As you may have already seen, we recently got married in beautiful Mexico! It was absolutely perfect, but it wasn’t exactly legal. Getting legally married in Mexico is very difficult…. it involves blood samples, lawyers and a very long ceremony in Spanish. This is why we opted for a symbolic ceremony instead, and had a legal wedding back home in Canada. What was originally suppose to be a quick trip to city hall evolved into an entire second wedding, with another dress, 20 family members and a catered dinner. It was such an amazing day – and a great opportunity to celebrate our love all over again!
Our Canada wedding was held in my hometown of Guelph, Ontario. The ceremony was at Guelph City Hall, and the reception was at my parents house. This intimate setting was extra special, and made planning super easy too!
My boho beach wedding dress wasn’t exactly city chic, so I got a second wedding dress for the occasion. My second dress was also from David’s Bridal, and I really lucked out with this one! I didn’t need any alterations at all, it fit me perfectly right off the rack! For shoes I wore a pair of my mom’s Aldo wedges, and I kept my jewellery simple with a pair of diamond earrings and a thing gold watch my grandparents gave me. I didn’t plan on carrying a bouquet, but since I had extra flowers from the centrepieces I made my own bouquet the night before the wedding. The bold mix of colours and different flowers was the perfect accent.
Dress – David’s Bridal
Shoes – Aldo
For Paul we wanted an outfit that was a perfect balance between city hall, and the casual setting of an at-home wedding. We decided on a crisp navy suit from Banana Republic. To keep things a little more casual, he wore a white linen shirt under his suit and skipped the tie. For shoes, he wore a tan leather pair of driving loafers. Needless to say, he looked very handsome!
Shirt – Long Island
Suit – Banana Republic
Shoes – 1901 (Nordstorm)
The ceremony was held at Guelph City Hall, and performed by a city clerk. She was so sweet and did an incredible job of making the whole thing feel special (cause let’s be honest, how romantic can City Hall be?). After such an emotional wedding in Mexico, I expected City Hall to be more a formality… but I think Paul and I shed more happy tears at City Hall than we did in Mexico!
The decor for our at-home reception was so much fun. I really loved that an at-home wedding allowed me to do all the decor myself, so I went for a really colourful Lilly Pulitzer inspired theme. Tons of flowers, beautiful summer colours and a few flamingos too! All the flowers cost less than $100, and I split the bouquets into mason jars to stretch them out on all the tables (and throughout the house). The ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ flamingos might have been my favourite though! All of the tables, chairs, linens, etc. were rented from Roy-Al Rentals in Guelph. They have a really great selection, and their staff are super helpful.
For dinner, we hired Angelinos to cater everything. Guelph is filled with Italian immigrants, so it’s no surprise that we have a huge selection of Italian delis, restaurants and caterers. Angelinos is my family’s favourite, so it was a no brainer! We ordered a selection of their gourmet pizzas and lasagna. Not only is it some of the best Italian food you’ll eat (outside of Italy of course), but it really helped keep things casual!