September 2010 Archive

This Is The Day I Make You Mine



They say the best kind of love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more. That plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what you’ve given me. And that’s what I hope to give to you forever. Within the first few weeks of officially calling myself your girlfriend, I knew that you were the man I’d one day marry. I fell in love not only with your patience, gentleness and sincerity but your genuine heart and giving soul. Somehow you’ve made me feel like the luckiest girl alive. Now, as your wife, I promise to always be in love with you like I am today. I promise that when we’re eighty years old, we’ll have just as much fun as we do now even if we both like to be in bed by 11 o’clock at night. I promise to never forget the importance of back scratches, a simple love letter, or a batch of your favourite chocolate chip cookies. With every I do we share I promise to care for, respect and love you not only as my husband but my best friend and partner for life.

I love you, Bear.

Guess What?

It’s Wedding Week!
And oddly enough I feel like a pleasant calm has come over me. Instead of freaking out because there’s a chance of rain on Friday, or getting angry because I didn’t lose those 5 pounds like I wanted to I feel good; I feel on track and ready to enjoy what should be the best week of Andrew and I’s lives. I still have to finalize our programs, pick up my new veil (the current one has a tiny hole in it) drop off the Welcome Bags for guests that arrive in two days and finish wrapping a few gifts but things are where they need to be, where I think they should be and for that I am grateful. Check back with you in a few days perhaps, this little and perfectly-happy-with-her-weight bride to be is off to practice her vows :) XO photo from Style Me Pretty
Our Engagement Photos
They’re here they’re here they’re here! And words cannot describe how incredibly amazing out engagement photos turned out. I had no doubts that Amanda and Kyle Wilcher would do such a divine job of capturing Apb and I’s love and well the proof is in the photos. Thank you Amanda and Kyle for your gift of capturing such magic. We love our photos and you two! Can’t wait for the big day :) Enjoy looking at our photos blogettes and stay tuned for the rest of our two-day shoot! xo

We started the day out at Navy Pier but unfortunately torrential Hurricane Katrina style winds and rain literally prevented us from heading outside to get some shots. We did however get this amazing photo during a break from the storm and it ended up being one of my total faves. I remember whispering things to APB here like why are all these people staring at us? Perhaps it’s the giant bunch of balloons perfectly matching my outfit, no? :)

So thanks to the rain we prolonged my stay in Chicago and woke up at 4 am on Sunday to catch some dreamy light downtown. And thank goodness for that because Amanda and Kyle captured some fabulous shots that I am honestly in awe over. We came across this yellow staircase and thought it would be quite appropriate. And you should have seen Amanda on Kyle’s shoulders shooting the arrow shot. Eeep! Love it.
This photo takes my breath away. From Apb’s expression to the backdrop of the city which is so magical looking it almost looks fake, to our hug – it’s perfect. And then Amanda went one step further and copy and pasted some excerpts from a blog post I dedicated to Andrew almost a year ago. She is so sweet. Love is sweet! I cried a bit when I first saw this photo (to read the little blurb better head over to the post on Amanda’s blog).
After some windy shots by the lake we did a quick outfit change (well I did – stay tuned for more photos including Apb’s final outfit change) and headed over to the park where the Taste of Chicago is held. We did some playful shots here and had a complete blast trying to make sure my dress didn’t fly up; oh and poor Amanda was covered in goose poop. Sigh. I like to think it was totally worth it for these…

In case you wondering, I used to be a gymnast. I competed all the way through University so naturally we had to get some sort of acrobatics in a few of the shots. I love that shot of me jumping in the air while Apb looks on so nonchalantly; the only downside was trying to get my silly dress to stay down. My Mom wants a copy of that photo to hang on her wall :) I adore it! Enjoy the rest of your day lovelies and stay tuned for more photos once we get the disk! You can check out the rest of Amanda’s photo yumminess over on her blog. Do check it out. You will fall in love xo  
The Dessert Dresser Part III
Phew! I finally finished our Dessert Dresser. And by finished I really mean I cleaned, painted, lined, fixed, glued and glitzed it up to the nines. For a few weeks last month, I was dead set on leaving the dresser as is (remember the teal blue wood and the honey coloured drawers and top?) Yet when I put my cake stand and apothecary jars on the blue-hued dresser I knew I had to clean it up a bit. Plus the spider webs and dirt on this thing were kind of outta control. Thus my DIY adventure began.

