Sunday, October 12, 2014

Official Wedding Photos: Part 2 (Formals & Reception)

Hello all!

Before I post our honeymoon photos (we just got back), I'm terribly overdue posting the second installment of our June wedding photos.  I took the summer off blogging and have some serious catching up to do!

Our wedding day was perfection - we couldn't have ordered better weather and everything went delightfully well.  It was such a  joyful day.  I feel so blessed.  

After our gorgeous outdoor ceremony, we cut our wedding cake and celebrated with champagne and hor d'oeuvres (see my first post here) on the veranda.  Then we quickly dashed away with our families to do some formal wedding photos.

~ Formals~ 

Here we are with our beloved, wonderful mothers:

David with his grandmother who turns 90 this week and is a charming firecracker of a lady in perfect health:

With the mothers and grandma:

Here we are with David's parents and our very small wedding party!

And here we are with the mothers and wedding party:

After about a million more family photos, we went off to do photos of me and David.

I felt like the Queen posing for this one:

I love this series of photos of us walking down a garden path:

~ The Dinner Reception ~

My favorite part of wedding planning was the reception tablescapes!  

Our event stylist, Alexandra, and I had such fun developing the aesthetic.  In the end, we chose to do all-white table linens and warm brass candlesticks, with gold chiavari chairs.

I searched for months to find enough brass candlesticks to fill the tables.  Most came from thrift shops, with a few of the finer ones purchased from antique stores.  We added pink water glasses from Anthropologie to provide a dash of brightness to our softly-coloured tablescapes:

I designed all our paper goods, including place cards and menus, with the amazing calligrapher Jenna Rainey of Monvoir.  Check out her work beautiful work here.

Our central floral arrangements were created in footed brass bowls I sourced from both antique and thrift shops.  Our flatware was fluted with gold-tipped ends:

We also had tiny floral arrangements in glass bowls (Anthropologie) at the end of each table.  Since we couldn't repaint the room, we worked lots of foliage into the little arrangements to relate to the (green!) walls.  And the gold tones of the brass worked well with the golden woodwork on the walls.  This is the only problem working in a reception space that isn't painted a neutral - you have to work with the palette you've been given!

Our wedding favours were beautifully wrapped in white paper boxes with hand-dyed (in France) rose silk ribbon from the utterly exquisite ribbon collection at Froufrou Chic:

Our selected favours were bottle openers (Wm Sonoma) for the men and porcelain rose bottle toppers (Anthropologie) for the ladies.  Since we only had 22 guests, we splurged a little on these!:

We also had a charming stuffed wool lion favour for our baby guest:

Our reception dinner was gourmet perfection, created by the Reader Garden Cafe executive chef Merritt Gordon.  We started with a lovely asparagus soup followed by a green salad with candied pecans:

The dinner was fun and lively as we celebrated and visited with our happy guests:

Don't forget to say hello to small guests:

The meal was amazing - Alberta AAA organic braised beef short ribs with crispy onions. potato puree, and sauteed greens.  Perfection!:  

Dessert was a divine chocolate cremeaux (like a mousse cake) with shortbread and fruit preserves, and edible flowers to garnish:

During dinner, our photographer captured a few more details, including our invitation suite and gifts table:

As sunset neared, around 9:30pm, David and I escaped for a few more photos:

Luckily the garden still had some lovely late spring blooms:

It was such a wonderful day!

~ The End ~

Making our day perfect were all our amazing vendors, whom I cannot thank enough:

location reader rock garden & reader garden cafe (proprietor katherine moore)
photography: genevieve renee
decor styling by alexandra of pink and honey (and a very involved bride!)
florals by blue hydrangea
paper goods by mon voir
wedding cake by crave
vintage furniture rentals by vintage loved
reception dinnerware, flatware and chair rentals by special event rentals
officiant tamara jones
guitarist jason delaney

Clothing, accessories and hair:

bride's dress: sonia's bridal, customized by bride's dressmaker 
bride's veil: david's bridal
bride's shoes: nine west
bride's earrings: adorn boutique
bride's bracelet: nordstrom
groom's attire: henry singer (suit and cufflinks hugo boss)
matron-of-honour's dress: the bridal centre
bride's hair: jennifer mcfarlane
bride's makeup: ashley gill


  1. Wow! The photos have such a romantic look to fitting for the lovely day....may you always be happy!

  2. Terri, your photos are absolutely beautiful. I am so tickled that you could enjoy everything so! David looks so handsome. You can tell that you put so much thought and care into all your wedding details. Thrilled for you both...Donna

  3. P.S. I wonder if we were both in Savannah at the same time? I was there October 6 for a few days and it was terrific. I hope you and David enjoyed it as much as we did. Donna

  4. Dear Terri, So beautiful! Each and every detail - what a wonderful keepsake of photos to remind you of that special day. I love your gown, you looked absolutely stunning. Congratulations again and sending happy hugs to you, Catherine

  5. Terri, your photos are a perfect representation of your beauty and your beautiful day. You paid such attention to each detail and the result is lovely, lovely, lovely.

  6. Terri I am so so happy for your both. Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous wedding photos. Your gown is perfection as is your groom!

    The Arts by Karena

  7. Absolutely beautiful, Terri! Congratulations; I wish you both every happiness!

  8. So, so beautiful! You all, the photos, flowers, everything!!! Thank you, Terri, for sharing more of your special day. It was absolute perfection.

  9. PS - love the photos of you and David on the garden path!

  10. You both look so happy which is the most important thing -but everything was beautiful and the attention to detail is inspiring. So glad your big day was so special for you both.

  11. i cannot fathom a more lovely wedding terri, in all regards. you look beautiful and oh so happy, emitting a peaceful glow. thank you for sharing

  12. Wow!! How beautiful!! Love these photographs of your happy day. And you both look so happy!!! Congratulations - many, many more years of love!

  13. Perfect, Elegant, Beautiful!

  14. Anonymous5:55 pm

    It's all in the details and you nailed it! Congratulations and much health and happiness!

  15. Everything looks like a dream! I don't think I have seen a more beautiful wedding outside of a magazine. Bravo! on the styling and congratulations on a perfect match.

  16. Magical photos, and what a beautiful couple!

  17. Anonymous10:35 am

    Absolutely beautiful - down to every small detail! Congratulations to you both and wishing you much happiness! Betsy Kennedy, North Carolina

  18. So nice to see the lovely personal detailing that went into creating your gorgeous wedding day Terri. All the photos are beautiful but the final one is a favorite - you are David look so gorgeous and happy! xo

  19. Terri, it looks like the perfect day and the most elegant wedding! All the photos are just lovely. Every detail is perfect. You and David make a beautiful couple. Wishing you many happy years together,

  20. My sincere apologies for my late arrival to your wedding festivities. I'm blown away by all of your choices. Everything looks perfect, like a dream. I love that both moms were in navy. I'm not sure if that was planned, but it looked amazing. I'm sure everything was beautiful in person but your photographer did a great job of capturing what looks like a perfect day.

  21. terri i'm just gasping here. what utter perfection. it looks as if the whole day reflected yours and david's personalities. i think that is what a wedding should do. i love every single detail and how smart that you kept it small, that way you can splurge in so many wonderful ways! the wedding that will take place here in just 5 days will be quite rustic but full of soft autumnal colors. they have chosen a very very casual menu (which just kills me but it's not my wedding!) as they want it to be a super relaxed day. i'd say it's gonna be like a bbq with vows exchanged. lol. i'm good with it all though.

    congratulations again on such a beautiful day and best wishes for a wonderful long life together. xo xo janet

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