Holmes is where the heart is - I am officially a HOLMES! :) YAY! Not only was mine and Michael's wedding day the most amazing celebration of love EVER, our special day was issued in an exclusive 10 page spread with Hello!Canada Magazine making us feel like true Canadian Royalty - especially sharing the front cover with Kate Middleton (ah!)!!! Having our most precious and intimate moments shared and celebrated with our country could not make us any more proud to be Canadian! It was an honour to be interviewed by Erica Cupido at Hello! Canada and I feel as though her writing encapsulated the very essence of our enchanted outdoor wedding. The issue is on stands NOW so be sure to pick up your physical copy to get more of the inside scoop on our love and all things wedding!!! (mine will be framed and hung LOL - best wedding souvenir ever!!!)
After a year and a half of planning, one sweet, beautiful, and incredibly memorable day, has all come to an end. I have to be honest and admit that I did not enjoy every minute of the planning that lead up to our wedding (which also took place during my final year of medical school... can you say overwhelmed much??); however, all the time, energy, and effort that was put into the big day was worth it in the end. Michael and I shared the most magical day surrounded by everyone we hold near and dear to our hearts. We also had a candle lighting ceremony for those who could not be with us in person, knowing they were there with us in spirit.
I don't consider myself to be a "typical" traditional bride and I believe that can be seen in the style of wedding that Michael and I had. I had always dreamt of having a very simple, natural, elegant, and relaxed wedding as my personality tends to lean more towards the easy going side. Michael was an amazing ally to have throughout the entire planning process as he is also very laid back and accommodating. His only big desire was to look like James Bond on the wedding day... and he pulled that one off effortlessly thanks to Hugo Boss and being really, really, ridiculously good looking ;) As a result, deciding on a theme, location, and wedding vibe came easily enough for Michael and I.
Our top 5 priorities were: 1- be outdoors, 2- good food, 3- good bevies, 4- good music, and 5- be surrounded by the most important people in our lives... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
The theme of our wedding was "secret garden." Michael and I decided that we wanted to get married outdoors, have a tent wedding, and be immersed in a natural landscape. Ask and you shall receive right? Well we asked and in return the universe provided us with the most spectacular venue that reflected our vision of the perfect garden wedding located in the Blue Mountain region. Our good friend Arlene Dickinson was kind enough to share her beautiful property in the Georgian Bay area with us and it could not have been more perfect!! Surrounded by forests, meadows, a river, and all things of natural beauty, decorating for our wedding was unnecessary as the wilderness spoke volumes for itself. We did however, add our own little flair and special touches including a big white tent, a photo area with hanging white frames, a light up LOVE sign, and the artistic food stations hosted by Bruce's Wine Bar which included cooking stump stoves of risotto and so much more... heaven!!
We were so fortunate that the weather held out for us. It had rained (and I am talking major thunder storms) during the entire dress rehearsal the evening before the wedding day. We were all prepared to get a little wet on the big day but as my limousine pulled up to Arlene's house around 5:30, the clouds cleared, the sun came out, and we were touched by the rays of sun shining down on us throughout the entire ceremony!
The day went by so fast and if I could change anything I would have loved to slow down time. I only wish I could have danced longer, eaten more ratatouille, and taken more selfies with friends - as a result of not having my phone on me and being so wrapped up in the moment I missed those personal fun shots. However, thankfully we had the most incredible photographer and videographer, Jordan Presseault and Paul W. Los working with us to capture our special moments.
I have to say a special thank you to everyone who helped make mine and Michael's dream of the most beautiful and enchanted wedding day come true. Starting with our wedding party - we would not be here if it wasn't for your support, acceptance, energy, time, laughter, and love. You light us up and make life more fun!
Thank you to Hello!Canada Magazine for interviewing us and writing a 10 page exclusive issue of mine and Michael's love and wedding day. Your magazine will forever be remembered as our favourite wedding souvenir. We loved being interviewed by you, both before and after our wedding day - it was one of the highlights for us as it gave us the opportunity to reflect on our precious moments, laugh at ourselves and each other, and vent if nothing else!
Thank you to Hugo Boss for dressing Michael and making his dream of being James Bond for a day come true.
Thank you to HGTV Canada and ET Canada for celebrating our love, interviewing both of us, and sharing our photos, love story, and wedding footage with the world! We are beyond grateful for your support and thoroughly enjoyed every moment we got to spend with you!
Thank you to another Canadian beauty, Arlene Dickinson, for sharing your spectacular Canadian garden oasis with us. As a strong, compassionate, kind, open hearted, inclusive, and beautiful woman, you truly embody what it means to be Canadian. Your property exudes pure Canadian natural bliss and it was a privilege to get married barefoot with the earth between my toes, the river rushing directly behind us, and the wind whistling through the trees.
Thank you to the Holmes Group who has stood by our side since the very beginning of our relationship and supported us along our journey every step of the way. You had a major role in shaping this wedding to be the majestic event it became and we are forever grateful for the effort, energy, and contributions you have dedicated to us to make our lives, relationship, and wedding so full of happiness and fun. We are family... come on everybody and see! ;)
Thank you to the girls at TakesTwo2Pin for making my hair look dreamy and mystical; and to 6DegreesStudio for making my eyelashes POP - thank goodness for you because I cried so much as I walked down the aisle but I didn't have a single battle with running mascara.
Thank you my good friend and master makeup artist, Jacqui Wilkins, for doing my makeup flawlessly, making me feel so naturally beautiful.
Thank you to Bruce's Wine Bar for catering the most fabulous gluten free wedding food I have ever had!
Last but not least, thank you to both mine and Michael's families for celebrating our love and sharing our special day with us. Each one of you touched our hearts in your own unique way and our wedding will forever be remember as two families joining as one.