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Goodbye to a Bonnie Lass

I have some sad news. On Sunday afternoon we had to put down little Bonnie.

Such a sweet little kitty.

If you’ve followed for a little while you know that we only got Bonnie about six months ago, at the age of 20, and she was completely deaf and only had one tooth. She was in a bad situation and needed a home or she probably would have been put down then, but it wasn’t her time yet! So, she came to live out her golden years with us. She spent a good few weeks at the beginning living in the guest room (and away from Tilly the bully), but for the past few months she has been a staple on our couch.

I never knew her in her glory years when she was young and spry and by the time we got her she preferred to spend most her days sleeping (as I hope to do in my retirement).

She also enjoyed trying to scam human food, particularly sausages and ice cream. If we were eating anywhere near her she would get really obsessed about it and the only time I saw her move quickly in an energetic manner was when she was trying to steal our food.

She also spent a good amount of time avoiding Tilly, because all Tilly wanted to do was play and it was annoying. So, she didn’t really do a whole lot but she was a good little kitty who enjoyed being around us and being pet…until she suddenly didn’t enjoy the petting and would turn on you with that one tooth of hers. We really grew to love her.

Although she wasn’t ever really energetic with us, this past weekend it was very noticeable that she was a lot more lethargic than usual and we knew that something was wrong. I thought we’d be able to wait until Monday to take her to the vet, but by Sunday afternoon she had rapidly declined. She had very similar symptoms to Winnie at the end and I recognized that it was not looking good: severe constipation, having trouble walking, she couldn’t jump up onto things or make it into the litter box, she was very weak, she was drinking a lot of water but as of Sunday she wasn’t eating. She lost a lot of weight in a very short period of time. Her eyes got really cloudy and wouldn’t stop watering. It was clear to us that she was suffering and we needed to take her to the vet immediately.

We went to the same vet that we took Winnie to, and it was the same deal. She was so small and frail, and the vet said she was likely in the final stages of kidney disease. We thought, and the vet agreed, that it wasn’t worth putting her through a bunch of tests just to find out what was wrong and possibly postpone her life. I said in the beginning when we got her that we wouldn’t spend a lot of money to keep her alive, we would just keep her comfortable until it was her time. It felt like her time. So, in the same room where Winnie took her last breath, Bonnie took hers. It happened even faster than it did with Winnie. It was quick and peaceful, and fortunately, I don’t think she suffered until the very end.

We only had Bonnie for a short time, but it was sad all the same. I thought I’d be able to hold it together, but when I saw Evan with tears in his eyes, and then the vet with tears in his eyes (he was really fantastic) I was done. I’m happy we could be with her until the end though.

She was a sweet kitty and we’re going to miss her little face around here!

I’m glad she got to bunk with us at the end of her life, and I knew she was never going to have a long time with us, but I really hope she had a good time with us.

 

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Life Lately

So, we’ve been home and back to normal for a few weeks now, settling into the married life. Everyone keeps asking me how that feels and I will tell you what I tell them. It feels the same as pre-married life. Evan and I have already lived together for several years and I feel like that is a bigger relationship change than actually getting married (I’m always in favour of doing what you feel but I do very strongly recommend living with your partner before you marry them — I think I’ve dodged at least one bullet this way). Oh, and kids. That is the big relationship change. I’ve heard. Not that I can speak from personal experience.

Of course, it is nice to know that we’re solid and both locked ALL THE WAY IN now, so that gives us the occasional romantic “OMG WE’RE MARRIED! You’re my actual wife/husband!” outburst. It’s cute. So, yeah, it’s the same, but it’s really good.

The first couple of weekends we just laid low and basically got our shit together. Everything that came up in the months leading to the wedding that wasn’t wedding related ended up being After Cuba Lindsey And Evan’s Problem, so we had some responsibilities to take care of once we got back. And Cuba was more of a trip than an actual vacation (in that it wasn’t exactly relaxing) so I was glad we got back on a Thursday afternoon and we both had Friday and the entire weekend to recuperate before it was time to go back to the grind. I really needed that weekend to regroup. And the next weekend. Right now our calendar says we don’t have a free weekend until September. Yikes. This seems to happen every summer but this year is even busier than usual. Busy with fun events for sure, but when do I leisure?! Okay, well, there’s a few cottage weekends planned in there so leisuring will happen.

