My mother Dorothy Silverberg Little was one of the first wedding planners in Toronto many years ago, at that time they were called Bridal Consultants. She came upon this niche as a Fashion Coordinator, she would host fashion shows featuring the top designers at the time in Canada. She was very well connected with fashion, florists & entertainment so it was a natural transition when she wanted to do something new, to get into the bridal business. She began by talking to catering managers to find out what the needs were of wedding parties. They would walk her through everything they thought would be helpful and she would jot down all their recommendations. It didn’t take long for her to get recommendations from them as well building her own clientele. Her business took off quickly and she became the most in demand Wedding Planner in Toronto for many years. There were times when she would have 3 or 4 weddings a day so obviously she had many assistants.
When I was a little girl I remember brides coming in and out of our home, as she would always conduct an initial interview. I don’t think there was ever any bride who didn’t love my mom. She was very passionate about her job and it showed. She would come home and tell me wonderful stories after each wedding. I of course loving the stories of when things went wrong. The bride who had cold feet just before walking down the aisle, the wedding where everyone who ate the liver pate got sick, the rabbi making a play for my mother, the father of the bride fainting just before he was to walk his beautiful daughter down the aisle. Okay call me sick but I was a kid and it made for great bedtime stories.
To this day when I’m at a wedding doing Bridal Makeup people come up to me to share stories of their wedding day where my mother was their wedding consultant. All of them having such fond memories of her.
Her legacy continues on with my sister Lynn Cohen who took over her business and who is still working at it after many years being as successful as my mother was.
And of course, I don’t think I would have become a makeup artist in the bridal field, if I hadn’t seen first hand how fulfilling working in this business could be. Unfortunately my mom passed away two years ago and I miss her dearly but she left a wonderful legacy behind and believe it or not I still get to hear new stories from time to time about her experiences and on those nights when I’m in bed I can’t help but have a little laugh just like when I was a kid.
Toronto Makeup Artist – Karen Silver