Wednesday, August 3, 2016

From our wedding album

I can't help myself .......... more wedding pictures to share with you. These are a sneak peak from our photographer (Margaret Diotalevi, Principal Photographer and owner of Avenue Photo in Toronto).

I was thrilled with how the look for our wedding came together - soft and elegant. Our ceremony was held on the lawn at Holcim Waterfront Estate overlooking Lake Ontario; the dinner and celebration took place in the large white tent on the side lawn next to the mansion house. We had a combination of long and round tables which worked perfectly to create a balance to the room.

There were a few projects on my last minute list that I felt would have given the wedding a fuller visual finish, and although I had planned well for them, they didn't get completed. No one knew that they were missing but me.
But it was only three weeks before the wedding that my Mother passed away. Dealing with sorrow is exhausting, and in the end I had no emotional energy to be creative for the extra wedding prettiness projects.

These lovely photo charms (DesignsbyTami on Etsy) - one of my Dad, and one of my Mother; were added to my bouquet. I had ordered the charm of my Dad a few months before, and at the last minute Tami prepared another one for me.
My parents were with me in so many ways on our wedding day. I sent a charm to Richard while he was dressing for our wedding. A photo charm of Richard's Mother was pinned on to his vest to keep her close to his heart.

 Our beautiful daughters taking a selfie .....
The handsome men in my life.......Richard and our sons.

This beautiful custom made ring box (The Mrs Box) was a gift from my daughter. Such a decadent gift that I will always have.
Cake by La Casa Dolce. Cake topper by BetterOffWed (Etsy).

Flowers by Tanya Nelson.

And, I cannot resist this photo a friend took of my Granddaughter Kya and me. Our pretty flower girl and my sweet little shadow.

Kya and me.

I promise to share some pictures of our honeymoon trip to Ireland with you soon.

Thanks for reading,

Monday, July 18, 2016

Best Day Ever

Richard and I are back from our honeymoon in Ireland and gathering a few pictures that friends and family took at our wedding. It has already been one month since we took our vows and celebrated our marriage.

Without a doubt it was the 'best day ever', as I married my best friend. I will share more of our wedding day here as we get more pictures, and will feature our travels throughout Ireland in upcoming posts. For now I'll let the joy of the day speak for itself through the pictures (mind the quality - they've been gathered from various photo options).

My handsome son Dallas walked me down the aisle.

Richard and his son (our Best Man) waiting at the top of the aisle.

Our four children and granddaughter stood with us as our attendants. The wedding took place at Holcim Waterfront Estate overlooking Lake Ontario.

My dress is a David Tutera gown (Beryl in seamist - a French blue shade underskirt with tulle and lace over-top).

These are 'our children'.
Dallas (my son), Monique (my daughter), Me and Richard, Stephanie (Richard's daughter), Justin (Richard's son).

And the prettiest girl at the whole affair........

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Gift by Darlene Lamb

There is just over two weeks until our wedding and as expected there is a generous size list of things to complete. But the world stood still for me last week when my Mother passed away. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday a few months ago and although her health had always been a roller coaster, Mom had continually bounced with each set back.
We are grateful that the final illness did not have her lingering in pain and that she was called Home quickly. I am numb with a strange combination of emotions - funerals and weddings don't mix. She was rested in the new dress she had planned to wear to my wedding, it carried a sad sweetness to it.

One of my most poignant memories of my Mom was when she would gather me up and cuddle for a nap on the bed together. I might have been only 3 or 4 years old, but when I close my eyes and remember, it feels like I'm there tucked in her arms again. There has been a fare amount of time this week drawing from that memory and feeling. It's a wonderful spot to take myself back to.

Mother of two, Grand Mother of five, Great Grandmother of four - and she had one true love of her life. Mom is with our Dad again - where she so desperately wanted to be.

Rest now Mom. I love you.