Jerina and Denion, both Albanian,  made yearly trips to Hawaii. In fact, Hawaii was the spot at which Denion popped the big question. And so it only seemed fitting that for their wedding reception, held in November, they incorporated the same feel of their fave vacation spot...without the hula dancers and leis of course.

Held at the Magnolia Event Boutique in Vaughan, Ontario, the reception room contrasted the dreary rainy November weather outside by basking the room in a soft orange "sunset" glow accented by their coral, white and yellow colour scheme.

As it was difficult to get traditional Hawaiian flowers in November, Jerina and Denion opted for a combination of hydragea, lillies and roses to adorn their tables, arranged by Ashton Creative.
At each place setting sat orange and yellow luggage tags with traditional Hawaiian greeting scrolled across their front.

The wedding cake, made by Andy's Wedding Cakes and adorned with a blend of orange and yellow cymbidium orchids with white dendrobium orchids, offered a unique wedding cake flavor combo that reflected the taste of Hawaii: coconut with chocolate-caramel filling.

If there's one thing that Albanians know how to do well at weddings, it would be to PARTY. And that said the food, drinks and entertainment had to be top notch. From the candy-coated martinis, Malibu Coconut Rum and Blue Curacao to the mini crab cakes with lemon garlic aioli, jumbo bamboo shrimp, smoked salmon on potato latkes with creme fraiche and the fourteen ounce grilled veal chop left no belly rumbling. Even the late night table was jam-packed with edible goodness from the butternut squash soup served with mini grilled cheese and an enormous variety of sweets to the watermelon carved with Jerina and Denion's initials. And to add that extra bit of comfort on a cold, rainy November evening, a Hot Cocoa Bar with Marshmallows, Wafer and Cinnamon sticks and whipped cream warmed the guests' insides.

Michael Coombs Entertainment kept the dance floor packed the entire evening with a talented mix of traditional Albanian music and the best of the best in chart topping hits.

And Jerina and Denion? Little did their guests know that they weren't officially married back in November. But hey, they couldn't wait to celebrate! Jerina and Denion officially tied the knot on 12.12.12.