I took a full two weeks off from any sort of gym situation (I did go for a run once in Cuba but that was it), but after I returned I was back to working out (OrangeTheory) fairly quickly. I’m pretty proud of myself about that because after vacation is usually when I fall off the bandwagon. But I was going to OrangeTheory very consistently after California and leading up to the wedding, at least 3-5 times a week, and I actually missed it. I genuinely really enjoy it, and I REALLY enjoy what it’s doing to my bod — I barely changed my eating, even before the wedding, but I can notice a big difference in svelteness and I overall just feel stronger. Evan actually joined once he saw how much I was liking it, and he now comes a couples times a week with me (I’ve been doing 3-4 now). It’s fun to work out with him!

I also signed up for the Toronto Waterfront 10k next weekend, the same one I ran last year.

I’ve only ran outside about three times this year, aside from OrangeTheory, which is only about 24 minutes of running each class. I’ve found that OrangeTheory has made me a bit of a faster runner though so I’m hoping I can shave a bit off of last year’s time. And if not, oh well. Lululemon is the title sponsor so I’m hoping I get a sweet shirt, at least. And I’m running it with Michelle and Casey of Bloggers and Joggers/Lagers fame, so it will be fun!

This past weekend we celebrated my friend Emily’s birthday and a bunch of us went to Laser Quest, so that was a good time. I haven’t been in years and years. Afterwards we all went out for dinner.

Oh Evan.

And on Sunday Evan and I saw Jack Johnson!!!

And I was close enough that I could take my own photos this time and didn’t have to steal them from the internet.

If you’ve been reading for a while you may know that I LOVE Jack Johnson. So much (I actually walked down the aisle to Better Together at both weddings). This is the third time I’ve seen him live, and each time has been better than the last. The first time I saw him I was behind a pillar, and the second time I saw him Evan and I were in the last row before the lawn. This time I was a part of the fan club pre sale and I stalked Ticketmaster for like an hour until I finally scored floor seats. So worth it, we were so close!

We were so close that I could tell what the band was drinking (all in reusable mugs of course, Jack Johnson is very against plastic), one of the guys had a steaming hot tea up there.

Jack played all my faves for more than two hours and I was loving my life.

What a dream he is.

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My favourite moment was when he went to kick a beach ball that had landed onstage back into the crowd, and his also kicked his sandal off in the process, so someone threw it back onstage directly into his guitar. He was a good sport about the whole thing.

We saw him at Budweiser Stage (formerly known, and maybe forever and always known, as the Molson Amphitheatre), and summer concert season has officially kicked off! My favourite.

Ah, it was so great.

So that’s pretty much it. The cats are good, the condo is good, my job is good, life is good. Oh and for anyone wondering, I did decide to change my last name. You know I really debated about it, but in the end us having the same last name just makes me feel really nice. Like I’m all in, we’re a family now. I’m more sentimental about it than I realized.

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The Last Hurrah

I meant to post this earlier but this week got away from me — it’s been busy times! So, this is it! The last Cuba post, and then we’re back to regular life things.

Wednesday was our last full day in Cuba with everyone who was still around. Although I was sad that our Toronto friends and moms were gone, it was really nice to spend a full day with the crew that was left. Aside from Sean, they are the group that we don’t get to see very often, since they live on the other side of the country. I was looking forward to a day of hanging out with them, and it was just really nice. We kicked the day off right by renting scooters (Heather and Brent didn’t come for the scooter excursion, as they had already rented one earlier in the week).

Baddest bike gang on the block. Eric was a little, uh, unsteady at first since he had never driven a scooter before, so Kenya got on the back of Lisa’s and had a much better time. Eric got the hang of it really quickly though!

Oh boy, that is a beard and a half.

Unfortunately I had forgotten my driver’s license, which you needed to rent a scooter, so I saddled up with Evan. We all scooted around the Varadero strip for a couple hours and it was super fun.

A highlight for sure!

Dixon was loving his life on the back of Sean’s scooter, his luscious locks floating in the breeze.

We stopped at the large outdoor market and did a little shopping, and then we headed to the beginning of the peninsula, where the oldest resorts are, and stopped for a break at a pier. Pelican!

Lovers!

LOVED the scooters. It was so much fun ripping around on those.

After we dropped the scooters off, we headed to a little chocolate shop across the street from our resort. Ian told us they had amazing sundaes, and we were hot and ready for ice cream. Ian had really bigged the place up but I was not disappointed! My sundae was even better than I had imagined.

Lisa got a chocolate iced coffee and it was also exceptionally delicious.

