Arezo & Kwabena's Malaparte Wedding
 
 

Arezo and Kwabena first met in 2007 when she lived in London and Kwabena was living in New York.  Kwabena was visiting London at the time and they met through a mutual friend.  They had an instant connection, but since they lived so far from each other, nothing much came from it. They added each other on Facebook and would send happy birthday messages over the years. Kwabena even visited London again in 2012 and they met up and had a drink.

Arezo was originally from Norway, and left London to move back home. In 2015, Kwabena ended up moving to London, but Arezo was back in Norway. She did end up visiting London, so they met up once again, and this time ended up talking about their faith. That was what really connected them. They spent the following months talking on Skype and Kwabena even went to Norway to visit her. From December 2015 to October 2016 they had a long distance relationship, going back and forth from Oslo and London. They would even meet in other countries around Europe – 7 to be exact in that period of time. It might have taken over 8 years from their initial meeting to finally be together, but the rest as they say, is history. Arezo ended up moving back to London to be with Kwabena.

After they got engaged, and it was time to plan the wedding, the big question was where to have the wedding. Kwabena had family in Jamaica and New York, Arezo’s family was in Norway, and they had friends all across Europe. After doing a lot of research, they decided to have the wedding in Toronto! Arezo had never even stepped foot in Canada before. It would be a true destination wedding for everyone.

 
 
 
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Wedding Planner: Swoon Events

Wedding venue: Malaparte

Videographer: Summerhill Weddings

Florist: Plush Flowers

Hair and makeup: Ford Beauty

Wedding cake: Patricia’s Cake Creations

Photos done at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto

Film scans by Photovision Prints

 
 
Our wedding in the South of France
 
 

So as you may know, especially if you follow me on Instagram, my boyfriend (now husband) and I got married in May!  We had a small destination wedding in the South of France with 12 of our closest friends and family.  Since we are both wedding photographers we knew we wanted to do something a bit different and not have to deal with the drama that comes along with having a 100+ guest list.  Don't worry though if you are having a big wedding!  We still had drama lol.  

We found our "venue" on Airbnb which also doubled as everyone's accommodations for the week.  It was a stunning 14th century chateau in the small town of Saint-Hippolyte-de-Caton located around nine hours south of Paris.  This place was wildly beautiful and I still can't believe we got married there!  Everyday started off with an adventure to the nearest bakery to get fresh croissants (HOLY CRAP WERE THEY EVER DELICIOUS!) and some other staples for the day.  We relaxed pool-side or would go on mini road trips to the near towns and be tourists for the day.  Half of our group had never been to Europe before and the other half had never been to France so we were excited to explore the stunning countryside.  I would definitely recommend it can't wait to go back one day with Joey!

Our wedding day was really low-key and relaxed.  We started out the day the same as the others, with croissants and coffee out on the patio.  We got ready in the afternoon, did our first look and then some photos and had a late ceremony with cocktails and dinner afterwards.  The night ended with a lot of Drake, ska music, some crazy dance moves, and jumping into the pool!

Some of these photos are from the sweet little town of Saint-Hippolyte-de-Caton, including our chateau, Arles, Nimes, and other little towns that we stopped in because of their beauty.  Enjoy :)

 
 
 
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I couldn't help myself, I had to take some photos on my own wedding day!

 
 Blush pink, beaded wedding dress.
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 Bridesmaids getting ready for wedding.
 

Now some actual photos of our wedding from our insanely talented wedding photographer Kristin Sweeting.  

 
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This one below is one of my absolute favourite wedding photos!  This was well after midnight and after a lot of drinks!

 
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 Being a tourist in the South of France.
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