Real Weddings 2013: a splashy Casa Loma wedding with a VIP guest list
Date: September 29, 2012 | Location: Casa Loma | Guests: 200 | Budget: $80,000
Ron White, 43, the shoe designer, and Brad Wilson, 42, an entrepreneur, met at a Casa Loma TIFF after-party in 2007 when Ron accidentally spilled his wine on Brad. “I was mortified,” says Ron. So was Brad, who was wearing an old pair of Aldo shoes. “When I spotted him I thought, ‘Ugh, there’s Ron White and I’m wearing these horrible shoes,’ ” recalls Brad. Ron texted Brad the next day to ask him out, and three and a half years later they were engaged. “Growing up, we never dreamed we would get married,” Ron says. “We had no idea how to go about it.” They turned to friends for advice, including journalist Seamus O’Regan and his husband, Steve Doss (“our gay marriage coaches,” says Ron). The couple wrote each other promises—“in sickness and in health, on good hair days and bad”—at the suggestion of their friend Gloria Epstein, an appeals court justice who laid the groundwork for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada. Brad and Ron had run into her the summer after they started dating, and she’d told them if they ever got engaged, she wanted to marry them. Four years later, she did, in the same castle where the couple met. This time, Brad was wearing better shoes.