Polka Dot Inspired Toronto Wedding by Odd Sparrow Photography
July 19, 2012
By: Jacey
North America
DIY InspiredWhimsical
When in doubt KISS, aka "Keep It Sweetly Stylish," which is exactly what this wedding by Odd Sparrow Photography is all about. You know when you just look at a couple and see happiness and joy? This couple has it, and the positive energy is carried into their playful polka-dot themed wedding complete with sparklers and all. Be sure to pop over to the full gallery for more.
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From the Bride... From the beginning, we knew we wanted to keep things simple, fun, relaxed and casual. After my initial idea of a camping wedding was shot down (we were engaged on a camping trip), we realized that the only place for us to have our wedding would be in downtown Toronto. We wanted our family and friends to all be there, and we both love this city. Once we visited The Berkeley Field House, we knew we’d found the perfect place. It gave us everything we wanted — a quirky, unique spot with loads of personality, indoor and outdoor space, fantastic staff, and the best rooms ever to get ready in: for the groom, a bright blue tree house decorated as a hunting lodge; for the bride, a salon stuffed with brilliant antiques and a carousel lion!

Once the venue choice was settled, we started thinking about the feeling of our day. We had no theme in mind, we were not fond of things matching, and I balked at the idea of choosing a colour scheme. I love all colour and couldn’t imagine only choosing two or three. We happened upon the idea of confetti – multicolour and super-fun - and an unofficial polka dot circle theme was born. We used circle garlands for the vow area from The Paper Place, and using those as inspiration, I sewed the rest of our tent decorations using a variety of multicoloured and patterned origami papers given to me by a friend. Our table decorations turned out so much more amazingly that we’d imagined. I’d wanted to work my late grandmother's extensive button collection into the day somehow and found the idea of making button bouquets online. We put our families to work, and using my grandma's collection in addition to buttons from my mother-in-law's collection, we banded together to make enough button flowers to outfit an army. My parents had a blast scouring thrift shops for the weirdest and most colourful vases they could find, and we also used old medicine bottles found in the groom's parents’ backyard. A friend made us pins for all the guests to wear, and my mom outdid herself on the three whimsical circle cakes. Our favours were hilarious — kraft coffee bags dressed up with bows and googly eyes that looked like little monsters, filled with moustache and polka dot cookies that were baked by my mom. It’s hard to pick a favourite when everything about the day was so amazing, but knowing that everyone came together to help make every aspect of our day so perfectly us is something that we’ll never forget.

Wedding Photography: Erika Jacobs of Odd Sparrow Photography / Wedding Venue: The Field House at The Berkeley in Toronto, Ontario / Floral Design: Designs by JP / Catering: The Berkeley / Wedding Cake: The Bride's Mother / Centerpieces: DIY by the Bride & Groom + Family Members / Favors: DIY / Tent Decorations: DIY by the Bride / Ceremony Garlands: The Paper Place / Pins: Sweetie Pie Press / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander via Ritché Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Marc Jacobs / Bride's Earrings: Rare Specimens / Bride's Fascinator: Lilliput Hats / Bride's Custom Bracelet: Made You Look, Using the Bride's Grandma's Earrings / Bride's Necklace: Justine Brooks via Made You Look / Hair: Soho Salon & Spa / Makeup: Alyssa Caron of Bridezilla Beauty / Groom's Suit + Tie: Gotstyle / Groom's Shoes: Converse / Groom's Ring: Danielle Crampsie