When freelance designer, writer and marketer Mary Anne Resendes and 3D printing company owner Ricardo Resendes met at The Keg in Yonge and Eglinton in 2008, it wasn’t quite the hit lightning. “He was fun, charming and exciting,” says Mary Anne, “but I was – wrongly – worried that he was an older, bad-boy type of player. Yet, both skeptical and shy, I loved his attention and to my surprise I found he made me feel at ease in a way few people can.The couple eventually moved on from The Keg and Ricardo moved into Mary Anne’s apartment. shared passion for adventure led them to move to Australia in 2011.
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“We traveled the world together,” says Mary Anne. “We explored Fiji, New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, Italy, Thailand, France, Mexico, Portugal, Cuba and Costa Rica, among other destinations.” When they returned from Australia in July 2012, they put down a deposit on the Yonge and Lawrence condo they now call home.
It wasn’t long before the couple grew impatient again. “At the start of 2020, we made a commitment to each other and the life we wanted by quitting our nine-to-five jobs for a trip around the world. It started with five amazing weeks in Bali,” says Mary Anne “And then, well, COVID.”
Although the trip was cut short, in November 2020 Ricardo decided to pop the question in the most memorable way. “She loves water, nature, islands, treehouses, camping, food and all things boho chic,” he says, “so I surprised her with a glamping site somewhere meaningful to us: on an island on her mother’s property in the countryside.”
Ricardo had spent 400 hours 3D-printing a huge floating sign that read “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” in letters each about a foot high — “filled with string lights,” he says, “so it can float and follow the movement of the lake and be seen from the top of the island’s cliff.” He also enlisted their dog Lupa, who wore the engagement ring on her collar.
“To commit forever together under the stars? It was all so dreamy,” recalls Mary Anne. Ricardo had planned an extended proposal that included a weekend on the island and a two-week RV adventure in western Canada. “It was amazing,” she says, “to celebrate the secret of our engagement together before sharing it with others.”
Once it was time to spread the news, the couple had to organize a wedding suitable for the pandemic. They always dreamed of a destination wedding, but between the expenses and travel restrictions, they were happy to keep things local. They booked a July 2021 long weekend at the Northridge Inn in Muskoka and planned an epic getaway for 60 of their closest friends and family.
“We achieved the vibe of a destination wedding, spending four days filled with fun and love with our loved ones at a beautiful resort,” says Ricardo. The weekend included morning yoga on the dock, fireside singalongs, beachside charcuterie, a pool party with an ice cream bar, and more — all before they only get married, after 13 years together, on July 13, 2021. felt like an elevated adult summer camp,” he adds, “a camp that only our favorite people attended and served our food, drinks and our favorite activities.
“Our wedding wasn’t just one day or just about us,” says Mary Anne. “It was a family vacation.” It was their guests’ first holiday and the first time they had seen loved ones in a very long time, according to Mary Anne. “So everyone was ready to connect, to let go, to love, to kiss, to play, to laugh, to cry. It was a meeting with extraordinary energy – the greatest combination of emotional moments powerful and pure fun. Seriously, we almost broke that dance floor.
For the newlyweds, the most memorable moment is the morning of their wedding, when they read the letters they wrote to each other. “My wife has a gift for words,” says Ricardo. “His writing always tastes so sweet, but this time it was extra special.”
“Above all, I cherish the powerful and moving moments that made us think about and truly share our love story,” says Mary Anne. “Before our ceremony, having a moment just the two of us alone to connect; at our ceremony, hearing each other’s vows for the first time; during dinner, listen to the points of view of our loved ones in the sweetest speeches; plus, all the deep talks and tight hugs that took place throughout the getaway.
As for their next adventure? The couple will soon celebrate their first anniversary with a new member of the itinerant Resendes clan: a baby girl who is due to arrive on June 30.
Place Northridge Inn
Photography Jennifer View Studios
Videography Wild + Free Movies
Reconcile Leena Heravi
Hair Shannon Petrolito
The bride’s dress Made with love
wedding shop Bridal Studio Ceremony
The groom’s suit custom soren
Rings forever ring
Flowers The Little Shed Flower Company
Planning SB Creation Studio
dj Impact DJ
Celebrant Sarah Room