I love today’s wedding for so many reasons, but I have to admit the thing I love the most about it is the brunch reception! Considering this city’s love affair with brunch, I’m a little surprised/disappointed I don’t see more brunch weddings; I’m even more disappointed that I’ve never been invited to one, but I digress. Scarlet did such a beautiful job of capturing this lovely couple, and Julia and Kevin sum up their wedding so sweetly and perfectly that I will leave the rest up to them.
In Julia’s Words:
The goal for our wedding celebration was to create a whimsical, warm environment where our guests could relax and enjoy. We wanted the day to be easy, not stuffy, full of laughter and light! I love to craft, so with the help of family and friends, I designed and created most of the day’s elements. Kevin and I first met in a dance studio so when we decided to marry two years later, the beautiful ballet studios at Canada’s National Ballet school were the perfect venue. We took a lot of inspiration from the 1950s – I even redesigned my dress to reflect a 50s silhouette, but we wanted the decor to feel modern and fresh as well. Everything from the translucent blue ceremony backdrop with flying origami birds, the vintage-inspired paper escort and place cards, the lace tablecloths, to the handmade tissue cupcake wrappers, kept the tone light and airy. We used my family’s whimsical copper watering can collection to decorate the cocktail hour, and gave mini herb plants in homemade pots as favours for our guests. I know it sounds a little cheesy, but I could really feel the love all around us.
In Kevin’s Words:
Brunch is our favourite meal – how can you not love mimosas in the morning? So when Julia suggested we do a brunch reception, I was on board from the beginning – hello mini-french-toast-grilled-cheese canapes! Our incredibly talented friends and family added so much music, dance, poetry, and laughter to the celebration. We love dancing to the oldies, listening to jazz, and eating french food. I think that we just picked all of our favourite things and figured out how to put them together to create our ultimate wedding. We even had a sing-along during the ceremony when all our guests stood up and belted out Buddy Holly while Julia and I boogied. The best part of the day was exchanging vows with my beautiful best friend … and entering the reception to a surprise jazz-piano version of Eye of the Tiger!