgley Mischka adds his mark with this gorgeous flower for a dramatic, flirty and feminine bride.

Whether you want to design your entire wedding around the cherry blossom or want to infuse a subtle touch, let me inspire you with ways to incorporate your Blossom theme.

There are wedding cakes and then let’s take it up a notch – “wedding cake couture”. This stunning wedding cake was designed by Allyson Meredith Cakes – – photo courtesy Click Photo Company Inc. Custom designed, this five foot tall stunning wedding cake consists of over 4000 handmade sugar cherry blossoms weighing just under 300 pounds. Your wedding cake may not be as elaborate as this one; however, your wedding cake needs to be an extension of the theme and an expression of you.

Continue the theme, with these pinkalicious Cherry Blossom Marshmellows flavored with Sakura blossoms. Yes, marshmellows have gone gourmet! Wow your guests! I promise, your guests will be smitten and begging for seconds. (Recipe courtesy –

During your cocktail hour serve your guests your very own signature drink – “Pinkilicious Cherry Blossom Martinis”.

Tie in your Blossom theme with Laura from Laura K Design. Custom design invitations like this bold and fresh one is sure to make a lasting impression on your guests. See more at

Cherry Blossoms can be blended with an array of beautiful colors to accent your wedding. Romantic pale pink, dark magical purple, soft beige and for a striking look, add the beautiful cherry color.

This week I decided to go “PINK” and “Chase the Blossoms”! The great crowds of cherry trees are exploding in High Park. It is a gorgeous wonderland and a priceless beautiful backdrop for an engagement photo session.

I also got to enjoy my own session with Steven and Heidi from Artage Pictures. This beautiful couple not only share romance together, but they also share the passion for the art of photography. It was a great experience to witness their vision behind the lense and bring it to life. Visit Steven & Heidi at

It is difficult to predict how long the blossoms will last. If you haven’t seen them yet, no, excuses!

Chase the Blossoms and Show your Love!

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Greatest wedding planner EVER!

It was not too long ago that I met Anthony & Christin and my journey began with planning and designing their “Lord of the Rings” theme wedding.   Sweet memories brings a smile to my face as I remember wedding gown shopping in the rain and all the laughs we shared from the day we met right up to the wedding day.  There was no wish that I didn’t make come true for this very special couple.   

With pleasure, I will share their thank you note with you.   

“Hi Gabrielle,

It has been so busy since we got back from our honeymoon, but I had to email you our thanks for helping us create the most fabulous wedding we could have imagined! 

From the first time we met you, it was evident that the services you were offering were on a level above the other planners that we had met.  You are such a positive and professional woman, with a genuine and caring personality, and the time you took to get to know both of us, as well as our families was truly appreciated! 

In our time spent together finding my AMAZING dress,  organizing the decor details (I know my expectations were ‘extravagant’), and working on the flow of the ceremony and reception, I found you to be detail oriented, professional, and supportive in a personal way that only another woman can be for a stressed out bride, always there offering  your gorgeous smile funny jokes!!!   

I also realized that even with the time we gave you to work with (can you believe what we pulled together in only 3 months?!), we only heard you say ‘no problem…  I can make that happen…  I know the perfect person/place/thing…  Of course you can have that!’  I can’t tell you how amazing it was to one minute be thinking ‘I forgot this…  I bet it’s too late to have that, only to call you and be assured that anything was possible! 

Your strong  relationships with absolutely the best vendors in the city were such an asset to planning the wedding we had dreamed of.  From beginning to end you stepped in to intercept anything potentially negative or stressful before I ever had to worry, which allowed me to prepare for my special day with only love and joy on my mind and in my heart. 

You and the specialized service you offer are totally irreplaceable!  Our wedding day was the most beautiful and exquisite experience in every way, so Gabrielle, thank you for being the best!  BIG hugs to you from the both of us!

Lots of love,

Dr. Anthony & Mrs. Christin Sterling”

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Michael Danso loves Casamentos Haute Couture Weddings


Anyone can be wonderful or really good.  However, few have the interest or drive to create “Magic” for a couple’s Wedding Day.  “Magic” is a key ingredient which is needed to making a couple’s wedding day special and unique.   


I have shared this “Magic” at weddings with a dynamic singer, dancer and performer, Michael Danso.  Michael Danso has performed, and continues to perform, with some of the best Jazz musicians in the world, including, Grady Tate, Reggie Moore, Don Shirley and many more.  He has performed, appeared and done projects with Ella Fitzgerald, Goldie Hawn, Diahnne Carroll and the names go on.

