Chris, above, is always photogenic.
Carolyn and Jess, below, are always hilarious.
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Yesterday Steph got married!!! Steph was the maid of honour at my wedding, so I was really excited to celebrate with her. Their reception was at the Cambridge Slit Barn, which was beautiful - very rustic and pretty at the same time.
This sums up Steph in one picture. Love her.
Love this shot of the boys laughing with the bride
I know her eyes are a bit closed but it really shows off some of the accessories and gorgeous bouquet, which her sister in law, Natalie, did for her. Natalie has this incredible eye for decor and all things pretty.
I really only posted this so you could see my first dutch braid attempt, haha.
Queen's Girls! We miss you Holly B!
Her step dad's vintage car - he drove her to the ceremony in it.
The groom and Carolyn
Inside the barn
Pretty table decor
Jay was the answer to almost all the shoe game questions.
Jay does this dance to Footloose that is just great. I've seen it at least twice before, haha.
To the bride and groom!!!
Outtakes from testing the light while we were waiting for cabs.
Chris, above, is always photogenic.
Carolyn and Jess, below, are always hilarious.
My aunt Karen got married last Saturday at the Toronto Wedding Chapel at Yonge & Eglinton. It was an intimate affair of less than 30 people and here are some pictures I took (though I tried my best to stay out of the photog's way so there are some odd angles, haha). Enjoy!
Signing of the Register
Drink and be Merry
Cutting the Cake
Dinner & Dancing
My mom threw my aunt a wedding shower last weekend, and here are a few pictures from the lovely afternoon of ladies and tea parties:
My last minute addition - chalkboard welcome. I wish I had had more time to do pretty fonts!
Jessica made lavender sea salt scrub using her own garden lavender - smells wonderful!
My mom, the hostess - beautiful in pearls!
That wicker chair has been used for so many showers!
Matt picked some great flowers for me when I was running out of time
Devil's food chocolate cupcakes with buttercream - yum!
May have gone bunting overboard...
Now it's a real tea party
2 tea services - we were serious
David's tea fall variety pack - I recommend pistachio cream - delicious.
Prepping lunch and drinks
Lemon-lime sparkling water cocktail with rosemary
My aunt Karen in her signature colour
The bride-to-be with her maid of honour
Haha, little cousin Alyssa made a bra out of wrappings
Love the gold - very Princess Leia
Last one (I don't think my mom knew I was taking a picture)
My aunt Karen is getting married in October and she asked me to take a few engagement pictures of her and her fiance Ian. At first I told her no and freaked out a bit because although I LOVE taking pictures, I am in no way a professional, I don't know how to use Photoshop, and I just didn't want to disappoint her with horrible pictures. She assured me that they just wanted a few shots and that I should try it out, and so I agreed. I actually had a lot of fun doing it! Although the pictures are in no way professional, they at least capture a little bit of the love I saw today which made me really happy. We took the pictures at Mount Pleasant Cemetery (in the gardens, relax). Here are just a few of the pictures I took:
They hadn't seen me yet
The one above is my favourite!
She has a pretty iris claddagh ring with an emerald
It looks like Ian is dripping from the fountain here
Oh wow - the hair and the wall are great together
(I see my grandma and my mom in her)
Had to include a random bike and basket
Ian was trying to make Karen skip - she was having none of it. This made me laugh a lot.
Yes, a bit morbid but I was testing the light and it turned out really well.
There is an even better one but it says "Barber" on it and I didn't want to freak Hope out!
**Note to all government officials scouring blogs for keywords like "killer" - she is a person named Caroline, not a real killer. It's just a nickname. She's actually the most gentle and kind person ever. That's why it's funny. Please don't arrest her.**
Matt and I headed to Ottawa a few weekends ago to celebrate Caroline and Andrew's wedding. They technically got married in Gatineau, but we spent time in both spots (a few pics from weekend wanderings will be in a later post). Had a great dinner on Friday night at the Wellington Gastropub, went for a run, saw all the Red Bull Flugtag "planes" and wandered around the By Ward Market on Saturday, then the wedding took place that evening. Here are the pictures!
Gorgeous venue - Museum of Civilization in Gatineau
The original point blankets!
Sculpture (Matt being arty)
Test shot - smile girls! (We all wore blue)
Jess, Carolyn and I
Matt told Jess not to lean just bend at the knee - I'm jealous of her height!!!
PS - It's Jess' birthday today - Happy Birthday!!!!
The boys - Matt, Chris, Ian
More of Matt being arty
Waiting for the ceremony to start
The beautiful bride and her dad
Personal vows - they were sweet and funny
The kiss - I stayed out of the photographers way so this is the best I got, haha
Littlin and Killer
Yay Caroline joined the club!
Chris and Carolyn - so sweet
Aww drunken love
Ooooh a bit fuzzy and grainy...
Matt...put the camera down...
Yep, that's my man! Sings always with feeling.
Exploring the museum
Ohhh the picture is PG-13 - my giant thighs are showing, haha
Great pose and his tie goes with the art
And my necklace goes with this art
Selfies with DSLRs are challenging...
And a few iPhone/Instagram shots:
Oh my goodness this was a great day! I am so excited to publish this post because this was such an incredible day, and I am SOOOO happy that Jamie and Hope are now married, and I have yet another sister in law (# 3 to date). Jamie and Hope got married at Archeo in the Distillery District (and got ready at One King West). Here are some pictures from their amazing wedding day:
First wedding glimpse this past winter!
And the official invite (on the left) in May
The Boys Getting Ready
Jamie fixing the hair (why in my room? I have no idea)
"Jamie! Look at me!" ~ "What Kathleen? Geez!"
