Jay and Julia

January 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Deakin-Gordon wedding may have happened four months ago, but their fantastic wedding photographer (and I mean seriously talented) Rick O’Brien just posted a summary of the events on his blog with photos yesterday. When Julia showed me his previous work, I knew the photos would be great, but seeing them finished yesterday blew me away. It’s great to see that Rick managed to show the absolute beauty that radiated through this entire wedding with his photos.

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Kate & Bryan Get Married

December 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

After being engaged for over 3 years, two of my favourite New Yorkers finally tied the knot last month at City Hall!

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It was a surprise wedding, so there was no talk of it before and even after for a few days. Kate told me about their plan to get hitched the Monday before the Friday they had both taken off work. I was very impressed by their secret-keeping abilities!

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I felt so honoured to be one of only a few guests. Bryan’s Mom, Dad, and brother came, then also a few friends of Kate’s since her family lives in Kansas and Colorado. Of course, I offered my photography skills to them for their last minute wedding – just because you’re only spending $65 to get married doesn’t mean you can’t have photos to remember it!

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We all met at City Hall around 2:00. Bryan’s brother was their witness.

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The place was packed so we entertained ourselves for an hour. It was much busier than when Nick and I were married around noon on a Thursday. As always, it was so fun seeing all the other people getting married, especially what they all chose to wear. Check these guys out! I hope they were marrying each other in those suits.

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Kate looked stunning.

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The groom and his Dad didn’t look so bad either!

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Finally, it was their turn.

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The ceremony at City Hall is about 2 minutes long. Just long enough to make it official with a bit of sentiment and about 10 seconds to tear up in happiness for the lovely couple.

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Bonus: They were married by the same officiant as Nick and I!

It’s official, the Vastanos (or Vastanleys, as I like to call them) are finally married!

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After the ceremony, our group walked around the neighbourhood to take some photos. Only in New York, will you get some wedding photo gems like this.

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But also, this.

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Kate is still Kate, even on her wedding day.

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Lots of walking was done.

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When we snapped enough photos, they decided it was time for one last surprise.

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Bryan and Kate gave his parents a card with a sonogram in it.

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They both agreed, it was one of the best days of their lives.

Congratulations, Kate and Bryan!

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Julia and Jay Get Married

September 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

Saturday September 8 was the best day of the summer. Possibly the best day of the year. Definitely the best day of Julia and Jay’s lives. It was the day these two lovely, brilliant, loving people got married.

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The day started out with hair and makeup at the bridal suite at the Ivy Hotel.

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What a gorgeous hotel!

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Us ladies were soon joined by Rick the super wedding photographer.

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After much primping, we were finally ready! But first, some shots of Julia in her dress before we leave for the church.

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The most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen? Yes.

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The ceremony and reception were both held at the Berkeley Church. The ceremony was beautiful. Obviously there are no photos from me (yet!) as I was lucky enough to stand up for Julia. The best part? When Julia started to get choked up saying her vows. Cathy, the maid-of-honour, was ready with a tissue for Julia, but Jay took out his handkerchief and gently dabbed away her tears. That’s the moment we all lost it and succumbed to our tears of joy for these sweeties.

After the ceremony, the wedding party had a little photo shoot then got to relax and mingle in the courtyard with the guests. It was so fun to see all of my friends all dressed up!

After a short while, we all headed back into the venue for the reception. After the bride, groom, and wedding party were announced, we sat down to dinner. Following dinner, Julia and Jay had surprises for each other.

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Jay serenaded Julia with a Johnny Horton love song and Julia played Jay a surprise video she made for him. Did I mention this is a talented couple?

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Nick didn’t get to sit with me since I was at the head table, but his seat was right behind mine at a table full of friends. I’m so lucky!

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Our place cards were written on the back of Tattly temporary tattoos! Heart badges that read “loved”.

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Paul did a great job as MC! He even got us to make barnyard animal noises between toasts.

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We all had fun playing in the photo booth.

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Before long, the entire wedding turned into a giant dance party.

