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.