It’s official… on Saturday, August 23, 2014, David and I got married. Woot!
The cold and rainy conditions couldn’t keep this from being a beautiful day for us. We were surrounded by close friends and family, who shared in our joy and happiness. The celebration was all that we had hoped for – a small, relaxed and fun party with the people who are closest to us.
My immediate family came to visit from Saskatoon and Toronto, and I have to give a shout out to the Regina Hilton Doubletree hotel. This newly renovated hotel had a wonderful and large lobby where we took many photos before the ceremony, and the rooms were lovely. My parents chose a larger suite with a sitting room where we could all gather comfortably and where I got ready for the big day. Great hotel and great service.
Our theme for the night was “Eat, Drink and Be Married” – and we chose one of our favourite restaurants for the occasion, Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar. The main event room was a perfect choice for our 28 guests, with it’s own private bar and lots of room to mingle and dance later on in the evening. And, the simple but timeless decor went great with my vintage-inspired dress and table setting.
A moment about my dress. I LOVE it! Dolly Couture does beautiful vintage short wedding dresses and they are made to order. It arrived fitting perfectly, and I felt comfortable and happy in it all night long (and it’s perfect for dancing)! It was really “me” – and isn’t that how you are supposed to feel on your wedding day?
I also loved my great finds on Etsy – our “Eat, Drink and Be Married” invitations, placemats, thank you cards and the little gold animal place settings. Etsy is a great option to find unique and individual touches for any occasion.
I also want to recognize small and local flower shop Fresh and Green Flowers on Hill Avenue for the spectacular bouquet of garden roses – always buy local if you can folks, you get better service and more care and attention. Deanne, you blew me away with that bouquet!
The service and meal at Crave were exceptional as always! We had delicious charcuterie boards for people as they arrived (the smoked salmon and pate were especially big hits), and we chose a three course plated meal for our dinner. The first course tomato salad was to die for, and the main course choice of steak, coq au vin or the lentil cassoulet were all beautiful to look at and delicious! The lentil cassoulet, wrapped in steamed swiss chard, was especially lovely.
Our day wasn’t especially traditional by design (David and I greeted our guests, I walked down the aisle to a fast song – “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, no program and no speeches). In keeping with the fun low-key vibe we were going for, we didn’t have a wedding cake. Instead, we had an amazing chocolate mousse that everyone was raving about.
What a wonderful night… how very blessed we are! Next up… the honeymoon in Barcelona and Nice in two weeks!