Ceremony Location: Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Ceremony Music: Musical Occasions; Reception Location and Caterer: Terminal City Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Cake: Sweet Thea, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Event Planner: Tara Thorp, Forever True Wedding Planning & Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Florist: Flowerz, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Décor: Upright Décor, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Linen: Chair Décor Inc., Burnaby, BC, Canada; Pianist: Musical Occasions; Entertainment: Hot Hit Productions; Stationery: Made by Michelle Mark; Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren at Leading Man Tuxedos, New Westminister, BC, Canada; Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo; Hair: Caylee Wasilenko at Hype Studio; Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman at Holt Renfrew; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Jewelry: Butler & Wilson, London, United Kingdom; Wedding Gown: Alison Hartford for Manuel Mendoza; Videographer: Steven Tan; Photographer: REINE Weddings, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Assistant Photographer: Jennifer Lee Sutherland, JLS Photography, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Tony [Mestrovic] and I have been together for 15 years,” recalls Andrea Maglajlija. “A mutual friend introduced us at the tender age of 15.” Basically growing up together, they started out as friends and developed an inseparable bond. “We cherish a decade and a half of memories, great travel tales (Italy, Croatia, France, Spain, Cuba, etc.), and many successes along the way. We’ve graduated high school together and got our Bachelors degrees from Simon Fraser University together.”
After college Tony continued on to get his Masters and Ph.D. and is now a practicing doctor of Medical Physics, while Andrea joined the corporate world. “All we are and all we’ve become and accomplished is a result of our relationship and mutual support for one another,” explains Andrea who is currently a director of marketing for a major restaurant group, while Tony works at the BC Cancer Agency.
Spending more than half of their lives together, the proposal “was quite elaborate,” says Andrea. “Tony planned a surprised trip to Whistler in December of 2007. We stayed at the Fairmont Château Whistler and each day I had a few surprises. It started out with a snowshoeing mystical tour through the forest with a guide. Then we were off to a horse-drawn sleigh ride at dusk, complete with a hot chocolate break and musical performance.” Tony proposed while they were “galloping through the forest, covered with blankets and snuggled to keep warm” and Tony asked: “Will you be mine forever?”
Completely overwhelmed, Andrea didn’t event want to see the ring and saw it for the first time when they got back to the hotel’s Mallard lounge for a champagne toast. “Then we were off to a celebratory dinner … To my great surprise, my parents, my sister and our best men and maid of honor to be were there too! Then it was two more days of skiing and celebrating. It was the perfect winter holiday!” smiles Andrea, remembering Tony’s grand gesture.
“If I could describe our wedding in two words it would be: subversive glamour. I always wanted a wedding that was inimitable, theatrical, emotional and luxe. I wanted an intimate wedding—about 90 people—in terms of audience numbers, but a grand act; a difficult task indeed,” says Andrea. With a color palate of jewel tones consisting of moody blues, emerald greens, rich plums and deep purples and a base of muted silver, Andrea’s Sex And The City (the movie) inspiration started to take shape.
“As I got a glimpse of Carrie’s lavish wedding at the library,” Andrea explains, “this is partly how I came up with the idea of having our ceremony in the famous Orpheum Theatre lobby, right below the grand staircase.” The Orpheum, which officially opened more than eight decades ago, is an astonishing heritage building designed by Scottish architect Marcus Priteca. “With its plush red carpeted lobby, a labyrinth of grand staircases, rustic walls, romantic balconies and majestic crystal chandeliers, it felt like a castle and the perfect setting for our fairytale wedding,” says Andrea.
Andrea donned a custom-made Manuel Mendoza made of French lace and fine tulle. “I wanted it big, and it turned out to be the biggest one they’ve ever made!” smiles Andrea about the dress she happily “felt like a snowflake in it.” Her custom veil, which was also by Manuel Mendoza, was Carrie-esque in personality, revealing itself as a cage veil made of fine tulle. Of course her shoes were glittered platform peep-toe Christian Louboutins in marine and she also wore a Swarovski crystal necklace that she purchased from London. No detail spared, her hair was inspired by a weathered image of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. In a need to compliment his leading lady, Tony was dressed neatly in a classic Ralph Lauren tuxedo with a custom-made shirt and satin vest and bowtie.
After exchanging deeply-personal vows in the grandiose theatre, they were off to the reception and celebrated with a cocktail soirée complete with champagne, Pellegrino lemonade and hors d'œuvres serenaded by a pianist in the private Terminal City Club lobby. A sit-down, plated dinner followed in the ballroom.
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