Our Wedding: The Venue, The Decor & The Details

Friday 20 July 2012

I've talked about our wedding day, our attire and today, we'll round off this wedding week with the venue, decor & the details.

The Venue

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.  

The Decor

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.

Other details:

**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.


  1. I would never have thought to have a wedding in a restaurant-what an interesting idea! And hey, you're already there for the meal!
    I loved your idea of the family wedding photos!
    These recent posts make me want to plan a wedding and I've never had an intention to marry!

  2. We've always talked about having ours in a restaurant too. And I love those photos with the artwork in the background. I hope my wedding is half as elegant as yours!

    (p.s. Thinking of you and Joe, hope you get to stay in Norway or find happiness in your next adventure!)

  3. i simply love the decor and ambiance.

    xo the egg out west.

  4. What a gorgeous space for your wedding! I love that you went with crisp white flowers to offset the brown. It's very chic but still cozy and intimate. Lovely!

  5. That lounge is soo classy!! Love it!

  6. I love all these details, Jay -- and I love that you and Joe were featured on Style Me Pretty! I can't believe I'm just now wandering to your blog -- it's so lovely. Forgive me for being so slow, haha! xoxo


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