If you remember my original plan, I was going to white wash the entire dresser to allow the blue to show through the paint. Yet, after doing a few coats of my antique white oil based paint, I fell in love with the finished product. From there I painted and painted and painted making sure to get enough paint on the dresser to hide most of the blue yet I made sure to use a brush rather than a roller to add a little texture to the coatt. Here’s what the drawers looked like when I first started out…

See those ugly brown drawer insides? I had to find something to spruce that up. So I went here….

And thankfully found a very subtle but pretty ivory coloured wallpaper print for yup, you read that right, two bucks. This store that I went to (and yes it is called A Big Big Wallpaper Store) was completely insane with three floors of wall to wall racks of wallpaper. After about 40 minutes of looking, perusing, picking out and putting back two bold damask patterns and three different pinks, and debating over and between gray, black, pink or ivory, I settled on my sale find. I figured keeping things simple with the dresser would look best; even if lining my drawers in pink wallpaper seemed totally rad and amazing :)

When I got home, my Dad helped me measure and cut all of the paper pieces (with an exacto knife) to fit inside the drawers. This was such a tedious and frustrating task so I am thankful for my Dad’s help! Then I glue guned the corners down to the wood to make sure the wallpaper would stick. But I can’t show you the drawers just yet because first I wanted to show you these. Remember those awesome knobs I was telling you about?

Well I had a really hard time picking which ones I loved best. Like a really hard time. Because each and every knob was so fun and unique in its own way (Thanks Mom for sharing them with me). So to make things easier for myself I decided that there were no rules here! This was a DIY kinda thing so if I wanted mismatched knobs I was going to have mismatched knobs! With the gorgeous yet simple wallpaper lining and clean antique white paint job, I could afford to get a little quirky with the dresser. And besides, my Thank You favour bags – you know the ones with the scalloped tops - needed to be surrounded by a little bit of sass.

To really get a feel for how the entire Dessert Dresser set up will look at the wedding, I dragged out all of my jars and ceramic dishes as well. I tried about four different ways to arrange things on the dresser in a presentable and practical way but I am thinking this will be a last minute decision I make once I get all the treats in and on their containers/platters. The jars you see are from Home Goods, the white tiered stand, cake stand and platter are from Home Sense and the little silver cups and vintage books are from the Resuse Center here in Burlington.

On the blue cake stand will be our three tiered cake covered in white fondant and ivory sugar roses with pale pink centers. Half of the cake will be lemon truffle and the other half will be chocolate ganache. The two tiered white ceremic platter with hold raspberry mousse filled dark chocolates shaped as two hearts. I ordered these from a Belgium chocolatier here in Burlington and my mouth is watering just thinking of how incredible they are! I ‘sampled’ four of them just the other day.

The blue ceramic platter will hold our candy apple style vanilla cake pops dipped in white chocolate and covered in non pariels. The three apothecary jars will hold raspberry and vanilla bean macarons and orange and rum truffles. We will also have small vases with a selection of lolli sticks and one of the drawers will contain some sort of candy as well like pink Jelly Bellies. There will also be a tray of chocolate chip cookies made by yours truly. But that display is another DIY project for another day.

And don’t you just love the Sweet Love banner?! We will be stringing this across the width of a giant vintage silver picture frame my neighbor is lending us. It will be placed behind the dresser when it’s set up at our venue and will lean against the wall beside the room where dinner is served. Amazing. I think I am pretty excited to see this all come together on the big day :)

Oh and for those of you who lurve some Before and Afters; may your heart jump with joy:

Have a fabulous week everyone :) Apb visits me on Friday and we will be finalizing our linens, food choices, drinks and ceremony structure as well as completing some last minute DIY projects I am dying to get finished. I also have my Bachelorette Party on Sunday with my closest girlfriends and this little bride-to-be cannot wait. Only 23 more sleeps until the big day! Eeeek be still my heart! xoxo

Here’s Part I
Here’s Part II
And here’s the Final Product from our Wedding Day.