Geoff was studying Green Architecture, and Julia was articling at a law firm en route to pass the Bar just days after their wedding. Both are very creative and design-oriented, and there were a lot of concepts they wanted to include in the design, but some of them were really conflicting. They are passionate about industrial design, minimalism, being green, graphic design, vintage cars, food, lettering, the great outdoors and their adorable dog Frank. So how did they incorporate all of these into the wedding? Well...
The Third Floor Gallery of the Museum of Nature in Ottawa provided the perfect canvas: white gallery walls, exposed ceiling, poured concrete flooring and a contemporary green space behind the Museum of Nature to hold the cocktail hour after the ceremony at Geoff's family church. We rented a vintage Rolls Royce to bring them from the church to the Museum. We scooped up Frank the dog for pictures post-ceremony. The entrance to the reception showcased a 15 foot wall of place cards delicately hanging with greens between two birch trees and over the "guest book" which was two oars for guests to write on because they got engaged while portaging.
The reception had greenery-draped planks suspended from the ceiling with their favorite industrial style Edison bulbs hanging low for a more intimate dining atmosphere. The lights illuminated the centerpieces: wood boxes spilling with greenery and florals. The backdrop to the head table was a giant chalkboard wall that incorporated the same lettering used in the invitation suite and menus.
The meticulously designed menus incorporated their love for lettering and minimalism and were perfectly accented by little ferns laid delicately on top. The meal was designed around their love of food and was divine. Julia really loves edible flowers and each course incorporated them into the aesthetic of the dish. The traditional Greek treats on the sweets table were made my Julia's family as a nod to her heritage.
The delicious cake was designed to look like a building, complete with a "concrete block" buttercream tier and little fern accents that were reminiscent of greenery growing through cracks of cement. The guest favors were "flower bombs," our florists' genius invention that had wild flower seeds rolled up in fertilized soil ready to be thrown into a garden. The kissing game played to Julia's love of golf: it was a putting green that encouraged the guests to come up and get a hole in one to get the couple to kiss. And finally, the dance party was a never ending wicked stream of old-school hip hop right out of their childhoods (much to the pleasure of the majority of their guests).
We found that perfect harmony between masculine and feminine, industrial and botanical, raw and refined. You walked into that room and know that it was their wedding; it was beautiful and unique and original, just like them.
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