Great Bridesmaid Dresses at Great Prices
August 6, 2010 at 7:53 am 1

Recently we discovered this great resource for finding just the right bridesmaid dresses for a great price. This has been such a huge relief! When we were shopping for all the bridal stuff for our wedding it was really kind of nightmarish! Rushing into different stores, going back a few times, waiting for the change rooms to empty out…so many headaches…it was actually really stressful. Not to mention that we ended up buying 3 different dresses because we just wanted to get out of the stores as soon as we could – only to find out we didn’t really like what we actually bought! So, if you don’t like stress, or having to go back several times to stores to find just the right dress try out David's online store. They have a great selection and great prices. We’re even thinking of buying dresses from the site for other parties, not just weddings!
Fun Wedding Pictures We Can’t Resist Sharing
July 18, 2010 at 12:51 am 7

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Earlier in the blog I wrote about our destination wedding (including some destination wedding do's and dont's for what we'd change if we could do it all again!). I was a tad worried about what our destination wedding pictures would look like since all the samples the photographer gave us were sooooo cheesy! Parrots, pirates, and poses, sums it up well. Nothing looked natural, or relaxed, or stylish. It all looked very posed, and silly, and not like us at all. So, to make sure we had a least a few great shots we decided to do a photo shoot post-wedding in Toronto, with Stephen Sager, a recommended wedding photographer. The photos turned out so great I can't resist sharing - check out the full post on Stephen's blog here The other great part? It turns out our wedding photos from our destination wedding were quite nice, so now we have two full sets of fabulous photos!
Wedding Plans With An Open Budget
November 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm 1

Since we've decided to have a destination wedding there are heaps and piles of details that need to be figured out. Are we going to have an event each night for our guests? Are we planning daily activities like boat trips, and snorkelling and cultural excursions? Is there a theme? How will the wedding day work? Yup, there are many, many questions coming our way. And just about everytime we get one of those questions the answer is "We don't know". And we really don't know. But one of the cool things about not knowing what you're going to do on our wedding day is that all your options are open. You can look at crazy fancy decorations. Or tiny little seating cards. Or simple and sleek flower arrangements. You can look at pretty much anything. So until we have a budget figured out, the world truly is our oyster. Photo Credit: Wedding Chicks
Are Destination Weddings Easier?
October 15, 2009 at 12:51 pm 2

Since the big engagement announcement the pressure has been on to plan and plan and then plan some more. To make sure it all happens I made wedding planning a part of my monthly goals. By the end of this month I want to figure out when I am getting married and where it is going to happen. So a few times a day I go online, google "destination wedding" and search around. But so far I've come up totally dry. I flip flop between Mexico, St. Lucia and then I google some other destinations and add them into the mix. I look at hotels and so many of the pictures are from the 80's, and it makes me think the hotel is outdated. I look at menus (if they are offered, most of the time you have to request them) and I'm not convinced that the food would work. I look at drink menus and I can't see the variety of drinks that we would need. All I want is a fun party! I thought destination weddings are supposed to be easier. Photo Credit: Destination I Do
3 Questions Every Bride-to-Be Faces
October 14, 2009 at 11:55 am 1
Like many recently engaged women I was a bit nervous to announce that I was engaged. After I told one of my good friends we were engaged I told her I was worried because I didn’t know what was going to happen when I told other people. She told me that there are three questions everyone will ask. As soon as I told my work mates I was getting married I got cornered outside of the elevators. The seven girls around me all asked: Can I see your ring? How did he propose? Have you set a date? It turns out my friend was right!
Sharing Engagement News
September 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm 0

Now that I have my ring I'm starting to let people know about this exciting event. For some reason the sequence that I told people was very important to me. I wanted to tell my aunt and uncle first, and then good friends, and then I would be comfortable to wear it to work and have everyone inquiring. So on Friday night we went out for dinner with my aunt and uncle. We got there a bit before to make some arrangements and surprise them with our news. I was a bit nervous, because my aunt and uncle have only met my fiance one time. I wasn't sure what they were going to say. But it all worked out wonderfully. When everyone was sitting at our table I cued the waiter to bring over the champagne. My aunt was watching everything and was wondering what was going on...but somehow resisted asking what we were doing - I don't know how she contained herself because she usually wants to know everything! So while the waiter was pouring our champagne I slipped my hands under the table and took my ring from my purse, and slipped it on my hand. When it was time to says cheers I said "Let's celebrate!". My aunt asked "What are we celebrating?" to which I responded "Well, what looks different about me?". My aunt couldn't figure it out...and she was so anxious to know what I was talking about. She just wanted me to hurry up and tell her whatever it was I was going to tell her! I think she even said to me "Oh, get on with it...what is IT?" Then she looked down at my hand and saw a sparkly ring on my ring finger. And then she screamed. It was so exciting to share the news with my family and see how happy they were for us. My aunt kept on saying "This is exciting, I'm so excited!" We called my cousin's and told them, and I couldn't really hear what was going on because my cousin's wife was screaming so loud. And then her kids were so excited their mother was screaming that they started screaming too! It was such a lovely way to start spreading the word. It couldn't have gone better. But of course, this is only the beginning!
Image Credits: Blue Mountain Cards
Big and Wonderful News – I’m Engaged!
September 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm 18

