As a birthday gift, Pascal planned to take Sarah to the ballet. But that wasn’t the only gift she would receive that night. As soon as Sarah arrived home to get ready for their night out, she found Pascal on one knee. “His words were short, sweet and simple–exactly who he is. It was a perfect, private moment,” Sarah recalls. “We celebrated with a delicious fancy meal, but fell asleep at the ballet!”
Artistically inclined, Sarah knew she wanted to put her own personal touch on her #wedding details. “Our planner suggested DIY projects I could work on since I love crafting,” Sarah explains. Together Sarah and Pascal crafted their centrepieces, which she describes as a labour of love. “We cut the circles with a jigsaw, and my mom and I made the various string-art designs,” she adds.
Walking down the aisle was a moment that Sarah will never forget. “I really started to get nervous and hyperventilate about five minutes before the ceremony started,” Sarah shares. “But the second I saw Pascal and the smiling faces of all our guests, I was immediately calm and in awe of what we were about to do.”
Her Maggie Sottero dress made dancing during the reception easy. “When I tried it on, the first thing I said was, ‘It’s too much,’ but I couldn’t take it off,” Sarah says. “I felt so beautiful in that dress. The lady who did my alterations put in 10 bustle points so I could dance in it all night!”
Sarah St. Pierre and Pascal Blais, June 25, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario.
Not sure where you and your new spouse should go for a honeymoon? There are many popular destinations that are often recommended—Hawaii, Mexico, and New York—but none of them really speak to you as a couple.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park is America’s largest national park and is home to the second tallest mountain in the United States. The park’s namesake stands at an impressive 18,008 feet (5,489m). Here you will also be treated with views of azure glacial lakes, towering dormant volcanoes, and over 100 glaciers.
To find spectacular views, you really can’t go wrong in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. There are boundless hiking opportunities, including the arduous 9 mile Bonanza Mine Trail day hike where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Chugach Mountains, Mt. Blackburn, and the Kennicott Glacier. For a less intense hiking experience, try the relatively flatter 4-mile Root Glacier trail where you’ll see views of Mt. Blackburn, Regal Mountain, and Donaho Peak.
For the Sun Worshipper Couple: Ambergris Caye Island, Belize
Feel the stress of months of #wedding planning melt away in Ambergris Caye. The white warm sand and easy going vibes of the island will add to the loving afterglow of getting married.
The stunning island off the coast of Belize is home to fresh coconuts and Caribbean sunshine. If you get tired of relaxing, you can go snorkeling and enjoy the other-worldly feel of experiencing the world’s second largest coral reef. There are spectacular caves, lush rain forests, and ancient Mayan ruins to explore.
For the Arts and Culture Appreciation Couple: Florence, Italy
You and your new spouse (yay!) have plenty of options for immersing yourself in European culture in Florence. There are 72 museums, including Uffizi, which is the home of the Statue of David and the Birth of Venus. To get a glimpse into the renaissance period outside of a museum, check out Pitti Palace. It dates back to 1458 and the stunning architecture will bring you back in time.
To really feel a part of it all, pick up some local cheese from the fresh air market and head to Boboli Gardens. Enjoy the perfectly manicured space where you can people-watch and enjoy each other’s company for hours.
For the Cozy Cabin Lovers: Banff National Park, Canada
It’s almost cliche to recommend Banff for a cozy cabin getaway, but it’s highly recommended for a reason. It’s truly a quiet getaway, and anywhere you stay will have stunning forest and mountain views.
During the summer, you can take a leisurely walk around the town of Banff and hit up some of the many stores that make fresh candies and fudge. If you and your partner are feeling active, there are plenty of places where you can go canoeing, fishing, and of course, hiking.
In the winter, head to one of the world-class ski resorts and enjoy the fresh powder. Not into strapping pieces of wood to your feet and barreling down a mountain? Take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain and experience the spectacular views. Once the day is done, come back down to your cozy cabin fireplace for some relaxation and romance.
For the Food and Drink Lovers: Buenos Aires, Argentina
The charming South American city of Buenos Aires is known for its world-class dining and party scene. The famed tango city is home to countless parrillas (steakhouses) that serve massive steaks with huge quantities of cheese as a side dish. If you and your husband get sick of beef, the city is also home to Chef Fernando Rivarola, rated as one of the top chefs in the world. He serves up alligator, llama, and chinchilla.
