Emily and Jeff get married at Berkeley Fieldhouse wedding venue Toronto and share their inspiration and success.
Your colour palette is so complimentary and balanced in your decor. What were some of your inspirations for these choices?
While I don’t wear it or own anything the colour of it, I am a huge fan of pink, but particular about the shades I like. So, I started off with a warm, romantic pink for the stationary and bridesmaids dresses and worked around that. Jeff is a green fan, so that was a good natural complement.
What element of your wedding was the most important to you that it go smoothly?
The experience of our guests. We wanted everyone to feel welcomed, feel the love, and have fun. That meant that the food and vibe at the reception were pretty important. We were excited about the great menu as well as the flow between indoor and outdoor private space at the Fieldhouse. Our guests loved it.
Your cake is so fun and well made. What were your ideas for this?
We found a great vendor, I Do! Wedding Cakes on Dufferin in Toronto. They have reasonable options and very nice designs. Our original idea for the cake topper was a huge failure (it involved fabric flowers… enough said) so we added the custom cake topper at the last minute. Olivia at I Do! asked for photos of our apparel and hairstyles. Jeff’s super handy and generally the fixer/calming force in the relationship, and he proposed to me while I was playing Skyrim on X-box. So we added the hammer and video game controller.
Your florals…..wow beautiful. They looked so alive and had a wild quality while still being delicate and curated. What was your inspiration for your florals?
I basically wanted to capture a really lush and romantic look. My bridesmaids and I actually arranged the flowers., so I was picky about the individual flower choices but I wanted the arrangements themselves to be soft and natural. I’m a huge fan of David Austin garden roses, so I was really happy to find those. But all in all by picking rounder, fuller flowers a natural and full look was achieved pretty easily. We ordered in bulk from Jong Young Flower Market on Avenue and Davenport. Jasmine was awesome to work with.
Hindsight is 20/20, what advice would you give a couple for their big day?
Focus on 2 or 3 parts that really matter to you in terms of creating a vibe and impression and spend your time and money there.
What was your number one priority when planning your reception?
I definitely had a particular “secret garden” look in mind. But at the end of the day, I was just hoping people would laugh a lot, eat well, and feel the love.
What was the experience like of viewing your photos after the wedding?
The details came together better than I imagined so that was pretty satisfying. The day itself was a big blur so it was nice to look back. We created a hashtag on Instagram, #jeffandem that was also fun to look back on.
You used the venue to its full potential highlighting its strengths. What was your approach for this?
I saw a lot of potential for personalization, because the white of the venue makes it a bit of a blank slate and because the Berkeley staff were more open to a lot of customization as well. There weren’t many restrictions about what you could or couldn’t bring in. From there the venue is unique in that it’s one of the few places with a nice private outdoor green space, so we naturally played that up by bringing in some more planters for the outdoor area.
If you could choose three words that describe your event at the Berkeley Fieldhouse what would they be?
Playful, romantic, sweet.
What lingers from the day, meaning what has made a lasting impression on you from the experience?
Just the feeling of thankfulness and appreciation to be able to celebrate love and community in a lavish way. It all came together well, but it was more because of the people involved, rather than the stuff we had. We’re really grateful to be in a position to do this, and to have help from our friends and family, and great people to surround ourselves with.
venue: Berkeley Fieldhouse
all photos Paul McNulty