Something very wonderful, exciting and beautiful is brewing in my life - I'm engaged! I'm sure there are lots of questions like "how did it happen?", "how did he propose?" "did you get a ring?", so I thought I'd just head those all off. Here's the engagement story: For me I knew he was "the one" very early on but I needed to pass some milestones together before making it official. I needed him to meet my aunt and uncle (who are like second parents to me), I needed to meet his parents, and I needed some time to pass together so I knew it wasn't just a new thing, but everyday love. Over the past few months we've passed all these important milestones and as the time keeps moving on we feel closer and closer together, we become more and more connected and I can't imagine spending my days without him. He's my everyday bread and butter.

We've done some very fancy things together like going to top notch restaurants and 5 star resorts, we've done some very basic things together like renovate my apartment and sort through his tax receipts(fun, I know), and we've taken long trips together and endured everyday hardships with work stress and other little life tensions. And through it all we were growing together, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

I wasn't surprised when he proposed. He'd given me some hints that he was ready to get married. He had even asked me casually a few times if I wanted to get married...he would just slip it into conversations with things like "when do you think you'd like to get married?" and "where do you want to get married?". One time we were skipping rocks on the lake and he asked me point blank "will you marry me?" but I didn't take it that seriously. We had only been dating six months and I wasn't at that point yet so I answered "in the future, yes". In total he asked me three times before I accepted his proposal! It's a good thing he's persistent! The last time he asked me I knew there was something different. We had been together for ten months, and I'd met his family and he'd met some of mine. A good amount of time passed so I knew it wasn't just a fun new thing. We'd even traveled together and spent every minute together for ten days straight and not made each other crazy. Quite the opposite actually, we had a lovely time together and became the very best of friends. So after all these events I realized this was my man. He is sweet, kind, caring, responsible, hardworking, funny and is all around lovely. After asking me two times to get married I couldn't resist his third proposal. We were at Langdon Hall having a very romantic last minute getaway. We had spent a wonderful day and evening together and just relaxed and did romantic things, like sitting in front of the pond watching the fish swim by while holding hands, or napping on the grass together underneath a tree with a light breeze blowing on us. It was just perfect. We woke up the next day and were chatting in bed. After a few minutes of chatting away he looked over at me and asked "Will you marry me?", and without a blink I said "Yes!" It was a wonderful moment. Even though it was 9am we opened some celebration wine.

Since it wasn't a planned event he didn't have a ring or anything. But he'd done his research. He'd read online that it's very important to get a ring that you know your lady wants, instead of what you THINK she wants. So he'd been collecting information along the way to figure out what I'd like. But he wasn't totally confident. So, instead of proposing with a ring, he decided that he'd let me pick out my own ring after we were engaged. And that's exactly what we did. We went to the jewelery store and had a custom ring made based on an earring that I liked. It took about 6 weeks to get the ring, and I didn't want to tell anyone I was engaged until I had my ring. I knew the first question that every girl was going to ask me would be "What does your ring look like?" I wanted to have a ring to show them. So last Tuesday my ring was finally ready. We went out to celebrate at a fancy restaurant we'd had our third date at. The anticipation was killing me. I was so excited to see it, but also didn't want to open it right away...I wanted to enjoy the excitement! So we had a glass of champagne and the lovely package from the jeweler made its way over to my side of the table. And then we had our appetizer and the package was right next to me. When we had our main course I'd opened the lovely letter my fiance had written to me. After our tea I finally opened the package. It's beautiful. My ring is exactly what I wanted. But an engagement ring isn't something that carries no weight. It's a huge deal! So instead of focusing on the ring I kept on telling my fiance how much I loved him and how excited I was about this step in our lives. He thought I wasn't that excited about the ring because I wasn't focusing on it, I was focusing on him and us.

Of course I'm super excited about the ring! It's gorgeous! But even now when I look at it I'm excited about the idea of sharing our lives together.