Amanda Leela & Devin Healy first met as two teen golfers attempting to make some drives and putts at a golf academy. They admired one another from afar, however the romantic timing wasn’t proper. A decade later, they sparked a dialog throughout a TIFF occasion hosted by Devin’s brother. When Devin talked about his ardour for meals, it was recreation over for Amanda. They dated long-distance for the primary 12 months and a half of their relationship earlier than profession strikes allowed their relationship to develop.
In 2017, Amanda was managing her ulcerative colitis (which she was identified with as a teen) and concurrently battling extreme Lyme illness that had impacted her potential to stroll. On the similar time, Devin was in search of a brand new place to stay. Amanda’s household, The Leelas, opened their dwelling to Devin, and his one- 12 months keep turned 4! “That is the place ‘Leels & Heals’ blossomed our distinctive love,” notes Amanda, referencing the couple’s enjoyable nickname.
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, a location that has held particular significance for Amanda since she was a teen.
“I underwent three life-saving surgical procedures at seventeen years previous and by no means thought I might make it to see my marriage ceremony day. I had all the time dreamed that I might both get married or have one thing associated to my marriage on this magical place,” she explains. With this in thoughts, Devin orchestrated a shock proposal to coincide with a trend occasion hosted there by Amanda’s finest pal. That day, Amanda had modeled for the occasion when her pal invited her to a wine tasting on the in-house restaurant BLUEBLOOD STEAKHOUSE. “She listed all my favorite wines, and I used to be bought,” explains Amanda. Once they entered the wine cellar, Amanda first noticed a blonde ponytail belonging to Devin’s sister (a photographer), then Devin himself. She was speechless as he obtained down on one knee to ask her to marry him — so silent that he needed to repeat himself earlier than Amanda answered, “A MILLION TIMES, YES!”
With location prime of thoughts, the couple wrote a mock newspaper article about their upcoming marriage ceremony for stationery designer PAPER & POSTE to include into the invitation design. The thought was for visitors to have the ability to recreate the expertise of consuming espresso and studying “the information” after they obtained the invitation.
Devin commissioned DRAKE CUSTOM DESIGNS to create the double-halo pear-shaped diamond engagement ring, which was later paired with two infinity marriage ceremony bands.
SHANNON PETROLITO HAIR ARTISTRY styled Amanda’s hair.
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, the place she bought the blush mermaid-style robe, added a customized veil and matching sleeves for an “Amanda” aptitude.
Devin wore a bespoke three-piece purple go well with by JOHN FERRIGAMO CUSTOM DESIGNS paired with black velvet CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN footwear.
The marriage occurred on July 23, 2022, on the GLOBE AND MAIL CENTRE, a downtown Toronto venue chosen to symbolize how wholesome Amanda has felt since shifting to the town. The general “fashionable, enchanted backyard” theme was a imaginative and prescient that Amanda had cultivated in her thoughts since she was a teen to assist her get via a tough time in her life. “The imaginative and prescient felt like an unattainable dream whereas I used to be severely sick,” she shares.
The color palette was thoughtfully chosen to symbolize Amanda’s journey together with her well being and integrated her favorite color, purple. “The hue is usually related to Sick Children Hospital, the place our bride spent a lot of time as she healed from a number of health-related points all through her younger years,” shares occasion planner Ashley Pigott of ASHLEY PIGGOT EVENTS INC, who offered full-service occasion planning and design. “This color represents power, bravery, group, and resilience – qualities our bride additionally encompassed.” The color inexperienced was additionally chosen to symbolize Lyme illness.
Every little thing turned actual for Amanda when the marriage band started singing Vance Pleasure’s “Hearth and the Flood.” Lined up behind a curtain earlier than the marriage ceremony, Devin shot Amanda an enormous smile earlier than strolling down the aisle, and he or she blew him a kiss in return.
The adults-only affair made an exception for Amanda’s younger nephews, Charles and Theodore. Charles made his method down the aisle in a wagon pulled by Amanda’s sister-in-law Alisha, alongside Amanda’s brother Alan who walked their canine, Hugo. Theodore walked down the aisle together with his mother and father, Danielle and Curtis, holding his ring-bearer pillow.
After exchanging customized vows, the couple closed the ceremony with a kiss and a confetti toss beneath the timber, stopping for a kiss and a dip midway down the aisle.
THE FOOD DUDES
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in the course of the enjoyable cocktail hour had been plentiful! Together with handed appetizers, the meals stations included dumplings and sushi (a nod to meals the couple would “order in” on Friday nights throughout Covid lockdowns). Signature cocktails included a TequiLeela Cosmo and a Devspresso Martini — wordplays on the couple’s names and favorite cocktails.
An interactive “Take a Shot, Take a Seat” tequila shot wall (impressed by Amanda’s bachelorette in Cabo) additionally doubled as a seating chart.
On the reception room reveal, the bride was left speechless (and in tears!). “The imaginative and prescient I had was blown out of the water,” says Amanda, referencing the reception’s design, together with the two-tiered floral cover with crystal chandeliers dangled overhead with floral garlands.
RACHEL A. CLINGEN WEDDING & EVENT DESIGN offered floral and occasion design, with particular flower selections made with significant causes. “Flowers are sometimes a key part in weddings, however they had been a necessary ingredient of our design as our family and friends name Devin and I the “flowers” due to a flower’s gentleness however sturdy stem,” explains Amanda.
The marriage cake had a Parisian aptitude as a nod to Amanda’s French heritage.
Amanda’s background is Ismaili and French, and Devin’s is Irish and British. For his or her grand entrance into the reception, Amanda become a sari and the couple danced to a choreographed routine that mixed Indian and Irish kinds, backed by 4 skilled dancers.
Amanda’s third look was created by her pal and bridesmaid, designer TARA RIVAS. She additionally wore a necklace by the mom of one other bridesmaid, Chanelle.
The signal above the band learn “Head Over Heals” which was a enjoyable play on phrases referencing the couple’s final title, “Healy.”
Bringing the magical backyard theme full circle, visitors picked their customized shortbread cookie takeaways from a floral-covered gazebo highlighted with twinkling lights. A photograph sales space and a liquid nitrogen ice cream station had been additionally loved in the course of the late-night enjoyable.
Amanda and Devin spent their practically three-week- lengthy honeymoon touring to Istanbul, Turkey, and Dubrovnik and Hvar in Croatia, earlier than heading to Italy. The honeymoon coincided with Devin’s thirtieth birthday, which they spent within the Tuscan countryside on a two-seater Vespa. Speak about dwelling the dream!
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