Changes and Progress

April 6th, 2008 by bride

Things have been crazy busy since we've decided to change the wedding date. That's right the date is now Saturday September 20th, 2008! This year! Only six months away! Planning has been ramped up into high gear and there has been progress. In between house hunting we've managed to get some of the important things done. The venue is still The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hurray! The closest people in our lives have been asked to take part in the wedding. Our wonderful entourage             

Maid of Honour Holly Pitts friends since grade 4, she’s always there through thick and thin
Best Man Jerry Urjasz friends since grade 9
Bridesmaid Amy Gillgrass friends since grade 9, my first time living away from home was with Amy
Groomsman Jan Rudy known him as long as he’s been alive
Bridesmaid Renata Zaprucki known her as long as she’s been alive but she’s cuter than Jan
Groomsman Ken Drebenstedt known him as long as he’s been alive

The next thing I had to worry about was finding the perfect wedding dress. After going to six different boutiques and dragging various friends with me I found it.  I had very definite ideas about what I wanted, tried on a lot of different shapes and ended up with a beautiful gown by Maggie Sottero. I found it at Bridal and Beyond in Mississauga.Rick managed to find a great photographer. After interviewing 6 people he introduced me to one of the photographers at Art of Weddings. Trina was very easy going and we liked her style. So the photographer is booked.Also picked a baker for our wedding cake. Went to one tasting and loved all the little cake and icing samples that we could combine any way we wanted. Got some big sample cakes from another baker to take home and try so that the family also got to vote on the best flavor. We chose Lynne from Let Them Eat Cake in Dundas to make our little wedding cake. She was great, full of a lot of information and the cake and buttercream were delicious.This week we registered at The Bay and William Ashley. That was pretty fun and I actually found  formal and casual china patterns that don't suck.Stay tuned for bridesmaid dresses, flowers and invites.

The Date is Set

February 3rd, 2008 by groom

Posts have been sparse lately because nothing has been planned. We were waiting to do our tasting before we signed for the venue. That finally taken care of, we have a date. How does May 23, 2009 sound to everyone? If you're busy that day tough, but what kind of person has plans set that far in advance anyway (Unless you're the kind of person who has to hit the first day of trout season).For those of you curious as to the location, it'll be at  The Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Yes I know we haven’t been Updating

December 16th, 2007 by groom

I know its been a while since we made any updates but house hunting has taken over wedding planning for a while. We found something we loved but we're worried that the reno's we want would cost too much. So the search continues…

Venue Excitement

November 17th, 2007 by groom

I think we found our venue! We're crunching the numbers and putting together our questions right now. The space is great and the prices are good. Hopefully the provided caterer doesn't suck, though looking at their website I don't think its the case. Stay tuned for all the exciting developments! (yes I'm actually getting excited)

My Engagement Ring

November 6th, 2007 by bride

It's so shiny and sparkly I want to show everyone. Of course it's very distracting for me and gets stared at and admired a lot.                                                                  

Especially when a bright sun is shining through any window.                                         

Wine Country

October 27th, 2007 by groom

We went out towards the Niagara area to look at places today. Thats right people… Wine Country! The prices don't seem to be that much cheaper than Toronto, but you do seem to get more for the money. I'm finding some nice french menus but they're a little heavy on the cheese. Though everywhere we've gone has seemed pretty flexible in menu building, but I doubt I can make a final decision on a venue without first trying the food. Luckily most of the venues have had restaurants attached so we can always make reservations and try the food. I'm going to have to google map these places and check the traveling distances for guests. If its going to be "out of town" I'd like to keep it at a distance where people will want to stay overnight to cut down on the DUI potential. Most people seem good these days but people do get a little carried away at times. Plus not having to worry about getting home after a party is always nice.

Dresses

October 21st, 2007 by bride

I went wedding dress shopping for the first time with Eva (who is getting married in June) and it was great! We went to Village Wedding Bells in Waterdown and Victoria Bridal on Hamilton Mountain. Both places were small and cute with friendly staff. It was fun to see how opposite our tastes are as we both tried on dresses and stood on the pedestals trying to decide what we like and don't like. Eva is almost ready to buy the one she wants so she was just looking for similar things that might be better. She looked stunning in everything. I tried on all kinds of different styles, a definite learning experience. I have a better idea of what I'm looking for now so I think our trip was a success. 

Looking for Venues

October 12th, 2007 by groom

We've started looking for venues. Calling places, making appointments, sorting lists. We're looking anywhere form Toronto to Niagara Falls. Its a pretty wide area. though there is pressure (mild) to have it closer to Hamilton, but I'm apprehensive. All the in house caterers around there are Italian and I've never had great Italian at a wedding, and as most of you know I'm all about the food. I want French.

I said “Of Course I’ll Marry You!”

October 7th, 2007 by bride

Details:

Location - Picton Ontario, The Claramount Inn and Spa, room 2, the most beautiful place ever!

The Claramount Inn and Spa

The Day - Perfect, after a lovely breakfast we headed to the Sandbanks National Park and went for a walk down the beach. Then drove around Prince Edward County seeing what we could see. Had lunch at a The Duke of Marysburgh Pub. Found The County Cider Company in Waupoos, to buy the cider Rick had at the pub. Looked at the vineyards, the orchards and beautiful autumn forests and fields. Bought chocolate at the Copper Kettle Chocolate Company and ate home made apple pie ice cream at Slickers Ice Cream Shop. All of which we highly recommend. 

On The Beach

Time - After dinner on Oct 6, 2007. The anniversary of our first date!

How it happened - All I could think was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and most wonderful and yet again wonderful. Rick made me very happy. Then pulled out a stack of wedding magazines and he joked "Start Planning!"

The Ring - Gorgeous heirloom with a huge diamond in a beautiful gold scrollwork setting.

PS The above is for the ladies that needed more information than "she said yes".

She Said Yes

October 6th, 2007 by groom

Yes, She said Yes!