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Our barn wedding day! (September 19, 2014)

I want to blog about our wedding before too much time passes. September 5, 2014: Our barn / farm wedding came together beautifully. It was honestly the absolute best day ever and I am so happy to be married to the love of my life. Chris is the most perfect person in the world for me and our day was filled with the sweetest memories. Words cannot express the overwhelming joy and warmth that is brought by friends, loved ones, and family coming together to celebrate your day. We were extra overjoyed because the weatherman was calling for rain the whole week leading up to our wedding day. We had planned an outdoor ceremony on a hill and rain would literally have been the worst thing that could happen. We didn’t even make a Plan B because rain was simply not an option. We prayed and prayed and prayed tirelessly. And then came the greatest day. Clear blue skies and although very hot, the heat was negated by a lot of wind, and our ceremony carried on outdoors as planned. The weather continued to stay awesome and the rain held out until a couple of hours after the reception had started inside the barn. Then it came. It was some serious rain with some crazy wind, we thought the barn would take us to Oz. :) But all of our stars aligned and prayers were answered as always. Our God is so good to us. My advice to those debating an outdoor-ish wedding, just do it! Greater risk, greater reward. :)

We all ate delicious food, danced plenty, sang sweet songs, spoke from the heart, played games, gave hugs, gave kisses, said I love yous, held hands, laughed a whole bunch, cried a wee bit, made promises, felt more love than ever, and it has all become a beautiful memory. I’m so grateful for our parents, wedding party, and talented vendors who helped make our dream and vision come together. I really hated most of the planning process (I don’t have patience for event planning) but it was undoubtedly ALL WORTH IT in the end. Would I do it all again? Yes. :) The wedding day was that much fun that I’d go through the dreaded planning process again to re-live the day.

So, despite the overload of awesomeness, no one tells you about post-wedding blues until you find out for yourself! I didn’t even know that the darn thing existed. I was overwhelmed with pure happiness for a few days when we were on our minimoon at Ste. Anne’s Spa and then BAM! I transitioned to this happy-sad state, if that makes any sense. Like sweet sorrow almost, which came just by suddenly realizing that the most perfect and amazing day has come and gone!!! What an insane realization. And then despite how amazing the day was, I started to overthink every detail of the day and the little things I had missed as a result of not being on my A game and deciding to let our wedding day take me away completely. How stupid does that even sound? (Lol). But I’m happy to say that two weeks later, I’ve beat both the post-wedding blues and overthinking the details. It takes a bit of time for us mildly crazy people. The cure? Talking it all out, blogging, and editing imperfect pictures curated from the cameras of family and friends. We won’t be seeing our professional photos and videos for another 2-3 months – that really hurts me to think about, lol. But I will share when they’re ready!

So, here are a few imperfectly perfect pictures we can call our own, thanks to all of our picture-taking guests!! I’ve only posted a few on this blog because I don’t want this post to overpower all my other posts (even though it kind of already has, seeing as I’ve rambled on for a few paragraphs now). Instead, I’ve provided a link to our wedding blog where more of the photos can be seen: click here. :) I also think I’m going to preserve our wedding website and keep it alive for a while. I’m a memory-monster if you can’t already tell.

Anyway, what an experience to remember. Love it!!! #OntoTheNextThing!

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The hills of San Fran. (September 15, 2014)

Here’s a couple from San Fran, for my lack of posting lately. :) I just LOVE the hills and the staggered houses and buildings. The problem is, I just don’t think I could drive there! I’d actually be too worried about my car just rolling away. Being a passenger was scary enough; I always felt like the vehicle was going to give up on an uphill climb or come crashing down, although that fear was really quite unwarranted since the likelihood of cars rolling around was low as long as good drivers were behind the wheel. But I can’t believe there are residences on Lombard Street whose dwellers would need to park in and out of their garages on that crazy steep hill. Doesn’t seem to be the most practical area to live and to maneuver a vehicle? Love the city anyway. I also have a new found addiction to cityscape shots.

Both photos have been listed at my Etsy shop!

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I`m here!!! (September 13, 2014)

I haven’t posted since my bachelorette!! It has been an extra large whirlwind since then wrapping up at work and getting ready for the big day! But I’m here, alive and extremely happy!! I had the best day of my life on our wedding day and can’t wait to post pictures. I don’t have much time to write too much right now but wanted to get something up just so the blog isn’t sitting out of date for too long. I’m so behind on pictures in general. I still have so many from San Francisco to post. Now that the Fall semester has started back up and wedding plans are over and I’m not working full time, life will be much calmer. Or so I hope. I’m excited to be spending more time on the business. :) Will be back to post more really soon!

