Tekoa + Brad – Engagement Preview

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Tekoa and Brad are a fabulous, fun-loving couple who are planning a hockey-themed wedding this summer.

I just had to share their hockey engagement session with you as it was too cute not to! ;)

Special thanks to Shirley from Girl Named Shirl photography.

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Project: Share the Love! – Erin’s Story

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A little while back on this blog, I created an on-going feature entitled “Project: Share the Love!” and I asked for people to submit their love stories to me.

The idea behind this is that everyone has their own personal love story – whether it be the story of seeing your newborn baby for the first time, or the special bond that you have with a friend or relative, or a romantic story of how you met your significant other.  The concept is simple: Love makes us feel good! And when you’re having a bad day, hearing a great love story lifts you up and reminds you that there are great things in the world!

So please sit back and read Erin’s personal Love Story:

“A lot of people are meeting on line now a days… my story is no different…   normally I have my facebook account locked up tight as I am a very private person.  Apparently one day, it was open for everyone to see!!  I didn’t notice, why would I?  That night as I went to bed, my cell phone chimed to let me know that there was some activity on my facebook account.  It was a friend request.  I didn’t recognize the name at all and thought oh well, I’ll just check out the profile tomorrow.

So the next day, I came into work and opened up my Facebook.  Normally I would never have accept a friend request from someone I don’t know, however something in me told me that I should accept this one, and so I did.  He happened to be online right then and so I messaged him:

- “hi, have we met?”
- “maybe?”
- “no, lol we haven’t met”
-  “ok, can we be friends?”
- “sure.”

We ended up talking for the next 3 days ALL day.  At the end of the third day, he told me that he would like to meet me in person.  In fact, we needed to meet.  We decided to meet that Saturday, Nov 13th.  He came to my condo and picked me up.  We went to Finnegan’s and played pool for a few hours and then went back to my place to watch a movie – he was a PERFECT gentleman.  We hugged goodbye and decided that we were going to meet up the next day (Sunday). Monday we hung out again and on the Tuesday, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

We have been inseparable since.  He is such a good man, and I have never been treated so well in my life.  Love is definitely in the air <3

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Thank you so much, Erin, for sharing your personal love story!

And if you would like to share your love story, please email your story and a photo to me at: christina@sweetblissweddings.ca . (Please let me know if you would like to remain anonymous or if you would like your name changed).

Project: Share the Love! – My Story

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My husband, Adam, and I met during the summer of 2000 after our first year of University. My first impression of Adam was that he was “that skinny, blonde guy” who I kept seeing at every party and get-together that my friends and I went to.

One of the summer “staple” events was “Margarita Mondays” at Earl’s. Adam called me up one night and invited me out for Margaritas. Thinking nothing of it, I said that I would go…since I thought that all of my friends were also going to be there.
When I arrived at the restaurant, Adam was the only one there. I even asked Adam, “Where is everyone?” To which Adam replied, “I couldn’t get a hold of anyone else”.

When I returned home, I called my friend to ask why she didn’t show up for Margarita Monday and was informed that Adam hadn’t called anyone else. In fact, he didn’t even have anyone else’s phone number!

And so Adam had tricked me into going on our first date!

Island Dress

The Proposal (10 years later!):

While on vacation together in Oahu, Hawaii, Adam and I attended a Luau. We dressed up in our finest Island attire (bought at a “Swap Meet” the day before – gotta love those!) and headed down to Paradise Cove to take in the food and entertainment.

At the end of the evening, as the crowds disappeared and the staff began to close down for the night, I wanted to take one last walk on the beach. Unfortunately the beach was roped off. So instead we sat on a nearby picnic table and listened to the waves crash onto the shore.

After sitting and talking together for a few minutes, Adam turned to me and said, “Nina…” and proceeded to drop on his knee in the sand. Adam continued, “…will you marry me?” Now at this exact moment (no word of a lie), a bunch of cute little kittens came out of nowhere and walked around us. (Apparently they wait for the tourists to leave before coming out to pick at the scraps).

