ONE EN­CHANTED EVEN­ING

A TORONTO COU­PLE HOSTS AN IN­TI­MATE BACK­YARD CEL­E­BRA­TION BRIM­MING WITH SENTIMENTAL TOUCHES AND CIT­RUS DE­TAILS IN­SPIRED BY ITALY’S IS­LAND OF CAPRI.

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An in­ti­mate back­yard cel­e­bra­tion brim­ming with sentimental touches and cit­rus de­tails evokes Ital­ian charm.

CAIT­LAN MONETA & JAY KEATES

Septem­ber 3, 2016

FROM CAIT­LAN: We de­cided early in the wed­ding plan­ning process that we wanted an in­ti­mate, so­phis­ti­cated, fam­ily wed­ding. Ini­tially, the front-run­ner location for the re­cep­tion was the fa­mous Da Paolino restau­rant, shaded by 130 le­mon trees, on the Ital­ian is­land of Capri. We nearly booked our flights, but in­stead my aunt and un­cle gen­er­ously of­fered to host the party at their place. We com­pletely fell in love with the idea of get­ting mar­ried in their stun­ning sun-soaked back­yard and hav­ing din­ner at the same ta­ble where we cel­e­brate spe­cial hol­i­days and fam­ily birth­days. The venue was one of the most spe­cial de­tails of our day. The sun set­ting dur­ing the even­ing back­yard cer­e­mony, din­ner in the stun­ning din­ing room and cut­ting the cake out­side by the light of hun­dreds of twin­kling can­dles was a dream come true. We were so happy that my aunt and un­cle of­fered their home for our wed­ding—it couldn’t have felt more per­sonal, in­ti­mate or full of love. The decor helped tie in the Ital­ian-in­spired theme we en­vi­sioned. Our plan­ner, Lidia, brought a lit­tle bit of Italy to Toronto with pot­ted trees wired with fresh le­mons, sil­ver bowls filled with juicy figs and sweet cham­pagne grapes to line the ex­tra-long din­ner ta­ble. We also chose a cake with fresh le­mon curd fill­ing. In keep­ing with the house’s muted colour scheme, we stuck to soft neu­trals for the linens, chairs and ac­ces­sories, and an all-white pal­ette for the flow­ers. Right af­ter the cer­e­mony I swapped my veil for a small flo­ral head­band of white gar­de­nias and stephan­otis. I loved that it in­cluded the flow­ers my mom had in her own flower crown and bou­quet on my par­ents’ wed­ding day. Be­fore we left for the hon­ey­moon, I pressed the small ar­range­ment so I could add it to our wed­ding mem­ory box.

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