Monday, December 19, 2011

Walking on Sunshine: Our First Look

Our photographers arranged our first look at Granville Island.  Granville Island is a place we love to visit every time we are in Vancouver so it seemed perfect for our first look.  I was running late, but now all I could think about was that I was so close to seeing Mr. Gazelle for the first time on our wedding day.  While our photographers were on the phone coordinating our first look the girls adjusted a few pieces of my attire, including my necklace which kept twisting.
Mr. Gazelle was waiting for me on the marina with his groomsmen.
After everyone was in place it was my turn to walk towards Mr. Gazelle
I had a huge smile on my face but I was also choking back sobs.  Almost there....I totally thought he would turn around once he knew I was behind him!
See, he totally knows I'm there but he didn't turn around.  I tapped him on the shoulder.
I'm can turn around now!
I'm pretty sure the first word out of his mouth was, "Wow!"
We shared a smooch as he handed me back my bouquet.

Mr. Gazelle then wanted a moment to take it all in - my dress, hair and flowers.  He kept exclaiming how beautiful I was.
It was really nice to have this moment together.  It was one of my favourite parts of the day!  Our ceremony wasn't until 6:30 pm.  This gave us a chance to spend a bit more of the day together and to revel in the fact that we were getting married!!  I love seeing photos of the look on Mr. Gazelle's face from our first look!
Time for one last smooch...
...and then it was time to have some fun and take some pictures!

Are you doing a first look?

*All photos courtesy of the amazing Sakura Photography*

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Walking on Sunshine: Guys Get Ready

While Leslie from Sakura Photography was photographing us girls her husband Mark met up with the guys at their hotel while they were getting ready.
Mr. Gazelle had some really cool purple socks...
And we had picked up some fun socks for the best man and groomsman too.  I am amazed at Groomsman M's balance while putting socks on!
It doesn't take nearly as long for the guys to get dressed so Mr. G checked his hair...
Put on his tie...
And his vest...
And Best Man D helped him put his jacket on.
Groomsman M sure looked swanky in his suit and hat!
I really wish I knew what this conversation was about...
Finally Mr. Gazelle was ready to go, but not before reading my note.
And with that the men were ready!  On to our first look!!
PS - I love the massive smile on Mr. Gazelle's face!

Did you have a second shooter to take photos of the guys getting ready?

*All photos courtesy of the amazing Sakura Photography*

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

First Married Christmas

The other weekend Mr. Gazelle and I put our Christmas tree up.  This wasn't the first time that we've hung ornaments on the Christmas tree together, but somehow it felt different this time now that we are married.  We've collected a few ornaments over the year that will remind us of some special things and occasions.

Mr. Gazelle has a dream to own a boat some day.  So I bought him one!  Perhaps a bit on the small scale though...

We love to hike in the mountains...
...and apparently so does Santa.

This Empire State Building ornament will always remind me of our honeymoon.

And finally, I chose to make an ornament with all kinds of bits and pieces from our wedding.  I bought a plan glass ornament from Michaels.  I filled it with strips of our invitations, the purple and white twine we used on our invites, programs and favours...

...pieces of our thank you cards, our engagement picture moo cards...

...a piece of fabric from the bridesmaid dresses and some French veiling from my hair flower.

Our tree.

How are you remembering your wedding during the holiday season?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Walking on Sunshine: Becoming a Bride

With my make up done and my somethings taken care of it was now time to get dressed!  Around this time I also realized just how late we were running.  I think this is right where BM-D is telling me not to worry and to just enjoy everything.
I slipped into my dress and the girls started to lace up my corset.
Bridesmaid D is a corset master!  This is one of my favourite photos of D from the day.

While I was getting laced up I read a note Mr. Gazelle had left behind for me.  We didn't exchange gifts but we did exchange notes.  I think we were both afraid to say too much and give away our best material that we could use in our vows but I loved reading Mr. Gazelle's note.
It was then time to try and rig my beloved hair flower!  I had tried super gluing it and it still didn't hold.  I was ready to leave it behind but my girls and the photographer were determined to get it to work.
Success!  Thank you ladies!!!!
Time for my borrowed garter.
And quite possibly the most awkward shoe putting on shot ever...
A quick toast...
And it was time to go!
I love these photos of my parents.  They look so happy!

Time to get in the car!

Were you running late on your wedding day?  Did it stress you out at all?  

*All photos courtesy of the amazing Sakura Photography*

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Walking on Sunshine: My Somethings

I didn't have a chance to share my somethings with you before the wedding, so here we go!

Something New: dress, shoes, and jewelry

I loved my dress...
...and all of the detail on the waist...
...and the bust.
My bracelet was from J. Crew.  I thought the pearls and rhinestones echoed the detail on the waist perfectly.
My necklace was a gift from my mom.
 My earrings were the first piece of jewelry I picked for my wedding ensemble.
 My beloved purple Floral Fandango shoes from Anthropologie that I went to great lengths to get.

Something Old and Blue: antique gazelle pin

I wanted something to represent Weddingbee on me.  I found this gorgeous antique silver gazelle pin on eBay.  I tied a blue ribbon to it to represent my something blue.
I pinned the gazelle to the crinoline under my dress.

Something Borrowed: garter and bees

My friend Tara lent me her garter that a friend had handmade for her.  It was so sweet of her to let me borrow it.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  We did not do a garter toss so only a few people knew it was there.
I also had the travelling bees with me that have been making their way around the hive!  Unfortunately by the time I got them (darn you Canada Post strike!) I didn't have much of an idea for how to incorporate them on the day.  I carried the bees in my purse.
How did you incorporate the somethings in your wedding day ensemble?

*All photos courtesy of the amazing Sakura Photography*

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