A New Year’s Eve in Florida solidified for Daniela Piacente and Mark Anthony Salerno that their friendship had become much more than platonic. The two had unknowingly both chosen to ring in the new year in the Sunshine State and while texting each other from their respective nightclubs realized they wanted to be together when the ball dropped.
Grabbing her cousin and running out of the club, Daniela saw there were no cabs. “After one hour, thirteen blocks and a broken heel,” she recalls, “we made it.” “I looked into her eyes and said, ‘You are different than any other girl I have known,” adds Mark. “Then and there, I knew she was the one.”
“I LOOKED INTO HER EYES AND I KNEW SHE WAS THE ONE.” - MARK ANTHONY SALERNO
When the call came on a Friday that the Laura Aline engagement ring was ready in Montréal, Mark flew to pick it up and was back in Toronto a few hours later—“Daniela thought I was busy with clients”—to ensure the ring was in hand for the next day’s dinner where the two families were to meet. “There was no fancy party or extravagant setup,” says Daniela, “just a boy in love with a girl who wanted to propose in front of everyone who loves us.”
Since the bride-to-be had donned an Ines Di Santo dress at every major life event—flower girl, first communion, prom—she knew her wedding dress would also be a Ines Di Santo design. “I also got to wear a second Ines Di Santo dress to cut the cake and dance the night away,” Daniela adds. A pair of René Caovilla pearl shoes, picked out by her father, complemented both.
The couple chose to wed at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church where Mark’s late father, Mario, had been an active member. Candelabras with cascading stems of orchids adorned the altar and Phalaenopsis blooms lined the aisles, creating the magical, white setting the bride had envisioned. Following the ceremony, the 230 guests enjoyed a luncheon at Paramount Conference and Event Venue.
The evening reception, with five hundred family and friends, also took place at the Paramount. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while Alicia & Trent, a classical quartet played. Crystal Chiavari chairs trimmed with eggshell caplets and vintage rhinestone banding added to the sparkling ambiance as did the doorway draped with flowing crystals and soft eggshell fabric.
During the main course, childhood friend tenor Riccardo Iannello performed an original composition, “Prendi I Miei Sogni” (Take My Dreams). Throughout the night, guests dined on bacon-wrapped filet, black tiger shrimp, scallops, mini limoncello tiramisu, a Mediterranean shawarma station and many other delectable treats including the vanilla wedding cake with salted caramel buttercream. “The entire day was just so perfect,” says Mark. “Everyone commented on how you could feel the love in the air!”
The newlyweds enjoyed a three-week honeymoon in the Maldives and Dubai. “It was fantastic to refer to Daniela as ‘my wife,’” adds Mark. “Not only do we get to experience all the wonderful things in life together,” says Daniela, “but we’re there for each other when things get tough. Having him in my life makes me feel safe and happy.”
Location and Lighting: Paramount Conference & Event Venue, Woodbridge, ON, Canada; Cake: Bobbette & Belle, Toronto, ON, Canada; Floral Design: Creations by Gitta, Toronto, ON, Canada; Linen and Rentals: Have A Seat, Toronto, ON, Canada; Stationery: Smudge Designs, Toronto, ON, Canada; Wedding Dress and Veil: Ines Di Santo
Bride’s Shoes: René Caovilla; Bride’s Accessories: Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories; Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Laura Aline; Groom’s Tuxedo: Giorgio Armani; Photography: EVERLASTING MOMENTS Photo & Cinema, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada