The first time Kate Duncan met Chris Cameron, she told him to step aside. The two were both working at Ryerson University’s Mass Exodus fashion show in 2012 – Duncan as stage manager for the venue and Cameron as technical director for the AV company – and he was seated between her and the designer. lighting with whom she needed to speak. , right now.
âI asked him to come over to the other end of the table,â Duncan said. But Cameron was not disappointed with his unpolished request. “I was like, ‘Oh, the pretty girl wants me to move,'” he said.
After the event, they headed to the bar with their colleagues to celebrate the after party. âWe dated this great group,â Duncan says, âbut we only talked to each other. He thought she was wonderfully confident. She was struck by his childlike beauty and friendly demeanor. They also had a host of similar interests – hiking and camping – beyond their common profession. They both love to travel and discuss what destinations they would like to visit, such as Mexico, Bali and Ireland.
In 2018, the couple traveled to Iceland, renting a motorhome to save on accommodation. They drove around the country looking for waterfalls and hot springs with no plans other than a glacier hike Cameron had planned in VatnajÃ¶kull National Park.
“I had a feeling Chris was going to propose,” Duncan said, “but we shared a bag on the trip and I couldn’t find a ring in there, so I forgot it.”
On the day of the hike, their guide informed the group that they could not make it to the top because the wind was too dangerous. âWhen he told us he had something so beautiful to show us, I was like, ‘I really hope so,’ said Cameron, who had secretly put the ring in his camera bag. The guide took the group to a cave below the glacier, where the couple lingered until they were the only ones left. Cameron told Duncan he wanted to take a picture of her and when she turned to face him he was on one knee.
They bathed in the post-engagement glow for six months before discussing the details of the wedding. âOur biggest thought was that we produced shows and events for a living, so we didn’t want our marriage to look like work,â Duncan said.
They opted for an intimate Sunday brunch wedding to be held at Cluny Bistro in May 2020. When the pandemic forced them to postpone their wedding for a year, they ordered pastries and champagne from Cluny. On the morning of their initial wedding date, Cluny’s CEO showed up at their door with the pastries and a sign wishing the couple good luck.
When it became clear that the restaurant would also not be open in May 2021, the couple decided they didn’t want to wait any longer and decided to tie the knot within 30 days. âOur event instincts kicked in,â Duncan says. For a place, their photographer suggested they turn to photo studios. They moved to Preto Loft, a bright industrial space in the West End.
On the wedding day, the couple gathered in the lavish lobby of the Ed Mirvish Theater to take their first photos. In what should have been a busy Sunday afternoon full of morning spectators, the theater was strangely empty. âIt was incredibly moving to walk into a theater after not having been there for so long,â says Duncan, âespecially when our industry had been shut down for the past 18 months.â
From there, the couple proceeded to the Preto Loft, which had been furnished for their seven guests, including the two sets of Cameron’s parents and younger sister, who was the bridesmaid, and her husband. Three of their fellow stage managers helped set up a professional-grade Zoom call where the couple’s 70 distant guests – including Cameron’s 101-year-old grandfather – could connect from their home. During the ceremony, the bride and groom could hardly believe they were finally getting married, more than a year after their initial intention.
As the couple took their vows, Cameron started to cry. “In our nine years together,” Duncan said, “I hadn’t seen him cry until that day.”
After the festivities were over, the couple went to their beloved Cluny Bistro and ordered fries and sangria. All the outside benches were taken, so someone working at the antique shop next door pulled out a pair of stools they can sit on in wedding attire.
Thinking back to their special day, Duncan and Cameron wouldn’t change a thing. âWe did exactly what we set out to do, which was to have a small wedding with only friends and family,â Cameron said. âIt ended up being a lot smaller than expected. “
Wedding room Preto Loft
Dress Lis Simon de FerrÃ© Sposa
Restoration NadÃ¨ge pastry
Florist Euclid Design Co.
Photographer Laura Bay, Rust and Bark Photograph