Amazing Outdoor Wedding Dancing in Toronto at CaFFinO Restorante

Caffino Restaurant Wedding ReceptionCaFFinO is a really interesting restaurant, tucked away down a small passageway off of King at Dufferin. It has a small capacity but if you have a smaller guest list (less than 80), I think that it is a great place to have a wedding in Toronto. The decor and space is very eclectic and you don’t have to do much to make it look amazing.

An example of the interesting and already setup decor are these attractive candles on the bar.
Caffino Restaurant candle barStephanie and the CaFFinO staff were great and worked well around the tight quarters. The smallness is the one disadvantage to this space, but I think that it added to the unique and intimate feeling of Shelley and Dave’s wedding.

The ceremony was held in an alley behind the restaurant. When I first heard about this, I was a little concerned that it was going to be a strange place for a ceremony, but this is pretty much the nicest alley that you’ll find in the city. Not only that, but all of the other buildings in the area house offices, so on a Saturday afternoon, there is no one else around. Again having it here makes for a really interesting space that feels totally appropriate and special for a wedding ceremony.

Alley Wedding Ceremony Toronto

Dave and Shelley had small pot with different herbs for their wedding favours. I always am a fan of plants for favours and June is a perfect time for herbs because they can be planted and will grow for the rest of the summer.

Herb wedding favours

They used a vintage suitcase to collect their cards and added a hint of glitter to make a really sharp gift table.
Antique luggage card box

The rooster and vintage table come along with this beautiful space.

Caffino Restaurant decorations

The decor was a rustic chic feel and done by Fidan at Designed Dream. The tables and everything else looked amazing.

Caffino Restaurant wedding welcome

I especially loved the sprinkle wedding cake. It was simple, but also really fun and cute at the same time.
Sprinkle wedding cake

The dance floor was outside and it was a perfect night for dancing. It is always awesome to have an outdoor dance floor and it was especially great to have one in Toronto. This is extremely unique and it something that I haven’t seen at any other place in Toronto, and only a few other places outside of the city, like the Kortright Centre for Conservation.

Outdoor Dance Floor Toronto

Dave and Shelley (along with their super fun guests) had amazing taste in music. I had an amazing time playing for them! It was the first wedding where I’ve played Wolf Parade (a band that I love) during the dancing part of the night; I’ll Believe in Anything is one of the bride’s favourite songs. Thanks Dave and Shelley for such an awesome night.

Shelley and Dave last dance Caffino Restaurant

Venue: CaFFinO Restorante
Coordinator/Decorator: Fidan at Designed Dream

Jen and Ryan’s Amazing Cambridge Slit Barn Wedding

Cambridge Silt Barn Outdoor Wedding CeremonyIt was a perfect day for Jen and Ryan’s wedding at the Cambridge Slit Barn. The weather was amazing and the location was even better. I had never been to this venue before, but the moment I arrived, I saw why they picked it. It’s located just a few minutes off of the 401 about an hour from Toronto.

The ceremony was held behind the main building and it was intimate and endearing. It felt like it was the perfect place for this couple to get married.

Quick note: All of the photos were taken by Lee Weston (she’s awesome!)

Cambridge Slit Barn Wedding Dancing

Jen and Ryan wedding ceremonyJen and Ryan had setup a bow tie bar, which I loved! All of the guys and some of the girls ended up wearing bow ties for the night.

The rustic details of the furniture and other decorations were amazing. The couple had found some of the materials themselves and the rest were rented from Marvelle Events.

Rustic wedding decorations at Cambridge Slit Barn

The reception itself was in a beautiful old barn, that was built in the 1840s.

The barn was recently renovated, but has kept all of its old charm. It has a beautiful bar and is a really special place for an event. I absolutely loved it.

Inside the Cambridge Slit Barn

The sun set and the party got started. The guests had amazing taste in music and we danced the night away.
Cambridge Slit Barn Wedding DancingThe Cambridge Slit Barn is an amazing rustic barn venue that is close enough to hotels to Toronto that it is worth checking out.

