Romantic Winery Wedding with Breakfast for Dinner
Rachel & Austin’s romantic breakfast wedding was a mix of romantic, whimsical fun and done in their own unique way – even serving breakfast for dinner! These two wanted to do things their way, and it left their guests, planned to perfection by Little Bird Wedding & Event Co. and captured by Vicki Bartel Photography, thrilled by the day!
It was my first day at a new high school, and Austin was the first person I said hi to! He said behind me in English class. We eventually became really good friends and, honestly, we both never pictured becoming anything more than that. 4 years later our friendship grew and by University we became inseparable – a relationship happened suddenly and easily.
The We took a quick trip to New York City to celebrate our 7 year dating anniversary. It was December and we did all the quintessential NY Christmas activities- Rockefeller Center, outdoor skating, holiday markets, 5th avenue. It was magical! I wondered if Austin was going to propose, but when it didn’t happen I decided to not worry about it. I thought “it will happen when the timing is right”. We flew back home, and the next morning in our home Austin asked me to marry him while we were having pancakes and drinking coffee together. Snow was falling outside, our Christmas tree was lit up, and it couldn’t have been any more perfect. My favourite part is that I was unintentionally wearing the same blue sweatpants I had been wearing when we had our first kiss, 7 years earlier.
We had our ceremony and reception at a local winery. The inside was a gorgeous white space, and it lead to a string light lit patio which is where we had our outdoor reception which had family style rectangular seating. There was an outdoor fireplace where guests made s’mores later in the night! We kept decor simple with a touch of romance and whimsy – lots of white, copper, gold, and blush. Because the space itself was so beautiful as it was, we chose to use florals as the main decor. Each table was full of candles and assorted bud vases with a variety of flowers for a layered look.
Our guiding light during wedding planning was to make decisions that set us up for a happy marriage. Keeping the marriage in mind meant we quickly let go of unrealistic expectations for our breakfast wedding and made decisions that made us really happy. It was also important to us to find joy in the process, and practice being present throughout wedding planning. We splurged on the venue because it felt so perfect for us, and the photography of course!
Immediately after the ceremony I had a good happy cry inside with our whole wedding party (lots of hugging). We then took a pre-planned 15 minutes to be by ourselves and soak in the post-ceremony glow. We sat in a private part of the venue upstairs. It had an open balcony so we could hear everyone below laughing and enjoying being together. The staff at Oxley brought us up drinks and appetizers and we sat together, just the two of us, and chatted and reflected until we were ready to go back downstairs. When cocktail hour was done, we danced on the patio outside to Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves. It was a really special way to start off the reception part of the day. It’s now an extra cool memory because we got to meet Kacey in person a few days later on our honeymoon!
Flowers were a big part of how we decorated our venue, since we opted to keep the space simple. Emily did a beautiful job! She mixed anemones with garden roses, huge plated dahlias, greenery, and hand torn silk ribbon for a whimsical and imperfect look. At the back of my bouquet she included a gold butterfly which I had saved from the first bouquet of flowers Austin gave me when we started dating.
I wanted to wear something undone, whimsical, and unique. I loved that my dress was a beautiful blush colour! I wore pink velvet platforms. I needed the extra height because Austin and I have a height difference of more than a foot haha. I love a ponytail so I decided to do for my hair paired with some 70s style curtain bangs. I love how it all came together and it felt very me! Austin wore a fitted charcoal grey suit with a taupe tie. Being the practical person that he is, he loves that he’s gotten to wear it again since the wedding!
We had a simple one tier ruffle white cake made by a family friend. Our wedding planner Aubyn decorated the cake with leftover flowers from our florist, Emily. I really wanted a cake so that we could enjoy the tradition of having it on our one year wedding anniversary!
I designed all of the stationary, including the invitations, menus, place cards, and seating chart. The frame around the seating chart was made by our wedding planner!
Probably the most unique detail of our wedding is that we decided to have breakfast for dinner. Guests had a choice of French Toast or Eggs Benedict, and all of the appetizers were breakfast themed. Our signature drink was mimosas, and the dessert was a coffee cake with handmade coffee ice cream! Chef Aaron did an amazing job at creating a very elevated and unique version of our favourite meal.
Instead of favours, we made a donation to our local hospital to honour of our loved ones who they have helped and healed.
Everyone says “your wedding day goes by so quickly! Stay in the moment!” With this in mind, we made the choice early on to begin practising mindfulness – afterall, you won’t magically have the skill of staying in the moment on your wedding day if you don’t practice! Doing this ahead of time allowed the actual wedding day to feel very intentional and slow for us. We used little moments in the wedding planning process to intentionally stay in the moment and celebrate together. I also think hiring our wedding planner Aubyn really allowed us to enjoy being engaged and kept wedding stress to a minimum.
Thanks so much for sharing Rachel & Austin, we love your romantic breakfast wedding!
- Photography: Vicki Bartel Photography
- Venue: Oxley Estate Winery
- Planner: Little Bird Wedding & Event Co.
- Floral Design: Emily Elizabeth Floral Design
- Audio Visual: DJ PJ
- Hair: Julie Raheb
- Makeup: Elizabeth Bassett
- Dress: Stella York at Essense Designs
- Groomswear: Freeds of Windsor
- Shoes: Chinese Laundry
- Jewellery: Olive & Piper
- Engagement Ring: Catbird NYC
- Wedding Ring: Vinney & Charles
- Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. for Keds
- Tie: The Tie Bar
- Submitted via: Matchology