It could have just been because we were hot but we loved it all.

After the chocolate fest we met up with Heather and Brent and the 10 of us had lunch together in the buffet. Then we changed into our bathing suits and headed straight to the beach. We spent the rest of the day there and I would give just about anything to be back there right now. Brent brought a kite!

Scott flying that puppy around behind us…

Aww, my baby brother.

The tide was really low that day and it left a sandy island in the middle of the water. We set up shop there for a while and it was glorious.

Evan wearing his wedding ring! And also wearing shorts, although they are being sneaky in that pic.

Dixon got buried.

He was a good sport about it.

This would have been a much better photo if my camera didn’t have water all over the lens, but you get the idea.

We met a group of Americans, two guys and a girl who were touring around Cuba, and they approached us for help finding their GoPro they had lost in the water. Evan and I actually had goggles with us so we let them borrow them and one of the guys found it right away. They said they could tell we were Canadian because we all stopped what we were doing immediately and got in the water to help them. And then when they gave my goggles back I lost those in the water, and none of them offered to help me find them so I could tell they were American (ohh, just kidding just kidding. But they didn’t.) We ended up hanging out with them for a couple hours, hearing about their Cuban adventures and of course talking about the differences in our politics (of which there are MANY).

They offered to take a group photo of us so we took them up on that.

CUBAAAAAA. I love this pic.

At 6pm Evan and I met with Alex, our photographer, in the lobby. All our wedding photos were ready! He had all our pictures on a memory stick (that they had put in a wooden puzzle box with a Cuban flag on it, so that was cute), our videos on a hard drive, and a personalized album with 24 prints. We were so impressed. Alex went through all the photos with us on his Macbook and I may have cried. I couldn’t believe how amazing the pictures were and how quickly we got them. I was so happy.

Then we showered and headed out on the town with our pals. We took three cabs off the resort to a nearby restaurant where we had reservations.

I think the girls had the best car. Pink lightning!

This is what happens in a convertible when you have long hair.

The guys had sweet rides too, though.

We went to Paladar Nonna Tina, an Italian restaurant that Evan and I also went to last year (and he also went earlier in the trip with all the guys) and it has really great food! It was such a lovely family dinner!

And we had an album full of wedding photos with us. Evan and I waited until we were with everyone to look at them so we had a viewing session with the group and that is honestly one of my favourite memories. I love that we got to show our beautiful pictures to that group while eating delicious food and drinking all the beer. Fun times.

We ordered a large olive oil focaccia and two giant pizzas for the table (all delicious) and I ordered the spaghetti bolgonese.

Really good but after the pizza and some of Evan’s gnocchi (REALLY good) I was so full and couldn’t finish it all.

There is a sweet pink cadillac that I had seen driving up and down the street not only this year, but last year as well, and it was my dream to ride in it. That night my dream came true.

We got in there!

It was just as fun as I hoped it would be and the guy even played Summer of ’69 for us as we cruised back to our resort. It was pretty groovy.

Brent, Eric and Dixon ended up in one of the cars that drove us to the restaurant.

And Evan, Scott and Sean somehow ended up in a horse and buggy. They ate our dust. Byeeeeeeee.

Hey girrrrrlllllls.

We ended our night at the Beatles bar, because OF COURSE. There was a different band that night and I was digging them.

I LOVED this girl, she was killing it!!!

I wanted to be her friend.

And the guitar player was really into it.

Our new American friends met us there. We really liked Ashley in the red shirt.

But then the two guys who were with her got sort of weird (pretty sure they were just really drunk), so we didn’t end up hanging around with them for too long.

Sistas.

Once we were back in our rooms packing to leave in the morning, Heather and Brent called us and asked if we wanted to go swimming in the ocean with them. Um, YES. I had my bathing suit on and was ready to go in about 30 seconds. I hadn’t been swimming in the ocean at night that whole trip and it needed to happen. It was a full moon and the water was so beautiful, it was such a good way to end the best trip ever!

I still can’t believe how much fun we had. Ah, I want to go back and do it all again. I’m still hearing stories about things that happened that I didn’t personally witness. And we had quite a large group with us so I’m impressed that everyone got along so well and there was no intergroup drama or conflict or anything (not that I expected that but you never know). Just good times all around. We have a reunion coming up this summer at Brad and Brennie’s cottage and I already can’t wait!

