Love on our wedding day; June 6, 2015

Just last week we received our gorgeous wedding photos from the ever so talented Night and Day photography. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I’ve started sharing some of my favourites. I’ve had  a lot of brides ask me what vendors I used for our wedding day and how I found them. So, I’ve decided to put together a post about our special day, along with amazing photos and links to the vendors we used. We were so pleased with all our vendors, so I can’t wait to share!

[YEGwed featured us as a couple a little while back, you can check it our here]

Our first order of business after getting engaged was picking save-the-dates. One of my bridesmaids sister’s ended up designing them for us and we had them printed at VistaPrint, which is relatively inexpensive and incredibly quick. I then shoved and addressed our save-the-dates with pink envelopes from this seller on Etsy. (A word of warning, my wedding was almost entirely made up of Etsy purchases, I just loved the idea of supporting small businesses, plus they have some pretty rad things to sell!)

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Our wedding invitations went out in the winter of 2015, while we were firming up all the details of our weddings and I was scrambling to work all the over time and complete the second module of my designation. Warning: don’t ever do this, seriously. We had reception cards designed by the totally rad Nicole Winski over at Dutchie Love, and then I had our stunning letter pressed invitations designed and stamped by Honeycomb Press in the States. We kept our invites simple because let’s be honest some of those wedding invites with a ton going on just look incredibly tacky.

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Fast forward to June 5th, our rehearsal dinner, hosted by the husbands parents at Gray Monk, one of our favourite wineries in the Okanagan. We actually ended up purchasing all of our table wine from Gray Monk as well! That is except for our all time favorite bubbly, the “I Do” from Intrigue Wines.

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The day of the wedding I had to get up at 6AM which felt like it was going to be the absolute death of me. I was greeted by the lovely ladies of Styled by M.U.A.H. who were doing our hair and makeup. These ladies are talented! My bridesmaids slipped into their robes that I purchased here, and we shared many laughs + breakfast.

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The guys got ready in another room, and my god they looked good! I obviously wasn’t there for that part but I can say they had a great time! Doesn’t my hubby look amazing!

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Shoes – Poppy Barley // Suit & Shirt – Espy // Pocket Square & Bow Ties – Beaux //

The men headed down and my bridesmaids and I slipped / sewed ourselves into our dresses! It was time to walk down the aisle!

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Flowers – Floral Designs by Lee

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Bridesmaids – The Dainty Yard // Bride – Martina Liana // Veil – Mariee Bridal // Jewellery To Be Wed Jewellery // Hair Piece – Glamourous Bijoux // Garter – Jess Weddings // Shoes – David’s Bridal //

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After a long afternoon of photo taking we made it to our reception! We made all the centrepieces ourselves, though other than some serious spray painting they were rather easy to put together. And of course one of my bridesmaids did an outstanding job with the backdrop for the head table, seriously the girl has skill. We also put together a candy bar for our guests, which was a huge hit!

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Banquet Hall – Sparkling Hill // Linens Elegant Touches 

Dinner at Sparkling Hill was amazing, the food was important to us, so we didn’t skimp! Everyone received an amazing three-course dinner followed by the cutting our our non-traditional macaroon cake!

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Cake – Sandrine Pastry // Hand Stamped Mr & Mrs Cake Forks – Vinyl Phrase Craze

We were so grateful that our friends and family were able to celebrate with us. For the our parents and bridal party we purchased gifts to express our gratitude.

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Thank you cards – prep on a budget // Gifts for Dad – cuff links, tie clips, and fishing hook – Sierra Metal Design // Groomsman Cigar box, flasks and lighters – Memories Made Toronto // Gifts for Mom’s & Bridesmaids – Tiffany’s // Guest book – Natalys Wedding ArtGifts

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At the end of the day it is just so great to be married, I was growing tired of trying to figure out how the centrepieces would look and if in fact all the dresses would match the bow ties. Marriage is the biggest commitment you will ever make in your life and should not be taken lightly. It is a huge promise that you will have to work at each and every day and sometimes things won’t go according to plan but you have to be there as a spouse to love and support each other. I love that our family and friends were able to come and share our wedding day, I loved our wedding day, but most important I love being married, it’s so wonderful, & I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my wonderful husband.

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Rings – Tiffany’s

 

 

Borrowing to invest; how I earned 36% in 18 months

It was December 2013, I was sitting back in Edmonton, as a student with little extra income each month to invest. We were making ends meet, and I was able to squirrel away a small sum, but nothing that was going to was going to yield large returns. I was anxious to play in the stock market and hungry for returns. I had been given access to a $20,000 student line of credit which I had not touched for my entire degree. I had a sizeable amount of money stashed away in my TFSA that was invested in the stock market but I wanted to take a little bit bigger of a risk.

For two reasons:

1) With greater risk comes the opportunity for greater reward

2) I wouldn’t want to invest money I was taking more risk with in my TFSA incase things went south.

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The last stop of our international honeymoon was The Gili Islands, which are located just off the coast of Lombok, the Island beside Bali. Not many people have heard of them, and for good reason, they are tiny!!!! and there are no motorized vehicles allowed on any of the three islands.

We took a speed boat from Bali to the Gili’s and OMG I thought we were going to die… we most definitely took for granted the fact that we were in the open ocean which meant lots and lots of waves. It was most definitely stressful, but in my opinion worth it. Once we arrived on Gili Trawangan, we had to take a horse and cart to our hotel, what an experience! [Read more…]

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After our long flight over to Asia and our short stint in Hong Kong it was time to head to Bali, which wass the main part of our honeymoon. I’ve been wanting to go to Bali for a while now, one of the biggest draws being the elephants! It was a quick 4 hour flight from Hong Kong before we landed in Bali. We were to stay in 2 different hotels while we were in Bali, our splurge hotel, The Banyan Tree and our far more affordable hotel, The Mulia, which was definitely influenced by the World of Wanderlust Blog.

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Honeymoon; Hong Kong Days 1-4

I must say I planned on being a far better blogger on this trip, I was hoping to keep up with updates on our travels and I’ve been doing a pretty good job with photos in Instagram, but I don’t think I deserve a very good grade on the blogging front.

Champagne, Glow Juice & The Okanagan

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