This Creative Couple’s Wedding Was The Most Fashionable Party, Possibly Ever
When Tyler Franch and Elie Chivi met in 2017, they knew they had found something special in each other. “We fell in love very quickly,” says Tyler. “We’re so happy to finally be husbands five years since that fateful first date.”
Elie proposed in early 2021 in a Toronto spot that was very meaningful to Tyler. “During the pandemic, we spent a lot of time travelling from our home in the west end to my family home in The Beaches to spend time with my parents,” says Tyler. “On one of those trips, we stopped in a parkette close to my parents’ house that I had spent a lot of time in as a child. We were training our new pup, Lola, in the park and, suddenly, Elie was down on one knee, among the dog treats, proposing.”
The ring that Elie proposed with was a piece that Tyler had been designing with his friend Parris Gordon, who designs the Canadian fashion label Beaufille with her sister, Chloé. “I asked Parris if she would design custom wedding bands and an engagement ring for myself and Elie,” says Tyler with a smile. “The plan was that I was going to pick up the rings, then we would casually announce to our friends and family that we were getting married. To my surprise, when Elie proposed, he already had the rings!”
For this very stylish couple (Tyler is the vice-president, fashion direction for Hudson’s Bay; Elie is the co-head and director of development for the Inside Out Film Festival), their wedding celebration was always going to be something special. Tyler and Elie had a wedding weekend, with a Saturday main event: a joyful fete for 110 guests (including family and friends from Spain, Paris, Dubai, Australia and the U.K.) at the East Room, a very non-traditional wedding event space.
“The space is actually a members-only communal office with a focus on creative industries,” says Tyler. “We wanted a wedding venue that was unconventional. This building has incredible architecture, interior design, art pieces and decor. With multiple rooms and floors, we were able to create custom spaces for cocktails, dinner and dancing.”
During their East Room celebration, the couple shared vows again, this time in front of family and friends. “It was important for us to take a moment and acknowledge the privilege of being able to get married when so many members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community experience so much discrimination around the world,” says Tyler. “We said our vows again and toasted the room for being with us as we started our life together.”
Amazing food was an important element of the couple’s party: The menu was a fusion of flavours inspired by Elie’s Lebanese heritage and Tyler’s Italian background. During cocktail hour, guests grazed on caviar, crêpes, foie gras squares and spring sweet pea and champagne jelly domes. The extensive dinner menu was catered by Toronto resto Parallel Brothers, and included Middle Eastern delights such as falafels, hummus, tabbouleh, labneh and chicken skewers on lemongrass. Dessert was a selection of Italy’s signature treats, including cannoli and several flavours of biscotti.
After dinner—and some very touching speeches from their groomsmen, Elie’s sister and Tyler’s mother—the couple had their first dance to “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. “We’re obsessed with the live version of this song and sing it to each other all the time at home,” says Tyler. “The song lends itself to a singalong and it was special to have everyone surround us and sing along as we danced as husbands for the first time. From there, guests hit the dance floor, which was filled with a wonderful sense of euphoria, love and great music throughout the night.”
Select standouts from Tyler and Elie’s big day.
Tyler and Elie brought their sartorial A-game to their wedding day. Elie gave his Dries Van Noten tuxedo a stylish twist with a Prada bolo tie. Tyler had three equally incredible outfits for the day, but this was his most iconic look: a JW Anderson tux accessorized with custom white chain clogs, and Simone Rocha’s micro egg pearl bag.
“Our florist Brock used spring flowers flown in from Holland and mixed them with locally grown blooms to achieve a wild aesthetic,” says Tyler. “Since our wedding was in April, we wanted to bring a spring mood to our day.”
The Epic Party Vibe
“Phil Villenueve was our MC and DJ for the evening, and—as he does on stages all over Toronto—he brought the room together with great music” says Tyler. “After our first dance, Phil played another Rihanna hit, ‘We Found Love,’ and that song was a beautiful way to open up the dance floor.”
Tyler And Elie’s Wedding Directory
Tyler’s tuxedos: JW Anderson (white tuxedo) and Peter Do
Shoes: JW Anderson, Peter Do and Maison Margiela
Earrings: Jil Sander
Bag: Simone Rocha
Elie’s tuxedo: Dries Van Noten
Bolo tie: Prada
Shirt and shoes: 107 ALYX 9SM
Hair: Arden Castillo, Shred Salon
Makeup: Sabrina Rinaldi
Flowers: Brock Stacey, Beau Florals
Catering: Lindsay Shaw, Paralell Brothers and Forno Cultura
Music: Phillipe Villeneuve
Stationery: Paper and Poste
Photography: Reneta Kaveh and Mauricio Caler
Venue: East Room