A while back, the Office Husband and I had seriously considered Jamaica as our honeymoon destination. We ended up going to Tuscany instead (amazing, will have to post about that soon), but we managed to get a taste of the Caribbean a few months later, just a couple of weeks ago! Yup, what was suppose to be a December weekend in NY with my brothers, their ladies, and us, ended up being a weekend in Jamaica, lol! And it was AWESOME! Although I had the most amazing experience in Tuscany, I can see why so many others would choose a place like Jamaica as their honeymoon destination. The weather, the people, the landscape - all so beautiful! We actually met another Canadian couple who was on their honeymoon, and they were having the best time of their lives.
Check out the lip dub video we made while we were there (You'll see that I get my sense of humour from my bros). If this doesn't make you want to buy tickets to go asap, I don't know what will!
Thanks to our wedding, I now have a new appreciation and love for flowers. Gone are the days when I could name about 4 different types of flowers :) With the help of Vince from Bliss Events, our floral decoration and accessories were amazingly beautiful and affordable. And apart from our initial meeting with Vince along with a few e-mail to confirm details, Bliss took care of absolutely everything on the big day, from delivering the bouquets to my parents' place, delivering and setting up the flowers at the church, and then taking them down to transport and decorate the reception hall.
Here are a couple photos of their beautiful work...
My gorgeous bouquet
Consisting of: Lysianthus, Vendella roses, Escimo spray roses and ivory Hydrangea subtle use of blush pink blooms of Titanic roses, Valerie spray roses and pink Lysianthus with a touch of Magnolia tips around the base of the bouquet. Diamond and silver rhinestone silver jewellery were hidden into the blooms as to just pick up a bit of sparkle. And then it was finished in a braided ivory satin ribbon wrap. The rosary was from my MOH - it belonged to her grandmother.
The Altar Flowers / Head Table Centerpiece
One of the few requests our priest had was to not waste flowers, and that whatever was used in the ceremony should be used at the reception. That was fine by us, since that also meant saving moola! Bliss created two of these beauties which were put on the altar. At the reception hall, one was placed at the head table and one at the signing table.
The Office Husband and I are huge book nerds. My dad was a printer by trade in his earlier years, and that's where I grew to love and appreciate a well made book. And the Office Groom always has a new book or magazine in his hand, which he probably got after one of our many visits to Indigo.
We hadn't initially thought of having any theme at all, and it sort of happened naturally after we fell in love with an invite design found online that tells the story of how the couple met and got engaged. And that's when we came up with the saying "A lifetime full of wonderful stories," and a book theme was born.
We didn't want to go over the top and end up with a library for a reception, so we tried to incorporate the theme in little ways. Here are a few photos of how it turned out!
Guests could find out where they were sitting by referring to the seating chart, which was designed to look like a library reference list. I also added a few loose book pages to frame it.
Library cards were used as table numbers. You can find them on Etsy easily!
In lieu of the traditional flower arrangement, we decided to use books as the guest table centerpieces. Each table had a group of books which were specifically picked out with the guests in mind. It took a a lot of visits to the bookstore to do this, but luckily time was on our side. And we got some great deals just by looking throught the bargain bins and with the help of a friend whose dad works at a publishing house!
We made a donation to ABC Life Literacy Canada on behalf of our guests, and as a token of their appreciate the organization provided a small Robert Munsch book for each guest.
This was my favourite detail. To add a personal touch, we handmade these bookmarks for all the guests. But we went one step further and wrote a personal story for each guest. That took a few nights of sitting on the couch with some wine and recollecting our most favourite memories, but it was worth it! It blew the minds of so many people!
After a delicious dinner, the cupcake table opened up. I found this gem of a book at Indigo!
Photographs by Shannon Lepere and our family & friends.
Log in at 9 am. Check work e-mail. Visit 2-3 wedding blogs. Finish reports. Ignore annoying co-worker's phone call. Order flowers. Eat a big lunch in the food court. Regret it an hour later. Show up to meeting late. Plan a wedding.
All in a day's work for the office bride.