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Our Wedding
March 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm 8


Bride and Groom
On March 5th I officially became a Mrs, and it was quite a celebration to mark this event! In my mind I pictured this being a relaxing and pampered day…but it’s a lot of work to get pampered! In the morning I had my nails done, followed by hair and makeup in the afternoon. I wanted to have pictures taken with my husband when we had our wedding outfits on, and while we had full sunlight, but I didn’t want to interrupt our event between the ceremony and the reception…so we did things a little differently. We had our pictures taken before our actual wedding! It’s a tad unconventional for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the ceremony, but we’re not really conventional people.

coming to pick up the bride

coming to pick up the bride



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When the photographer arrived we spent an hour and a half having our pictures taken. We posed and chatted and kissed for the camera. So much kissing! I’m not much of a camera kisser, it seems kind of cheesy to me, but every second picture our photographer wanted a smooching pose, until I said “enough!”

so much kissing!

so much kissing!

After our pictures I went back to our room where my aunt and uncle were waiting for me. Originally I was going to walk down the aisle by myself, just because I’m that independent kind of girl, but it didn’t seem right. My aunt and uncle are like my second parents, and they, more than anyone, have mentored me, and guided me to become the person I am today. If anybody deserves the honour of walking me down the aisle it’s them. So with my aunt and uncle we went to the gazebo where our ceremony was going to take place. We practiced our walk in the room, but when we walked down the aisle we were all in a different step! But even funnier than that…I forgot to show my train! My dress stayed in the bustle while I was walking down the aisle and throughout the ceremony. Even in the pictures before the ceremony. Ooops!

Aunt and Uncle walking me down the aisle
When I got to the gazebo and was ready to exchange vows I felt really excited and a tad nervous. I just remember having a huge smile on my face. It was a nice environment and I totally forgot that there were a bunch of people watching us in what I think is a very intimate experience. The only funny, and cheesy thing, was that when we exchanged our vows the justice of the peace gave us a microphone to repeat after him. Is that normal in weddings? It seemed very strange to me, but if we didn’t have them no-one would have heard us.

not so intimate - using a microphone to say "I do"
After the ceremony we had a champagne toast with the guests, followed by an outdoor cocktail hour. The whole week the evenings had been really chilly, but luckily on this night we had a nice warm breeze that was perfect for our cocktail hour. We had chairs outside, great music, some snacks and an open bar – everything you need for a cocktail hour!

finally a chance to relax!

finally a chance to relax!

After an hour or so of cocktail hour we went into the reception room and got ready for dinner. Since some of our guests had birthdays on our actual wedding day we decided to incorporate that into our wedding party. First, we had a three year old Isabella’s birthday song and cake. It was very cute! We also had a birthday at midnight for my new sister in law. When dinner came we arranged for the kids meals, chicken fingers and French fries, to come out first, followed by the four course adult meals. Our first course was tomato and mozzarella salad with a pesto drizzle, followed by a Mexican lemon and chicken soup, and our main course of beef tenderloin. The food was excellent! We had crème brulle for dessert, but I was too busy having fun to eat any. When the dinner was over we started dancing and getting wild. For Argentininan’s weddings are not formal affairs where everyone is on their best behaviour – instead it’s a time to get silly, have fun, and act wild!

the groom being thrown by friends

the groom being thrown by friends



taking the groom to the bar

taking the groom to the bar

When the cake came out we were too tipsy and wild to enjoy cutting it, so we let it sit on the table, and decided to cut it the next day with just our family around. It was the perfect way to do it, because really we wouldn’t have enjoyed it doing it on our wedding night. We had done our obligations all week long, and the last thing I was interested in was doing one more thing that was formal and planned and involved us passing out cake and making sure we included everyone. So instead on our wedding night we kept on dancing, drinking, and letting loose all night long. It was a very fun event, and definitely memorable.
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Travel
A Different Kind Of Touring
March 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm 0
While we are in Mexico for our destination wedding we are lucky enough to have many Spanish speaking friends with us, and very lucky that they are willing to put together some tours for us. These are not your get on the big tourbus with the guy making bad jokes selling you expensive and crappy beer kind of tours. These are the kind of tours where you hire all your own things, like bus, driver, food, drinks etc...and get them to take you where you want to go and completely on your schedule. I'm thrilled we were still able to tour, and see all the great things the Mayan Riviera has to offer, but we don't have to get herded here and there, have people trying to sell us time shares, and spend a set amount of time at every place with zero flexibility. Hello freedom, this is a great and different kind of touring.
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Life
Wedding Party Room Upgrades Are Always Worth It
March 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm 0
When we arrived in Mexico it was late, we were hungry, and none of the restaurants were open, nor where there any front desk managers avaialbe. So we all checked in and got ourselves sorted and just kind of "made do". But when I woke up the next day I was not a happy camper. Because we are having a wedding in the resort we've helped to bring in more than 20 room reservations for our guests, and we have a hefty tab to cover for our reception...so why were we in this dark little room. I woke up at 730 the next day enraged at the situtation...and quickly tried to figure out all our upgrade options and where we could move to and how much extra it would be. When I talked to the reception desk folks they were totally indifferent to my requests to get upgraded without paying since I'd help to bring in so much business. So, our option was to upgrade our room, pay the difference and cut back the amount extra we had to pay on our room from our reception tab. It doesn't make sense to give a resort more money when they don't consider how much business we're bringing in. Happy with our solution to keep on budget, but just move up to a bigger and more expensive master suite, we packed once again and moved on. And when we got to our new suite it was wonderful! For me it was really important to have a nice big place where people would want to come visit us, and also a place where family can gather and relax where young parents don't have to be so on guard with their children wondering off, and in case you just want to have a relaxing time with friends and family and gather and relax together, without the million other distractions an all inclusive offers. It really is true, room upgrades are always worth it!
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Life
Wedding Planning in Mexico
March 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm 1
When everyone arrives in Mexico they normally get off the bus, check in, and have several cocktails... But when you are planning a wedding that happens in a few days that's not quite how it works. You get off the bus, check in, and look at every single thing from cocktail glasses, to roofs, to bathrooms to figure out where your wedding should be, where the cleanest bathrooms are, and which drinking glasses you want to serve cocktails in. Not exactly relaxing!
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Life
A Destination Wedding It Is!
November 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm 0


It's official, my fiancé and I have decided on a destination wedding. I wanted to have it in the winter as there are no great holidays from Christmas until Easter. That way, if we have our wedding in that lull period we'll have something exciting to celebrate every year. Since that's a very chilly time of year it seems only fitting it's a destination wedding...why not have a getaway during our most freezing months of the year? Plus, I'm from Vancouver Island, and my fiancé is from Argentina, and we have family coming from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Washington DC, Chicago, England and South America. How could we find a central place for all these people to meet? Any which way you throw the dice it was going to be very complicated. So.....we put it in the middle. It's official, we'll be getting married in March in the Mexican Riviera. I can't wait!
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Life
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
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