As for partying, Buenos Aires is truly a city of nightowls. You’ll see many people walking around at midnight getting ice cream and hanging out with friends before the bars open at 2 a.m. For something a little more relaxed, take a wine tour to one the many premium wineries the region.
For the Ultra Romantic Couple: Hvar Island, Croatia
Hvar is an idealistic island that fits every romantic experience you could ever have. Head to Hvar town on the south side of the island to soak in its perfect weather and natural beauty. From there, head to one of the many vineyards for a wine tour.
You can also visit Vrboska on the northern side of the island to see fairytale-like stone bridges connecting both sides of the town. While on the north side, check out Stari Grad (Old Hvar Town) and see its 3rd century renaissance architecture.
You may have daydreamed of getting married in a far-off castle one day — but how about one made entirely of ice? Enter Edmonton, Canada. “Magical” is a modest term (at best) to describe the winters here. Oprah called the Ice Castles “straight out of a fairy tale,” and who are we to disagree?! Photographer, Laurie K. Jensen, assembled an impressive team of creatives to style an inspiring winter escapade, and the results are giving us chills!
Spring is upon us, and with that, so is #wedding season! While June is the most popular month to get married, it can also be one of the rainiest months depending on where you live. While most couples don’t even want to think about the chance of rain on their special day, it’s better to prepare for the worst than try to deal with it as it happens.
If you’re busy scheduling a spring, summer, of even fall wedding, accept that there might be rain and consider the ways you can handle it.
Hosting an outdoor wedding can be absolutely gorgeous; full-greenery, blue skies, and twinkling stars complete the perfect backdrop for any occasion. But considering most wedding dates are set months in advance, you can never predict how the weather will turn out. In fact, you probably couldn’t predict it even days away. That’s why it’s best to make plans in case your perfect sunshiny day turns grey. You might even want to consider it for an indoor wedding, too, for those much anticipated outdoor photographs and the journey from your house to the venue.
2. Wedding Insurance
Wedding insurance won’t brighten the weather, but it might brighten your spirits. Having insurance for your wedding could save you a lot of stress if the weather turns for the worse. For example, if you need to cancel your wedding due to terrible weather, such as a hurricane, a wedding insurance policy will usually cover it. Wedding insurance covers a multitude of things including if your ceremony or reception site is damaged or inaccessible because of bad weather. If this happens, they should cover the cost of rescheduling the weddings and all the details involved.
3. Rain Cards
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you really should include rainy day cards as an insert for your invitations. These cards should describe any alternate plans you have in place for your wedding in case it gets rained out.
4. Makeup and Hair
No bride wants her hair to frizz or makeup to run. There are a few tips and tricks you can use when doing your own wedding makeup. For starters, make sure to use primer on your skin after cleaning it to help make your makeup last longer. You should also use waterproof makeup (which is a given for any teary-eyed bride), but also make sure you use an invisible powder to set your makeup once it’s done. Finally, there are makeup sprays you can purchase that help set and seal your makeup for the day.
When it comes to your hair, just make sure you use a humidity resistant hairspray.
Of course, if you plan on hiring a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, they probably already know all the tips and tricks for long-lasting makeup and hair, even in wet weather. You might want to ask them if they can stay for touch-ups though, if that’s an option.
5. Rent a Tent
You should research tent rentals ahead of time. That way if Mother Nature decides to rain on your parade, you’ll be ready. Just make sure you ask the tent rental company if they have an emergency phone line for events in progress or same-day rush orders available. If it fits in your budget, it might even be a good idea to rent one ahead of time either way. It never hurts to have somewhere shaded and dry to hangout during an outdoor wedding. And if you’re hosting your wedding at an outdoor venue, they might already have a back-up plan in place for these situations so be sure to ask.
By the start of the day you should have an idea if there’s a chance of rain. If there is, consider bringing a few towels along for you and your guests. Even with umbrellas available, it helps to have something to dry off with, even if it’s just to wipe off a few drops of water on your shoulders or down your back.
7. Umbrellas and Boots
Assuming you will be able to tell if your wedding day is going to get rained out ahead of time (even if it’s just the night before), you could always purchase cute rain boots and umbrellas for your wedding party and guests. There are a lot of adorable options when it comes to rain boots. Whether they have floral prints or polka-dots, you should be able to find something that goes well with your bridesmaids dresses.
Having umbrellas to offer your guests is a kind gesture as well, for those who didn’t think to bring their own. They don’t have to be big or expensive either, as long as it does what it’s intended to do: keep you dry. However, you can of course get fancy when it comes to your own umbrellas as the bride and groom. Adding umbrellas and rain boots to your wedding gives you the opportunity to have some fun, so why not?