I received this email today from Michael and I’m happy to share it with you.  Thank you, Michael Danso, for always being a part of my “Team of Romance” and continously adding Magic to each of my weddings.   Meet Michael Danso at                 

“Hello Gabrielle,

Michael Danso here.  I think that it is a truism that sometimes things need to be said and I am taking the opportunity to do it right now.  I have known you for quite some-time now and have worked with and for you, and your Clients, on many an occasion.  I think that it is now time that you should know that I admire and appreciate the care and attention you give to the personal and professional needs of your Clients. 

I have worked with quite a few of the people on this so-called “Wedding Circuit”, and they all seem to have their own single tried and proven formula that they bring to every Client, and as a result, their Events are all so similar that they could be regarded as the same “Event Genre” with the only difference being the evening’s Client’s and guests.  

The music is usually the same choice of repertoire and type that worked “last time”; the floral arrangements and any planned special entertainment, seem to come out of the same box, and as the evening progresses it is scheduled exactly the same way.  As well as the fact that they (the “Planners”) usually leave the Event as soon as dinner is perceived to be served thus leaving Families, Friends and the Bridal Couple alone to handle any unforeseen emergencies by themselves. 

I have always noted and appreciated the time, effort and individual attention you give on each Wedding that I have worked with you.  Not one has been the same because you tailor the Wedding to the taste of your Clients with such a professional eye and caring attention to detail and the Client’s personal style  that makes the entire evening magical. 

Vendors who have worked with you speak highly of you and say they look forward to your calls because there is no uncertainty or loose ends when you give instructions for an Event.

You are a fine person who is one of the best in her profession, at the top of her craft.    Now you know why I always take your calls and do my best to be free to work with you. 

Thank you for the work and regarding my contributions to your Special Moments as being worthy of repeat performances. 

Wind, at your back, Gabrielle …. I remain

Michael Danso”

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Planning A Wedding & All the Moments In Between


I couldn’t imagine my life not being a wedding planner.  Planning a wedding is not just about crossing out the tasks to do on a checklist, attending the day of and then moving onto the next wedding.  The moments in between planning “Hollywood” definitely forgot to show on the big screen.     

I must admit with every wedding I fall in love with “love”.   Couples come to me with dreams of what their perfect wedding day vision is.   I could go on and on about what needs to be done up to the day of , but planning a wedding is about falling in love all over again and all the moments in betweeen.   

If I were planning weddings for mannequins, I wouldn’t have to worry about breathing these dreams to life.  So how does my passion stay alive?   Every couple keeps my passion alive.  When I plan, I feel like every one of my weddings are my very own.  I care about my couples, I dream their dreams, I feel their love, happiness and joy.  This passion is fueled by catching their smiles, their kisses and watching two people in love plan the most exquisite day of their life – their wedding day. 

This past week, the moments in between planning 2009 and 2010 weddings were marked on a wonderful note.  I was tingled with excitement as I listened to voicemail messages – “I’m seven months pregnate”, “Gabrielle, I saw your picture and it brought back sweet memories and I had to call you”, “My father still says, God Bless Gabrielle”, “Gabrielle, I miss You!” 

Yes, I do miss all my former Casamentos Brides!  Through you, I have been married countless times!   And to all my Casamentos Brides-to-Be, I love to dream!    

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Say “I Do” in a “Spot in the Middle of the Ocean” – Madeira, Portugal

madeira5Joana and Andrew wanted to get married in a “spot in the middle of the ocean” and situated between their native countries – Canada and Portugal. They found exactly what they wished for in Madeira Island, 527 Km. off the Moroccan coast and it is part of Portugal. This island is captivating and exotic and begs to be explored.


Known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic,” this sub-tropical island is a beautiful place with volcanic peaks, lush tropical coastlines and golden sandy beaches. It has several micro-climes so you can be walking among cacti on the dry mountain trails and within a few hours be surrounded by 6 foot tall calla lilies in the sub-tropics.

Not only is this a wonderfully romantic island, this choice honors Joanna’s heritage as both of her parents are of Portuguese descent.

Due to its wonderful weather, there is a wide variety of outdoor activities to keep all their guests busy. Count on surfing, scuba-diving, tennis, golf, riding and hiking in the mountains or along the levadas, which are ancient waterways. And do not forget the exquisite Madeira lace when shopping. Equally exciting and breathtaking are the dolphins and whales which make their home in Madeira during the summer months. You can spot these wonderful creatures swimming close by to the coastline.

Casamentos is delighted to be planning this destination wedding. With a guest list of 50 and still growing, friends and family of Joana and Andrew have a year to brush up on their Portuguese. An easy word to learn is “Parabens!” which means Congratulations.

Parabens! Joana and Andrew!

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