Omni Escapes Magazine Escapes Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 42

The Crystal Ballroom at The Omni King Edward Hotel originally opened its doors in 1922. Caterina Sharifi and Joe Jackman’s wedding was the first to be held in the newly renovated space. Meanwhile, as Sharifi and Jackman gathered inspiring images that represented their dream celebration during their engagement, a photograph of the unrenovated Crystal Ballroom was among them. “It wasn’t even on our target list, but it spoke to us with its elegance and character,” Jackman says. When their planner, Melissa Haggerty of Spectacular Spectacular, discovered that the timing of the ballroom’s unveiling and the couple’s big day might coincide, the trio donned hard hats and work boots to tour the space. The original character shined through as unmistakable evidence of its former glory: floor-to-ceiling windows FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Married-eV4-e.indd 42 | 42 | framed panoramic views of Toronto’s skyline, original ornate moldings presented a sense of place and time and the coffered 21-foot ceiling seemed to touch the heavens. It dawned on the couple that beneath the work equipment and dust was not only a vision coming to life, but also an opportunity to bridge an iconic past to a glamorous new future. “My parents and grandparents had spent time there and we just fell in love with the place,” Jackman says. “And when we saw the mezzanine, we all agreed it must have an orchestra in it.” A Love Affair Unfolds After an elaborate $6.5 million renovation, the Crystal Ballroom was ready to once again sparkle above the sky- line as the crown jewel of Toronto. Sharifi and Jackman’s May 13th wedding presented the perfect occasion to show off the meticulous details and craftsmanship that had gone into reimagining the space. “First off, they wanted a great party,” Haggerty says of her clients. “Both are very discerning, well-traveled, well-educated, sophisticated people; yet they are also very funky and work in the artistic community.” Sharifi ESCAPES 9/21/17 11:00 AM