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Vendor reviews by mikeandmel
for all the Vancouver brides
Orca String Trio - Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. very talented musicians. Great price. Hiring them was a must.
Dan Payne Photography - Got some fantastic posed shots! EVERY shot of the ceremony he took turned out!!! I didn't even notice him there! Photoshopped some shots for us and they look amazing. He's naturally funny too and had the guest laughing.
Love Sugar Cakes - DELICIOUS cake!!!!!! Rosanna is extrememly talented. One layer was moist (i usually find chocolate cake dry) chocolate cake with coconut filling AND the alternate was white chocolate with coconut filling. She took great care getting the cake to the venue in one piece and did a great job with the cake table set up.
Trinklets Creations - Despite going in to labour on my wedding day (ha!), Andrea got family members to get my chair covers to the venue and set up. THEY MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE in the look of the room. I set up the centerpieces in the morning when the covers weren't there. So i saw the room set up without the covers. when i entered after being married, i gasped. they brought the beauty of the room up to the level of a magazine shoot. just stunning! worth EVERY PENNY!
Just Beginning Flowers - Wholesale prices. It's a non-profit company working to teach women in recovery or just out of prison floristry skills. But there were quite a few drawbacks to using this company.
1)The flowers were not what i asked for. I asked for my bouquet to be monochromatic and in medium pinks. there was baby pink in it. the calla lilies were all in a straight line and not evenly distributed through out the bouquet. odd. but you couldn't tell in pics.
2) The centerpieces and my BM's fans had carnations in them!!! i specially said NO carnations. unless they are bunched together in a pomander, i find them tacky! i almost cried when i saw them. they got rave reviews by the older crowd. but it was NOT what i wanted.
3) they are only open Mon-Fri. my wedding was on a Sunday. I had to drive to Surrey and pick up the flowers on Friday. I worried for 2 days that they would end up wilted. They lasted for the most part....my bouquet had seen better days.
But with all this said. It is a REALLY good charity. I would use them again BECAUSE despite my flowers being not what i envisioned, i felt amazing knowing that our day was helping out someone less fortunate. and in the end that is more important.
Reverend Jordan Bateman - An amazing person to have marry us. He was naturally funny ( i hate when JOPs or Reverends try be a stand up comic at a wedding!!!), added the perfect amount of religion, spoke clearly and loud enough, didn't push any ideas on us, photographed well (haha).
University Golf Course - SUPERB. Joni was a pleasure to deal with. very professional, organized and quick to respond to my questions. the Garden and Gazebo was THE PERFECT location for the ceremony. only negative aspect was the Westpoint room was VERY HOT. so hot that i couldn't eat the meal sitting in front of me. Feedback from the guests tells me it tasted great though.
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A couple pro shots of mikeandmel
ahhhhh so romantic. these are just a few shots. the rest are on my hubby's computer. but i quite like these!!!
how is your planning going???? tell me new event in your planning you're happy with! i've been popping in and commenting on a few posts when I have a spare minute. I made sure that I would be very busy after the wedding. I didn't want to get sad from missing the planning! Thing is...I still miss you ladies!!!
the bridge and my paper flower pomanders!!!
Issac, the ringbearer. he ended up running around the chairs instead of down the aisle and then high-fiving our groomsmen. LOL
Milan, the flower girl.
me and my Dad about to walk down the long path.
just over the bridge.
Mike looking at my Dad while he was 'giving' me away.
crying tears of joy while signing the registry
my GORGEOUS MOH.
Milan doing her job! lol
being announce as Mr. & Mrs. I was a tad excited.
casual shot of the gang.
these went over very well!
a guest took this pic. glad they were appreciated. made ALL the difference with the look of the room.
you can see the Esty flower I sewed on a ivory ribbon as my belt.
non-pro shots but they're great!
Thank you to Tanya for these! She was super fast getting them on facebook!
The day went wonderfully smooth. I'm so tired and happy...i keep crying tears of happiness...still! lol.
I'll write more later....right now i need more sleep!
mikeandmel is signing off!