There are a lot of gorgeous shots of rainy weddings, so have no fear, you can still capture beautiful photos of your special day even when it’s wet outside. When looking for a photographer it might be helpful to ask them if they know what to do in case it does rain. An experienced photographer should not only know what to do, but how to get creative with your photos by using the rain and lighting to their advantage.
9. Go With the Flow
At last, we have no control of the weather, but we can control how we handle it. If your picture-perfect sunny wedding day turns cloudy, don’t let it damper your spirits. Instead, accept it for what it is, go with the flow and have fun!
Cory and James fell in love in the desert, so it was a natural choice for their engagement session. Michael Radford Photography captured the couple at Joshua Tree, capitalizing on the different textures in landscape and the magnetic colors in the sunset as our backdrop. We’re loving the simple styling of the couple and their easy smiles. Of course it all came naturally as Cory and James chose their “happy place” for their session. It serves as a great reminder to all the engaged couples out there—work with your photographer to pick a favorite place to capture your most authentic selves.
from Best #Wedding Blog
Spring is bursting with colors as flowers blossom everywhere you look. This season is all about bright colors and bold flowers. Use this to your advantage to save some money and make beautiful decorations for your spring wedding.
The best thing about centerpieces is that you can make them in whatever size, shape, and style you want. Begin your centerpiece project with whatever type of container you love most. If you are going the rustic route, a mason jar is a perfect touch. Varying kinds of vases provide a wonderful look for each table. If you want to show of an artsy side, go with unique containers found at a thrift store.
Then all you need to do is fill them with the perfect accents. Spring is all about color and flowers, so a great choice is always your favorite type of flower. You can place a few in each container. You can go with a terrarium look for a natural feel, or even fruit for a pop of colorful (tasty) fun on each table. If you don’t want to bring attention to each table with flowers, a less showy centerpiece accent is the candle. Place a tea light in each container for a simple, yet classy touch. You don’t have to have a container in the middle of each table.
A great touch for any DIY centerpiece is a mirror. This adds elegance to the table and gives the illusion of a larger centerpiece. Plus, one of the greatest things about centerpieces is they can double as favors. A DIY decoration and favor all rolled into one saves money and looks great at the same time.
Hanging decorations are an easy way to fill space, while also making that space pop with color and excitement. Making hanging decorations is pretty easy if you go with the basics. Garlands are a creative, fun addition made with clothespins, paper, and string. Yarn chandeliers and paper lanterns are also great to hang from the rafters.
But, you don’t just need to think about the inside. If you are getting married outside, trees provide the best place to hang decorations. Some brides even hung a curtain of ribbon made with ribbon, string, or PVC pipe. You can even hang photos across parts of the room if you want to go that route. One thing about hanging decorations is you can use many of them in your home for decoration after the #wedding.
Outdoor weddings lend you nature as your canvas. Lights strewn through trees are a classy, beautiful touch that only takes a few minutes to set up. Hay bales provide both the perfect place for guests to rest and a focal point for decoration. Put homemade quilts or decorative pillows along the hay bales for chic outdoor seating. Hay is also an easy way to decorate the floor. Lay it across the floor for a decorative touch. Use rocks to form hearts or arrows along a path to the dance floor.
Look around the area for extraordinary things that can transform into art. Broken twigs and branches, tiny flowers sprouting by the garden and a bed of rocks suddenly become art accents for the perfect spring wedding.
Signs are some of the easiest DIY additions for a Spring wedding. Your sign background will depend on the feel of your wedding. From canvas and wood to chalkboard and steel, anything can become a sign. Reclaimed wood is a great background for rustic weddings. You can stain it or keep it natural, then add text with paint and hang the sign.
Chalkboard signs are a fun addition if you have good handwriting. You can place signs throughout the wedding telling people where to sit, labeling the food or simply for decoration so that people can hold them in photos.
Favors can often double as decoration and a gift. Use flowers to your benefit since they are plentiful in Spring. Place colorful flowers in vases, mason jars or other containers at tables or in other areas as favors so they provide a fun focal point and go home with guests at the end of the night. A candy bar full of bright, sugary goodness is easy to put together, gives guests their own selection of candy for their favors, and provides an amazing color burst. Who doesn’t love to mix a bag of Skittles with Sour Patch Kids?