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Oh look, it’s the best man in a beaver hat.

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I think Julia had a good time.

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All in all, a fantastic day. I was so happy to be part of the wedding, even though I no longer live in Toronto. Can I tell you how hard it was to leave the wedding that night, surrounded by some of my best friends in the world? Very hard! What wonderful people I have in Canada.

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Congratulations again, Julia and Jay! Enjoy your honeymoon in Belize and your first week of married life! xo

Bachelorette Cottage Party Weekend

September 5, 2012 § 3 Comments

This Labour Day weekend, some of my best friends and I celebrated the remaining single days of our good friend Julia with a cottage bachelorette weekend! I flew to Toronto on Friday and met up with Sarah and Karen to drive up there together.

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Unfortunately, we managed to lock our car keys in the trunk and the trunk release button inside the car was broken. Luckily, this very nice Thrifty man came to help us and wait with us for an hour until they could send someone to save us. I don’t think he was too upset about hanging out with some pre-bachelorette party girls for that long.

We missed all the traffic and got to the cottage just in time for tacos and to see Julia open her obligatory embarrassing bachelorette gift from her cousin.

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Slutty lingerie? Check. Gaudy “Bachelorette” wine glass? Check!

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The weather was lovely all weekend. Not too hot, not too cold. We managed to get in a good amount of sunshine time on the dock and in the yard. Is Sarah naked here? Only we will ever really know.

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We also got in a lot of cardio, thanks to the 800 stairs down the hill to the water!

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What a pretty bride-to-be!

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Canadian reading and Karen’s gimp. (Remember gimp bracelets, girls?)

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There was kitchen dancing.

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And games.

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And Jana’s famous Magic Juice.

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And best of all, lots of lady friend times in the sun.

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Together, we helped Julia choose the music for her ceremony. By the way, it’s going to be AWESOME.

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Dock pilates, for some reason.

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The last night there, we had the best dance party in ages, all of us outfitted in vintage gowns by Sarah Curtis. Those photos won’t make the internet, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. Karen was very excited about the pile of silky gowns!

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All in all, a fantastic bachelorette cottage party weekend and the perfect send off for Julia into married life. Love you, ladies!

Julia

August 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

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Tomorrow I’m flying to Toronto to spend 10 days in Canada, all in the name of one of my best friends, Julia.

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Julia and I met for the first time in 2004. I knew right away she was a keeper from her sense of humour alone.

We have since had parties…

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Karaoke nights & food fights…

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Halloween costumes

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(Yes, that’s Julia dressed as a worm with a bottle of gin in her lap)

Heart to hearts & so many laughs…

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And thank goodness, visits back and forth from Toronto to New York.

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Julia is one of the best people I know. I’m so lucky to be able to stand up for her in her wedding on September 8 when she marries Jay, the perfect man for her.

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I’m also fortunate to watch her get silly this weekend at her bachelorette cottage party, where there will be many more funny photos to come (if you’re lucky, internet!)

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I love you, Julia!

Two Years

July 22, 2012 § 3 Comments

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Two years ago today, Nick and I got married at City Hall in Manhattan.

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And since then, I’ve fallen in love with him even more.

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I’m truly a very lucky lady. Happy anniversary, donkey!

(To see more photos and read the play-by-play of our city hall wedding, go here and here. To see our favourite wedding present, go here.)

Jess & Russ

June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer are rockstars in the creative design and online world. Everything they do is arguably ground-breaking, new, exciting, and beautiful and now they’re about to begin their greatest collaboration: marriage.

Of course they couldn’t settle for the typical mailed-out wedding invitations, they had to do something new and unique, ┬ásomething that puts our visual love story to shame. These two built a website putting their lives from 1996 on into a timeline complete with original illustrations, links to funny photos and videos, and intimate stories. The whole thing makes me so excited with jealousy and admiration, I could scream! Take a look:

See the entire timeline and invitation here. It’s long, but it’s worth it!

Congratulations, Jessica and Russ!

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