It is absolutely beautiful and other than being on a relatively busy road, there is no one else around. It feels like a little piece of rustic paradise and is an amazing place for a laid back beautiful ceremony and reception.

One draw back to the venue is that it is owned and run by rare Charitable Research Reserve []. Although it is nice to support a charity with an event, this charity seems to have a lot of locations and their main focus is definitely not weddings. The only mention that I could find about the Barn was a post on their Facebook page (you can’t find it on their website). So with that in mind, if you book your event here, you’ll likely be on your own to figure out most of the details.

Justin’s note: I was contacted by Roger from rare via the comments and he wanted me to note the following:
“While it is true that our “main focus is definitely not weddings”, we have entered into a partnership agreement with a local Event and Wedding Specialist company. Ainsley Poirier, principal owner of Fresh Look Design, is the primary contact whenever we receive an inquiry from a potential bride and family to host their special event at our Slit Barn. Rental fees for the space includes Fresh Look Design’s expertise in assisting the bridal couple address all aspects pertaining to their special event. So, in fact, bridal couples have a dedicated resource to figure out all the details for their event.”
So if you’re interested in getting a closer look at the barn, contact Ainsley at Fresh Look Design.

Lee Weston of Lee Weston Photography supplied all of the photos in this post. She was an absolute joy to work with and her images are obviously amazing. I would highly suggest talking to her if you are in the market for a fantastic, down to earth wedding photographer who has outstanding taste in music.

All of the rentals were supplied by Marvel Events. I had the pleasure of talking to Dan at the end of the night. He was very professional and the furniture and rented details looked amazing.

The caterers, Ryan and Carly of MamaPapa Catering were wonderful. I know that food was a very important part of Jen and Ryan’s plans, and they worked with them to serve a unique and delicious meal. It was totally in line with the laid back, rustic but chic style of the event. I’m not normally in the Kitcher/Waterloo/Cambridge area (maybe 1 or 2 times a year), but I will be going to their restaurant, PUBLIC Kitchen & Bar the next time I’m in the area.

Steam Whistle Brewery Wedding – Toronto, Ontario

Steam Whistle Brewery Simple Wedding DecorationsNick and Chelsea’s wedding was so much fun! The food was amazing and that the venue (Steam Whistle Brewery)was
beautiful. The delicious menu included pulled pork (the groom’s favourite), smoked mashed potatoes, beer can chicken and other delicious BBQ staples. The reception had simple decorations,but you don’t need to do much to make the space look really nice. You can see that the pink uplights and the hanging lights over the dance floor make it look amazing.

The ceremony was outdoors on the patio, which is right next to the indoor reception space. It can get a little hot out there on days that are above 25C but, luckily it was right around that temp, so it wasn’t too bad. The space is really beautiful (especially if you like a vintage urban/industrial
aesthetic). They got married in front of an old train by a family friend. It was a really sweet ceremony.

Here’s a pic of what the outdoor patio looked like (about an hour before the ceremony).
Steam Whistle Brewery Outdoor Wedding Ceremony on Patio
You don’t need to do much to the reception room at the Steam Whistle Brewery to make it look nice. I think that is one of the main benefits to having your event here. They also have an in house team that takes care of all of your audio and visual requirements, which means that they are very familiar with the space. Here’s a view of the wonderful dance floor from the sweet heart table.
Steam Whistle Brewery Wedding Sweetheart table view
For wedding favours, the couple made homemade BBQ sauce and the bride’s grandmother’s special sauce. I thought that this was a great way to incorporate family traditions/recipes and to give something that is personalized and useful.Homemade BBQ sauce Wedding Favour
Family Sauce Wedding Favour
They had beautiful pink and white flowers and that looked great with the champagne coloured linens that they used for the tables.
Pink and White Wedding Flower Centerpiece
Champagne Coloured Table Linens
Steam Whistle is an awesome place for a wedding. It has a really nice outdoor space, the staff are accommodating and helpful and the location can’t be beat. If you’re looking for an awesome urban/industrial space for your wedding in Toronto, make sure to check out the brewery.

