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Wedding Details – the Rings

One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them; One ring to bring them all. and in the darkness bind them.

Oops, sorry, wrong rings. You all are more interested in our WEDDING rings, not the one from Lord of the Ring (one of my all time favorite stories).Β  Now, you all got to see my engagement ring back in January when we announced to the Internet our intentions to wed. That engagement band is part of a set, so naturally we got me the matching wedding band.Β  My finger is now covered in bling! πŸ™‚ One thing that I love about my wedding band was a happy coincident. The only band of our style they had in stock when we went to get it happened to have 13 small diamonds on it. Thirteen is an awesome number – it’s my lucky number, we got engaged and married in 2013 and our wedding date was October 13! It’s like that band was meant to be!

1422665_10153471188390532_1942617026_n Picking out Mike’s band turned out to be a little more challenging. It took months of trying on rings, and trying to decide before Mike happened to stumble across what was to be the ring. He found a yellow gold band (to match the gold in my rings) with a simple claddagh design on it. For those of you who don’t know the story of behind the claddagh it is as follows:

A traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship; the heart represents love; and the crown represents loyalty) *from Wikipedia1419867_10153471181350532_1192713652_n**photos by Jenn from Jennifer Galliott Photography**



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Wedding Details – the Cake

From the time we got engaged until about two weeks before the wedding, Mike and I were planning on having cupcakes in place of the traditional cake. I looked up so many different styles of cupcakes and had decided on a very simple one. Swirls of icing with sugar pears scattered down one side. Simple yet elegant. The original plan was to make them myself, Joy was all prepared to bake up a storm with me a couple of days before the wedding. Then I was going to have someone make them for me. Then I switched back to making them myself – $400 for 100 cupcakes? I don’t think so!


Eventually I decided that baking that many cupcakes myself was never going to work. One week before the wedding I changed the whole game plan. I buckled down and 6 days before wedding baked up three, three layer cake tiers which I promptly wrapped and popped in the freezer.Β  Then two days before wedding, Joy and I filled and decorated them to create a simple cake.

Insert photo of Mike and I cutting cake!

Yep, I was one of those crazy brides that does her own wedding cake.

*Top photoΒ provided by my cousin Tara Troy, bottom photo by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography*

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Wedding Details – the Dress

The one detail that everyone asks about from the moment you get engaged until the bride walks down the aisle is the dress. People want to know what it is going to look like, what kind of style the bride is going for. They just want to know everything about it! Then there is the poor groom, he often gets to know NOTHING about the dress until he see’s his bride. I of course decided to make Mike into one of those grooms who had to wait πŸ™‚

When we first got engaged I started to stress about the dress right away. Would I be able to find one that I liked? Would I be able to afford it? How many places was I going to have to go to find it? Would Mike like it? (that one stressed me the most!).

1450222_483236831790435_1195057786_nThe classic shot of the dress before wearing it – love that it’s outside and NOT in a window!

Well, I was lucky. I found my dress within a few weeks, at the very first place I went to – a Bridal Show with my friend (and one of my bridesmaids) Helga. There were dresses there for up to 80% off, and I managed to snag my dress and veil for all of $500!

Of course having it for so long in advance I had my moments where I doubted if I liked it, heck, at one point I was sure I hated it! Thankfully, after all the alterations were done (hemming, taking in and adding some straps), I LOVED it.

992755_10153446464210532_1530184032_n**Photos taken by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography

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Wedding Details – the Flowers

As I have mentioned, I decided to DIY several things for the wedding. The one that was the most time consuming and stressful was the flowers. Sure, I could have forked over the money and had someone else put together a bunch of beautiful real bouquets for me, but those are so sad when they die 😦 Also, they are crazy expensive. I’m pretty sure I would have been looking at several hundred dollars to have my bouquet, four bridesmaids bouquets, 9 boutineers and something for the flower girl. Instead I spent about $50 and had them all! How you ask? Why I used paper!

1459813_483227668458018_213086431_nOne of the bridesmaids bouquets

Thanks to the wonders of the internet I found instructions on how to make kusudama flowers (origami) and rolled roses. Sure, it involved a bunch of cutting, folding and rolling, but it really wasn’t too bad. I’d guess I spent about 3-4 hours working on the flowers, but it was spread out over several months. I know even have my bouquet resting in a beautiful vase (received at one of my showers) on our dinning table. How many people get to do that after the wedding?

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Now the hard questions that one is supposed to ask BEFORE undergoing a DIY project for their wedding:

1) Did I save money? YES!

2) Was it something important to me? Yes

3) Was the time + effort worth the outcome? Yes

4) Do I regret making my own paper flowers? Not for a second!

Over all score? Love them, and so happy that I did it that way. I don’t think I would have been as happy with real flowers as I was with my home made ones.


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Okay, so it’s been FOREVER since I last sat down and typed out a post for you all. I have several started (most of them to finish up that Europe trip from a year and a half ago!), but just never finished any of them. You see, I’ve been sort of busy doing something big and exciting.

