OMG! Its my turn!!
First of all I have to thank Tammy and all the BDW Mods and Contributers! This site has made my wedding 4561768374367167683143 X easier, I wouldâ€™ve have been pulling my hair out without it. So thank you thank you thank you!!
Special shout outs to the ol' shoutbox peeps. You girls are totes awesome and I know that the friendships I have made there will be enduring long after my wedding is said and done. Who wouldâ€™ve known Iâ€™d meet such wonderful non-nerdy people on an internet forum? Love you hooks!
Ok, so about my weddingâ€¦.
After 7 years of dating, I knew my time was close. He started hinting and we looked at rings together and it became very clear that his taste in Erings was ABHORRENT! I mean, if it was the ugliest, gaudiest ring in the display, he said â€˜oh that oneâ€™s niceâ€¦â€™ :sick: So I quickly went to work googling and found this New York designer I LOVED:
The ring design is called Eriskay. I had mine done in all white gold.
So, once I had picked the design, I called my Mom (she now works for a jeweler, and FI and I knew when he was ready heâ€™d call her cause obv heâ€™d get a great deal) sent her the design and told her that I think Steve will be calling you soon for my ring and she said â€˜Iâ€™ll take care of itâ€™ and she did!
Best thing was, I got the ring I wanted, but wasnâ€™t sure when it was going to happen, so still was surprised, best of both worlds!
May 23, 2009 my FI asked me to go out for dinner. In the restaurant, he took off his sweater to reveal his custom TShirt while I was opening a loving card signed "Roses are red, violets are blue, you're the love of my life - can I marry you?" of course, I said "YES!"
After dinner we met some friends at the movies and they took these pictures.
I obviously had to have a custom band made for my e-ring, and I totally love it. My ring looks nothing like a typical wedding band and e-ring and that is what I like about it. I cant wait to get the matching band for my one-year anniversary that will go on top.
After much consideration, we decided on the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was affordable for our guests, had none of the headache that come with marriage in Mexico and it was highly rated on Trip Advisor. I am so happy with our choice.
We went with Romantic Travel, a Candian Travel Agency that specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons. We had a pretty good experience with them, nothing to rave about. She will be reviewed separately.
I was soo lucky to book my uber-talented photographer just before she blew up and became very well-known and respected in Toronto (not to mention expensive!). She also happens to be an old friend from Elementary School so she gave me an amazing deal to travel with me to Jamaica, do my Eshots and my TTD!
Her deets: Tara McMullen:
Those shoes are my favourite Jimmy Choos. I will wear them for the reception as my 'something blue'!
A beach destination wedding was always our dream, so I knew I wanted the d©cor to be beachy, yet classy and romantic. My colours were inspired from the paua shell:
Lots of greens and blues and purple, I wanted everything pearly and iridescent with lots of shell accents and a feel of the blue ocean water.
Save the Dates
I DIYâ€™ed my save the dates and sent them out one year before our trip. I posted a thread about them here:
We asked for an â€˜early-birdâ€™ RSVP, which was very helpful during the planning process. Remarkably, we have about the same amount of people booked who RSVPâ€™d a year ago!
A good tip â€“ I wrote the personâ€™s name on the back, so I knew who was RSVPing. You wouldnâ€™t believe how many people forget to do that when you ask your guests to do so.
Iâ€™m not gonna lie. These invitations were the bane of my existence. I wish I hadnâ€™t said â€˜formal invitation to followâ€™ on my STDs cause I would of blown the whole thing off. They are pretty awesome though, if I do say so. My fantastic bridal party helped a lot with DIYing these puppies.
This is the outside front with the pearly envelopes I used.
I used dark purple ribbon, white card stock and an iridescent paper I got at the Paper Place in Toronto. The â€˜birds & heartsâ€™ design I created then cut it out using my trusty Silhouette SD. I heart my Silhouette!
And this is what it looked like from the inside
I designed the invites as well, then I cut the â€˜frothâ€™ at the top of the waves from card stock and covered them in iridescent glitter glue!
The other side was a pocket with the wave design on it, and different sized inserts with all the information they could need, specifically cut and designed so they show the titles and look symmetrical.
Finally, I glued the â€˜frothy wavesâ€™ using a puffy double sided tape to give them a 3D look.
They actually turned out really nice, and I used the â€˜bird and heartsâ€™ theme a couple other ways in the wedding, so it was a useful exercise.
Ahhh, my dressâ€¦
I came up with the design for my dress on my own and my uber-uber-uber talented Moma made it for me. My Momâ€™s career includes fashion design, working for the Toronto Theatre, and making us the ultimate Halloween costumes ever. I always knew sheâ€™d make my dress and that it would be an amazing couture gown. And thatâ€™s what I got!
Here is my design:
We documented the entire sewing process from the beginning to end. That story will be featured on my blog, if you are interested in reading about it.
Here is the real thing! (on the dress form, sorry no time to put it on and take pics!!)
So we changed the original design a bit - I took off the hip swag because it would have been too much. The gathers in the stomach/hip area are more noticible and even looking on me then on the dress form.
Sorry these pics are on the dress form and not me! It looks a lot better on me. I guess youâ€™ll have to wait to see it on me in my review. I hand made all the flower embellishments but the rest was all Moma!!
Wedding Jewellery & Accesories
I have THREE pairs of shoes to wear for my wedding day. Ya, ridic right? But it makes senseâ€¦. no reallyâ€¦.
I got low wedges for the ceremony because its on the beach, which means sand and no heels. Also, my FI is only a few inches taller than me so I didnâ€™t want to wear my usual 4 inch stilettos.
Of course they were a too plain for me so I whipped up some shoe flowers for them.
ahh, much better! For a tutorial on how to make these, follow my soon-to-come blog!
Here is my jewellery.
I also handmade this hair shell! I really love how it turned out.
Excuse my nasty hair... this was VERY late at night.
Knock-Off Trash the dress
I knew weâ€™d be doing a Trash-The-Dress shoot in Jamaica, but no way was I jumping in the ocean in my couture silk gown. So a Chinese made replica dress just made sense. Actually, my design for my dress really jumped off from this dress from the Disney wedding line:
So I had Gianinar Bridal in China create a knock off version of the dress for me, with a corset back. It fit perfectly when it arrived by courier.
First Dance Dress
My sister is a ballroom dance teacher, and she choreographed our first dance and my father daughter dance. So I wanted a cute dress to wear that wont hinder my movements and show off our fancy footwork.
This is not what I had originally wanted. My dance dress was delayed in shipping, so I had to run out and buy this. But its pretty, looks good on me and has a nice skirt that spins nicely for dancing. Sorry for the crappy pic, but I need to get packing!!
Here are my dancing shoes, they have suede bottoms for ballroom dancing.
For my bridesmaids, I wanted something flowy and beach-wind friendly. I saw this dress on revolve clothing, and decided it was perfect.
I have a nerdy love for crosswoven fabric and when I found this one in my wedding colours, I had to do it. My Mom also made the BMs dresses. Here is the final result:
To be continued.....