Venue: Steam Whistle Brewery
Caterer: En Ville (bride’s note: “they were really great! Super helpful, friendly, flexible.”)
Officiant: Family Friend

Nature Inspired Wedding at the Kortright Center for Conservation, Woodbridge, Ontario

Kortright Centre For Conservation wedding
The Kortright Centre for Conservation is one of my favourite venues around Toronto. It’s a bit outside of the city, but the surroundings are worth the trip.

There are 3 options for wedding ceremony sites and all of them are awesome. Two of the options are in the middle of the forest. They are absolutely beautiful if being in nature is your kind of thing.
I know one concern that you might have about being in nature for a wedding is bugs, especially mosquitoes. I have been to the venue numerous times and there have been some, but it generally hasn’t noticeable. They also have reasonable options in case of rain. This is another really important consideration for outdoor weddings and this venue has you covered (literally).

Kortright Centre Wedding Ceremony Site
Chris and Jane had some pre-ceremony lemonade available (it was a bit warm that day). It’s a cute and simple setup, with paper straws, and a chalk board showing the way.
Wedding Lemondae Stand
They also had these cute cards that they asked their guests to fill out with well wishes on their rsvp cards. They then hung the cards as part of the decor for everyone to see.
Wedding Guests words of wisdom
Sticking with the nature decor, they used pine cones as place card holders.
pinecone wedding place card holders
The Kortright Centre’s glass house is an amazing place for a reception. Your cover but still in nature 🙂

Inside the glass house Kortright Center for Conservation

I really liked the simple but nicely decorated table for the bride and groom to sit at with rustic and nature inspired details.Kortright Center wedding reception

The pink, white and gold flowers were quite pretty.
Pink, White and Gold wedding flower Centerpieces
They went very well with the home made cookie favours. The cookies were delicious too :).
Pink, White and Gold wedding flower Centerpieces
Here’s there simple (but sweet) candy table that was devoured by guests. I love the “All you need is love” candy table sign.
Simple Candy table with All You Need is Love Sign
Weddings at the Kortright Centre for Conservation are some of my favourites. It’s such a different venue than anything that you’ll find in the city. You get be outside in a covered area, but not under a tent.
Ready for outdoor dancing at Kortright Centre for Conservation
Dancing is outside under the lights if the weather is good.  They also have a camp fire, which is great for s’mores and hanging out. If you’re looking for a laid back, beautiful and nature filled venue in or around Toronto, I think that the Kortright Center for Conservation is an amazing choice!

Night time wedding at Kortright Center for Conservation

Or and Ryan’s Wedding Reception at Archeo

I don’t normally feature my customer’s weddings, but Or and Ryan’s was so much fun that I couldn’t help but show it off. Jovan Matic supplied the fantastic photos for this post. I’d highly recommend Jovan, as he is a great guy and the photos below speak for his abilities.

Or and Ryan had a beautiful ceremony at Arta Gallery.
Or and Ryan Wedding Ceremony at Arta Gallery, Distillery District Toronto

The reception was just down the street at the wonderfully decorated Archeo restaurant.

Or and Ryan's wedding reception at Archeo restaurant

I loved their idea of a specialty blend of coffee, specifically made for them and their guests as favours.

Special blend coffee wedding favours

All their guests wanted to do was dance. We started off the night with an amazing hora where there wasn’t an inch of room left on the dance floor.

Or and Ryan Hora, Archeo

We then moved into dinner but continued to dance between courses.

After dinner was over, the dance floor was full until the happy couple decided that their feet had had enough and we ended with one of their favourite bands, Iron and Wine.

Just a note, that Ryan is also an awesome wedding photographer. Check out his site here: