Our Time Is Running Out!

Hey everyone,

In the words of my Papa, “Holy macaroni.” Time is just a flying by.  We are just a couple weeks away from Britt and my big day. The small details are slowly getting done. My dad and I built this amazing arch and beautiful wedding sign for the sidewalk. Spoke the florist today and the look of the wedding will be amazing.  Britt and I are working hard on the final touches of our vows, speeches and all the other necessities for our wedding.  In case you were unaware, planning a wedding is a lot of work. Like, a lot.

A really fun part of this whole experience is planning our honeymoon.  We have decided to go on a trip to Florida. Our itinerary will include DisneyWorld, Universal Studios (excusively for Harry Potter…Britt’s demand), hopefully a short cruise to the Bahamas for a couple nights and then to end it all off we will drive to Tampa and check out a hockey game.  A pretty sweet trip with a nice mix of fun and sun.

Lots more to do! Look forward to seeing you all on August 9th!

- Matt

It’s The Final Countdown!

Holy smokes! Less than 70 days to go. Everything is coming into place. DJ has been booked and it should be a great time. Brit and I are working hard on making our song lists and choosing the perfect songs for each moment. Until a week ago I never even thought of a prelude, processional or postlude. I still think Brit is just making up words. Regardless we have some of our favourite songs that will help enhancement the ceremony.

Brit and I are doing a lot of DIY when it comes to decor around the hall. As you have seen in earlier posts Brit has designed all the mason jars uses on our tables, while I have made the table numbers from scratch and also made a sandwich board sign for the end of the aisle. Not going to lie, they look fantastic.  It’s nice that after months and months of planning we can finally start to envision all the different elements working together.

Each day there is a new item on our to-do list. Cross one thing off, add two more on. Wish us luck!

Cannot wait to see you all in Fort Langley!

- Matt

Meeting Number One with the Wedding Planner!

Tonight we had our first official meeting with our wedding planner! Her name is Lucy and she is 100% adorable and 110% awesome. Today she helped us envision what our wedding day timeline will be like and what we need to research next before our next meeting (February 17). She also made me realize I have no idea how much needs to go into a wedding day! After talking to her tonight I am SO excited for our day; pretty sure it will be the most amazing ever.

We are now just under 7 months away from the big day! Ah! It’s feeling very real, very exciting and very stressful. Basically we are consistently busy until after the wedding. Excuse me while I go stress over tiny details, siiiigh.

Kacey Jane Photography

Kacey Jane Photography

The hunt for a photographer is over!

We spent a lot of time perusing all of the photographers available in the Greater Vancouver Area. Honestly, I was starting to feel like we may never find someone to my standards. I’ve always had an passion for photography and, I feel, a good eye… So, I’m not going to lie, I was picky. So many photographers had good portfolios, just not “have hanging on my walls for the rest of my life” good.

During one of our “set aside an hour and search for a photographer” sessions Matt showed me the Kacey Jane Photography website.

In budget – Check
Photojournalistic – Check
Two photographers – Check
GORGEOUS PHOTOS – Check

I immediately told Matt to email and set up a meeting. In person Carol (One half of Kacey Jane, and soon to be sole owner) was absolutely lovely. Her and myself clicked on so many levels; we have the same style, likes and we both HATE the Derby Reach barn that everyone seems to get their photos taken in front of.

So, we signed the contract, put down our deposit and we have a photographer booked! I cannot wait to get our engagement photos done and am incredibly excited for the wedding photos!

304 days to go!

One Year to Go!

As of last Friday it is less than one year until our wedding!

It’s starting to feel immensely more real to both of us. Up until now our planning has been very casual; every once in a while look something up, maybe get a good lead… Now we have to PLAN.

And with that planning I need to actually write blog posts… Ideally I will be writing every Monday, I say ideally because I am the worst at following through. I’m hoping that by writing it down I do stay accountable! So, here’s me making a promise to you that if you return to this page every Monday (well, I can’t promise what time it’ll be done on Mondays) there will be a new blog post, yay!

I’m going to try and have each week feature a specific thing we have done for planning to keep things organized. However, I am open to do anything that people want to see, so let me know!

Be My Maid?

After I had gotten engaged I immediately knew which girls I needed to tell first; it didn’t take long for me to know that was a pretty good sign they should be in my bridal party. I asked them all unofficially (and informally) so that they knew they would in fact be in the wedding party; then I got to work on the crafty portion.

Some research on Pintrest and the most recurring theme I saw was creating Bridesmaid gift packs. I thought that was a pretty neat idea because it gives the girls a chance to feel out what the wedding will be like before saying yes. So, I went to Micheal’s and picked up some unfinished wood cigar boxes; there were only five left on the shelf, exactly how many I needed! Fate? I think so.

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This project is not for the faint of heart; it took a lot of patience to make these. All in all I think it was worth it; I’m really happy with how they turned out.

I had this plan for giving them out to the girls; I had planned a sushi date for all of us and I was going to give them to everyone and thank them for deciding to be part of our day. They had other plans. Somehow Sydney and Emma managed to get Matt to drive me to the sushi restaurant; we walked in and the night had been turned on us, it was a surprise engagement party with all our friends!

Both of us were taken aback to see so many friends there to celebrate with us and couldn’t believe that neither of us had thought something was up! I ended up giving the boxes to each girl privately and they were well received. For those wondering, the bridal party is:

Maid of Honor – Sydney Lamirand
Bridesmaid – Emma Colbeck
Bridesmaid – Alexandrea Rohl
Bridesmaid – Amanda Calliou
Bridesmaid – Carly Shephard