Thanks for playing along with my previous "teaser" post! Finally, I can reveal some snaps of a day and night I will never forget! To celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary (though we've been together for 9 years), the mister and I decided to head to the "city" (Toronto) for an afternoon of sightseeing and then a very special evening Get ready for a photo-heavy post...
First, we checked in for a night's stay at the beautiful Royal York Hotel, which, when it opened in 1929, was apparently "the largest hotel in the British Empire" (great online deals for this time of year)!
The hotel is right across the street from the beautiful Union Station (though it may look less beautiful in this pic, as there is some construction work going on).
We spent the afternoon looking at some beautiful architectural details. I'm a sucker for verdigris and grand columns!
Impressive interior of Union Station
After the station, we checked out some other architectural delights, like the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Late in the afternoon, we retired to our suite for some much needed relaxation AND some chocolate dipped strawberries, which the hotel sent up with their compliments and wishes for a happy anniversary.
FINALLY, the time arrived and we headed to our main event, an evening of dancing to big band music, provided by the Toronto Big Band, at Casa Loma, a grand estate that is known as Toronto's castle! The dress code instructions were "Dress to Impress,"an event worthy of the amazing 30s gown + capelet jacket I had bought over a year ago from Exquisite Bones and my 30s hairpin crocheted capelet I had bought from another on Etsy around the same time.
Words cannot express how beautiful this venue is. After entering down a long panelled hallway (which I wish I had photographed), we bee-lined for a peek at the famous conservatory, which is So so gorgeous, with its marble floors and alcove with fountain!
I have a feeling this beautiful floor has borne the weight of many lavishly dressed party-goers its history!
Glorious stained glass dome ceiling
Requisite anniversary couple shot. We're standing in front of the fountain so you can't see it. Oops.
There, now you get a better idea of what was behind us. What a romantic setting!
After exploring the conservatory, we headed to the glass bookcase-ensconced"library room," where numerous tables were set up, so people could sit, relax, and nibble on lovely antipasto and dessert platters when not dancing. We ended up sitting at a table with a couple who was actually celebrating 50 years of marriage. WOW! A peek at my gown with the warmer hairpin capelet off.
A view of the library room from our table before many guests had arrived yet.
I would not be worthy of my self-assigned Baronial title without a dramatic staircase photo! This gown and capelet set was the dreamiest thing to wear and foxtrot in! I can't believe how sturdy all pieces of this set were and still are!
The music provided by the Toronto Big Band couldn't have been more perfect (click here to hear some of their tunes). I think we danced for three hours! Here's an action shot (taken by the mister, at the top of the staircase), showing me doing the cha-cha (well, pretending to!) after a sweet older gent asked to take me for a spin!
Waiting for a cab in the glow of the moon, after a night of dancing on the clouds!
The cab took a while, so I hammed it up in front of the castle, which, by night, looked rather Dracula-esque. I hear Murder Mystery nights are hosted here sometimes. MUST look into this. We'll be back for sure!!