“ OH NO, no venue!!! ” by brendarose
Thank goodness I don't panic (much) My daughter and I went to scope out our venue 3 weeks before the wedding, I wanted to check out some sizes and areas one more time. To my horror, there was no parking, and it was a dull
misty rainy day. There wasn't an inch of space on any of the grassy areas, all were full of families having their BBQ's, and the picnic tables were packed. No problem I thought - we can shuttle people back and forth from down the road right
to the beach (about a 10 minute drive) I had previously booked a set of picnic tables, under cover too, so I wasn't too worried about that. Then we walked down to the actual beach area where I had reserved to hold the actual
ceramony. OMG, sometime over the winter a load of huge boulders had been dumped right at the bottom of the stairs that I was supposed to walk down. There was no longer a nice little sandy beach. As much as we both wanted to have an oceanside
wedding, I could not see any way around all of these obstacles. Time to finally break down and cry. :(
That night Dave & I decided that the beach just wasn't going to work, it was causing us just way too much stress. We live only a few minutes away from a little lake and park, so we decided to have the whole wedding moved there.
That is actually the backdrop for my profile photo! So many phone calls and e-mails of maps and change of plans later, we are now into our last week, and everything does not seem to be going smoother. I must say, I will be glad when this
is all done. We live in a very small townhouse, and right now there are bins piled 3 high all over the front room, so many decorations, drinks, food.......
I think everything is ready to go - I am still doing a few last minute things - like working on my veil, shopping and packing for our honeymoon cruise to Alaska. The weather here has been beautiful sun for the past week - that worries me,
as it is to continue till Wed. this is a very long streak for here, I am thinking it will be changing to rain just in time for the wedding. Good job we have already bought 2 pop up gazebos!!!
HAHA - so much for the post below!!! how things can change. We did get our invitations sorted out, and made them ourselves on the computer with a lovely sand and seashell front. Oh yeah, and our cake is of course a beach theme,
my bouquet is red rose buds with tiny seashells...... Yup, beach theme for sure, just no beach!!
Our big day will be June 6th. This is a 2nd marriage for both of us, and I must say that I am having much more fun planning this one than the last one!! So much more relaxed, and no parents to please etc. This wedding will be
what we want and how we want it.
We spent last Saturday checking out locations. Both of us have said all along that we wanted to be married near the ocean. From where we live it would be at least an hour drive through downtown Vancouver to get to the beach, so
instead we opted to check out some local lakes and such. Of course, the beaches we wanted to check where all on top of the local mountains, which are still a few feet deep in snow. It was a beautiful sunny day, but very cold. Much
to our surprise we found a new beach, and it is actually oceanside due to the way the coast runs. We found the perfect little spot of beach and are now waiting for a special "ceremony approval". Being a 2nd time around we are having a
small wedding, mostly our children (6 between us)and a few close family and friends. I have already bought my dress - RED. I wanted to be bright and vibrant on our special day. My 2 girls will be giving me away, and we are hoping
that Dave's 1 1/2 year old grand daughter will be able to hold the rings for us.
Having some trouble with the invitations though, we have done the "final" copy about 4 times now LOL, we just can't get it right. We have the photo's we want used, we are DIYing them, but I can't seem to find any invitation wording other
than "I am marrying ny friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love." If anyone has any more original ideas I would love to hear them.more »
“ About us. ” by Tracey
Scott and I met about 5 years ago while I was living in the San Jose area. We dated on and off for a couple of years and then I had to move back home to Canada because my visa expired. We broke up for about 6 months and then started
communicating again while I was in Vancouver. Scott decided that he couldn't let me get away so he came to visit me on Labour day weekend in 2006 and we continued to see each other long distance. We took turns travelling back and forth between Vancouver and San
Jose, CA. When we would see each other we'd treat it like a mini vacation. We love to go to Carmel for the day, Sharks games, shopping and exploring San Francisco.
Scott has a 9 year old daughter named Megan who was very excited to see her Daddy finally get married again! She's a cutie! We decided that instead of a father/daughter dance
between me and my father who had passed away several years ago that Scott and Megan would have the father daughter dance.
“ Photography by Joanna Moss ” by JoMossPhotography
My name is Joanna Moss, my whole life I've been following a creative path, in my work and hobbies. Starting off in a private design agency in Vancouver as a web developer, and then moving on to start my own web design company - now known as
Pogoda Studio. Photography has always been a passion of mine.
I work hard to capture whoever I am photographing naturally. No backdrops, no props. I provide you with fun, spontanious, beautiful images... just like you.more »
“ I love my ring a little too much. ” by Tracey
We first saw my ring in October of 2006. We were in Carmel-by-the-Sea for the day. Carmel is full of really amazing jewelry stores. We were at B&G Jewelers just looking, doing research and getting a feel for what we liked. We saw
some contemporary rings and I really wanted a diamond that was almost colourless. We told the owners what we were thinking and he stopped and looked at me. He said "I have a ring you should see. It's across the street at our Estate store. Go
over and they'll show it to you."
So we did as he said, not knowing what he was thinking but really curious to see what they had in the other store. When we got there the sales person pulled out this ring that was completely different from anything i've ever seen. It was a very
old estate piece and quite elaborate. The first thing I though was that it was kind of "granny". Scott looked at it and said "that's obnoxious!" because it was huge!! Once I put it on I realized i'd been introduced to something very
special and it no longer felt "granny". It was MY ring. We were meant to be together! It was an Edwardian piece, set in platinum with a center stone of 1.01 carats, D colour VS1 with smaller stones set around the ring totalling .36 carats. When you
look directly down at the ring it looks like a flower but when you look at it from the side it looks like a crown. Unfortunately, Scott didn't have the money to put down a deposit to hold it at that time. We had to leave her behind and just
hope that no one else would come along and take her away from us. For months that ring haunted us both. He really wanted to buy it and I really wanted to own it. I'm not the type of girl who thinks that the perfect dress, house,
whatever exists. I like a wide range of things but I could honestly say when I was asked that if I didn't get this ring I would be extremely disappointed and think about her for the rest of my life. I didn't tell Scott that though. Too
So February 2007 rolls around and we're back in Carmel for the day. We checked in the window at B&G and my ring was still there. We were really relieved but we still didn't have the money for a down payment.
Most of his money was going to paying off debts and flying up to Vancouver to see me at least once a month. So we had to leave her behind again and continue to hope that no one else came along to take her away from me.
April of 2007 comes along and this time things are different. Scott has $$$$$!!!!! He finally could afford to put a substantial downpayment on the ring. B&G does layaway. They're great to work with and very accommodating. We
get down to Carmel on the afternoon of April 18th and go straight over to B&G with butterflies in our stomachs. We have no idea if the ring is still available. We looked in both windows and nothing. So we go inside and check out the cases.
Not there. By this time i'm starting to worry. I told the sales lady which ring I was looking for and she says "OH! I remember you guys! Oh noooo....." Now i'm freaking out! She goes on to tell me that they sold the diamond in the
ring. It takes me a couple of seconds to think about what she said. I said to her "but you still have the setting?" She says YES! And that they can put any diamond I want in it. My ring was still there waiting for me! She got
out the ring which still had the original diamond in it and I tried it on. It was just as beautiful as I remembered. Scott did all the paperwork while I waited. Then we went back the next morning and picked out a different diamond to put
in the ring. Since they didn't have any more D coloured diamonds available we purchased a beautiful E colour, VS2, 1.21 carat stone.
I finally got to wear my ring when Scott proposed to me on August 5th, 2007. The pictures don't do it justice.