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Wanting to focus on each other and their vows on their wedding day – without the distractions of a large crowd watching them – Jessica and Henry chose to have an intimate wedding with just 18 guests. The small guest list allowed the couple to spend less time planning their wedding and more time planning their future together, making for a relaxed and stress-free bride and groom!
Jessica, 26 & Henry, 26
Wedding Date: January 24, 2015
Number of Guests: 18
Wedding Cost: under $10,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: Centennial Park Conservatory, Etobicoke, ON
Wedding Reception Location: Twin Fish, Mississauga, ON
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We decided to have an intimate wedding because it involved less planning and was less stressful. Both of us wanted to focus on saying our vows to each other without the distractions of a large crowd watching, and an intimate wedding allowed us to enjoy our time without being nervous.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Our biggest challenge was actually deciding whether or not to have an intimate wedding.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
The highlights include walking down the aisle, exchanging our vows, and having our guests involved in parts of the wedding (ie. scripture reading, song leading, greeting).
What were the highlights of the reception?
We got to spend quality time with all of our guests and the restaurant played our favorite Christian songs throughout the reception.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
We spent less time planning the wedding, and more time planning our future together!
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
If an intimate wedding is what you want and your parents are supportive, go for it!
Ceremony Venue: Centennial Park Conservatory, Etobicoke, ON
Reception Venue: Twin Fish, Mississauga, ON
Make-up and Hair: Vivian Wu
Bride’s Dress: Anthropologie
Bride’s Shoes: Toms
Groom’s Suit: H&M
Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein
Bouquet: Weddings By Ardenian
A graffiti inspired wedding is ideal for creative couples who are fond of color clashes, typography and street art. Even if graffiti isn’t your thing, there are also some fun touches that will make you decor stand out.
Bring back your high school notebook with a playful cake, decorated with romantic doodles.
The combination of hand-written doodles and the silhouettes work well together to create a cake that has plenty of personality.
Another street art inspired cake.
Love this Keith Haring inspired cake!
Look beyond the usual venues for a space that you can truly make your own. If you have access to an abandoned church or warehouse you can find some amazing things within them, like this graffiti wall.
Expanding your venue search can turn up some real gems. This historic venue has some edge as the graffiti is so unexpected.
Forget about looking for the prettiest backdrop for your photos and head outside. A wall of street art will create some memorable shots.
Give plain place cards a DIY makeover with the aid of a few bottles of spray paint. You can make them colorful with clashing tones, or add a metallic touch by opting for gold and silver paint.
Who knew that wedding shoes could be a work of art? Find these at Figgie Shoes.
For an alternative guestbook idea, have a graffiti board where your guests can leave their personal messages.
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When it comes to wedding cakes, there are a multitude of designs to choose from. Textured cakes – with ruffles, lace or pleats are a popular trend to consider. Here are ten textured cakes that we love:
1. Mini Cake
To add some dimension to a single-layer cake, ruffles will create some extra volume and interest. Edged in gold, the metallic touch proves that small cakes still have enough impact.
2. Flowers and Pearls
These flowers are the definition of how to incorporate texture into a wedding cake. The pearls work well with the flowers too and really show how a simple white cake can be elevated.
3. Petal Frosting
Fondant isn’t the only way to go for cake coverings, buttercream looks just as lovely. A pink buttercream with a petal effect goes perfectly with a combination of fresh flowers. If you plan on making the cake yourself, this technique is a good one to learn if you’re not confident in rolling fondant.
4. Intricate Design
For another take on this trend, go for a raised piped design. It gives the look of additional texture without adding too much. This is a great idea for larger cakes as the end result isn’t too overwhelming.
5. Delicate Ruffles
These delicate ruffles are very pretty and give the illusion of a layered or crepe cake. With this detailing, some pink and peach blooms are all that’s needed to complete the look.
6. Blue Lace
Lengths of blue lace have a vintage feel that looks striking against a traditional white cake. Another option if you wanted to cut costs on your cake, as you can add the lace to a simple design.
7. Elegant Branches
Woodland weddings filled with nature and leafy elements have so many gorgeous decor options. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate this theme into your cake, then this is such an elegant idea. The piping on the cake replicates the look of branches in a neutral way.
8. All Buttercream
This buttercream decoration has a rustic effect, perfect for an outdoor wedding when paired with wild berries and fern.
9. Ruffles and Glitter
Ruffles and glitter are surely a match made in heaven. Especially when it comes to cake decorations. Double the texture with alternating tiers that add both dimension and style.
10. Colorful Pleats
Isn’t this watercolor-inspired pleated cake a show stopper?
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Everyone knows that creating your registry is one of the best parts of wedding planning, but figuring out what to add – and what not to add – can sometimes be a daunting task. That margarita maker you’ve been eying might seem like a good idea at the time, but let’s be honest, it will probably just end up collecting dust after a few uses. Breakfast, on the other hand, is a daily occurrence and we strongly believe that breakfast in bed is the secret to a long and happy marriage. While you can’t actually add “breakfast in bed” to your registry (we wish!), you can add items that will make having breakfast in bed that much easier.
First, when it comes to breakfast, a good cup of coffee is key. The Cuisinart Single Cup Grind & Brew™ Coffeemaker grinds fresh beans each time so every single cup of coffee is the absolute best it can be. Brewing up to 16oz. at time, you never have to brew more than you need, and everyone can get the exact amount of coffee that they want.
Next, the ultimate breakfast in bed consists of waffles of course. The Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker bakes deep waffles with 1 inch pockets (to hold more toppings!) and has a 5 setting browning control for customized results. We recommend giving these Apple Walnut Waffles try.
Lastly, we like a little savory with our sweet in the morning. You could always add bacon, but we like the idea of these homemade sausage patties cooked up on the Cuisinart Griddler® Deluxe. With six cooking options in one – contact grill, Panini press, full griddle, full grill, half grill, half griddle and top melt – it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Now, who’s hungry?