It’s crazy to think that as of tomorrow we’ll be only 100 days out from the wedding. Remember when we had over 600 to go? I like to complain about how it’s felt SO long, but it really has gone by pretty quickly.
With so little time to go, it’s been really really really amazing to say “It’s done” when people ask how the wedding’s going. I get a lot of weird looks with that one – especially because I’m ring-less right now (more on that later) – but seriously…we’ve finished up pretty much all of our big wedding tasks! Here’s a peek at some of the exciting things we’ve gotten to do this month.
We had a super-exciting Valentine’s Day appointment at Gatto Flowers to finalize the florals for our wedding! It was also my first time meeting our day-of coordinator, Melissa from One Fine Day Events. By the end of the appointment, we’d finalized our vision for the romantic, vintage vibe of our ceremony & reception and I’d also become so happy that Melissa tagged along. Because the Gatto family are the nicest people ever, I got to go home with the beautiful Valentine’s Day bouquet above. I can’t wait to share our flowers with you!
We ate cake for breakfast. Well, I did at least – Mike’s not really into cake. He did freak out over the chocolate cake with gianduja filling on the far right, though, which is a testament to Bobbette & Belle’s baking prowess! We were lucky enough to have our consultation with one of the founders of Leslieville bake shop, Allyson Bobbitt and it took our experience to the next level. Allyson designed a beautiful wedding cake for us – we went home with three original, signed sketches by her to choose from.
Long story short: we “passed” our marriage prep courses! I’ll share more about the actual classes – and the FOCCUS test – in the coming weeks since there’s been a lot of interest around them. We’re really glad we took the 8-week course vs. the weekend-long crash course because it gave us a chance to connect with the other couples and make some great new friends. It was also a really fun (surprisingly) way to spend the evening together on a Monday night. Things have been so incredibly busy with the wedding that it’s been tough to spend time together where we’re just hanging out with one another and enjoying each other’s company. The classes really allowed us to do that. Plus, our new friends are pretty great – we just met for drinks on Monday night!
The Dress x2
Well, I’m not going to show you my dress…or hers…but check out this little beauty shopping for her flower girl dress! Miss Millie absolutely loves to shop and we had the best time picking out her fluffy white dress over the weekend. She looked perfect in every dress, but it was pretty clear in the end which one was the one. My favourite tiny fashionista is so excited to skip down the aisle and I know our day will be made even more special because she’s a part of it. As for my dress….I had my first fitting last week and I’m obsessed with it. All those details will be kept under wraps until the big day, so keep your eyes peeled on June 6 for the big reveal 😉
It’s not all work and no fun over here – the past month or so has been full of trials and beauty treatments in preparation for the big day. I spent a few hours in JJ Cowan’s bed at Wax & Lash for a mega-plush 100-lash extension job that’s still fluttering away a week later. She knows how to up your fringe – visit. I demand it. If you can believe it, my lashes will be even bigger for the wedding day.
I also got the chance to do my hair trial & visit the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La for a Divine Body Treatment.
I’m so happy with the hair that my day-of stylist, Emily Sara Pike, created for me! It’s so lush and yet still so simple and similar to how I usually wear my hair. As Lauren Conrad says… wear the hair that got you there. And make sure the stylist you choose to do it is just the loveliest person ever (OK, I added that part in myself. She’s great).
As for the body treatment at the Miraj Hammam Spa, I can’t recommend it enough. It is a bit weird being scrubbed down by a stranger while in the nude? Sure. But the results of the scrub, mega-relaxing steam shower and relaxation massage mean I’ll be back again very soon. Glow, baby, glow!
Bye bye, engagement ring.
Yes, it’s gone…but only for a little while. After months of searching for the perfect band – pro tip: consider buying both the ring and band together, guys – I finally cracked and decided to let one of our favourite jewellers design a custom band. During our visit on Sunday, I found out I’d have to leave my engagement ring with him to ensure that they pair perfectly. I can’t wait to see my wedding band in a few weeks…and get my rock back![line]
Have I mentioned we’re killing it in the getting stuff done department? Because we are. We have only a couple of things left to do in February.
What’s left + some reader SOS:
Photo Booth & props: I haven’t booked a photo booth vendor yet (I know, I know). I also have an idea for a custom backdrop & custom props – I haven’t DIY’d many things for the wedding, but this will likely be one of them.
Rehearsal dinner: We have a likely location for our rehearsal dinner but haven’t booked it, put down a deposit or sent out save-the-dates yet.
Escort cards, guestbook & welcome table set-up: One of the things I really want to infuse some personality into is the set-up for our welcome table. I’d love to have a unique way to have guests leave their mark on our wedding day and also don’t want the boring, traditional escort cards. Also, the card box. I’ve been considering a vintage ballot box (we did meet on an elections campaign, after all) but haven’t found one I’m obsessed with just yet. Any ideas?
Housing! We have no house. We need somewhere to live. Tick, tock…
Honeymoon hotels: We’ve booked our flights into Nice and out of London, but haven’t booked any accommodations in between. I’d still love your recommendation for places to go, things to see and where to stay & eat on our honeymoon!
One last thing before I let you go….
How gorgeous is my bridal shower invitation?! I designed the custom blush & gold foil letterpress invitation with my mom and a family friend and I’m absolutely obsessed with them. They went out over the Family Day long weekend and the RSVPs have been rolling in – so fun & exciting. And yes, that’s my favourite Kate Spade statement necklace obscuring the important details. Shiny gold calligraphy was done by The Lettering Studio – Barbara is a complete doll and also scripted our names (and a few other details) for our wedding invitations!
Please leave me your suggestions for honeymoon hotels & locations in the comments plus any fun & unique ideas you have for escort cards and the card box! xo