Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

Real Weddings: Kyle and Brandon

Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

By Jean Grant| Photography by Mango Studios
| April 12, 2018

Kyle Trattner, the CEO of finance publication MoneyWise, and Brandon Koykka, Cactus Club’s restaurant manager, met in 2010 at the now-defunct Adelaide Street nightclub Footwork. Kyle noticed Brandon’s bright yellow pants, and they exchanged BBM PINs. “That’s how long ago it was,” says Brandon, laughing. Brandon was moonlighting as a DJ at the time and, after he asked Kyle to come watch him play a bar in Hamilton, they started dating.

Five years later, they were having breakfast in bed in their Davisville home, when their beagle, Cleo, hopped up onto the bed with a ring box that Kyle had tied around her neck. Brandon said yes, but at that point, the duo didn’t really care to have a wedding. They discussed the possibility of eloping, but they knew their parents would appreciate a celebration, so they started planning an intimate affair, which ended up snowballing into a stunning—but certainly not small—wedding.

Kyle and Brandon wanted to keep everything as simple as possible: clean decor, a short-and-sweet ceremony, casual appetizers. And most importantly, they didn’t want to plan a thing. They enlisted Cynthia Martyn to take over, and ended up loving her suggestions, from giant white balloons for photo ops to a statement hedge adorned with their initials. “We would have been totally in over our heads without her,” says Kyle. They visited the Chase and loved its aesthetic and beautiful outdoor patio. Plus, Brandon is obsessed with seafood.

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase
Cheat sheet

Date: June 5, 2016 Planner: Cynthia Martyn Photography: Mango Studios Grooms’ attire: Armani Classic Tux (Kyle); Canali (Brandon) Flowers: Fresh Floral Creations Inc. Hair: Mankind Grooming Venue and caterer: The Chase Fish and Oyster Cake: Prairie Girl Bakery Music: DJ Post Projections Invitations: Paleterra Guests: 85

The couple got ready at the Thompson Hotel in separate rooms before meeting up for a first look. They each decided to wear classic tuxes, though Brandon accessorized his with a wooden bow-tie and pocket square, which he’s since adopted permanently. “It’s kind of his thing now,” says Kyle:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

Brandon went for bright red brogues by John Fluevog:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

Then, they walked over to the Chase for a photoshoot with Cleo, who wore a fancy collar for the occasion. The restaurant wouldn’t allow her to be there when they were serving food, so they had a dog-sitter look after her for the rest of the evening:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

Group shots are tougher (but cuter) with dogs:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

Because Cleo couldn’t be there, they had cookies made to resemble her, which were given out as favours:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The pair hid downstairs, eating oysters and sipping prosecco while guests arrived:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The day had been rainy, but the sun came out just in time for the ceremony, which was brief and non-denominational:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

“I cried a bunch, and Kyle laughed at me,” says Brandon:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

A string trio played during the ceremony and cocktail hour. The couple requested some silly covers, like the Game of Thrones theme song:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

After the ceremony, they snuck outside to take photos with some giant white balloons:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

Inside, guests were asked to sign a bottle of wine for the couple to open on their anniversary:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The restaurant was decorated in a colour scheme of white, grey and chartreuse:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The couple weren’t that into flowers, so their planner decided on white orchids in poured concrete vases, and lots of lush fern and moss displays:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

They chose their signature cocktail, a classic mojito, to match the colour scheme. Their planner added swizzle-sticks laser-cut with their initials:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

During cocktail hour, there was a raw bar and passed appetizers including fried chicken and tuna nachos. They went for food stations for the main course, including roast beef with horseradish sauce, cavatelli with rapini pesto and steamed mussels:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The couple didn’t plan a proper sit-down dinner, but almost everyone hunkered down after the ceremony—except the couple. “If I remember one thing about the day it was that I don’t remember eating,” says Kyle:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

They had their friend, singer Raine Zatara, sing “Swing Life Away” by Rise Against:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The rectangular vanilla cake was inspired by a design they found on Instagram. Inside, its layers alternated between vanilla and strawberry icing:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

The evening’s only hitch: the hedge didn’t fit in the elevator, so they had to cut it in half and wire it back together. No one was the wiser. A friend took home the initials and turned them into a piece of art for the couple. After the wedding, the pair went on a two-week honeymoon to L.A., Hawaii and San Francisco:

Real Weddings: Inside a sophisticated rooftop ceremony at the Chase

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