{reality wedding story} CTV News Toronto Co-Anchor Says I Do in Scottish Style

Photo: Mark O'Neill and Alex Urosevic

Photography: Mark O’Neill and Alex Urosevic (photographers who often shoot for CTV News) | Story by The Wedding Ring | From the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

CTV News Toronto’s Michelle Dubé and her Bay Street beau, Mark Ferguson, were wed in September 2013. They chose a venue they love, in the home town they love, and then filled it with friends, family and a touch of Mark’s Scottish roots.

Bride & Groom: Michelle Dubé & Mark Ferguson
Wedding Date: September 21, 2013
Ceremony: St. Ann’s Church in Ancaster. “It was a beautiful hometown church and just 1.3km from the reception!”
Reception Location: Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster (hgcc.ca)
3 Top Priorities: The venue (because it sets the tone for the party), the food/drinks, and the flow of the evening. Décor was  also high on the list.
Guest Count: 179
Stationery: Custom tartan invitations from Minted (minted.com), and then wax sealed with the Ferguson crest.
Flowers, Décor, Linens & Rentals: FOS Decor Center (www.fosdecor.com)
Bridesmaids Attire: Monique L’Huillier and Lela Rose gowns from White Toronto (whitetoronto.com)
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Kilts from Cairngorm Scottish Imports on Avenue Road in North York (416-782-5227)
Music: Music was played by Impacted DJ (impactdj.ca) as well as Michelle’s father’s band, The Dubay Band. “My father sang the song he wrote for me the day I was born and it was beautiful. There was many tears shed.”
Spent the Most on:  Food and Drinks!

“We wanted to throw a great party for all of our loved ones.  We didn’t want anyone to have to wait for anything… We wanted the night to flow… and to provide wonderful food, drinks, music & fun for our guests!” – Michelle & Mark
Theme & Décor: The kilts were the jumping off point for the theme and colours. The tartan is the Scottish National Tartan and is similar to the Ferguson family tartan. To complement the Celtic colours, a neutral ivory colour was used in the décor, “with touches of sparkle from mirrors and candles.”

Biggest Wedding Challenge: “There is SO much involved in planning a wedding and by far, the biggest challenge for us was the guest list. We had a venue that was a certain size and a guest list that was quite another. It’s very hard to make everyone happy, but in the end, after many discussion, numerous compromises, and even a few tears… everything worked out wonderfully!”

Michelle’s Favourite Memories: “Everything from the wedding day is so vivid… The sheer happiness I felt and moments I shared with Mark were the best part. Finally reaching him at the end of the isle (after 8 1/2 years together and all that wedding planning!) was so wonderful; it’s a moment I will cherish forever.”

How did you two meet?

We met in Montreal! It was New Year’s Eve and we were each visiting the city to ring in 2005. We met and an hour later counted down to midnight together. We then figured we would never see each other again. As it turned out, we were on the same bus ride back to Hamilton. We exchanged numbers and the relationship grew from there.

Tell us about the proposal.

The proposal did not go as initially planned.  Sadly Mark had intended to propose while on vacation, but when we got off the plane, we turned on our phones and learned Mark’s father passed away. We had to fly right home for the funeral; I had no idea Mark had the ring in his pocket. When life settled down months later, we decided to take a trip to Florida to get away and Mark proposed then. It was beautiful. We had a nice meal, went back to our hotel (the Waldorf Astoria, Orlando) and he had the staff put champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and a note in our room. It read: “It’s about time!” When I looked up, Mark was on his knee with the ring. I cried like a baby.

What was your favourite part of the wedding planning process?

Because of Michelle’s background in TV, they created a video to air before their entrance into the reception. “It was a fake movie trailer of our love story. Mark and I wrote it and we had some of my talented CTV colleagues shoot and edit the piece. It ended up being hilarious, one of the highlights of wedding!”

How did you find your photographer?

Choosing the photographers ended up being a very easy process. We had a CTV News photo shoot one day and I asked the photographers if they would be willing to shoot my wedding. Mark O’Neill and Alex Urosevic offered to work together on my wedding. I asked them to shoot it documentary style. I really wanted the photos to tell a candid story. It was also wonderful to have them split up on the morning of the wedding to shoot both the men and women getting ready.

Now that it’s all over with, what do you remember most?

Everything from the wedding day is so vivid. I know everyone says this, but it is truly a day we will never forget. The sheer happiness I felt and moments I shared with Mark were the best part. Finally reaching him at the end of the aisle (after 8 ½ years together and all that wedding planning) was so wonderful; it’s a moment I will cherish forever.

Were there wedding day disasters or funny things that happened?

The most notable wrench in the plans was the weather. It rained ALL day. Not just a little bit of rain, torrential rain. But it fit well with our Scottish theme and the dark sky made for some fabulous pictures!

Also, our limo driver died a few days prior to the wedding. The company (Symphony Limo) (www.symphonylimo.com)  was wonderful and took care of finding a replacement.

What do you think guests enjoyed most?

It was a fabulous party! From the food, to the drinks, dancing, and speeches, it was simply wonderful night. I also hope they left feeling closer to us.

What, if anything, was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

I can’t say I was surprised by anything, however, my father sang the song he wrote for me the day I was born and it was beautiful. There were many tears shed.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice before you started planning, what would it be?

This is an easy one: Figure out your guest list BEFORE you book your venue.

Is there anything else you wanted to share about your love story or inspiration for your wedding?

Because of my background in TV we created a video to air before our entrance into the reception. It was a fake movie trailer of our love story. Mark and I wrote it and we had some of my talented CTV colleagues shoot and edit the piece. It ended up being hilarious, one of the highlights of the wedding.

Plus, our wedding programs were newspapers! I created a newspaper and had a US company print it.  Our wedding day/love story was the Top Story, we had ceremony and reception details, little known facts about the couple,  a personalized crossword, plus a tribute to Mark’s father who passed away, and an Ask the Experts section complete with advice from the ladies who attended my shower.