Jenalle and Remco are an impossibly cool couple who call Queen West home. When it came to planning the most important details of their wedding, they didn’t stray far from their place. Jenalle’s beautiful dress is from the inspirational bridal concept store Loversland on Ossington. In fact, she was their very first customer. Loversland caters to brides and grooms who want to take a laid-back and meaningful approach to their special day. We couldn’t agree more with this philosophy.
We talked to the bride to learn more about her wedding and the decision to avoid banquet halls and stuffy bridal shops and keep it in the ‘hood. Spoiler alert: it totally paid off.
How did you guys meet?
We met through our mutual friend, Lodewijk. Him and Remco are both from the Netherlands and had moved to North America for new adventures. Remco was living in California when we met in 2011, and was visiting Lodevijc in Toronto. Our first hangout was at Pour Boy pub.
I’m a pretty down-to-earth person, and found many of my bridal experiences didn’t understand me or the vibe I imagined for our wedding. We wanted a minimalist wedding, and weren’t doing a lot of the normal traditions (formal ceremony, bridal party, etc). For me, having a wedding was a celebration of my marriage, not the fulfillment of a childhood bridal dream. Loversland was the first experience I had that truly understood that vision, and had gowns that felt fashionable and cool – not like a “bridal costume”. I felt really happy and satisfied when I found my dress, but it wasn’t an emotional experience necessarily, and the staff were totally cool with that–no tissues were prepared.
Did you stay in the hotel on your wedding night? How did you spend your first day as husband and wife?
We did! We stayed in the Canadiana, which is my favourite room at the Gladstone. We spent the day after lounging in Trinity Bellwoods Park with friends from out of town, then all went back to our house and cooked spaghetti Bolognese together. It was a great day.