Real Weddings

A Romantic, Backyard Micro-Wedding


Nicole and Sean were engaged in 2018 in Kauai, Hawaii and planned their wedding for July 31, 2020 to allow Nicole to finish up her PhD. “We initially had a large wedding planned with approximately 210 guests,” Nicole says. “Fast forward to 2020 and our plans were clearly changing day-to-day. Ultimately, we decided that after ten years of being together, we just wanted to get married and start our lives together! So long as our parents, siblings and my grandma (who is 93!) could attend, we wanted to move forward safely. When we hit phase two in Ontario at the end of June, we got our marriage license, confirmed with the church that we could still move forward on our day and then it was planning full steam ahead.”

Nicole says those plans kept changing right up until their wedding date (they stuck to their plan of getting married at the end of July). “Every single day we nervously awaited the changes and updates to regulations on the news,” she says. “Finally, we hit phase three of reopening on our wedding day and we were able to have our ceremony at the church surrounded by 110 of our loved ones (masked of course!). Following our ceremony, we had the most perfect backyard setup for our intimate dinner of 15 and we couldn’t be more grateful for all of it.”

They couple opted for a bright and beautiful colour palette for their wedding. Nicole shares her vision for her original wedding was soft and delicate pinks, but for this intimate summer gathering in Sean’s parent’s backyard, going bolder felt right. “We just wanted beautiful, bright warm colours with the glow of candles for a fun summer evening. Our flowers were one of my favourite elements and we worked closely with Amna of Lemon Truffle Designs to bring our vision to life. When Sean and I saw the backyard reception reveal we were so in love—it felt so special and magical.”

The couple indulged their guests with a family-style dinner from Agora and filled the menu with their very favourite things. “It was like our favourite tasting menu brought to life!”

The couple shares thought their wedding day was different than they had planned for, it was the most incredible day spent with their very nearest and dearest. “Being able to share our speeches in such an intimate setting for 15 was beautiful,” Nicole says. “I asked my grandma before she left our reception dinner if she was tired after such a long day and she answered by saying ‘I wouldn’t have missed it.’ Having these memories and being able to capture these photos, including my first hug with my grandma since March, will always be truly special for us.”

Nicole Pinto & Sean Joseph, July 31 2020 in Brampton, Ontario

Photography courtesy of Anastasia Giaouris, Olive Photography

Bridal Gown:
Cake: The Rolling Pin
Catering: Agora
Groom’s Tux: Tolo Clothier
Favours: Craig’s Cookies
Hair & Makeup: Karima Sumar
Flowers & Décor: Amna Rather, Lemon Truffle Designs
Tableware: Table Tales
Chairs & Linens: Chair-Man Mills

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