Rustic Canadian Caesar Bar Beverage Station

Our bride gets a post wedding day “do-over”!!

Our long-time client, Brooke Sampson Hodgins, had thought long and hard for a unique touch to add to her July wedding. She came up the fun and unique idea of a’ CAESAR BAR’ at cocktail hour. Yummy, colourful, original and OH, SO, CANADIAN.

She enlisted our help at Southern Charm Vintage Rentals to style up the perfect rustic presentation for her feature attraction.

We carefully pre-planned rustic décor to fit her venue at the amazing, historical Newcastle Town Hall. We selected jumbo vintage mason jars with the tomato/clam juice to be iced in a small galvanized tub, a trio of vintage pitchers to hold the garnish of spicy green beans, pepperoni sticks and of course…celery. Mini galvanized pails for lemons and limes sat on larger crates while a tarnished champagne bucket displayed the vodka. A wonderfualy tarnished rustic baker’s stand would display fun and colorful hot sauce bottles with sassy labels and sets of country-themed salt & pepper shakers adorned the top tier for added whimsy. (chickens, wagon wheels, and mini mason jar shakers ). A detailed pattern glass Victorian pedestal bowl worked beautifully as an upscale glass “rimmer” filled with celery salt. And a purple hankie and striped straws would bring in the wedding colours of purple and grey.


The tablescape was perfect and DIY ready for her big day.

Perfect, except for one thing….come wedding day, it never got set up!!!! A Pinterst failure of gigantic proportions. Brooke didn’t know why, but the entire tablescape lay in wait, never to see the light of day. We were both so disappointed as she dropped off her untouched rentals.

We had both been so looking forward to seeing this fun station all decked out. We were crushed!  Then, a few hours after she left from dropping off the rentals, I had an idea.


Let’s have a “DO –OVER”!!! I enlisted the help of local photographer David Guest ( to help with a mini styled shoot. It wouldn’t be exactly the same as if it were wedding day, but at least we’d see the vision come to life and Brooke could have a few photos for her memory book.
For a surprise touch, Doris Wai of Love Lettering ( graciously jumped on board to create a fun Caesar Bar logo for our barnwood chalkboard. (I surprised Brooke with this at the shoot).

We chose an abandoned 1800s home as an industrial-rustic back drop and Brooke finally got to see her Caesar Bar come to life….just a couple of weeks late. I loved it and wanted to share the inspiration. And I especially love the smile that this put back on Brooke’s face as she sipped her own Caesar in style.

Sometimes in life…and weddings…we can have a “do over”!

Many thanks to Brooke for this fun and unique idea!



Vintage Rentals and Styling:  Southern Charm Vintage Rentals

Photography: David Guest Photography

Chalkboard Art: Doris Wai


Brett and Brooke married July 12, 2014.

Caesar Bar


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_DSC9728_DSC9760_DSC9797_DSC9764-1 Brooke & Brett on their wedding dayBROOKE AND BRETT ON THEIR WEDDING DAY!