One of my closest friends, Bridget, was married to her best
friend Jay this past June. During an extremely hot ‘first day of summer’ in
rural Manitoba, they pledged their commitment to each other in front of
their closest friends and family. It was a perfect summer wedding—outdoor
ceremony with lawn games and iced tea before the tented BBQ style reception.
The property where the wedding took place simply blew my mind—the house was the
epitome of Pinterest gorgeousness and the yard had enough various landscaping
areas to create nothing but flawless pictures. 
The lovely couple was married on top of a bridge with a
heart shaped pond under them, iced tea was served in mason jars with chalkboard
labels so you could keep your glass all night, and custom printed wine bottles and
uniquely potted succulents created a simple focus at each table. This picture-perfect outdoors summer wedding was exactly what the bride and groom wanted and they couldn’t feel more joyful in how everything worked out.

As favours for the wedding, and as for snacks for guests
between the ceremony and reception, Bridget requested a Cookie Bar! As a lady
who loves to bake I couldn’t help but say yes and immediately start to
brainstorm cookie flavours and set up options. One of the reasons it was cookie
bar, and not something more generic like a candy bar, has a lot to do with
Bridget and Jays relationship. Since the beginning of their relationship,
Bridget has always baked Jay chocolate chip cookies for his lunch kit. Every
week she would make a big batch and by the end of the week they were always all
gone! To this very day, Bridget still bakes Jay chocolate chip cookies every
week. It’s such a cute story so it’s no surprise cookies were going to be a
For the guests to enjoy and take home were over 6oo cookies
with the appropriately named Jays Chocolate Chip being the main attraction (and
largest cookie jar!). The classic chocolate chip cookie was joined on the table
with Ginger Crinkles, heart-shaped Sugar cookies filled with sprinkles, Peanut
Butter cookies, Oreo Chocolate Chip cookies and Lemon Coconut Crinkles. It was
so fun to bake such an exciting variety specifically picked to please the taste of every sweet tooth in attendance. The cookie bags themselves were incredible
adorable—hand stamped with the name of the happy couple, their wedding date
and the extremely fitting sentiment of ‘Love is Sweet’. The great thing about
the stamp, it can be used for Thank-You cards!
The Cookie Bar featured hand-painted signs letting guests
know it’s a cookie bar and, of course, “All you need is Love… and a few
cookies!” Decorated with heart sprinkles, dashes of coconut, lemon slices in
one jar and chocolate chips in another, and vintage crates for visual interest.
All the cookie jars were decorated with lace-tape around them (so much harder
to put on than you would expect—just ask a fellow bridesmaid and I) and
hand-written chalkboard labels. Of course, a frame with the story of Jays
Chocolate Chip Cookie was there for guests to read to explain the cookie bar
and share a little insight into one of the couple’s special moments.

Seeing folks enjoying the cookies was like icing
on the cake to an already flawless wedding day for one of my best friends. It
was an honour to be in her bridal party, give the ‘toast to the bride’, and
contribute to her special day using one of my passions. I pray for their
growing love to be as perfect as freshly baked chocolate chip cookies- soft and
sweet on the inside when they share their intimate moments together and crisp
on the outside, to shelter their love from the harshness of the world and to keep each other safe and strong.

*All images courtesy of the always gorgeous Steph Schulz Photography