The red carpet was out for Alana’s birthday dinner. And so too were many of Toronto’s brightest stars, there to celebrate in style alongside her. We sent one of our top photographers along to capture every golden moment.

The location was glamorous but low key. Opulent yet homely. The glittering decor subdued by candlelight for the intimate reception alongside family and friends. Guests came baring gifts galore for the lucky birthday girl and were greeted by real-life sugarplum faeries and serenaded by saxophone as they mingled. Meanwhile, our tastebuds were tempted with frosted delicacies and assorted fine finger foods. Finally dinner was served and guests exchanged memories of the hostess across a spread of magnificent red roses before enjoying sumptuous cuisine in the finest of company.

At the height of the evening, Alana took to the floor – mic in hand and dressed in a slinky, sequined black number. The warm glow of the candles and seductive golden decorations were matched by tender, welcoming embraces as Alana was reunited with old friends and acquaintances after many years. Flutes of champagne were raised in toast and a tear or two were shed. The arrival of the cake was not so much an explosive finale but rather the starter’s pistol: let the fun and games commence! Delicious French macarons adorned the tables as guests drank, joked and played roulette late into the night.