Yes, Happily Ever After
What happens when a woman in love gets the proposal
of her dreams? A big “yes” when the question “will you marry me” is asked, of course. See what happens when they marry.
Elena Yammine and Johnny Azzi first captured our hearts when we featured their oh-so-romantic New York City proposal in Ottawa Wedding Magazine’s spring-summer 2016 issue. After Elena said “yes” in Central Park to the man who happened to also be her prom date six years prior, we decided to follow these love birds all the way to the altar to share their happily ever after with you.
The pair planned a modern summer affair for their 225 guests on July 16, 2016. It not only highlighted the couple, but also captured very special traditions of their shared Lebanese traditions.
Elena and her girls enjoyed a relaxing morning of pampering, with hair done by Hair Maestro Elee Hitti and makeup by Paul Hitti.
The bride entered St. Charbel Maronite Church in Ottawa on her father’s arm donning a Pronovias gown with a sheer lace bodice and holding beautiful blooms from Ottawa Flowers.
Following the “I do’s,” guests were treated to a sweet summer treat from Stella Luna’s vintage gelato push-cart before heading to St. Elias Banquet Centre.
“We stayed in touch with Lebanese traditions, such as the [Ottawa] Zaffeh Group and the drums during the reception and at the bridal house. But we had a certain uniqueness to our wedding.”
With a colour palette of blush and gold, the grand hall was transformed into the couple’s romantic vision by Ottawa Wedding Décor. There were several personal touches found throughout the space which highlighted the couple.
Each table number was paired with photos of Johnny and Elena at that same age. In lieu of the traditional guestbook, guests were asked to sign a canvas print from the couple’s New York engagement shoot. And at each place setting, guests were greeted with Hershey Kisses with customized labels reading: “Hugs and kisses from the bride and groom.”
Another unique touch was gifted from the bride to the groom. Johnny received 10 bottles of wine which represented different “firsts” the pair have yet to experience.
“The wines corresponded with their respective labels, such as first fight was partnered up with the wine called ‘clean slate.’”
Milo’s Pastry provided a grand tiered wedding cake which complemented the extravagant affair perfectly.
Another surprise sweet treat came at midnight, as guests snacked on delectable SuzyQ doughnuts.
While everyone in attendance was there to celebrate the bride and groom, Elena and Johnny were determined to show each and every guest how much they appreciated having them there to celebrate their big day.
“During dinner, we went from table to table just to speak to everyone and take pictures with everyone. I think that made the night really special, because although we skipped our dinner, our guests really appreciated that we took the time to do that.”
Another important element for the newlyweds was making sure their parents were included in all aspects of the day.
“They truly are the second stars of the show and without them the wedding would not have been possible. It meant a lot to our parents and to Johnny and I that they were sitting with us at the head table along with our bridal party. Our parents are our No. 1 supporters and role models, and without them we wouldn’t be the people we are now.”
With speeches read, cake cut and dinner complete, all that was left to do was dance the night away. Thanks to DJ Tonee, guests were on their feet to celebrate the newlyweds and their new life together as husband and wife. W