Wedding Inspiration

I can’t believe we’ll be getting married this year! I have been collecting inspiring images for longer than I’d care to admit on the internet, but I thought I would share some sneak peaks of pictures that are inspiring me for our big day this September. If you’ve planned a wedding before, I’d love to hear your planning process!

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This cake was one of the first pictures I ever pinned when I started dreaming up the¬†big day. I love the simplicity of the frosting and the addition of roses. While we aren’t adding roses to our cake, we are adding a little something that represents us ūüôā

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I am really drawn to black and white pictures like the one above when I think about how I want our¬†day to be captured. I don’t the original source or photographer of this image, but I love how natural it feels!

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I love love love the mix of mercury glass and pale pink. In fact, the main colour palette of our wedding is metallics and pale pink. So pretty! (Pic)

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I am absolutely obsessed with eucalyptus leaves and plan on incorporating them throughout almost every part of the wedding. They smell amazing and are so beautiful and unique. I love how they were used in this Austin wedding.

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This photo is super small, but I have to include it because I pinned it years ago and ever since then knew that I wanted all my gals to wear different dresses. I love seeing each woman’s unique style and think it’s so fun how it all looks together. This is harder than it seems but I think it’ll be worth it!

It’s all a work in progress but I’m having a blast!

Sunday Night Dinner: Fall Harvest Edition

There is something so romantic to me about the falling leaves, cozy nights by the fire and even the rainy mornings that fall brings. What better way to spend a fall evening than enveloped in the aromas of fall’s best produce, drinking some (reasonably priced) perfectly-paired wine and finishing off the night with seasonal treats? For this Sunday Night Dinner, I wanted to emulate the fall wine harvest that happens around this time every year. Leaves have turned colours and the grapes are ready to harvest. While we weren’t¬†actually on a vineyard, it certainly felt like it. Between the colours of the flowers by The Flower Factory¬†and¬†the big red wine glasses,¬†this easy-to-put together¬†family-style¬†feast transported me straight to Napa in the fall.¬†I hope this Sunday Night Dinner¬†brings you around the table with your loved ones to sip great wine, savour great food, and share the memories you’ll certainly make.¬†Make sure to stay tuned all week as I recap the recipes and wine pairings as well!

All photos by the incredibly talented, Christie Graham Photography.

Fall Harvest Flowers by The Flower Factory

Fall harvest flowers by The Flower Factory

Bringing in the bottles

Prepping for the fall harvest dinner

Ready for the harvest dinner to start

Catching the last of the afternoon rays

Details are of utmost importance

Small details can make a big impact

First wine of the night: Moschofilero Boutari

First wine of the night: Moschofilero Boutari

moschofilero boutari + harvest salad

Moschofilero Boutari + my harvest salad

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Butternut squash soup

chicken marbella

Chicken Marbella

ready to be served

Ready to dine

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Candles always set the tone

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Fall harvest flowers closeup (The Flower Factory)

ready to dig in

Bon appétit!

it was a success

Plotting the next Sunday Night Dinner (to come next month!)

looking forward to the next Sunday Night Dinner!

Happy Fall!

Sunday Night Dinner – Fall Harvest Edition

When hosting¬†a wine pairing dinner, you don’t have to worry too much about what your table will look like. Cooking whole, natural foods and pairing them with delicious wine will look beautiful enough! However, if you want to take your dinner party to the next level (don’t we all), I would suggest investing in a couple of items. First and foremost, a flower arrangement can¬†really bring everything together. Gloria from The Flower Factory¬†hit the nail on the head with her arrangement of cabernet-toned dahlias, rich snow berries, perfectly placed greenery, and even some dried wheat to tie it all together.

When picking up a new book¬†at Chapter’s, I found these gorgeous serving boards made of real wood that complemented our table. I loved the variation of heights on¬†the table and think it made the whole tablescape a little more¬†interesting.

Now, onto one of my favourite parts of the table: the¬†wine glasses.¬†Ever since starting to watch Scandal a few months ago, I’ve had my eyes on these wine glasses. What can be more romantic and elevated than super tall, big red wine glasses? While they aren’t the¬†most practical, that’s ok! Not everything has to be! It’s nice to have a few different types¬†of glassware for different occasions. These are going to become my go-to wine glasses for dinner parties.

Overall, when entertaining I always remember to keep the focus on the food and wine and let that shape how I plan the rest of the night. Most importantly, flowers make a huge impact and they last for a week so don’t be afraid to buy a small arrangement¬†for your next party. You’ll be glad you did!

Coming up tomorrow and Tuesday Рall of the recipes from the food you see above. Most importantly, make sure to stop by on Wednesday for a full recap of the wines pictured here as well as their food pairings and tasting notes. It is #WineWednesday after all!

Pictures: Christie Graham Photography

Flowers: The Flower Factory

Wine:¬†Moschofilero Boutari,¬†Brunel de la Gardine Cotes Du Rhone 2012,¬†Dow’s Ten Year Old Tawny Port

Styling & Concept: Sophie Collins of Sip Savour Share