Planning a Maritime Wedding

Planning a Maritime Wedding

So a funny thing happened shortly after I finally tried to launch this blog: I got engaged. Then my cat died. And whoosh, all my attention went elsewhere. It helped that photographers were not sending me weddings to feature, and this little pipe dream of a blog fell quietly by the wayside. I’m sorry about that. Then I realized: what better time to be writing a blog about planning a wedding than… um, when I’m planning a wedding?

In the three months since becoming engaged, my fiancé and I have:

  • chosen a date
  • secured a venue
  • hired a photographer
  • picked “the colours”
  • hired caterers and done a taste-testing
  • tasted wines and ordered them
  • hired a day-of coordinator
  • hired a hair & make-up person
  • gone outfit shopping (I’ve ordered my dress, he’s still looking)
  • ordered and mailed out save the dates
  • found an officiant
  • bought his ring and my wedding jewelry
  • made a wedding website
  • started working on the playlist

Phew! It’s been a whirlwind. Friends have commented on how “on the ball” I’ve been, and I just keep saying: “weddings are literally my job! We knew what we wanted!” And there’s been a bit of luck involved, too. So now, what I’m going to try to do, is share this process with you! Tally ho.

Friday Link Roundup

An assortment of wedding-related tips, tricks, DIYs and discussions that have been going around the internet this week:

From Offbeat Bride: What do I put on my Save the Dates, anyway? The myth of the “gift grab.”

From Weddingbells Canada: A guide to Canadian wedding dress designers; aisle-worthy shoes for every budget.

From A Practical Wedding: How to pick your wedding playlist; are bridal showers tacky?; how to throw a budget wedding.

From Up Up Creative: DIY Wedding Etiquette: why it’s good, why it’s bad, and why you don’t need it in your wedding.

From CBC Music: The ultimate indie wedding playlist.

Friday Link Roundup

An assortment of wedding-related tips, tricks, DIYs and discussions that have been going around the internet this week:

From Offbeat Bride: How to guesstimate your wedding liquor needs; What “Game of Thrones” can teach us about the ‘perfect wedding.’

From Huffington Post Weddings: Set a “clear intention” to guide your wedding celebration.

From Weddingbells Canada: the 30 most inspiring wedding photographers in Canada for 2014. Features Candace Berry and Nicole & Teddy from Nova Scotia, Rachel Peters from PEI, and Kandise Brown (me!) from New Brunswick.

From A Practical Wedding: Open thread on what to look for in a wedding venue; how to build a wedding chuppah.

“Weddings, Atlantic Canada-style: keeping it real”

Atlantic Canada featured weddings in Saltscapes Magazine

The Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Saltscapes has a cover story called “Home, Heart & Family: 13 reasons to tie the knot Atlantic-Canada style” which includes extensive quoting from two of my couples, Jill & Fen and Julie & Josh, as well as one of my images from Julie & Josh’s wedding. The story covers mostly couples who currently live outside Atlantic Canada and decided to return to the region for their weddings: for the food, the vistas, the music, and more. The issue is for sale now, so check it out!

Friday Link Roundup

An assortment of wedding-related tips, tricks, DIYs and discussions that have been going around the internet this week:

From Offbeat Bride: The ultimate guide to plus-size wedding dress shopping; How do you have a wedding ceremony without a Bible?; What should I put on my wedsite’s FAQ?

From Huffington Post Weddings: 5 lies the wedding industry is selling (but we’re not buying) — I love and agree with every word of this article!

From Weddingbells Canada: 10 wedding DIY projects you should tackle (and 4 you absolutely shouldn’t attempt) (I disagree about the catering the music… you do you!); 5 ways to cut the cost of your big day.

From Once Wed: Hair tutorials – waterfall braid tutorial, romantic side braid; and two links to services for building wedding websites – Squarespace and Wedding Window.

From Green Wedding Shoes: DIY glitter-dipped feather garland.

Via Snippet & Ink: a custom crest from Stephanie Fishwick (begins at $120 USD).

From Rock & Roll Bride: “Should I book a professional wedding photographer or get a friend to do it for free? A cautionary tale.”

From A Practical Wedding: 10 tips for plus-size wedding dress shopping; Graphic Design 101: understanding layout (for creating your own invitations or other stationery); open threads on “We’re not excited about our wedding” and “registering for wedding gifts.”

Real Maritime Weddings: Susanne & Douglas in Cape Breton, NS

This beautiful, classic Nova Scotia wedding comes courtesy of photographer Michelle Doucette. I knew that Susanne & Douglas were the perfect couple to launch the new Maritime Weddings when I read this:

“We wanted a fun, casual wedding. We are both natural improvisors so we didn’t begin with any particular theme or colour palate – we just found things we liked and went from there. When people asked us what the theme of our wedding was, our answer was “to get married?.” In all honestly we didn’t know that weddings had to have a theme! (I’m not the kind of person who has been crafting my dream wedding since I was a little girl).”

Perfect. I loved everything Susanne wrote about her wedding, so take it away!:

We woke to a grey morning, after a night of stormy weather and huge crashing waves, but by noon the sun came out and the weather was stunning. After getting ready separately, Doug came to see me and we shared a quiet moment before the whirlwind day. After a few hours of photos, we got hitched at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Cape Breton. The wedding took place in the art studio, which was decorated in crisp white, like a blank canvas, with only a few pops of yellow sunflowers.

My father (donning the tux he wore at his own wedding) walked me down the aisle, to the tune that my parents had at their own wedding, this version played by our good friend Tim Crofts. After the ceremony, we enjoyed some bubbly outdoors on the grassy field behind the centre. Dinner was a BBQ, buffet style, with Local Source, who dished up a delicious, locally inspired meal. Following dinner the sunset took centre stage – it was so captivating we delayed the toasts so everyone could take it in together. For dessert we enjoyed beautiful cupcakes made by the Dancing Goat Bakery, then speeches and toasts got everyone laughing, crying and clapping along to the beat (to demonstrate Doug’s drummerly commitment to the moment). After a couple of slow dances to Chet Baker (for Doug) and Elvis (for my dad) we danced the night away, with the children’s freestyle moves keeping everyone entertained. ‘At the end of the road’ Doug and I shared one last dance after everyone had gone home (or went searching for after party). 


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“Radiant Orchid” | Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year

Pantone recently announced their 2014 Colour of the Year as “Radiant Orchid,” saying it “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination… a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” That sounds beautifully suited to a wedding, but I know not everyone is on board with this choice! What do you think?


Images top to bottom, left to right: Pantone; cakes via Colette’s Events and Weddbook; Hazelnut Photography, Project Wedding, and ORLY grape nail lacquer; Janet Howard Studio, Mike Larsen Photographers via Style Me Pretty; original source unknown; White Orchid Wedding, bouquet source unknown.

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