Jul 19, 2013
So, after our ceremony we are having an afternoon meal and then a bit of sightseeing and photo taking around Jasper.
But once that's over it's party time!! The golden oldies are going back to their hotels (with my little boys!) and the rest of us are going to some of the bars in town.
I didn't want to stay in my wedding dress, but still wanted something a little bit bride-ish so (thanks to the wonderful, beautiful fantabulous Elise (uhlease) I have this to wear:-
With these shoes:-
I'm not a 'bling' kinda girl, my engagement ring is the only jewellery that I wear so I didn't want a wedding band that was too much.
I went to a local independent jeweller - a wonderful couple of hairy bikers, half their store is amazing jewels, the other is Harley Davidson stuff!! They are so talented.
So, here are my rings together. The photo doesn't really show it, but they are both 2-tone gold. The top band on my engagement ring is yellow gold and the bottom is white gold, and the clever hairy biker man did the same with my wedding band but alternated it so the white gold is next to the yellow gold on my e-ring (does that make sense?)
I can't wait to be able to wear them together!!!!
Our wedding isn't a traditional day. It is very casual, very relaxed - more of a day out with our friends and family than them attending an event.
Our ceremony is on a little island at Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park. There is a bridge that we will walk over to our ceremony site - it's just so beautiful, I can't wait!
After the ceremony there will be time for photos around the lake. My sister suggested we hire some canoes and go out on the lake, I'm thinking my dress isn't the best canoeing outfit!! Although it would be a lot of fun, and we'd get some great pictures!
We have then given people some time to return to their hotels and drop of their vehicles before meeting at a restaurant in Jasper town - my absolute favorite restaurant on the planet!
At 5pm a tour bus is coming to take us to Maligne Lake, our engagement spot and my favorite place in Jasper.
We are going to take more photos and have a few glasses of champagne before returning to the town.
In the evening we will be going to another restaurant/bar. Our older guests have already told us they will not be joining us for this part of the celebrations (my parents are taking our boys back to their hotel for the night) so it will be a night of drinking and dancing with our friends, which we are really looking forward to as it is the only night that we will be together with everyone because of how far everyone is having to travel.
Hopefully it will all be as laid-back and fun as I am hoping it will be!
Most of our guests are coming from England so we decided to make OOT bags for them rather than giving them favors that they will probably never use.
I am still searching for the right bag to put everything in, I want something that can be used again and that they will be willing to use again - so no names/dates etc on them - I know they're out there somewhere!!!
This is some of the items I am including -
* A map & dining plan for Jasper * Sunscreen * Hand Sanitiser * Playing Cards * Anti-Bacterial Wipes * Advil * Tissues * Water *Plant Pot * Tealight * Bookmark * Pen * Mosquito Repellant patches * Small First Aid kit * Small sewing kit (I got these from the hotel FI stays in for work and am repackaging them!)
I still need to find a few more items - lip balm with SPF, note pads and some snacks (I am making Moose shaped maplebread cookies!). I'm also making a Road Trip CD of songs that are special to FI & I, all our guests are travelling at least 3.5hrs, and many are extending their trip to see more of The Rockies so I thought it would be cute to have some songs from us.
I'm putting tags on them with a little poem like this:-
We made a little bag,Completely full of treats,
Whether your mouth gets dry and
thirsty, or you’re in the mood for some sweets.
It’s just a small token full of our love, hugs and kisses,
To thank you for the trip you’ve
made to see the new Mr & Mrs
(I'm pretty sure I found this somewhere on PW, but I've had it saved on my laptop for so long that I can't remember - please let me know if it's yours so I can credit you!)
I decided to go 'old school' with our water bottle and do personalised labels - it was also something my boys could help me with so they were very happy, they've been desperate to get involved! Our wedding is in a National Park so looking after nature is very important so I included the Recycling logo and then I found a bar-code generator online and input our wedding date and used that too!!
I have painted little flower pots and put green tea-lights in them, but they are actually to use with our bookmarks that I've made. They are made with plantable paper, embedded with Canadian wildflower seeds, so people can take a little bit of Canada home with them.
I have used 4 different quotes on them :-
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams” – Dr
“We are all a little weird and lifes a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love” – Dr Seuss
“Do you know that place between being asleep and awake, where you still remember your dreams? That’s where I’ll always love you, that’s where I’ll always wait for you” - Tinkerbell
“I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine. He shall be my squishy.” - Dory
They're all a bit cheesy, but they are cute and they are from books/movies that mean something to us!!
I want to include some homemade snacks too, so attempted Uhlease's Oreo recipe. It tastes great but the legs kept breaking when I was putting the filling on, so I'm going back to my original plan and making Maplebread Moose cookies instead - I'm really not a great baker!!
We went through many (many, many!) different ideas before finally agreeing on this one, apologies for the difference in color, I guess I must have changed the setting on my camera between taking them, but the most acurate colors are the green in photo #1 and the brown in #2.
The photo is one I took when we went to check out our ceremony site, it,s being used in various things for our day. I was super lucky because I went to Michaels to pick up the cardstock and it was 6 for $1.00!! I made 15 invitations for less than $6, what a great bargain!
(I also realise there is a typo in the inside, this was a photo of my mock-up)
I found out that the post office wouldn't guarantee delivery if I used a brown envelope with black writing because it doesn't go through their machine so it would be hand processed, and I really didn't want to use white labels, so I made these instead! Just regular white card with our image printed on it and the address printed on top of that, much easier that I expected it to be!!