So much about our wedding was untraditional, but especially our reception. It was divided into two parts, a pizza picnic of sorts at Odell Park (where we had our ceremony) and then drinks at Snooty Fox. We just really wanted everything to be low-key and fun.
When we started planning the wedding, there were so many things we didn't know for sure and so many decisions that were hard to make, but the one thing we were 100% certain of was that we didn't want a wedding cake. Or cupcakes. We quickly decided on a donut tower. Yay, donut tower!
Legit, we walked into Tim Hortons a couple weeks before the wedding and placed an order for two dozen donuts to be picked up the day of the wedding.
The story behind the cake topper: I was pretty sure we didn't want something traditional (of course), so I went looking on Etsy. We almost went with this one (and I still think it would have been awesome), but then I remembered Lisa Leonard's cake toppers.
Fairly quickly we decided on "celebrate" because I thought it could become a great family heirloom we could use for many special occasions throughout the years. Birthday, celebrate! Promotion, celebrate! Our kid starts school, aces a test, gets their driver license, celebrate! Birthdays, holidays, Fridays, celebrate! Cakes, donuts, pancakes, celebrate! (I was/am really excited about this cake topper!)
We took photos right after the ceremony, and then headed to the lodge where our coordinator set up the tables and food on the patio (which was covered).
(It took a while for me to convince Tony that we needed to book the lodge in case it rained. "But why?? We're getting married outside!" "It's like a $100 insurance policy—so we have somewhere to get married/eat in case it rains!")
I had such a hard time deciding on food. I didn't want to spend a big chunk of money on food that Tony might not even like, but I didn't want to make it myself or have friends and family slave away in a kitchen.
Finally, starting to feel a bit desperate, I messaged Tony, half-joking and half-serious. So it was decided, we'd eat pizza at our wedding reception! The day before the wedding we called Pizza Hut and ordered 3 large pizzas, 2 large breadsticks with cheese, and 2 large caesar salads.
The chairs, tables, tablecloths, plates, and cutlery were rented. Everything else was bought from the Dollarama. Yah, we're classy. But for real, I was so excited when I found those colourful wine glasses! Fancy? No. Fun? Heck yes!
I (mostly) jokingly told Tony he ruined this photo by not smiling.
I think the "best day ever" napkins were my best wedding impulse buy.
My face! Ha!
Cara and Melissa's speeches were heart-melting.
Seriously, the donut tower was the best decision ever.
Turned out it was our chauffeur's birthday! We sang happy birthday to Rick and made sure he took a donut.
Tony's donut had a heart! I yelled, "It's a sign!"
While we were eating, we had songs playing on the Beats Pill.
I want to remember that I made sure to include "Forever and Ever, Amen" for my Nan and Dan, and that Pink's "True Love" accidentally made it onto the playlist after being vetoed by Melissa.
Pretty sure Kandise took this photo after I said, "Nice bum!"
I'm still not sure who put up the banners, haha!
People cheered for us. But really, we had a mixture of reactions. People either thought it was awesome that we were here for our wedding reception or they thought we were crazy/weird. I'd say we're both ;)
We had hoped to be on the rooftop patio, but because of the forecast, it was closed. T and I snuck up anyway for a few photos. I really wanted to drink blueberry beer and cheers my new husband!
Beautiful & true words will be spoken, rings will be exchanged, kisses will happen, best friends and immediate family will witness it, delicious food will be eaten.
Ideally, we'd be married outside, by a tree or something, with only family and a few friends. Then we'd have a reception more like a small family gathering. A BBQ, maybe (heck, I'd be okay just ordering Dixie Lee), Picaroons and Blueberry Ale, twinkle lights, and later, a bonfire and s'mores. And laughing, lots of laughing.
(Photos by Kandise Brown)