This Garden Grows Love


Rev Brent Hawkes | Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding | WorldPride 2014

Rev. Brent Hawkes Awaits the First Couple
Photo by Kate Hood Photography


On June 25, in the colourful Perennial Border at Toronto Botanical Garden, 14 LGBTQ couples did something very ordinary and very wonderful all at the same time: they exchanged vows – in public – with joy and without fear or shame.  Ten couples were married; four renewed their vows. The esteemed Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes officiated. In his opening remarks to the couples and their guests, Rev. Hawkes noted that when he performed the first same-sex marriages at Metropolitan Community Church back in 2001 (not so very long ago really) security was tight. Not only did he have a police escort, he also wore a bullet-proof vest.

The biggest concern we had last Wednesday was worrying if Mother Nature would hold off on the rains until the festivities were over. (She did.)

Some of Toronto’s best vendors contributed their time and creativity to create a personal and beautiful wedding day for these special couples. Personal florals were created by Sweetpea’s and eco | stems. The outdoor South Beach themed reception space was designed by Berries & Blooms with furniture donations by Chair Man Mills and Divine Furniture Rentals. Delicious food was provided by enVille and a la Carte Kitchen. And no one could resist the yummy rainbow coloured cupcakes provided by Eatertainment.

Rainbow Cupcakes | Eatertainment |

How fitting that this intimate group wedding should take place in a garden, where the rainbow colours of the plants and the diversity of nature symbolized the very best of what WorldPride represents. This colourful message created by Opening Night Flowers said it all:  This Garden Grows Love.

 This Garden Grows Love | Opening Night Flowers

It was a huge honour for me to be part of the amazing team that worked so hard to celebrate WorldPride and give these couples a wedding day to remember. You can learn more about the Big Fab Team and see more images, beautifully captured by Kate Hood Photographyhere.


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