 

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Cruisin’ on the Catamaran

Sadly, Monday was our last day with the group from Toronto. They were all leaving Tuesday morning and Evan and I were not leaving with them. We extended our trip by two days because the flights from Calgary and Vancouver got changed and they arrived two and three days after us, and we wanted to spend more time with Lisa, Scott, Heather, Brent, Eric, Kenya and Dixon. And Sean, he also arrived on Thursday. But we had a full day on the catamaran, so we had a fun time ahead!

The bus picked us up at 8:15am to take us to the catamaran, and let me tell ya I was not feeling it when I woke up at 7:30 that morning. I was just a little tired from the whole wedding thing the day before. But I put on my game face and my favourite mermaid bathing suit and I got on that boat, and I’m so glad. I had the best day. It was sunny, the water was beautiful, the drinks were a’flowin (open bar was included in the price of our catamaran excursion) — that is a recipe for a great day.

Sherrie is the brave one sitting on the very front up there.

Not everyone came but we had about 26 of us, including the moms, so it was a good turn out.

Heather and I getting our sun on.

I never really burned but I tanned very extremely, so much on my back and shoulders that my tan just peeled off like a snakeskin. Leaving me rejuvenated underneath? I’m not sure it works like that, and I’m sure that isn’t great but I did wear sunscreen every day so, what can ya do.

Sherrie driving the boat!

Emily and Corey unfortunately didn’t make it (long story) so the captain’s hat that Brad brought was sort of an ode to our Emily.

We’re on a boat!

About 20 minutes into our ride the crew said there was an emergency and they needed everyone to come inside immediately. An emergency DANCE PARTY.

Will liked!

It was the biggest catamaran I’ve ever been on. There were a lot of seats, which was great ’cause our moms mostly parked themselves in the shade and enjoyed the view. Of the sea, and of us being ridiculous.

Dixon getting his tan on like the bronzed god he is.

We tried to get another Cartwright High School pic but we got photobombed.

About an hour into our sail it was snorkel time.

Varadero isn’t really known for snorkelling — Holguin and even Cayo Coco are known to have better reefs, but it wasn’t bad. Snorkelling is fun anywhere, and we saw some nice fishies.

Hey girl.

Hey Dylan.

I saw a conch shell on the bottom so I mermaided down to retrieve it, as one does, and when I brought it up to the surface I realized it was HUGE. Like the biggest conch shell I’ve ever seen. And it had a critter living in it. I had to put ‘er back, no one likes a reef ravager.

We snorkelled for about half an hour or so and then it was back on the boat. I got to drive this time.

Actually the captain did leave me there by myself for few minutes, I told him I was capable since I’ve driven a houseboat. It’s the same, probably.

I didn’t know where we were going so I just kept it straight and blew the horn a bunch of times.

After a few hours of sailing the ocean we pulled up to Cayo Blanco, a beautiful island off of Matanzas, Cuba.

Hannah and I got adventurous on the front with Sherrie as we approached.

Once we got off the boat we immediately all headed to lunch, which was included in the price of our trip.

It was extensive, there was even lobster, and it was so good!

And there was live music, because it’s Cuba and there’s live music everywhere.

After lunch we headed to the beach and set up shop near the coolest little bar with THE BEST pina coladas.

We got a bit of leisuring in.

We spent the next couple of hours hanging out on the sand and in the water. Some sand castle building went down.

Evan’s contribution was the outhouse.

It had the best landscaping of the entire castle for sure.

Cayo Blanco has a beautiful beach.

And Dixon has beautiful hair.

That he needed to brush.

It’s a beautiful beach but I don’t think it’s quite as nice as Varadero Beach where our resort was. That is truly one of the nicest beaches I’ve seen in my life and I feel like I’ve been spoiled for all beaches now. This one did come close, but it was also more busy.

While we were swimming there was a group of exceptionally beautiful people frolicking in the water beside us and filming everything with a GoPro (think thongs and bathing suit leg holes that go up to your armpits). Joel ended up talking to them, because Joel ends up talking to everyone, and he discovered that they were famous instagrammers and Virgin had paid for them all to come here and film themselves looking young and footloose and fancy free. That is living the dream. Once we found that out we may have put a wrench into their beautiful video footage plans. Dawn and Heather swam behind them and started doing high leg kicks and such, which I’m sure looked just as gorgeous as their slow motion frolicking.

Good times at Cayo Blanco.

And then it was back to the catamaran to sail back to Varadero.

We had quite the treat on the way back — we saw dolphins!