This would be a perfect picture if it weren't for the toilet, ironing board and unmade bed in the background...
Matt ironing the pocket square. He put a bed sheet over the ironing board because it was covered in glitter.
Pride weekend festivities?
Paul doing up the tie - quadruple Windsor.
They made me take more pictures but were deemed immature and inappropriate for blog content, haha.
A Few Family Shots
My handsome husband, drinking scotch (typical pre-wedding behaviour in this great family)
Matt and I (pretty monochrome except for the belt, haha)
Lynn and Pete - parents of the groom (love the peplum dress with coordinating tie!)
This just says everything. Nothing like a groom drinking scotch holding a sword.
Siblings posing for pictures (the longest they could sit still together without fighting - just SMILE!)
Best one of the three - the boys love to talk. Meg knows the drill, though.
I like Jamie's smirk
Jamie telling a really REALLY long joke...that was not that funny...
Being artsy, haha
String lights - directed by me, set up by some lovely brits - Tim and Ben
Bunting everywhere - hand sewn and made by Hope's very talented mom, Sonia
View of the courtyard entrance
Great DIY with wood, chalk paint, and chalk pens
Cake, gift, and guest book table with more homemade bunting!
Window pane from the cottage painted creamy white and used as a seating chart
The great DJs Matt and Danny
Table settings with the blue dyed mason jars filled with tea lights and wildflowers
I love the florals contrasted with the industrial
Moved the seating chart - a better view
Menus and favours - moleskin notebooks - all personalized and designed by the bride
Such pretty flowers - full and lush
Guests are Arriving - Almost Time!
Momma with her grandsons
My parents and I
Parents with Connie and Momma
The boys being silly while waiting for guests to arrive
Matt posing for me
Meg doing what I tell her (haha, great photo)
First glimpse of the bride with her sisters and little flower girl - gorgeous!
Lauren with the little flower girl, Jessica
Next is Megan
And Leanne (yep - 4 blond bridesmaids)
Hope emerges with her dad, Simon (breathe, Hope, breathe!)
Great intro by their friend and officiant, Nat
Lauren's reading (e.e. cummings poem - I carry my heart in your heart - so sweet)
Joni's scripture reading
Hope's actually got a tear or two from me (which is super rare for me, seriously!)
Family and bridesmaids
Ohhhh the kiss!
I think I like this picture more than the kiss - that is LOVE!
Signing the registry
Maid of honour signs
Best man signs
Mardi and Connie watching on
Gorgeous dress Hope!
Dinner & Speeches
Post-wedding picture (you can't see it but my shoes also match the belt...)
Simon and Sonia listening to the emcee
Jamie and Hope (Jamie is probably heckling already)
Matt and Meg (such a cute picture)
Mmmmm dessert trio
Most of the next pics are in black and white - bad lighting...
Uncle John - the emcee (he spoke at our wedding as well - he's just that good!)
First speech - Hope's parents
Next up is Jamie's parents
Then Matt got to speak in retaliation for his brother's speech at our wedding, haha
(just kidding, he actually did a really great job, although Jamie did as well at ours)
Grandparents and family listen on - love this picture - everyone looks so focused
Listening and thinking of rebuttals
He was actually nice, haha, but he did have to have the last word!
Cake Cutting & Dance Party
Using the family sword to cut the cake
Cake was chocolate and vanilla swirl, cupcakes were red velvet or peanut butter chocolate!
First dance - City in Colour - The Girl
Almost teared up a little here too but held it together somehow
Yay Jamie and Hope! Time to party!
Just wanted to see the string lights all lit up - cousins Chris and Diana relaxing in the lounge
Meg playing DJ
*PS - I do not like using my flash - EVER*
Yep...that's my husband...dancing?
Proud parents drinking and watching the boys make idiots of themselves
Night must come to an end!
Distillery quiet and beautiful late at night
Last one as I wait for a cab...
A little macro of Matt's boutonniere the next morning
Just a little instagram shot - I have a few more of dancing and other random moments I'll post separately next week!
I don't have very many pictures from Jamie and Hope's rehearsal dinner, but here are a few that I snapped here and there for the days leading up to the wedding!!!!
Testing the light
Nanny pretty in blue
A little bit of socializing
Finding accessories for my outfit
Some pink ombre glitter nails from Tips Nail Bar
In the hotel room the night before the wedding - crazy storm (but luckily it broke the ridiculous heat)
Dinner at Tratorria Mercatto
She's not stressed about the wedding, but she just read about a whale that got beached and died.
Morning of - this is what hair looks like while in transition sometimes boys
Better. Guess what the next post is??????!!!!!!!!
Just a few pictures from Hope's bachelorette weekend at the cottage. Please note, there are a few pictures that may have semi x-rated images in the background - nothing focused in on, but just in case something looks a bit off, it probably is (after all, it is a bachelorette!!!)
Hope's ladies sunning on the dock
Table decor for the dinner
Can you guess the shower theme?
Group photo # 1
Group photo # 2
Boat ride on Rosseau
The rest are iPhone or instagram shots:
Our list - we did MOST of it...
Friday evening on the lake
Beautiful sunset, as usual
Saturday morning dock party begins
I adore this picture
Haha, I think this is adorable - such a cute sister I have
Returning from the boat ride
Ruth's new sport - tube kayaking (proved to be quite difficult)
Little post about my good friend Caroline's wedding shower. She lives in Ottawa, but her fiance is from just outside the city and his family graciously invited us city people to attend to celebrate. It was humid and rainy but we had a lovely afternoon inside for the start of summer.
Jess and Carolyn - representing the Toronto friends
The stunning bride-to-be (in less than a week!)