Monday, July 21, 2014

Follow the leader: pink/red

Hands up: who remembers Sarah Jessica Parker leading the surge on red and pink with this daring colour combination?

I was about to relegate my burgundy wax denims to a storage bin for the summer when I decided to give them a whirl with a cherry blossom print top, ivory blazer and rose heels. Ta-da! It's a muted version of SJP's combo. 

With the wedding series, I haven't had time to plan any mid-summer outfit-type posts but I'm hoping to get a few up before the return of cool weather!

  (These photos pre-date the wedding, when I was still breaking in my bridal shoes I'm breaking in. Lots of outfits were planned around this footwear!)
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Jeans - Banana Republic
Top - Louben via Winners
Blazer - H&M
Sandals - Nine West via outlets
Bracelets - Aldo Accessories and hand-me-downs
Earrings - Gift

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cute and comfy sweats for summer road trips

I've logged a lot of time on the road this summer (six straight weekends, to be exact). Long car rides call for clothes that are cute enough for truck station pit stops but cozy enough for curling up in your seat watching the landscape roll by. I've been wearing variations on this outfit: hat, sweatpants, comfy cotton layers on top, ballet flats or sandals and a travel mug.

On a recent trip to Syracuse, I bought these sweatpants from BCBG and loved them enough to get them in both navy and grey. Five years ago that would've seemed a little rich but already feel I've gotten my money's worth because THEY DIDN'T SHRINK (your turn, J Crew pajama designer). They're not completely shapeless and wonderfully, luxuriously soft. There's nothing like getting home from work and pulling a pair of these on. At about $45 a pop from the outlet store, they weren't cheap but not outrageous either. If they last the 10 years my previous pair did, they'll be worth every penny.

I like that this outfit is also reflective of my more casual side, which I don't always show on the blog. Another peek into the real me? We took these photos in my childhood park, which may explain my sudden urge to hop on a swing or set up an impromptu game of soccer baseball. 

This weekend we are celebrating our friends' wedding, taking place at a zoo (how fun is that?!). The bride is 9 months pregnant and has been remarkably chill about everything...but send good vibes that the baby stays inside for another couple of hours!!

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Sweatpants - BCBG
Short sleeve tee - French Connection
Long sleeve tee - Michael Stars via Sak's Off Fifth
Fedora - Forever 21
Sandals - Ann Taylor
Bag - Dooney & Bourke

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A look back: the awesomest moments (part 2 of 2)

These are the moments that touched my heart.

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Photographers capturing us reading each other's vows





My dad catching his first glimpse of me



My cousin/bridesmaid Rachelle hand-making these phenomenal signs.



Receiving a sweet note and beautiful rose gold necklace from my sister the morning of the wedding. 



Greeting my 94-year-old grandfather after the ceremony 

(Update: This photo is all the more meaningful to me now, as my grandfather passed away shortly after the wedding.)



My bridesmaid's husband Mark filming our wedding. His wife Sara using the same font as our stationery on the CD printout, and repurposing our invitation as the CD case insert.



Groups of guests linking arms and swaying to the music during the father-daughter dance.



Getting to face our guests during the ceremony, rather than have our backs to them. 


Choosing to place my bouquet at his mom's gravesite, instead of a bouquet toss.


Friendships and sisterly bonds that withstand the test of time.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A look back: the awesomest moments (part 1 of 2)

(This is the second-to-last post in my wedding series.)

Wedding planning and weddings themselves are full of unexpected or lighthearted moments. These are some of my faves.

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Not taking ourselves too seriously during our entrance.



Laughing until our sides hurt during the obligatory roasting of the groom.




My girlfriends writing down their wedding dress predictions and dropping them in our envelope box.


S’s dress matching the bathroom walls.


The sheer randomness of some of the reply cards.



Becoming the newest member of the sisterhood of the travelling garter. 
Total weight: 40g
Becoming the newest member of the sisterhood of the travelling bridal magazines. 
Total weight: 56.8 pounds


{Photo credit}


Making a birthday beer cake for delivery to the boys at the hotel.

Ordering an entirely-edible Indiana Jones birthday cake from my baker friend for a post-wedding brunch.


Sunglasses. Because, why not?


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The 20 best photos from our wedding

These photos, a mix of shots taken by our photographer Anthony and by friends, need no introduction. Simply put, they capture the beauty, happiness and love of the day.

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Vendor review: Photolux Studio, Ottawa

Booking a photographer was a tricky process. Neither Brad nor I knows much about the technical aspects of the business, so were reliant on sales pitches, face-to-face meetings, online research, promotional material and word-of-mouth. We first met Photolux at a bridal show and I later connected their work to a wedding we had attended a few years ago and the stunning photos they had produced. Our trepidation was that even the basic package was more than we'd budgeted. We kept them in the back of our mind as we met with five other photographers. After every meeting, we came away hesitant about something - a lack of experience shooting weddings, a price point, an arrogant attitude.

The friend who gifted us our stationery had chosen Photolux for her own wedding, and practically begged us to take the money we'd saved on the invitations and book with them. So we did. We requested Anthony in particular, on the tip of a very kind photographer from a competing studio. As soon as we'd completed our engagement photo shoot, we knew we'd made the right decision. 

Anthony and his assistant were personable and very efficient. The guys loved him because he gave very specific direction and cues. The priest was happy that he was discreet at the church and dressed appropriately. And we loved the results! The proofs were ready very quickly, within days of the wedding. 

If I have one quibble, it's that I would have liked more detail shots. (Granted, that may not be important to all brides). The only photo I have showing the back of my updo was one my sister requested he take. I have tons of photos of the seating chart, but none of the gift table or tall vase arrangements at the reception hall. Many of the photos I've shown in this wedding series have been cropped by me to focus in on a specific element. 

Overall though, we are both very, very happy with our decision to book Photolux. Their reputation in Ottawa precedes them, and for good reason. In fact, you might even have a piece of their work on you right now. Have a look at that Canadian $5 bill in your wallet. Yup, those kids playing hockey were shot by Anthony!