Well like many many many other BDW brides, I have absolutely LOVED planning threads and so I have dedicated a great deal of time putting mine together! I started this planning thread not long after discovering and contributing to BDW so different parts were written at different times. Those brides that know me know that I am a little (too) detail oriented and have been known to make a lengthy post or two, so for those of you looking for a short winded planning thread you are in the WRONG place! That being said if you know I am long winded, you also know I LOVE LOVE LOVE pictures in posts so rest assured there will be TONS and TONS of those!!!!!
Well I want to start by thanking Tammy for having the vision to pull together this amazing resource for DW brides EVERYWHERE. I truly donâ€™t know where I would be without itâ€¦. Actually I doâ€¦ I would have spent the last 9 months sitting on my couch crying because â€œgoogleâ€ didnâ€™t have the answers! I also want to thank the Mods for keeping things going and and all the wonderful BDW brides out there that have been SO amazing with their information, posts and sharing over the last few months! It has been so much fun getting to know everyone and hearing about their planning. I canâ€™t name everyone that has been along for the ride as I am too afraid I would forget someone but I would like to give a special mention to my fellow Canadian Brides and My fellow February 2012 brides. I found myself in those threads more than anywhere else and I am so looking forward to seeing each and every one of your days come together. I know how much hard work everyone has put in to making their Wedding Days perfect and I can hardly wait to see those visions executed.
The quote of my wedding planning experience has been â€œEverything happens for a reasonâ€ there have been several bumps, hiccups and complete disasters but I just kept saying to myself everything happens for a reason and now that my wedding day had come and gone, I truly believe that everything did happen for a reason and it all worked out in the end!
Engagement â€“ July 18th 2010
FI and I had been together for just under 4 years, living together for over 3 years of that time (yup we moved quick!). We had talked about engagement for about a year prior to getting engaged, we had looked at rings, tried rings on and discussed what I liked and what he liked. FI is a pretty laid back guy, he lets me make a lot of the decisions and pretty much goes with the flow so I was very surprised when we were out â€œring shoppingâ€ how opinionated he was about what he liked and what he didnâ€™t like. I always said that I would know in the moment or day that the engagement was coming, FI isnâ€™t great at keeping secrets and he doesnâ€™t realize but he drops â€œhintsâ€ in his words and conversation so I had a feeling it was coming up. My birthday was approaching and I had a feeling so was our engagement, but when my birthday came and went without anything (including a present) I figured my â€œengagement radarâ€ had been off and that either the end of August (we were going back to Ontario to visit our families) or Christmas would be the next possible times to start anticipating again. We went on with our lives like normal, I had a late meeting 4 days late and so I told FI to meet me downtown and that we would just go for a quick dinner after my meeting. We had a great dinner down on the Halifax waterfront followed by a walk along the boardwalk before heading home. I took our 3 dogs outside and FI went in the house. As I went inside I heard music playing but didnâ€™t think much of it, FI and I have been known to dance at home just the two of us so I just thought he was ending the evening off on a high note. Little did I know just how high a note it would be! FI was down on one knee and I was asking â€œWhat are you doingâ€ as he said all the right things and opened up a ring box with a sparkly diamond inside! I donâ€™t remember much except saying â€œThatâ€™s not my ringâ€¦. What â€¦ what?!â€ FI says to this day I still havenâ€™t said yes! It was very private, I was VERY surprised and it was very us! Turns out FI had intended to propose on my birthday but after some bumps with the jeweler and a delay with my ring my birthday came and went. When he got a call on the 18th to go pick up the ring, he didnâ€™t want to wait any longer, so not even our families knew! FI was leaving to go play hockey in the states in September and I was moving back to Ontario to be closer to our families, so our engagement, as one of my girlfriends so eloquently put it was him â€œpissing on meâ€.
Our engagement photos were actually a gift from my best friend for my birthday. I had wanted to do a photo shoot of us with our dogs for some time and so she gave me that as my birthday gift. It worked out great as four days later we were engaged so we did it as a combo thing. Had she not given me that I doubt we would have done engagement pictures but theyâ€™re nice to have. We did these at the Dingle Park in Halifax just before we moved back to Ontario. Jaclyn Doyle was our very talented photographer who we were lucky enough to work with when she was just starting out!
Jaclyn Doyle Photography --
Who knew choosing a wedding band would be so hard! I have a slightly tapered solitaire band and was adamant that I did not want a jacket wedding band (one with the small dip so that they fit flush) as I wanted to be able to wear my wedding band on its own. I donâ€™t know why I was so set on this as I never take my e-ring off so the likelihood of wearing them separately is slim but this is what I had in my head. I really like pave set eternity style bands and so that was what I thought I wanted. I tried them on here there and everywhere and just before Christmas started working in a jewelry store. I thought I had decided on my band and went to buy it (not from my store but the store my e-ring was from) there was some problems with their cash and so they asked if I could come back the following day, no problem. I went to work that afternoon and we had just got in these new pave set â€œluxuryâ€ anniversary bands, I tried one on and fell in love. In the store it looks like a shiny disco ball and I am sure everyone thinks I am nuts but with my ring I just love it and it is very much me! Not a traditional wedding band and not what I thought I was going to get but I am very very happy with it!
FI chose a simple tungsten band, he likes the darker tone and the wider width so this worked out well for him!
photo credit Amanda Shepard - BackRoad Photography 2012
**More to Come**