So after postponing our engagement shoot once for rain, we were finally able to schedule a day to bring our photographer over from Vancouver to do our engagement photo shoot at our favourite park. And what a beautiful day for a photo shoot it was! We had nothing but bright sun and great weather; not a rain cloud in sight. Christie is so amazing as well. Matt and I both felt very comfortable and never really had to think about what we were doing. We are in very good hands for our wedding photos! Check out her website at: http://www.christiegrahamphotography.com.
So it finally happened. After what seems like hundreds of dresses (all of them gorgeous by the way!), it seemed like I would never find a dress that fit my vision of walking up a grassy aisle and to find something that I could be comfortable in and look good in to wear all night. After thinking I found a dress in Victoria, my Mom talked me into going up to Lantzville/Nanaimo to try a few stores there (especially the consignment one since she heard such great things about them). So me and 2 of my bridesmaids headed up to Nanaimo in the rain on November 30th (the only day we could get together before it was final exam week and then holidays) and went to two stores. We tried White Bridal Boutique in Lantzville first (after having an adventure and getting a bit lost by our GPS), and the customer service there was amazing. This cute little purple shop (purple is my favourite colour by the way!), and we got to look through all of her dresses that she had. I found a dress where I loved the bottom but couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t loving the top part of the dress. After a while, it hit me….the top reminded me a little of my Grad dress! I ended up walking away without a dress, but we still left happy as the owner was amazing and I would definitely recommend Victoria brides to check it out. You never know! Our second shop was Ladybelle Bridal, and what a different experience. I felt like I was on the show “Say Yes to the Dress”. They asked me for the feel I was looking for and asked me to look through some binders of dresses and point out the ones that caught my eye. My consultant then had us sit and wait while she pulled a few dresses. After trying on the first one, my consultant asked me to name the likes and dislikes of the dress so she would know what other dresses she could pull for me to try.After trying on a few beautiful dresses, it wasn’t until I came out in this one dress that my bridesmaids actually gave me a “Wow” and I knew I should really look at it. It was everything I’ve been looking for, but I kept eyeing this slick lace dress in my dressing room. I tried on this other dress and loved it but it didn’t give me the bride feeling that the other “Wow” dress was giving me. Put some colour to this slick dress and it would just be a beautiful cocktail dress. But the “Wow” dress, made me feel like a bride. It turns out the two dresses I loved were from the same designer Pronovias and Ladybelle was having a Trunk Show of their dresses, which I had no idea. Once I said “Yes” to the “Wow” dress, I found out I was the only Island bride to try on the dress and that the dress was being sent back to the designer in the States the next morning! This just made my dress unique to the Island. A total bonus. I also found out that prices for Nanaimo bridal gowns and alterations are a bit better than Victoria, which was another bonus. In the end, I was shaking when I said “Yes” to the dress, but it could have been from a mixture of 1. finding THE dress 2. having not eaten anything all day 3. paying for the dress! I felt the same way when I purchased my new Mazda car 3 years ago. So right now, I get to wait for confirmation of purchase through the designer and then I will know when my dress will be ready for pickup! Now all I can do is work hard on the exercise program that I signed up with Provision Athletics to look absolutely stunning in my beautiful dress. Can’t wait for Matt and all of you to see THE dress:) Only 8 months to go!
It’s official! The Save the Date cards were sent out in the mail Friday, October 25th. Wahoo! We even had our first RSVP (thanks Beth, but you are in the wedding party so you better be coming, ha)
Planning is coming along nicely as well. We have booked our wedding commissioner, Anne, and we have also booked our flowers from Cartref Gardens as well, who try to grow their own flowers first before buying them from a wholesaler. Super excited to start looking at what we can do with flowers for the wedding!
My Maid of Honor is on a mission called “Get Karly Her Wedding Dress Sooner Than Later”. She even booked me some dress appointments for Saturday. Fingers crossed I find a dress! Then i can start looking for accessories (yes, shoe shopping!)
Hopefully everyone should be getting their Save the Date cards by now and I even hope to see more RSVP’s soon in my inbox ! Keep checking in on the blog for new information about travel or other things.
PS-Check out “DJ Ipod” and send us at least 3 song ideas to add for the wedding. Think of songs that you would love to hear and will get you on the dance floor.
After the engagement, we still had to get back to Canada and celebrate with friends and family. Being engaged didn’t feel real until we were home. Right away the questions started: How did he propose? Did you know? When’s the date? Will the wedding be here or destination? What type of wedding? What about the colours?. At first we had decided on doing a destination wedding, but after talking to family members, Victoria IS a destination wedding. So we decided to keep the wedding here, which makes it easier for our friends, who we love, to be a part of the wedding. We started looking into venues, and we knew that we wanted our wedding to be outside. Matt had worked at Hotels in the kitchen and has worked a few weddings in his career, and didn’t want the same wedding as the one he’s seen a million times over. We started looking at different venues and found Merridale Cidery. We went to Merridale and fell in the love with the space. It was beautiful, the people were great and the space had everything we were looking for except for one thing, Timing! To be married at Merridale, it’s a ceremony at 4 pm, which is fine, but the party ends at 10 pm. This is great for some events, but both of our families were coming a long way to celebrate and we meant to C E L E B R A T E all night long. Man, this was becoming a lot harder then we thought!! Now we were starting to realize why everyone has their weddings at hotels….because you can party until late! But we were on a mission, we wanted to have our wedding outside, but this didn’t mean our reception had to be. We started looking into community halls and restaurants for the reception and looking at winery’s and cidery’s to have the ceremony at. But both of our hearts knew, that we had fallen for Merridale and the feel that they had. We were so frustrated at this point. Why can’t we find a venue that has the same feel for Merridale, that allows a later party time and is around Victoria (not all the way up island). At this point, I should mention that not only do I work full time, but i had also enrolled back into College. And to top this all off, December 9, 2012, Matt and I brought a puppy into our family!!
We love her so much! On her first night home, Matt and I were awake most of the night, where as Brenna slept through most of the night (minus the potty breaks)! Now with us both working full time, me going back to school and us both raising a puppy, it was too much to also try and plan our wedding the way we wanted to. It was time to bring in the professionals! We started looking into wedding planners and we found Barb at French Kiss Events! We knew as soon as we meet her that she would be able to bring our vision of an outdoor vintage wedding come to life and that it would be fun as well:) Now our lives can continue being hectic all it wants (bring it on Life), because now we have someone professional to help us! Thank goodness, phew.
Matt proposes on a hot day at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland