Honeymoon in Paris

If I could describe Paris in one word, it would be "stairs". Mike and I had such a work-out, I'm sure his Grouse Grind buddies are going to be impressed next time they go. In short though, I did love the city - my favourite part was breakfast. I could eat pain au chocolat every day and never bore of them. How can one pastry be so soft and crunchy at the same time?! I am also proud to say that Mike and I got through more than one meal entirely in French - who knew those 6 years of classes in high school could be so useful? Okay, so there were a few times when I was asked a question and I looked utterly lost and stupid, but that's what Mike is for! Since it was our honeymoon, I am going to spam this post with pictures of us making out. Here you go!

1. Taken when we first arrived in Paris, on one of the bridges going across the Seine. So glad to be off the plane!
2. At the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. Beautiful location, but the washrooms were super gross. No seat covers! I just can't handle no seat covers!
3. After walking up the mountain (and learning afterward there was an elevator) then another 300 steps to the dome at Sacre Coeur. Amazing view - the crypt is a total tourist trap though.

4. Another thing I love about Paris? Their metro lines go everywhere. You can't walk two blocks on a major street without finding a metro entrance. We stayed near La Motte-Picquet which connected to three different lines, and got us anywhere we could possibly want to go.
5. Outside the Louvre, sitting at the fountains to give our poor feet a break. Beautiful venue, though I admit neither of us had any art history knowledge and could properly appreciate the wealth within the museum.
6.  A quick stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens. We were lucky enough to have sunshine on our entire week (with a few showers while we were indoors, but didn't affect us much). Lots of couples fondling each other there, so we fit right in.

7. Another photo while walking across the Seine, this time near the Eiffel Tower! We didn't take a picture making out while we were at the top, unfortunately, but we did see the fantastic view (it was on my birthday!).
8. On our last evening in Paris, we took the Bateaux Mouche boat tour along the Seine while the sun was setting.
9. Perfect way to end our Paris trip... but the honeymoon is only beginning! =)

DIY Air Balloon Centerpieces for Travel-Themed Wedding

Mike and I are back from our honeymoon! I promise to post lots about the amazing Paris adventures we had, but meanwhile, here's another Pinterest idea I used at our wedding!

Mike and I set to work on Thursday evening on our wedding centerpieces - DIY air balloons (to match our other travel-themed decorations). The original idea came from this site, but we made a few tweaks to fit with our own liking. To make the balloons stand up, we stuck modelling clay along the bottom to make sure the stick stayed in one place, then reinforced this with string tied to the sides of the bucket. We covered up the clay with small blue pebbles. Each piece of ribbon was then draped over the balloon and tied to the middle intersection, with the ends left out to be curled (which Mike did an excellent job on).

In total, the six centerpieces took Mike and I about two hours to complete... the first couple definitely took the longest, but it got easier when we figured out what was most efficient for us. We had to adjust the middle ribbon a few times before the wedding because the balloons got a bit smaller as time passed, but luckily they all survived the commute to the venue!

I used these centerpieces to display our table names so that guests could easily find their seat in the reception area. I really loved the way they turned out - and thank you to Julie for taking the wedding photos in this post!

Got Married!

Just wanted to give everyone a sneak preview of our wedding last night, before we head to Paris for our honeymoon! Thank you to Sabrina for posting her photos of us so quickly!

Walking down the aisle was, and probably will always be, the most terrifying, exciting, exhilarating, happy, most amazing experience of my life. Words cannot express the storm of emotions I felt!

We have spent today reading through cards, opening presents and looking through our guestbooks (we had a different question at each table), and it was great to relive the day that passed by so quickly. I think my favourite was my drunken friends' attempts to fill up one entire book (they did not succeed, hehe).

The delicious cupcakes were made by Candice of Love Your Cake. Absolutely adorable!

I promise that we'll show more photos later on when things get settled - and of course, close-ups on all those details!

Here's a photo of our first dance taken by Tomasz! All in all, the wedding was beyond perfect. Everything came together more seamlessly than I imagined, and I am so thankful to everyone that helped us through the years, and especially those that came early to help out, and share in our very special day!

Bridal Shower Thank You Cards and Marriage Advice

This one is a bit of a belated entry, but since the wedding is coming up in just a bit over one week, maybe it's a good time to post this. Here are the thank you cards I made for the girls who came to my bridal shower at the end of April!

I think one of my favourite parts of the bridal shower was reading the marriage advice that my (non-married) friends had to offer. Each piece of advice had to start with the letters of my first name. The tips, in general, can be summarized by one of the first ones: "Critical thinking is probably useful when reading these cards".

I thought I would just share a few favourites from the collection:
  • Cut the phone line if he wants to call the police (in relation to the next piece of advice...)
  • Imprison him. Then he can never get away.
  • Invest... in lots of cooking utensils so Mikey can make you lots of yummy meals.
  • "I do" → you should say this.
  • If you don't have anything nice to say, pretend and say something nice anyways.
  • In arguments, you are always right.
  • If you get mad, imagine yourself in an igloo to calm down.
  • Ice toes thoroughly before climbing into bed.
  • Claim as much closet space as possible (followed up by the next...)
  • Collecting shoes is a great way to accomplish this.
  • Console him when he's wrong... which will happen often.
  • Capitalize on Rachel's dog-sitting offer.
  • Cooperate when planning for global domination.
  • Costco Card! ← Call Kathleen if you want to get a Costco card!
    • Sidenote: we actually did follow this piece of advice today! Yay for bulk goods.
  • Yellow gold  ← what all your gifts should be made of (at the very least).
  • Yell louder than him - that's how you win fights.
  • Yes, you may eventually need to cook for him.

...I have such great friends who think Mike is just fantastic.