When I first sat down with Rebecca and Robert, I immediately got the sense that they were just the kindest and coolest couple around. They were both so laid back and were very trusting. I knew I had to work with them.
I was so excited when they booked me for their wedding as I had been loving these small and intimate weddings that this pandemic has brought us. Pandemic aside, they wanted it to be a smaller wedding and due to restrictions put in place mere weeks before their big day, it became even smaller – but not short of warmth, style, and romance.
Their wedding was held at The Spice Factory in downtown Hamilton and this venue just has that Hamilton vibe. You know, that buzzing small city industrial feel? All the brick. The beams. Open space. It’s truly a gem in our city.
When we had first discussed florals, their wedding was supposed to be in the summer. White, blush, vibrant greens. When they postponed to December, their planner Caryn of As You Wish Weddings, proposed bringing in some colour. Muted tones and toffee. I was beyond excited to once again use toffee roses, brown lisianthus, and all the autumn eucalyptus. When I went to pick up their florals at my wholesaler, they had the most gorgeous white peonies. How could I resist peonies in December?
For their ceremony, we created a simple backdrop of smilax vine on the exposed brick made to look like two pieces, growing from the ground up. We lined the few rows of chairs with candles in the aisle to bring in a little glow.
For the reception, we dotted full, lush, and romantic centrepieces down the length of the table and placed pillar candles and votives throughout. The twinkle from the lights on the brick wall and from the candlelight made for almost an elevated dinner party. So cozy. So intimate. DJ Donna Love Joy brought the music and dinner included mini individual charcuterie boards. If you know me, you know I have a love for charcuterie boards so I definitely 100% approve of this.
Their friends had planned with Max from the Arkells to send a little video that was played during their reception, serenading the new couple and congratulating them. How amazingly “HamONT” is this?! Having seen a few Arkells shows myself, I just thought this was the coolest.
Katie Benfey captured this day so beautifully. The way she photographed Rebecca and Robert in the downtown streets of Hamilton was just perfection. Katie had photographed another wedding I had worked on last summer and when I saw how she captured the blooms, I got goosebumps. She sees those little nuances in designs that I see, and that along with her just being so sweet, makes me want to work with her time and time again.
Rebecca and Robert’s day was certainly one to remember. It is undoubtedly proof that you don’t have to have a big wedding for there to be a sense of nostalgia in looking back on it.
Congratulations to the two of you again and I wish you both all the happiness in the world!
Photography – Katie Benfey Photo | Planning – As You Wish Weddings | Venue – The Spice Factory | HAMU – Hutch Cosmetics | Cake – Crumb and Berry | Chalkboard Sign – Jen With A Pen | DJ – DJ Donna Love Joy | Officiant – Paul Fletcher of Cathy Davis & Company