Jennifer & Michael were married at the fantastic Art Gallery of Hamilton. With pops of bright green, grey and hot pink, Jennifer put together the most beautiful wedding, all by herself in just 10 months of planning! She really thought of everything. From the amazingly designed invitations, to the colourful suspenders & ties for the groomsmen, to the different shades of lavender for the bridesmaid dresses, to the beautiful A-line cocktail dress and head piece she wore. What can I say, I’m a huge fan! All of those choices ultimately set the mood for the day and what a wonderful day it was! Despite the temperature rising to a horrid +35 degrees Celsius (40 with the humidity!) these guys were troopers! Thank you Jennifer & Michael for a wonderful day!
We asked the newlyweds a few questions, read on for Jennifer’s fun answers!
XD: “How did you two meet?”
“We met at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario at the young age of 1 day. Michael was born on Nov 21, 1983 and I was born less than 24 hours later at the same hospital. We were “re-introduced” 21 years later through Michael’s sister, who was my co-worker at a local restaurant, but really, it was love at first sight as infants “
XD: “Who proposed and how did it happen?”
“Michael proposed to me, after only a quick 7 (SEVEN!!!) years of dating. We love travelling and one long weekend, we decided to jaunt down to Newfoundland (because we have grand plans to visit every province and territory in Canada). Michael proposed to me on a cliff overlooking Cape Spear, which is the most eastern point of all of North America”
XD: “What do you guys love to do together?”
“We love seeing the world, we both love food and trying new foods and drinks, and we love napping. We’re also super close to both of our families and we enjoy a busy social life of friends and family, so lots of hosting get-togethers, dinner parties, and just being around people in general”
XD: “Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?”
“With kids, probably, and happy still. We love our current home and both enjoy our careers but these could change over time and truthfully, these aren’t that important to us. As long as we can fulfill that broad statement of “happy” and continue to fill our lives with family and friends, we’ll consider that a success. Though, I wouldn’t say no to celebrating our 10th anniversary on a beach in Bora Bora”
The Bride, on her decor & reception:
“Nope, no wedding planner! The wedding was all me, baby! (she said so modestly…) I truly enjoyed working on all the details, like the paper products, cake topper, favours, etc. My absolute favourite part was the invitations. My best friend has graphic design skills and helped me to design all the pieces of the invitation (and menu cards, escort cards, programs, etc) from just random ideas I had or bits and pieces pulled from magazines and Pinterest. The save-the-date cards, invitations, and rsvp cards were so whimsical and fun, really set the tone of what we hoped our wedding would be.
Would I do anything differently? No, I don’t think so. Maybe some minor things, like, we didn’t love our cake but overall, I’m really happy with how everything turned out and the products/people/companies we used. We had a great day and both worked pretty hard in planning it, so no regrets!
Both of my sisters, 2 of Michael’s siblings, and several friends were engaged/married in the year or two before us. (It’s been wedding central in our social group for a few years now!) No one had held their wedding at the Art Gallery of Hamilton but when I saw them at a wedding show (attending the wedding show for my sister’s wedding!), I was head over heels in love. I always knew we wouldn’t hold the reception at a standard banquet hall. I have this thing where I want everything to be “different”, (there’s something psychological behind that, I’m sure…). The AGH was a 1st for most of our guests, it was modern, bright, gorgeous, and simply fun. The staff and event co-ordinator, Jody, at the AGH were amazing to work with as well. We just used the in-house caterer from the AGH. In lieu of a late night buffet, we put out trays of Korean desserts called dduk (rice cakes) and Italian cookies and had a hot dog cart (shaped like a giant hot dog!) drive up into the courtyard at about 10pm until 1am. It was awesome!
We also loved how there was a separate cocktail hour area and an outdoor courtyard attached to the main reception hall, so people could drink and mingle outdoors during the reception. It was great for people who didn’t want to dance, including Michael! Because we did have a gap between the ceremony and reception, the AGH also provided free entrance for the galleries to all of our wedding guests so a lot of the out-of-towners had something to do/somewhere to go until cocktail hour.”
XD: “Who was your cake designer & we’d love to know where you got that GREAT cake topper?”
“The cake was from Just Temptations in Mississauga. Thanks for noticing our cake topper! It was one of my favourite details and we have it on display in our home now! I had that cake topper custom made from Miss Cake on Etsy. She does mostly “Mr and Mrs…” cake toppers but had one with lyrics from a song, which triggered my idea to pull my favourite lyrics from Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.”
Cheers to you both, travelling the world together, a wonderful married life & a 10 year anniversary in Bora Bora!
Jenn’s dress provided by:
“My dress was Snow White by Alfred Angelo, from Taylor’s Bridal Boutique in Elmira, but I did have the dress altered to be tea length. I used some of the leftover material to hand stitch Michael’s mother and grandmothers handkerchiefs as gifts.”
Michael’s tux provided by:
“Michael and the groomsmen bought suits instead of renting tuxes. They were from Moores (no designer in particular). I had the ties custom made from Tux & Tulle on Etsy. It was Michael’s idea to throw in colourful suspenders for the guys, which I think he bought from Ebay.”
Sue Gallo Designs. The photo charm of my mom on my bouquet was from Ed’s Photo on Etsy.