At least three of them came and swam beside the boat and were jumping out of the water. It was so amazing.

Of course, none of my pictures are great. It was so cool to see though.

And then one of the dolphins accidentally jumped into the side of the boat and then they all sort of got awkward for a minute, and then they swam away. We were saying later that the dolphins were probably like “Ugh, way to freakin’ go, Carl! We were being all graceful and then you had to jump into the boat and make us all look like IDIOTS.” I’m sure that’s how it went.

My mom was super excited about the dolphins!!!

It was a highlight for sure.

I made new friends on the way back, and they let me drive again.

It was a really fun day.

The lady behind us starting just dying laughing after she photobombed us. I thought she did something really ridiculous in the photo but nope, just her presence.

It wasn’t a super party catamaran, and actually Brennie said it was the first time she’s ever been on a catamaran where everyone was still able to walk off the boat at the end. But I was okay with that. I like being able to walk.

As soon as we got back to our resort we all headed to the pool to meet up with our friends who didn’t come on the catamaran. It was the last hurrah.

We took over the shallow end and there were many shenanigans.

I do not often see Joel get picked up, so that was a treat.

There may have been a few chicken fights.

I just watched from afar (Evan would never put me on his shoulders in such shallow water, are you kidding? he likes safety) and it was highly entertaining.

I think Brennie, our parental supervisor, was the ultimate winner in her white bikini!

Thank you Evan for your feet.

Leg party.

Aw, Sarah.

What a freakin’ time.

When the pool closed we headed down to the beach to swim in the ocean for a bit.

Evan and I had a pretty early night since we had a big day in Havana on Tuesday, but it was a great last day with the whole group!

I love them! What a time with them all. I am so glad we had a destination wedding and forced them all to come party with us for an ENTIRE WEEK!!! I will never forget it!

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Our Varadero Wedding: Details + Getting Ready

Sunday was wedding day!

I’m going to start with getting ready and the stuff before the actual wedding. I have a million pictures and it seems like the best way to split it up. So, get ready for a ton of pictures. But who doesn’t love wedding pictures?

All photos unless I specify otherwise are by AV Smile, Cuban Wedding Photography and Videography. Alex, Vianca (hence the AV) and their team were AMAZING. Hiring them was the best decision of our lives (aside from getting married). We had a team of five at our resort for the wedding — Alex and his wife Vianca, two videographers, and a lighting guy. Not only did they take beautiful pictures but we had all the edited photos, from both the wedding day and a shoot we did with them a couple days later in Havana, an edited video DVD of the entire day, as well as all the raw footage in case we want to make our own video (we both have video editing experience), and a personalized photo album (with our names on it) including 24 8.5×11 prints in THREE. DAYS. They had editors working overnight to make sure we got everything before we left Cuba. AND they were so nice and wonderful to work with. We were blown away. I feel so, so lucky.

THE DETAILS

First of all, my dress!

I wore a different dress in Cuba than I did for the Toronto wedding. My dress is this one by Morilee Madeline Gardner, in champagne. I loved it so much. I felt really comfortable (and beautiful) in it and it was breezy and light, perfect for the beach.

I also added this belt, to both dresses.

My shoes were like $10 from Ardene and they were super comfy with a little bit of bling.

For the ceremony on the beach the bridesmaids and I all wore these barefoot sandals that I got on Etsy.

On my head I wore a starfish/seashell crown that I also got on Etsy.

Since Evan proposed in a clam shell, in the ocean right where the ceremony was taking place, we put the rings in a clasped clam shell that belonged to Evan’s nana.

I’m not usually a fan of wedding detail shots, and maybe I’m biased because these are mine, but I thought the photographers got exceptionally beautiful shots of everything.

My mom gave me the pearl earrings I wore a couple years ago, and the Starfish necklace was also an Etsy find.

My wifey clutch was from Aldo accessories.

Lisa got me a beautiful bracelet for the Toronto wedding that I wore again in Cuba — it’s a spoon (a big inside joke with us because the neighbourhood’s bully was nicknamed Spoon when we were growing up), and they made the spoon part into a mermaid tail!

I love it.

And the flowers!

They are fake, almost like a rubber material so they’re not only realistic looking but realistic feeling. My bouquet, the bridesmaid bouquets, my toss bouquet (that I threw to everyone for luck, not just the single ladies), the moms’ corsages and the groomsmen boutonnières were all from my friend Ashley at From The Stem Up. She did such a great job! I used my bouquet for the Toronto wedding also, and then I just packed everything up in my suitcase and brought them to Cuba. It was perfect.

