Familiar to many on Bay Street, Ryan and Kat, transformed Bymark into a 1920’s Prohibition Speakeasy “The TAP and KAT SPEAKEASY”, to celebrate their Nuptials on the eve of June 20th.
Dramatic black and white feather pieces lined the aisle at TD Plaza; Opera singers captivated guests and all who walked across the courtyard during that time. People stopped in their tracks; it was breathtaking.
The mood was set as guests waited for the ceremony reading the TAP and KAT newspaper featuring funny articles about Prohibition and the 1920′s in Toronto and news about the bride and groom.
Following the Nuptials in the Courtyard, guests decked out in suspenders, fedoras, pearls and fascinators gathered on Bymark’s patio lit with hundreds of candles, toes tapping to a live band, “Daylight for Deadeyes”.
The Inside Bar at Bymark was “Closed for Prohibition”; the windows were wrapped with murals, painted by the Bride and friends, with silhouettes of flappers, fedora-topped bartenders mixing fancy cocktails, a saxophone player, and a DJ Spinning on a gramophone.
Designer cocktails, conjured up by Bymark’s Senior Mixologists and the Couple, were styled after the bride and grooms personal tastes as well as their heritage. For months small batches of bourbon were barrel aged in personalized TAP and KAT burnt oak casks and sat on the bar as both a decoration and an ingredient to make the designer drinks.
A special Estonian passed appetizer was created to celebrate the brides’ roots with little homemade Estonian flags perched in them ~ made by hand by the father of the bride!
The brides’ mother made Fascinators that were left in the women’s washroom to be clipped onto women’s coifs and then advised to take selfies to send to the bride and groom.
As the sun set, sparklers were given out and the guests lit them to celebrate Summer Solstice as the Bride and Groom danced with all their guests.
A round-up took place at 11:07 p.m. with security hustling the guests inside due to “prohibition rules”. Guests were given glossy tickets onto which they had to write pieces of advice to the bride and groom in order to gain admittance to the Speakeasy. Inside Bymark, pictures from the 20’s played on the plasma screens featuring the old streets complete with trolleys, horses and wagons, men in elaborate three-piece suits and women dancing the night away in Jazz clubs. The groomsmen were the DJ’s, playing Electro-Swing and cool house music until the wee-hours of Summer Solstice.
The wedding was elegant, magical and a treat for every guest.
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