I went and got married!!!

563680_468477896599662_941627389_nOn October 13 Mike and I took the plunge and with our family and friends around us tied the knot. It took just over 9 months of planning and was over in the blink of an eye. Would I change anything about it? No. Even all the DIY stuff I took on for it (had to try to slash the budget somewhere!). What did I DIY? Let’s see. There were the flowers (all hand made from paper), the cake, signs for the “Guest Book,” signs for the bathroom baskets, the bathroom baskets and the mad-libs and activity sheets for all of the guests. I think that was it, but I’m very possibly missing something. Oh wait, the wine. I DIYed the wine too πŸ™‚

994939_468477916599660_1135976586_nWe had our minister Linda marry us. She did a wonderful job! I had my little Sofie stand as my flower girl (and she stole the show!). Standing with me were my besties Joy (MOH), Sarah, Lis and Hegla. Mike had his best friends, brother and nephew (Chris, Matt, Glenn, Tom and Deshawn) stand with him. Little miss M (who is not so little anymore!) even did our reading for us. Yep, we are well loved πŸ™‚

Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate with us! Now for a few photos thanks to our wonderful photographer Jennifer Galliot.

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Europe Part 4 – Interlaken Switzerland

** For earlier posts, please see The Overview, Keflavik, and Frankfurt **

When we left off, Mike and I were both sad to be leaving Verena and the beautiful City of Frankfurt. That said, it was time to expose Mike to the German Rail System. Now, here is where we discovered an important lesson/I had to relearn one that I wish I’d never forgotten. The Rail System in Germany is a million times more efficient than the one in Canada. If a train pulls up on your track, and your departure time is not for another 30 min do NOT get on the train. Yes, in Canada you often have a long wait at a large station, in German, you have a couple of minutes. In other words, it’s not your train. We realized this after the train started heading off with a final destination of Berlin! Oops. Thankfully we were able to get off in about three stops and get on another train . . . best part, we didn’t even miss our connection! We did arrive in Interlaken with enough time to make it to the night before the wedding party.


We didn’t get toΒ  see much of Interlaken that first night, but we did meet up with an old friend of mine Ansley and her husband Mike. Mike and Mike hit it off from the beginning (and I can’t distinguish them by last initial as they have the same one! Heck the last names have similar sounds/spelling. Made for some confusion).


The following morning we woke, and I had one, only one destination in mine. The Apotheke – my “cold” had turned into a throat so raw and sore I could not swallow – it was also coated in white, you know, kind of like strep . . . not a good time. We found one, I spoke with the lovely pharmacist and she gave me a bottle of cough syrup with codeine – I took it from here quite happily, I also didn’t care that it was about 18 Euro. After that our adventures could continue! (for the record, if you can avoid getting Strep and a serious cold/mild chest infection on vacation, I recommend it!).


Turns out Interlaken is a beautiful town high in the Swiss Alps. We spent the morning walking around town taking in the sights – including watching para-gliders coming gently sailing to the ground. After our walk around town, we headed back to our hostel to get dressed up for the whole point of this trip – Joy and Cam’s wedding! Hair, make-up (obviously just me, not Mike!) and fancy clothes. Nothing like backpacking across Europe while toting along some dress-up things.


The actual wedding took place high up in the mountains in a super cute town called Lauterbrunnen. To get there Joy and Cam had a double decker bus catered for us, and we all drove out in style. Mike and myself, along with Ansley and her Mike were lucky enough to get the best seats on the bus for the trip! Wow, the mountains were stunning. Once we got to the actual Church we were in for a huge surprise . . .


Yes, that above image is a waterfall coming off the side of a mountain! The service was great, lots of laughs. The whole time you could tell just how in love Joy and Cam are πŸ™‚ During picture time I just sort of faded into a Sunny spot in attempts to warm-up and feel a little bit better. After the pictures we all clambered back onto the bus and headed to the reception which was held at Hotel Interlaken. Let me start by saying man that food was AMAZING! Don’t get me wrong the company was also great, but the food, wow the food. I guess I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ We didn’t manage to make it through the whole reception because my fever got way to high and I needed to be put to bed, but the part of the night we go to attend was a great time. Joy and Cam – you can get married like that again anytime! I’d love to enjoy your day again without being so sick.


After a much needed sleep Mike packed up both of bags (I was unable to get out of bed at first, I was just that sick and tired) and we headed off to the train station for our next adventure – Kassel!


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Forty-two Years Strong

Forty-two years ago today, my parent got married. Yes, they’ve been together that long!

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Don’t they look happy?

All these years, two now adult children, and several dogs later you can still tell that they love each other and would do anything for the other. I can only hope that Mike and I have a marriage as strong as theirs has been.

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Dad can’t keep his eyes off of Mom!

I love you Mom and Dad! Happy 42nd Anniversary πŸ™‚


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