And I can keep my bouquet forever!

Emily’s mom got us a frame that people can sign and write well-wishes on, so we brought that along with us.

Except we forgot to change the photo in it to one of us. Whoops. Everyone was like “wow, you guys look really different!”

The other big thing I forgot was part of the sign for the front of the restaurant where the reception was taking place. For my bridal shower Lisa made this amazing sign that said “The Adventure Continues” and each letter was on a triangle cutout of a map. I loved it and I wanted to have it in Cuba, except when I was packing I somehow forgot to include the word “Adventure”. We just had “The” and “Continues”. Will, Kim and Dylan were putting that up while we were getting ready and couldn’t figure out what “The Continues” was supposed to mean. So, they put up what made the most sense which was just “Continues”. That makes me laugh when I think about it now.

THE GIRLS

In my bridal party I had Joanna and Dawn, who I met on the first day of Grade 9 and have been my pals since; Lisa, my MOH, who I grew up with and who has been my bestie for like 25 years; Emily, who has been my good friend since elementary school; Sherrie, who I hit it off with in my first year of journalism in college; and Hannah, who I became close with when I worked at OFSAA.

Joanna, Dawn, Lisa, Me, Emily, Sherrie, Hannah

The seven of us got ready in my room and it was definitely a bit cramped but it was so much fun and I’m so glad we had that time together. We blasted music and just laughed for most of the day. Will and Dylan brought us up fruit and sandwiches that they made for us in the buffet, so that was much appreciated!!!

I didn’t have a picture of this so I took a screenshot from the video

And Brent brought us up a tray of drinks!

We were excited about that.

I did my own makeup…

And Sherrie did my hair. She has such a gift for it. She gave us all the ‘Sherrie pouf.”

I think my hair turned out even better than when she did the trial on me.

I was feeling the love that day.

After our hair and makeup was done we headed down to the moms’ room so I could get into my wedding dress with them.

I should mention that the bridesmaid dresses were from RW&Co and their necklaces were from Etsy.

My mom looked so beautiful and happy!

And so did Cookie, Evan’s mom and my new mom!

I could not ask for a better mother-in-law, and I’m so glad our two moms get along so well.

Once we were ready we galavanted around the resort with our photography team.

The boys were also taking photos around the resort so the photographers all had walkie-talkies to make sure we didn’t see each other.

Randy, our favourite entertainer, came over to see us!

His extreme V needed to be more extreme. He was also wearing a ring on a chain around his neck that he pretended to put on my finger.

Mikey, the pool guy (aka Sexy Position) also dropped by to say hi. He got picked up.

My first love!

Gah, I love the beach shots. It was really sunny which I know is a photographer’s nightmare, but I think they still turned out great.

My favourite part of the video is all of us getting ready and then just walking around getting photos.

The guys

In Evan’s party he had: my brother Eric; his good friends from high school Ian (who lived with us for a while a couple years ago), Jeff, and Sean; and Mark and Corey, who he became close with after hanging out with them all the time because they’re married to Dawn and Emily.

Eric, Ian, Evan, Sean, Mark, Jeff, Corey

Unfortunately Brotherman couldn’t make it to the Cuba wedding, but he stood up there with us in Toronto!

The boys all got ready in Sean’s room.

What a handsome groom I have.

His tie is from Le Chateau (and the bowtie he wore for the Toronto wedding is from there as well).

And then they also traipsed around the resort with their photography team, looking super suave.

What a friggin’ handsome bunch of groomsmen!!

After we were all ready it was time for the ceremony, and I was ready to walk down the aisle!

Again!

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WE’RE MARRIED!!!

We are mawwwwwwwied!!!!

Yep, married!

Sunday went absolutely perfectly!!! I could not be happier. It did feel weird not having certain people with us when we officially tied the knot, like my brother, bestie and the bridal party, so I’m so excited to do it all again in Cuba with most of our best pals! But even if that wedding is a total disaster, I feel like we at least got one right! I’m sure it will be wonderful though because everyone will be there.

I don’t have many pictures yet so I’ll do a more detailed post once I have all those back…but I do have a few so I can give you a little sneak peek!

On Saturday afternoon Evan and I dropped by Globe Bistro (where the ceremony and reception were taking place) so we could drop off some stuff, like our cake!!!

