Finally, the third and final post about our wedding. When Grant and I discussed the reception we knew we wanted to have a fun party with our friends and family. One of the first things we decided on was our caterer. Grant and I had been going to Daawat, a local East Indian restaurant, together and with both of our families since very early into our relationship. We love the food, we love the staff, and it was a great way to offer both vegan/vegetarian food and as well as something for the meat eaters. The food was delicious and we were even able to have fresh naan because the caterers brought a tandoor. For dessert we bought a flat pumpkin and apple pies from Costco. It was the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving so we took advantage of the plethora of pie available. And since you can't have pie without ice cream, we ordered ice cream and sorbet from a local company. We also picked up some local vegan cookies for our vegan friends.
Grant and I didn't hire a DJ. We rented sound equipment and our friend Steve set it all up for us and even came on Sunday to take it all down. For music, we scoured our iTunes libraries and made playlists for the cocktail hour, dinner, and the dance.
My mom and I made strawberry rhubarb jam and canned it as gifts for our guests. I bought round kraft paper labels and designed a simple logo for the jam. Grant made all of the chalkboards.
Grant and I had a beer and wine toonie bar. My Uncle Tony works in the wine business and helped us pick out the wines we served. We didn't want to overcomplicate things with hard liquor but we did make a pumpkin apple whiskey cocktail that guests could pour themselves. The cocktail was a mixture of organic apple juice, pumpkin whiskey, and lemon juice. Simple but super delicious.
I actually collected vintage Corelle plates and mugs for our wedding over a couple of years. We had different patterns to mix things up. I'm now sitting on over 200 pieces of Corelle!
Grant and I went to pumpkin farm he proposed to me at the buy about a hundred pumpkins. We used the little ones as place cards and the larger ones for decorating the hall.
To designate table numbers, we ordered gold number balloons (which I almost forgot to pick up from the balloon store!).
I ordered our flowers from Costco. They were a mixture of sunflowers and gerbera daisies - my favourite flowers. For vases we used milk bottles, collected over a year from Grant's milk consumption.
Yes, we were piped into the reception.
We used brown kraft paper on the kids' table. There were markers and crayons and by the end of the night the table was full of drawings.
We also ordered disposable cameras for the tables. I'm glad we did this because we have an album of candid photos of all the people we love the most that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Grant and I danced to You Send Me by Sam Cooke. It's been "our" song for years.
Before Grant, I would have told you that I didn't believe in soulmates. Every day I'm reminded of how wrong I was. I can't express how fortunate I feel to spend my days with my best friend. It doesn't get much better than this.
Photography: BREANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY
My Dress: MODCLOTH
Shoes: LOTTA FROM STOCKHOLM
Make-up: BERNICE JANG
Hair: RICCI HAIR CO.
Kilt rental: SCOTTISH IMPORTS
Ice Cream: PINOCCHIO
Audio & Visual Rentals: LONG & MCQUADE