Now for the post we’ve all been waiting for – the surprise wedding! If you’re signed up for the newsletter I send out every couple of months then this is old news to you, but for everyone else, here is the big reveal with pictures.
On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Sam and I tied the knot. We gathered in a bright, little greenhouse and surrounded by 30 of our closest friends and family members we said ‘I do’. After a year of dating in South Korea, and another year and a half backpacking around 25+ countries, we finally made it official. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery!
The morning of the wedding was quite low-key as we all got ready at my parents’ home. My sister did my hair, I did my own makeup, and I wore a flower crown that I had made the day before. I decided to go with a short dress because it was the middle of summer, and I chose lace because I like the classic look! Sam wore a button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a beige vest and trousers. We told our friends not to bother with jackets and ties, so most people showed up in bright summer colours and tropical prints – perfect for a summer wedding in a tropical greenhouse!
Sam and I both wanted to have a simple, intimate, and laid-back wedding. There were no rehearsals, no bridal showers, no bachelor/bachelorette parties.
We asked my parents’ friends Mel and Susan to officiate the wedding, and my dear friend Alyssa played the keyboard for us.
Both of my parents walked me down the aisle, and I can honestly say there were no nerves that day. The ceremony was very light-hearted, we hung out with our guests before the wedding even started, and my dad and the pastor were cracking jokes the whole time.
The reception was in my parents’ backyard where we set up dinner tables and umbrellas for an outdoor meal. My dad is Argentinean so a proper asado was in order. He was put in charge of the grill and cooked up a delicious barbecue for everyone. Meanwhile in the kitchen, my mom and friends had spent the previous day orchestrating all sorts of recipes including Spanish treats like empanadas and alfajores. And for the cake, we tracked down an Argentinean baker who made a delicious mille-feuille vanilla cake with dulce de leche, peaches and cream. What can I say – South Americans know how to throw a good dinner party!
It was a really fun afternoon and people lingered until it was dark out. We ate, we drank, we laughed, and then we ate some more. At the end of the night we sent people home with platefuls of food, and other friends stayed back and spent the night in our family home.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day.
At the end of August we’re off on our honeymoon. It’s going to be tropical, it’s an island that has some of the best beaches in the world, and it’s a country that I have previously travelled to but Sam has not. Any guesses?
P.S. If you’re in the mood for another lovey-dovey story, you can also read about how Sam and I met in South Korea. xoxo
A huge thank you to our photographer Gabriela Hansen for capturing the day! If you’re search of a photographer in the Toronto area, this girl knows her stuff!