An Intimate Vineyard Wedding

After months of posting about all my wedding preparations, I figured what better way to kick off the blog relaunch than by sharing my own wedding with you. As a wedding blogger, some people might think that planning my wedding would have been a piece of cake, but in fact it was something of a nightmare. Calling it a nightmare might actually be exaggerating things slightly, but it was definitely an uphill battle. Lost venues, diy disasters, a few unreliable vendors, and a tight budget all contributed their fair share of headaches to the planning process, but thanks to some amazing vendors, and lots of generous friends and family we managed to pull off an incredible day full of love and many happy tears (mostly mine). Due to our small budget we had to cut out some of the larger wedding expenses including hiring a wedding photographer. Looking back, this would have been a huge regret on my part, but thankfully our wonderful friend Erika (of Odd Sparrow Photography) graciously offered to take some photos for us despite being a guest at the wedding.

As favours, Brendan and I decided to give bottles of wine from the winery to our guests. We made custom labels using an illustration (by our talented friend Mariah) of our dog Lucy and my sister and I made wine totes to wrap each bottle.

We were so lucky to have had the most amazing wedding florist, Smashing Violets, help us with our wedding. Susan and Wendy were incredibly wonderful and inspiring to work with, and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. They made me the most gorgeous bouquets full of ranunculus, all sorts of herbs, green cherry tomatoes, and raspberries. They looked and smelled heavenly!

Technically Brendan and I eloped in Niagara Falls 2 weeks before our wedding in order to make our marriage legal. We did this so that our friend Gary could perform our ceremony at the winery. Our friends helped write the ceremony which made the whole thing even more special. Sadly there’s no photo evidence of it, but my brother played Basia Bulat’s “Before I knew” on the ukelele as I walked down the aisle with my dad.

For decor, Brendan and I opted to make terrariums, which guests took home with them at the end of the night, instead of using traditional floral centrepeices. And with the help of friends, we painstakingly made 300ft of miniature gold bunting to string up with the globe lights over the tables.

We didn’t have a specific theme for our wedding, but anybody who knows us, knows that food is a huge part of our life and we wanted that to be the focus for the reception. Since we love to host dinners for our friends we decided to make the wedding reception feel like one huge dinner party. We set up two long tables right next to the vines and served the food family style to create a more intimate atmosphere. And of course, like at any good dinner party (especially one set up in a vineyard), the wine flowed freely all evening long.

Our friend Andrew also took some photos for us so I thought I’d include a few of his shots as well. I particularly wanted to include a few of his shots of the incredible flower garland that the ladies at Smashing Violets created for us. The saddest part of the whole thing was having to tear it down the next day.

A huge thank you to Erika and Andrew for generously capturing our wedding for us, all of our friends that helped pull the whole thing off, and to you, my readers, for letting me share the process and photos with you.

Photography: Odd Sparrow and Andrew Craig / Venue: Oak Heights Winery / Bride’s Dress: Becker’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Flowers: Smashing Violets / Invitations: Mariah Burton and Kid Icarus /
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  2. Elizabeth Smith
    such a lovely evening
  3. Ashley {Flakes Paperie}
    Congratulations Gaelan. I adore your dinner set-up, the bunting was most certainly worth the effort!
    • gaelan
      gaelan
      Thanks Ashley!
  4. Devon
    The weather, venue, decor, company was all wonderful! (It was sad tearing down that garland though...) xo
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