Wish me luck!!!
We're getting married on Sunday!!! I just picked up my MOH at the airport this morning, my BM Maria and Alana arrived yesterday, my other BM Mikka arrives tonight. I've got a dinner to go to with Mike's Dad and Step mom tonight. Tomorrow, we pick up the flowers, go to the rehearsal and dinner. Saturday, we pick up the rental cars, me and my gals get manicures, go for dinner and sleep over at the hotel. And then BAM! it's Sunday and I'm getting married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wish me luck!!!
You gals have been amazing to help me plan this wedding. I'd be lost without you! Your creativity, support, sharing and advice really was a great pleasure to experience!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
The Completed Seating Chart/Escort Cards
What a hassle the guest list turned out to be with Yes responses to turning to No and then to Maybe then back to No then Yes then....ugh...you get the point.
Sad outcome is a several close friends won't be here for the wedding. My flower girl is arriving 2 hours before the ceremony starts after a 4 hour drive. Can't imagine that is going to turn out well. It'll suck if my MOH (her mom) has to leave the reception early because of an exhausted 3 year old. But that's life. Still have people wanting to RSVP in a couple days but I just couldn't wait anymore. I didn't include them.
Mike reminds me that the important people are my family and him. It's true. That's why we're having a traditional wedding. For our parents. If it were just me and him, we'd be in Paris on the Seine River getting married. But STILL, I've enjoyed every moment (up until the last week's guest list woes). Thanks for being here gals. You made the journey so much more ENJOYABLE! :)
SIX DAYS left!!!!
holy matrimony, Batman!
Our finished favours!!! mmmmmm...M&Ms
more DIYs....well....i tied ribbon on to them!
Silk Parasols for my 95 year old Grandma, my Mom and my FMIL
got these in Chinatown for $3.99 and $0.99 respectively.
my heart is pounding from excitement. AHHHHHHH!!!!
I'm so exhausted! Only 10 days left!!!
Here's my latest DIY!
They are made of styrofoam! Super inexpensive ($1.50 each). Got them at Michaels. I painted them gold and glued on rhinestones. I plan on putting them on the cake table with the paper roses i made.
I FINSIHED the paper rose pomanders!!! All eight of them. it took 14 hours in total to make 8 of them and 35 roses for the cake table. Phew! I've got battlescars to remember those fun times! ( i burnt 3 of my fingers...and they blistered! be careful with boiling hot glue from a glue gun!!!)
Hip hip hooray!
my MOH and her daughter...our flower girl is coming to our wedding! I posted before how she was worried that if she didn't go back to Montreal she would lose her job. (she's been in Kelowna for the last couple of weeks because her Mother passed away). Well, she asked her boss if she could start work on Aug 2 and he said "no problem"!
It really means a lot that she is here for the wedding.
Other news with regards to RSVPs....
5 more 'yes' turned to 'no' (most were boyfriends/husbands of my friends from out of town) we've replaced them with some of MIke's friends.
so, no worries! :)
We got it!
Our marriage certificate!!!
the insurance clerk was kind enough to take our picture. Mike was a tad embarrassed....but i've got to document everything!!!! LOL
OH! and check out the wedding gift that MIke gave me! The gold locket and chain!!! SO STUNNING and sentimental. i LOVE it. :) Since he couldn't wait to give me the gift on our wedding day....i gave him his photo book of me as a Pin up girl. let's just say....he liked it...A LOT.
Framed family photos
for the Guest Book Table!
I love family history....all history actually. So, I wanted to commemorate the weddings that Mike's and my parents and Grandparents had. I've got photos of...
Mike's Dad and Stepmom's wedding
Mike's Mom's parent's 50th Anniversary (cutting the cake)
My Mom's parents holidaying in Wales
My parents kissing on their wedding day (they look so YOUNG!!!)
Mike's Dad's parents on their wedding day (cutting the cake)
Mike's Mom and Stepdad's recent marriage (signing the registrar)
I got the frames from Winner's for $7.99 - $12.99