Mason jars are magic when it comes to decoration and favors. People love mason jars, so you can stuff them with your favorite things as a favor. Make these things bright and colorful or paint the mason jars in your colors.
With T-minus 51 days till the #wedding, Mr. W and I have been plugging away at that tedious to-do list, pretending to care about all the little details that are “so important,” and nailing stuff down. I mean, admittedly, over the last week, I’ve spent more time sleeping off the world’s worst sinus infection than doing wedding stuff, but still…
And instead of drawing all of that out into individual posts, here’s a bullet-point style update of all the crap important stuff we’ve done over the last few weeks (with a picture or two, to boot!).
1. We bought wedding bands! One weekend day, we got our act together, went and got Mr. W. sized, and got a sense of what we liked. Of course, jewelry store prices are expensive, and neither of us wanted super pricey wedding bands, so once we had a sense of what we liked, we shopped online.
Mr. W found his on a site called ManlyBands, which has been targeting him for ads since we got engaged. He loved the mixed metals and the detailing. (And the affordable price point did NOT suck!)
So that’s what my hands look like.
I got my ring via Etsy. I wanted something that looked pretty with my engagement ring, but that could serve as a standalone ring as well, and this thin band did the trick. Naturally, once it arrived I tried it on. And because I was home sick, I wore that sucker everywhere for a good chunk of the day.
2. We nailed down travel arrangements for both for the wedding and the weekend in March that we fly out. We will do a venue walk-through, get our marriage license, see Hamilton (because why not?), and fly back. We’ve got hotels as needed, flights for everyone we’re in charge of, and all that.
3. We arranged our honeymoon. Or more accurately, Mr. W arranged our honeymoon, and I floated along in blissful oblivion. A lot of it’s gonna be a surprise for me, and honestly, I’m A-okay with that. I do know we’ll be spending a relaxing week at the beach in the Dominican Republic. I also know there’s a swim-up suite involved. That’s all I got. And let’s be real: That’s all anyone needs.
4. We did vendor check-ins. I straight-up hate being on the phone, so all the check-ins have gotten a bit tedious, but luckily, at this point, our month-of coordinator is taking over most communications.
5. We nailed down songs. And not a moment too soon, since it’s time to work on Mr. W’s dance skills. (There’s a reason I dance five days a week and he dances once a year.) We’ll be having our first dance to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison—a sweet song we both love. I’ll be dancing to “It’s a Wonderful World” with my dad, and Mr. W will be dancing to “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You” with his mom. Nailing down sweet non-romantic songs was an adventure, but we got it done!
6. We booked puppy care. And cue the gratuitous doggo picture. Unfortunately, having a wedding away from home means Miss Bowie is not invited to the celebration…but we decided to give ourselves a wedding gift, and have reserved a spot for her in a really well regarded board and train facility. Why? Well, consistency in her training is awesome. And coming home to a slightly better behaved dog won’t suck, either.
Bowie LOVES football.
7. We started thinking about the little details. I’m talking things like programs, guestbooks, signage. And who knew you were supposed to have a card box? Not this bride. So I’ve started browsing Etsy (what did people do before Etsy?) and searching wedding websites for inspiration. And Mr. W knows he has until next Tuesday to share any opinions—after that, I’m just making a choice for the both of us. Because I want shit done. More on this later—I’ll share some of the stuff I’m loving.
Next on my list: finishing alterations, getting everything for our DIY favors (mmm, cookies) and florals, seating arrangements, dance lessons, and getting it all done. I’ve got a feeling the next few weeks are going to FLY—it doesn’t help that we’re crazy busy at work, too.
As the announcements are posted and invites arrive, there’s a good chance you’re thinking, “I’M SO EXCITED. But what the heck do I wear?!” Or maybe you’re the bride-to-be and desperately searching for the perfect dress for your ‘maids. Yes, #wedding season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you need to fret! Whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding attendee, we’ve got a few *MUST-HAVES* from ModCloth! With relatively affordable prices + an array of styles, it’s definitely the place to find something quirky, cute, and fitting for each + every wedding theme; dress up in something romantic and classic, vintage-inspired, or even don an offbeat + standout piece with a hint of retro! ModCloth’s Wedding Collection + bridal boutique is packed with both modern and vintage styles. If you fancy pretty gowns inspired by the past, many of their bridesmaid dresses are reminiscent of mid-century styles —think flowy, A-line skirts, chiffon, and ruffles! Perhaps you want to pay tribute to another decade and go Gatsby-era glam, or total 1970s boho? They’ve got that too!