I was too busy crying to be able to give a verbal answer, and so I just nodded my head “yes”.

Tower Bridge Wedding Photo EnglandAnd that’s my Love Story. What’s yours?? ;)

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Wills + Kate Tie the Royal Knot

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There was an awful lot of hype about The Royal Wedding, and I personally think that Wills & Kate (or the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) did not disappoint. From the dress to the flowers to the bridal party, everything appeared to have Kate’s simple and elegant touch.

Pippa Middleton Wedding DressThe dress was designed by Sarah Burton, for Alexander McQueen and was absolutely lovely. Being married in such a grand venue as Westminster Abbey requires a larger dress than I’m sure Kate actually wanted. But her dress was grand enough without swallowing her in fabric and layers.  The style itself was very similar to that of Grace Kelly’s dress, but that just goes to show how classic and timeless the look is.

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I absolutely LOVED Kate’s simple veil. It was not cathedral length, as some had speculated. It was simple and delicate, having only one layer which lightly covered her face and her beautiful Royal tiara.

Pippa Middleton Royal Wedding

For me personally, I would have to say that the “WOW” factor came upon seeing Pippa Middleton’s Maid of Honour dress. First of all, she could wear a burlap sack and still look amazing with a figure like that!! But this silhouette hugged her body perfectly without straying away from the restrictions of a royal dress (no excessive skin, sleeves, etc.) Dare I say that she almost outshone her sister?

Here is another view of the back of this amazing dress:

Pippa Middleton DressAnother highlight of this wedding for me was the sincere smiles on William and Kate’s faces. They were beaming (as much as royal decorum allows) the entire day and you could see them trying to hold back a little. It is always wonderful to see people who are truly in love with each other!

William and Catherine Duke and Duchess of CambridgeAlthough if I have to give this wedding one critique, it would have to be the long-awaited kiss.  Albeit, they did kiss twice, but only because the first kiss was, well, quick and almost dismissive (in my opinion). Considering they had been practicing the kiss in order for photographers to capture the perfect angle, they really didn’t hold it long enough! But, then there was a second kiss, and all was forgiven!

Wills and Kate Balcony KissAnd how cute (and normal!) is this? Prince William driving his new bride, complete with balloons tied to the rear bumper.

William and Kate Wedding Car

(photo courtesy of Reuters)

A “Wedding of the Century” indeed!

 

 

(all photos courtesy of Time unless otherwise indicated).

How I Became a Wedding Planner

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I thought it may be neat to share the story of how I became a Wedding Planner.

It all started with my own wedding, which I immediately started planning as soon as my husband popped the question!

I always had a LOVE for weddings! When I was little, I would take the tablecloth off of our coffee table and grab the fake flowers out of one of my mom’s vases and play “Bride” all day long! Then as I got older, I used to buy Bridal magazines and cut out ideas and pictures that I loved and stuck them all in a scrapbook. So I had a few volumes of “wedding ideas” already at my fingertips when it actually came around to planning my own special day! :)

For the most part, I knew what I wanted and who I wanted when it came to my wedding. I already knew that I wanted cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. I knew who my DJ and hair and make-up stylist was going to be. I knew what theme I wanted to incorporate and which vendors in my area could help me realize that vision.  I think I had about 70% of my whole wedding planned (in my head) about 24 hours after I said “yes”.

But, this is certainly not an example of a “typical” wedding planning process!! Now that I think about it, it was as if I had been planning for my future wedding (and career!) years ago without even realizing it! So when I walked through the doors of my first WPIC certification course, a feeling came over me – I was where I was meant to be. It was such a wonderful epiphany and I embraced it without question!

I know, I know…kinda cheesy, right? But it’s all true! I swear!

It’s only fitting that I should leave this blog post with a couple of photos from my own wedding. So here you go:

Tiffany Blue Wedding

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Photos by Sarah Mavro Photography