Best wedding brunch ideas

I love brunch!  Lattes, mimosas and avocado toast…I’m definitely a fan.  According to this article in Medium, “brunch is a bonding ritual and a deep social pastime, which is reviving the art of conversation.”  In the COVID era of intimate weddings, maybe a brunch wedding is worth considering? Read on for some of the best wedding brunch ideas.

al fresco brunch wedding table captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Fruit & florals

It all started with berries!  One of my favorite things about summer is adding these sweet and colorful gems to my summer menu.  Together with Flowers by Janie, we came up with the idea of combining florals and fresh fruit in the wedding decor.  We scattered blueberries, pears and  plums in compotes and loose on the harvest table. 

Here’s the recipe of summer blooms from Flowers by Janie:

      • Free Spirit roses
      • Stock
      • Thryptomene
      • Dusty miller foliage
      • Salal foliage

Fun fact:  When we arrived to set up for the shoot, we found apple trees growing around the property.  Janie tucked sprigs of apples into the centrepieces.

place settings at an al fresco summer wedding captured by Tara Whittaker PhotographyPlums, pears and blueberries on a brunch table captured by Tara Whittaker PhotographyMimosas on a tabletop for a brunch wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Repurposed wedding favors

The best part about using pieces of fruit in the tablescape is that in addition to their striking appearance, they’re delicious.  Fruit could be repurposed for guests to take home in baskets after the celebration.

Because our menu included fresh baguettes, a tidy jar of honey was placed at each place setting for guests to enjoy.  Edible wedding favors are always a hit and if they can be eaten on the spot, even better.  

jars of honey at a place setting for a brunch wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photographytray of baguettes at a brunch wedding captured by Tara Whittaker PhotographyFruit & floral centrepieces for a brunch wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photographyharvest table dressed with flowers and fruit captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Tips for morning wedding photos

Although this really applies weddings at any time of day, be sure to visit the venue at the scheduled time of your wedding.  If you enjoy natural light photos, be sure to select a location with favorable lighting in the morning.  I’m always happy to make lighting recommendations for my clients and scout the location in advance of the wedding.  During the “golden hour” before sunset and after sunrise, the light is soft and ethereal.  Assuming that mother nature agrees with you, it makes for dreamy photos.

floral centerpiece sitting on a chair captured by Tara Whittaker Photographyfruit and florals for table decor at a summer wedding captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Does anyone else feel hungry after reading this?  Here’s a bridal shower with donut wedding favors, if you’d like to see.

Thanks to the talented vendor team:
Floral Design:  Flowers by Janie
Stylist:  Tara Whittaker
Rustic table & chairs:  Special Event Rentals 
Linens & serving pieces:  Crate & Barrel Canada
Goblets & flatware:  Gathered Table Supply
Video: CastaƱo Media

Best wedding brunch ideas captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker


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