So much of this celebration is so completely endearing and delightful that I'm not quite sure how to best prepare your little peepers for all of the prettiness you're about to see. I could start with the amazing dresses from Anthropologie that have my vintage loving heart all aflutter or with the deliciously decorated cake that was impressively DIYed by one of the bride's mother and aunt, but I would be amiss if I didn't mention the beauty shining from within each of the leading ladies in this little number at the Berkeley Field House. Find every image from Katie Cross Photography in the gallery right here.
From Emily, A Bride... From the very beginning of our planning process, we knew that we would not be having a traditional wedding. While this allowed us free rein to be as imaginative as we wanted, it was also overwhelming to even begin. We began by thinking of how our wedding could truly represent us a couple, focusing on our love of food and music. We decided to have a morning ceremony with a brunch reception because going out for brunch is one of our favourite things to do together. We wanted the day to be intimate, informal, simple, pretty and, most of all, fun.
The décor featured everything from a homemade cake topper to a little felted hamster, with one unifying element: Hungarian floral motifs. Eva is Hungarian, and we knew honoring this heritage would be meaningful for her and her family. We also included Hungarian traditions through family heirloom doilies and tablecloths, Hungarian pastries made by Eva’s mother on our dessert table, and traditional violin folk music during the ceremony. One of the great perks of having a two-bride wedding is that we could be as overtly floral in our décor as we wanted without having to worry about being “too girly,” so we included lots of bright corals and pinks, as well as floral imagery on our invitations, menus and escort cards. We had a relatively modest budget, which forced us to think creatively and necessitated a lot of DIY. Emily’s mother and aunt made the incredible cake, and many of the sweets on our dessert table were homemade by relatives. Everything from our invitations and table centerpieces to decorations at the ceremony was handmade by the two of us. That meant endless nights gluing programs and paper chains, weekends scouring thrift stores and sewing table runners, as well as last-minute flower arranging and macaron baking. It was a lot of hard work but ultimately creatively and personally satisfying to know we were responsible for designing the elements that made our day so meaningful.
Finding dresses proved to be a challenge: neither of us wanted a traditional gown, and we had no idea how to find a dress that lived up to the significance of the occasion without breaking the bank. We decided on a general look and color palette, ruled out bridal shops and started stalking our favorite stores regularly. We eventually found two incredible dresses at Anthropologie, along with several pieces of jewelry and various housewares we included in the decor. In the end we both managed to stay true to our personal styles, while complementing each other and the overall look of the day. Looking back, our wedding reflected us unmistakably: a celebration of our love and commitment that honored our family traditions and included great food and beautiful music. It was the perfect start to the next chapter in our lives together.
Wedding Photography: Katie Cross Photography / Wedding Venue: Berkeley Field House in Toronto, Ontario / Wedding Planning, Floral + Event Design: DIY / Wedding Cake: DIY by the Emily's Aunt + Mother / Cake Topper: DIY by Eva / Wedding Invitations: DIY / Wedding Dresses + Jewelry: Anthropologie / Eva's Coral Peep Toe Heels: ALDO / Emily's Gold Glitter Heels: Steve Madden / Hair: Renae May of The Cabinet Salon