A Romantic, Modern Wedding at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario

Hayley Shannon (29 and a digital marketing director) and Scott Carson (45 and a bond trader) fused modern romantic touches with subtle rustic details to pull off an elegant autumnal affair at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, that exuded personality and sophistication. The ceremony paid tribute to the setting, with a string quartet and an aria singer filling the air with classical interpretations of popular songs and classics such as "Madame Butterfly." As Hayley and Scott shared their first kiss as husband and wife, the singer burst into a lively rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from "The Little Mermaid." “Everyone exploded into laugher and song,” Hayley says. The couple took a less-is-more approach to the reception to mirror the Royal Conservatory's modern minimalist feel. Amber ghost chairs, sleek silverware, classic white china and pale gray linen established a modern mood for the decor. Bouquets of rich burgundy and fresh white blooms surrounded by flickering votive and pillar candles of varying heights filled the expansive space with an undeniable sense of romance. Soft, natural light filled the room through vast windows and the brilliant fall colors gave the decor a touch of autumnal flair. “We had a scotch bar framed in by vases of heather and some additional Scottish touches. And there was also an incredible photo booth by Snaptique—instead of an actual booth, it was a vintage-style camera, Hayley says. Hayley and Scott skipped the traditional cake cutting, and instead treated their friends and family to cupcakes, petits fours, chocolates, brownies and lemon squares from For the Love of Cake. A live band kicked off the dancing portion of the evening, and Hayley’s bridesmaids surprised everyone with a hilariously choreographed dance to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” A tip from Hayley: “Deep breaths, don’t stress and enjoy the day. It is truly the best day of your life. Marrying the person you love is such a wonderful, fortunate occasion. Speaking our vows to each other was such an awesome expression of who we are.” —Libby MacCarthy