Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Gettin' Hitched Sneak Peek #1!

So in the next few months, as the wedding draws closer, I'm going to be dropping a few images that may give a little glimpse of what to expect.

I'm not going to explain the images... that would give too much away. Ha.

Is this really a surprise?


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Venue!

So when planning a wedding, one of the first things that comes up is the venue. We were looking for a place that we could hold both the ceremony AND reception, and a place that felt very "us". Sure we COULD have had the wedding at a country club, but really, we aren't very country club.

For a while now I've had a place in mind to have a reception, or even just a  party of some sort, so when we started looking for a venue, this was the first and only place we checked out.

The Ironworks Studio is a heritage warehouse located east of Gastown on the corner of Main and Alexander. The studio is used for a lot of photography shoots, TV and film shoots, and music events...

From the website:

"This prime urban location features large, open spaces, fir beams and columns, wood-plank floors and 16-foot ceilings. Original remains of old ironworks left behind in the warehouse are a nostalgic reminder of the build quality and character of the 1880's."

We got a quick tour of the place and then booked it immediately

This wedding stuff is super simple.

 Any way. We took Mika by it the next night... just drove by (it was closed). Mika was not impressed.

"It looks like a junkyard!"

She was pretty mad at us. I suppose the would prefer we did it in a castle.


We told Arlyn's mom of the location, and she later referred to it as "The Oil Tank" on Hastings.

Well, if our goal was to choose an original space that would raise eyebrows, mission accomplished.


Friday, 9 March 2012

The Wedding Dress...

Even though I figured it would be at least 2 years before an actual wedding, we were out dress shopping for Arlyn less than 2 weeks after I proposed.

I know the idea is that the groom isn't supposed to see the dress before the wedding, but I wasn't just the groom, I was the chauffeur for the day, and I wasn't keen on sitting in the car the whole time. Our first stop was our only stop. The intention was to go to Langley and check out some dresses with my mom, but we stopped by one shop with Arlyn's mom first, and ended up walking out with "the one".

Because Arlyn and Mika watch a lot of "Friday Bride-day" on TLC, I've seen WAY too many episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress". I really expected dress shopping to be this huge ordeal, but it all went down pretty easily.

I sort of watched from the sidelines. I listened to the opinions... I saw the smiles... the misty eyes.

Out of all the dresses that were tried on, there was one that stood out to me. I didn't say anything about it, because I didn't feel I should weigh in (since traditionally I shouldn't be there anyway), but in the end, the dress I liked was the dress she left with.

So what I thought would be the most dramatic, complicated, stressful part of the whole wedding planning, turned out to be one of the easiest and most successful.

TV is such a liar.