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.
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!
For like ever. Custom stamp via the Penny Paper Co., cake topper from Better Off Wed on Etsy.
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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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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