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My bachelorette party. (August 24, 2014)

I had my bachelorette party yesterday and of all the surge of emotions I am feeling today, gratefulness is the biggest of them all. I am so grateful for the remarkable people in my life.

My Maid of Honour Laisie is just amazing and I love her to pieces. She’s a sister from another mother. Thank you so much for all your impeccable planning + everything else. If I were to list them all, this post would never end. I’m so lucky to have you as my MOH – you are actually the best. My bridesmaid Sarah is not a makeup artist by trade but definitely might as well be one considering her raw talent in making others look beautiful. Thank you so much for painting on my face and for bringing so much life to the party. My bridesmaid Andrea brought me to my first hardcore house music club and while I had no idea how to dance to the music, it’s surely high on storytelling value and a hilarious addition to my list of Firsts. Thank you for flawlessly pouring an ice bucket over my head and doing the #icebucketchallenge with me last night. My bridesmaid and baby sister Charmane is simply the sweetest girl around, supportive and present no matter what.

The day began at the spa at the Ritz Carlton, and then a hoedown at Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, and then dancing at Uniun Night Club. Oh and then my #icebucketchallenge in our hotel room. I’ve made my donation at ALS.ca and you should, too. I think it’s FANTASTIC that this has gone as viral as it has. And for all you naysayers, your negativity is unwelcome and you should read this!

Enjoy the trip down memory lane! 11 days until the wedding!!!

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And my #icebucketchallenge video. :)

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The wonder years. (August 15, 2014)

I had a wicked childhood even all the way up to my tween years and my carnival photos remind me of it all the time. I definitely wish I could go back in time and relive those wonder years. :)

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Another weddingful weekend. (August 10, 2014)

It’s only now that the wedding stuff is getting to be a lot more fun than troublesome. For the record, I’m officially enjoying it a lot now. Probably because the tasks are different now being a month out. Or maybe I’m just getting really excited and am in a different headspace. :) We made a bunch of chalkboard signs, picked our songs, bought nice paper to write our love letters on, bought my bridal jewelry, bought chris’ wedding shoes, worked on our wedding favours, and a bunch of miscellaneous things. I will make a point to take pictures of ALL of our DIY items before the wedding and post them here. :) We are getting so excited!!! I can’t wait!

I also went for my first dress fitting this past Thursday and thank goodness I love the dress just as much as I did when I bought it back in November. There was a bit of anxiety there as to whether I’d feel the same about the dress 9 months later! *phew*

Here’s one from Santa Cruz, California beach boardwalk, inspired by an old roller coaster shot here. I LOVE carnivals. They make everything better.

Happy Sunday! And happy birthday to my little sister! <3

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Speed-editing. Jack & Jill fun! (August 6, 2014)

Fastest editing I’ve ever done! I’ve wanted to get some pictures up from the Jack and Jill before too much time passes and with so much work tonight, I had to speed-edit these. Hope they look alright. :) Gotta document in a timely manner while the event is still somewhat relevant.

Anyway, that’s it from me. I love my amazing family and soon-to-be husband. <3 We got our wedding bands today - ahh, so beautiful. Can't wait to wear it.

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Us in Santa Cruz, California. (August 3, 2014)

I really can’t wait for our next vacation, which will also be our honeymoon. :) Need to get away again! I am so inspired by travel and need frequent doses of it. It’s such a good rejuvenator.

It’s official. I watch way too many horror movies. Chris was up at the cottage yesterday so I spent the night by myself. I went to bed at 10:30pm because I was tired but then ended up tossing and turning until 3:30am. FIVE HOURS!!! That is so unlike me because I usually fall asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow. But not last night. Last night I had all these crazy horror movie scenarios playing in my head with my plans of escape. It was horrible at the time but funny in hindsight of course. I also drank a whole cup of coffee yesterday afternoon, which I never do. Not a coffee drinker by any means and so of course, the one time I have a cup, I have to suffer through 5 hours of counting sheep in hopes that it would help me fall asleep. Who knew that a simple combination of horror movies and a cup of coffee would be the death of me.

Anyway, this is us in Santa Cruz, California. A beach and a carnival in one place? I couldn’t have asked for more. It was too much fun.

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I`ve hit a new level of busy. (August 1, 2014)

Life is CRAZY right now!!! I just wanted to get a quick post up since I haven’t had a chance to blog in a bit. :(

Etsy sales are on FIRE this month and I’ve been busy fulfilling orders. Wedding planning is picking up again with details, details, details. Things are VERY busy at work and last but certainly not least, I’m gearing up for the start of the Fall semester in September, particularly for our capstone project. I’m basically a machine right now. No rest. Ever.

