So i saw this post and love it I have a guest book already but I think I may put this out as well so...
The Dress (hanger from WBC contest - Sara @ Finallytyingtheknot - Thank u !)
My Girls <3
Harbour House Inn - Niagara on the Lake - where I stayed and we had our 'first look'
Navy Hall NOTL
Grandparents' and Parents' wedding photos
Seating chart :)
It was carrot cake- our fave mmmmm
Candles in the fireplace... LOVED IT
We had a apple cider/sugar waffle cocktail hour after the ceremony
Wedding planner extraordinaire Catriona from Weddinggirl.ca
I made goody bags for the kiddies
Mom and my little brother (Ring Bearer)
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A Year Goes By Quick ! - Wedding Day Pics
Well, the wedding is over. And it was fantastic.
I never kept up with my WBC posts but I did check back often to revisit the pages of the brides I was following.
SO, I thought I'd post a few pics of our finished product for anyone out there who might have been following me.
Everything turned out exactly how I'd envisioned. It was a great day and it went by WAY TOO FAST. It's definitely hard to come down off that high when you've been living everything wedding for 16 months!
Totally worth it though when you hear people say how personal it was, intimate, the best wedding they'd ever been to, etc.
PS. We've only gotten a few "teasers" from our photography so far. I CAN'T wait to see the rest !!
I'm totally in love with this wedding.
Hi-fi Weddings is my favourite wedding website.
I check it often...mostly for the music playlists couples post with their photos.
This wedding knocked my socks off. I love everything about it-- especially the venue (a treehouse!) and the dress (drrreamy)!
And BEST WEDDING PLAYLIST EVER!!!
I had to share it with WBC.
Change of Plans
We've done a complete 180!
At first, our guest list was #1 - 120 people non-negotiable!
Which meant renting a tent and lots of $$$.
Then we thought, okay maaaybe we can cut the list to 80 and have a sit down dinner inside. Done and done.
That decision still left me antsy and considering a destination wedding with family only etc. My mind was all over the place.
Now... our guest list is at 55 and we're planning a large buffet meal with family and closest friends only. I think we got caught up in the show opposed to what was truly "us". We're not fans of the traditional wedding and now we'll have a small intimate gathering that's fun and casual.
Plus, less people means more money to spend on the good stuff like food and the little details that make the day memorable.
We are very happy with our decision and I'm looking forward to planning an awesome party for our family :)
I love a good quote as much as the next sappy bride, but this one I felt like I needed to share. It made me laugh out loud and tear up at the same time.
Terry: This is what normal people do, Sam. They fall in love, they make each other laugh, they move in together, they raise kids, they fight over money, they get old and fat together, and its normal. And its happening to me!
It's still too soon for me to make any kind of decision re invites.
But, of course I've been looking and looking ... and looking :)
Here are a few of the invite sellers from Etsy who make me all warm & fuzzy on the inside...
...just in case anyone else is looking for alittle inspiration...
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Anyone else out there consider themselves an
After I got engaged, the first book I read was Offbeat Bride by Ariel Meadow Stallings. (How could I not buy a wedding book that had chapters entitled "Holy Fuck, It's Actually Happening" or "Who The Hell Are All These People"?! ) Like her, I consider myself a bride who wanted something different.
I fell in love with all these really cool weddings I started seeing on the internet thinking "that's what i want!!" Photobooths! BBQs! Carnivals! Smores Bars! Converse sneaks! Argyle sock pics! Wedding dresses that aren't white! It was all just too wonderful. Now I'm starting to realize those ideas are pretty played out. Especially on WBC- which I'm addicted to, I'm seeing the same themes and ideas over and over again.
So, anyone out there in WBC-land consider themselves to be doing something alittle different than the norm?
Any Offbeat brides out there??
For any of you who aren't sure.... (from Offbeatbride.com):
You know you're an offbeat bride when
you ask your engaged friend, "What are your centerpieces going to be, and how are you making them?" and she looks at you funny and says the florist is bringing them. Then you remember, oh yeah, centerpieces are traditionally beautiful flower arrangements brought in by florists, not the homemade concoctions made from a combination of dried gourds, vintage buttons, wind-up toys, and mini cast-iron bicycles that you were planning on.
your relatives think your engagement must be off just because they can't find a wedding website/registry for you on The Knot.
you ask a bride-to-be what color her dress is and she says, "Like, do you mean ivory vs. white?" and you remember not everyone considers red/purple/rainbow/polka-dotted dresses for their wedding day.
when you mention you're getting married, strangers, store clerks, and vendors give your bare ring finger a long look mixed with pity and suspicion.
your engaged friend plans a 5-hour-long mimosa/hair appointment the day of the wedding and you remember not all brides plan to spend their pre-wedding time carting in the alcohol, dishes, glasses, decorations, etc. to the DIY reception site.
your friend asks, "What are your colors?" and you stare at her blankly for 10 minutes because you have no idea what the heck she's talking about.
friends are not amused when they ask what your theme is and you say, "Um getting married?"
friends and family announce "Yourname Hislastname!" and then say how good it sounds before you can stop them and explain you're keeping your own name.
a coworker asks, "Have you found a church yet?" and you respond, "For what?"
your toilet tank conspicuously lacks a stack of thick bridal magazines, and instead features a funny little blue book by some chick who has "Meadow" in her name.
And finally, you know you're an offbeat bride when you accept and celebrate your best friend's uber-traditional wedding, because that is what she wants and that is just awesome for her. And then you go out searching for the perfect set of hot pink and purple polka-dotted frogs for your cake topper and all is well in the world.
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Am I the only one NOT planning to buy this bikini?!
This bathing suit is all over WBC the past few days !!
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Does anyone else ball their eyes out when they see this video!?
I lovelovelove this video... and I've cried every single time I've seen it bc it's just THAT awesome!
I saw The Office parody today for the first time and cried some more !
I would LOVE to do something like this.
Anyone out there planning suprise dances??
UPDATE: okay okay- I watched it again tonight. No tears. Maybe I was alittle emotional this afternoon !
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Anyone else using Wedding software to stay organized?
I downloaded iDo Wedding Couple Edition a few weeks ago and, I must say, I'm liking it very much.
Of course I have my handy planner I carry around everywhere, but I'm really liking iDo for the budget calculator and keeping track of the guest list--which will be very useful in the future for invites and RSVPs.
If anyone is looking for wedding-related software, definitely check this out. They have a 30 day free trial.
How are you staying organized?
1st Etsy Purchase
...I made my first Etsy purchase tonight !
The positive: it was super easy!
The negative: it was super easy... now I'm going to buy up all the awesome things I have bookmarked !