Real Weddings: A Young Stylist's Fashion-Forward Toronto Fête
When I was asked to interview our social media editor, Raleigh Seldon, about her summer wedding to longtime love Corey Burgan, I was elated. I hadn’t even seen photos of the Toronto wedding, but being the romantic that I am, not to mention a huge fan of Seldon and her fashion-savvy taste, I knew it would be a treat for the eyes. Nothing could have prepared me for how breathtaking a day it was…
Over drinks with the bride and groom, I asked Burgan how he proposed to his now bride of nearly two months. “We went for a walk by a waterfall close to Raleigh’s summer home with our two dogs, and I proposed under the waterfall,” he says. Even after five years of dating, Raleigh was completely surprised by the proposal. Two years later, on July 18, 2015, the lovebirds’ seventh anniversary), they wed on the same family property. “I always knew it was going to be there,” says Seldon.
After a year of research, Seldon and Burgan knew what they wanted and left the wedding day details to Seldon’s mom, renowned interior designer Kimberley Seldon. “My vision was my daughter,” Mrs. Seldon says. “Raleigh has great taste. She knew she wanted a flower wall, and we used that as a jumping-off place for the rest of the decorations.”
While her mom orchestrated the event, Seldon curated her wedding party gifts herself, and to perfection, we might add. She asked her best friends to be her bridesmaids in typical Raleigh style—understated yet totally glam. “I had Champagne bottle labels made with ‘I want you on my team’ and then the date of the wedding and then nothing else,” she shares. She made sure to include mini pink Champagne bottles in the bridal suite for her “team” to toast with before the ceremony. Each bridesmaid also received a black silk robe, embroidered with her name, while Raleigh wore a white version by For Love and Lemons with “Bride” sewn across the back.
For the groomsmen, Seldon ordered black boxer briefs with “Groomsmen” embroidered across the back. She also included black Converse sneakers in the groomsmen’s gifts, which the men wore with their suave wedding-day suits for a subtle touch of rebellion on the gorgeous day.
The nuptials were located on an emerald green field by a picturesque pond, and the reception followed nearby under a white, fairy-light-lit tent. Hundreds of red baby garden roses by Frank Rea of Forget Me Not Flowers lined the centers of the table. Rea also designed the epic red papier-mâché flowers held by each of the bridesmaids for photographs, the Dior-esque rose wall at the reception, and all of the lovely bouquets held by the bridal party.
While the event design and bridal party accents were the work of the mother-daughter duo, the food was Burgan’s vision. A private chef by trade himself, he worked with Caesar Guinto and Sam Holwell of Creemore Kitchen to create a delicious local menu featuring deep-fried poached egg with asparagus, peas, and a ricotta cheese spread, mushroom gnocchi, and chicken. Late-night finger food—grilled cheese sandwiches—was the bride’s favorite.
What’s your favorite detail about this fashion girl’s city-meets-country-meets-romance wedding? Share your thoughts in the comments!