26 July 2011

our wedding | part I

I'm so happy to be able to share these photos, and a few moments from our wedding day, with you! All of the photos were taken by our wonderful photographers, Lisa Mark and her husband, Justin. They did such a wonderful job capturing our day and we couldn't be more thrilled with the photos. Thanks, Lisa and Justin!

The day started off with an early morning, getting ready with all the bridesmaids and my mom in our hotel rooms. I had originally planned to get just one dress, the one on the left, by Betsey Johnson. My mom and I found it one day when she was visiting me in Montreal. We were just browsing and stumbled upon it. I tried it on for fun, and quickly realized it was the dress.

A few months later, while shopping with my friend Jennie in our favourite vintage store, I found the dress on the right. It was my size, in mint condition, and a great price. It only took Jennie 10 minutes to talk me into purchasing it as a dancing dress. She later would talk me into buying my dream shoes, on the left. The sparkly Toms were a last-minute purchase I made upon realizing I'd probably need some proper dancing shoes.

After we all returned from the salon, we set to doing our makeup. I did my own because I just had to. Applying makeup before a big event is pretty much ritualistic to me, and doing so allowed me to do several trials by myself in order to get it just right. I learned so much about bridal makeup throughout the process, and I plan to do a tutorial for brides-to-be in the near future.

My veil was made by Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein, a talented montreal artist. She hand sewed dozens of brightly coloured crystals onto the French netting that I'd purchased at Sussman's in Toronto.

Here's my mom, helping me get ready!

My beautiful bouquet was made by Allison Westlake of Coriander Girl.

I wore my great great great grandmother's necklace (my something old, borrowed and blue), which was made of filigreed gold, pearls and sapphires. The rose gold watch matches my rings and was my wedding gift from Brian.

Can you see the nervousness in my eyes here? Or was it a Kit Kat craving? Thank god my mom was there to tell me to relax!

Meanwhile, Brian was waiting for me to arrive at the Berkeley Church, our wedding venue.  We opted to do a first look, where we would see each other before the ceremony. This was the best decision. Ever. Seeing each other before everything happened grounded us and also gave us a few precious moments alone in the midst of a crazy day. It also allows time for more photography, which was obviously important to us! I would recommend this to everyone!

Okay, now it's time for the ceremony. My cousin Elise, our ring bearer, walked down the aisle en pointe!

Our friend Amy sang "'Til There was You" from The Music Man while we all walked down the aisle.

Our friend Mark sang "At Last" by Etta James during the ceremony.

Then Brian messed up his vows just a wee bit. But then he put on his game face.

We're married!

Brian's parents (above); my parents (below)

How awesome does our wedding party look?

That's it for now! Stay tuned for photos from the reception.

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