Today is also a very sad day. We’ve given up our dog Edward to a really nice family. My allergies are getting out of control and I’ve had to live with it for the last 3 years because of my love for dogs but it has finally come to a head now and it’s just causing me too much pain and discomfort, so we made the tough decision to give him up. :( Sigh. Sacrifices.

Before I forget, I also wanted to mention the wonderful Jack and Jill that Chris’ parents threw for us last Sunday, July 27th. We are blessed with so much love and are so grateful for all the remarkable people in our lives. I have pictures to post but seeing as I can’t quite keep up with this blog, we’ll have to wait a bit until I get there. I literally still have thousands of pictures from my San Francisco trip that haven’t even been touched and shared; here’s one! I’m so behind!!!

Anyway, happy long weekend!

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Fun with Habitat for Humanity. (July 20, 2014)

I spent this past Friday with the General Mills team building wall frames for Habitat for Humanity. It was some seriously tiring work considering I went from having never hammered a nail before (lol) to hammering what seemed like 60+ 3.5″ nails. Each nail must have taken me at least 25 hammers before it went in and it required the strength of both my arms. It was exhausting to say the least; my poor, feeble little arms. I laugh at the thought of this because the supervisor would do no more than 5 hammers with one arm and was good to go. At one point, I was given the option to use a nail gun. I tried it and it scared me. I felt like I was going to end up hurting myself or someone with it by total accident, so I stuck to the good ol’ hammer! Anyway, having said that, it was really quite rewarding in the end and of course, I also learned a thing or two about construction work. Hard work, that’s for sure. And certainly not my forte. ;)

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Whatever you are, be a good one. (July 12, 2014)

A quick post from my aunt’s home! Abraham Lincoln said it best: whatever you are, be a good one. Do it.

Chris and I had our engagement photoshoot today at Black Creek Pioneer Village. It was so much fun!! We love our photographers; they are absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to see the pictures. Chris and I continued photoshooting on our own afterwards, so here’s one of ours. :) With a little bit of help with framing, he is getting to be a pretty savvy photographer. ;)

Gotta get back to the family! Happy Saturday!

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Summer memories. (July 11, 2014)

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I love this blog and how it has been able to keep a record of bits and pieces of my life since 2009. Every now and again, I flip through the archives and it’s just amazing to be able to read random posts from 3 or 4 years ago. Imagine this blog in another 5 years and looking back then. What a trip!

I had the privilege of attending an incredibly inspiring marketing offsite with General Mills and it was such a great time. So great that it needs to be captured in this lifelong journal of mine. I’m so honoured to be amidst one of the brightest group of marketers in the country – truly. Such amazing people.

I cannot take credit for these pictures – they were taken by fellow colleagues. It breaks my heart when beautiful memories are captured on phone cameras (I’m becoming more and more guilty of it) because the quality just isn’t there and we have to rely on Instagram to save the day but it’s ALWAYS better than not capturing at all! :)

Chris and I have our engagement photoshoot tomorrow at Pioneer Village with the amazing Amsis Photography. Can’t wait!!!

I also have to note here that we’ve officially applied for our marriage license, so the ante has been upped!! A darn marriage license just kicks things up a notch and makes life just a bit more serious (and exciting).

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Ste. Anne`s Spa, here we come! (July 1, 2014)

YAY! Chris and I just booked our mini weekend getaway right after the wedding to Ste. Anne’s Spa! So excited. Thanks to my juicy tax return. The benefits of being a student again, mwahaha. :) My first class in the Fall literally starts the day after but that’s okay.

I’ve also just completed my independent study application form to continue working on this business next semester with Professor Ellen Auster, one of the best professors at Schulich! I get to work on the business while still earning a full course credit – it can’t get any better than that. This MBA program has brought so many amazing opportunities, I can’t even begin to tell you. So excited for so many things.

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Cottage country. (June 30, 2014)

We spent the weekend at Chris’ parents’ cottage up in the Kawarthas. I just looove the countryside. We spent most of Saturday in Bobcaygeon and roamed around literally picking up vintage cottage chic scraps from yard sales that we could use for the wedding. Also picked up a few cool pieces from multiple vintage shops. There is literally no better place than the country for this. Then we laid on a beach by the lake. Then told stories around a campfire. Then I of course got eaten alive by mosquitoes since they love me. Great weekend all around and even better when I come across beautiful things like haystacks. There is beauty everywhere, you just have to see differently!

Chris’ parents are also looking to buy a boat for the cottage. What a bonus. I can’t wait. I’ve always wanted a boat so I could go fishing or sail to different places, dock, camp for the night, wake up, and do it all over again. I’ve always wanted a pony, too, but that’s a conversation for another day.

It was nice to work from home today. Literally accomplished a million things. It’s amazing how much you can do in a day without meetings. :P

Happy early Canada Day! Happy to have a day off tomorrow! :)

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