I've talked about our wedding day, our attire and today, we'll round off this wedding week with the venue, decor & the details.
As I mentioned before, Joe and I had always talked about getting married in our restaurant. I really wanted an intimate feeling to our wedding and I knew that I could find that in a restaurant much easier than trying to 'make it' in a ballroom.
When the venue search began, we thought we knew exactly what restaurant we wanted. Jennifer, our wedding planner, went to check it out and look to see if it would work and everything came back positive. We were concerned that it was quite small and we might have to limit our guest list to make it work. Jennifer sent us a couple more options and we thought we had pretty much settled on Option #1 until Lux came through. Joe & I had eaten there once, although only in the bar, and when we saw the photos, we knew, this was the place.
The staff were ultra accommodating for us and were willing to make anything we wanted happen. On the day of, they were professional and attentive and the restaurant made the perfect wedding venue.
We loved that we had the separation between the lounge and the restaurant and all of the little design details already incorporated.
Lux was a stunning location all on it's own and provided the ambience we were looking for. We chose to add to it with flowers, candles and table linens.
When planning, I was constantly asked, "What are your wedding colours?" I'm not that colourful of a person. If you look at my closet you'll see I stick to neutrals: grey, brown, black, white, beige. I loved the rich browns Lux provided and really wanted to try to enhance that by staying monochromatic with my flowers.
I had a fairly clear vision when it came to the tables. I loved the idea of a tablescape of flowers instead of the traditional centre piece and I was so happy with the way it turned out. I was also fairly adamant on having rectangular tables instead of circles because I liked long, linear feeling it gave.
One of the most talked about aspects of our decor was a table of wedding photos right at the entrance. Joe and I both come from families where we've had great examples of long, happy marriages and I really wanted to showcase those couples. I collected wedding photos from family & friends, framed them and labelled them with their wedding date. Our guests loved guessing who was who and reminiscing about weddings past.
All photos by Sharon Litchfield Photography
**Some of Joe's favourite memories are at Pete's Piano Bar in Forth Worth, Texas and I loved how interactive and fun it was when I went so we decided to do the same for our wedding. The dueling pianists had our guests talking for months to come.**
**Our guests loved the Kobe beef sliders & sweet potato fries we served at midnight.**
**When our guests checked in to their hotels, we had welcome bags waiting for them. Inside there were snacks, bottled water, a map and guide to the city with some of our favourite things to do in the city and a custom crossword that challenged our guests to come up with a couple pretty obscure answers.**
Our wedding absolutely exceeded all of our expectations. I loved planning it and when it was all said and done, both Joe and I wished we could do it again, not to change anything but just because it was so much fun!
If you want to see more, you can see our wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, our wedding planner's blog & our photographer's blog.