She is truly an inspiration and a vision of strength, health & fitness.
In her own words…
“Two years ago I made the best investment decision.. myself. For as long as I can remember, I have always had negative comments made about my physical self. Especially from loved ones, which hurt the most. It really crushed my self-esteem. Since then, I’ve started my fitness journey and I’ve learned so much from all my trainers. From technique, to form, to what was most important, diet. I stand here with confidence, so happy with all I’ve accomplished. So grateful to have found happiness within a new lifestyle I love. Special thanks to May Rabano and Annette Chin-yee Chen for pushing me and sticking with me through everything.”
They first met September 7th
1999 in high school at East York Collegiate.
Although they lost touch, they found each other online years later and
They had their first date on June 17th 2014, and were engaged on September 7th, 2015 at The Westin Paris – Vendôme.
“On my right hand ring finger I was wearing my moms wedding band and the ring Brian proposed with in Paris, which was the first diamond ring his dad ever gave his mom. He wanted the proposal to be a surprise which would have been difficult to do with the ring I designed myself (had that one made after we returned from Paris)” - Deserée
Desirée and Brian were married on the same day as their first date…June 17, 2017 at The Forth on the Danforth in Toronto.
Their guests travelled in from Ontario, Quebec and Portugal
Venue and Caterer – The Forth
Officiant - Stephen McAllister
Florist – Andrea from Authentic Arrangements
Desirée’s Gown – Sottero and Midgley “Maui” from Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique (Say yes to the dress Canada bourique)
Shoes – Ted baker “Leniya”
Jewllery and Accessories – Earrings and hair pin from Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique
Hair Stylist – Emily Lebel from Lebel & Crowe
Make up Artist – Lauren Mackenzie @ Lips n Lashes
Brian’s suit – Indochino
Shoes – Jo Ghost
Cufflinks – Tateossian
Engagement ring – Custom designed by Desirée
Wedding bands – Brian – Cartier “Tank Française” & Desirée – Costco
Wedding Favours – Picture frames from weddingfavours.ca
Sweets – Cake by Jillian McCahon Cakes, buttertarts by Desirée’s father, Jerry