I was SO HAPPY about our cake! My friend Cathy who I worked with at Girl Guides made it (CakesbyNACJ) and it was so much better than I even pictured. I showed her a picture of my bouquet and she matched the flowers so well. I loved it, and it was so delicious! The top was vanilla coconut and the bottom was vanilla with lemon.

It was so nice to go to the venue with Evan and scope out the setup just the two of us.

Isn’t that sign amazing? My friend Melissa made it for us.

It was really coming together in the reception room.

Just missing the centrepieces. Seeing everything set up just made all my nervousness go away and I felt ready to get married!

My mom has been staying with us since Tuesday (she lives in BC) so on Sunday morning we got up at 4am so we could pick up Evan’s mom and head to his cousin Barb’s house to get ready. Apparently when you have a brunch wedding you have to get up super early — our hair and makeup artist Natalie was arriving at 6am to make us presentable!

Getting ready together at Barb’s was awesome — she and her husband were such great hosts and made us smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels, coffee, and mimosas (it’s never too early for a mimosa!). I was so thankful to them for having us. It was the best place to get ready. My morning was leisurely and stress-free.

Natalie absolutely SLAYED my face and hair, and I was ready to get married before 9am.

Gahh, I looked so good. The best I’ve ever looked (and probably will ever look) for sure. And I could not get over how beautiful my mom looked!!!

She was just glowing. So beautiful. I can’t wait to see the pictures of her helping me into my dress!

I left Barb’s just before 10am, our wedding planner Tracey (one of the best things about our day, seriously) drove me over to Brickworks to meet Evan for a first look and pictures together. I was so glad we did that, even though it was FREEZING. The pics will be worth it. I can’t wait for those. In the meantime, our photographer Nicole got a quick photo of us on my phone that I can share with ya!

Aww. All ready for wedding things. Evan is so damn handsome. My heart skipped a beat when I saw him waiting for me. What a groom I have!

Once we arrived at the restaurant I got a pic of Evan pinning the boutonniere on his brother, aka Brotherman, aka the Best Man.

So cute. I should mention that all our flowers (including my bouquet) were fake flowers (but not silk, almost like a rubber so they even feel real!) and they were done by Ashley at From The Stem Up. She did a great job. I love my bouquet so much.

I’ll share more about the ceremony and reception when I get pictures back but here’s a few guests photos I’ve been able to snag. My handsome and proud dad walking me down the aisle!

Our ceremony was PERFECTION.

I forgot to pass off my bouquet, whoops.

Our Reverend Heather Power was so great. She helped us put together the most perfect ceremony that felt really personal to us. People were raving to us afterwards about how amazing our ceremony was, and maybe they always say that but it did feel really good. I couldn’t keep myself together. Evan’s cousin Barb did a reading during the ceremony and that made me lose it as well. It was so sweet. First kiss as husband and wife!

We’re official! I was very determined to sign those documents. We did a candle lighting for our grandparents and family members who were no longer with us, which was really sweet and also brought some tears to my eyes when I thought of my and Evan’s Nana’s.

Unfortunately my MOH Lisa couldn’t make it to the Toronto wedding (she will be in Cuba!) but I had a fabulous stand-in MOH as my witness, my friend Beth who I met on the very first day of Grade 9.

She brought a great friend of mine from elementary school, Allison, as her date and I was so glad to have them both there.

After the ceremony we ate delicious brunch food and drank mimosas and wine and mingled with our guests. It was wonderful. My cousin Allie and her daughter Nora made it all the way from BC! Actually, her wedding is one of my favourites of all time. This is her and my auntie Nancy.

Evan and I cutting that delicious cake!

It was the perfect day. It was small, intimate and personal and we really felt the love of our families. And I can’t think of one thing that went wrong, which is mostly due to our wedding planner Tracey! I will talk more about her in my official recap but we were SO GLAD to have her help. She was invaluable and I felt like neither of us had to worry about a single thing the entire day. She was always there taking care of things and she even packed up all our stuff at the end of the day! I don’t know what we’re going to do without her in Cuba.

Evan’s grandma unfortunately couldn’t make it so we dropped by her apartment in our wedding attire on our way home. She was so happy to see her grandson on his wedding day. She was so cute.

So, I guess that’s it for now! I’ll be instagramming from Cuba for sure, possibly Snapchat if I can get it to work, their internet is weird so we shall see. Have a great week and a half! Wish us luck on wedding #2.

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