Shake it like a Polaroid picture!

At our wedding we decided to include a sort-of photo booth and encouraged our guests to get their picture taken via Polaroid camera, and write on it in place of having a guest book! My cousin did this at her wedding and we totally copied the idea, and it turned out even better than we could’ve expected. I cherish these so much and have resisted the urge to store each one in an air-tight bag (or in a secret safe that we keep behind a painting?) since the wedding. Plus, just looking through any wedding-related photos always gets me a little misty eyed!

For the backdrop we just bought a piece of sparkly fabric and sewed it (thanks, mom) to fit over a skinny rod. We then hung the rod/fabric up by stringing rope through the rod and tying it to some of the scaffolding of the tent we were in. And, voila! A perfect little Polaroid booth. Huge shout out to our friends Colton and Angel for being incredible, and being on photo taking duty all night long. We were so happy they agreed to the job.

Anyhow, here is a curation of our favourites. Enjoy!

^ This will forever be a favourite because at my cousin’s wedding we all took this same photo. This was round two at it! ^

^ This is Lindsay, our wedding’s month-of coordinator, of Lindsay Sue Organization & Events. She was a LIFE SAVER during the end of the wedding planning process and we probably wouldn’t have been married if it weren’t for her. You can read her thoughts on being our coordinator here. ^

^ First dance. Heart eyes everywhere. ^

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Wedding photos by Kristyn Harder

On our wedding day, Tim and I were beyond blessed to have Kristyn Harder (of Kristyn Harder Photography) take our photos. She did the most unreal job — when looking through her photos we were basically in tears! I couldn’t believe how well she captured the day — her photos are dream-like, ethereal and perfectly show the sprit of the day. Beyond her talent, Kristyn was also such a calming, fun presence to be surrounded by. She really helped make the day flow by maneuvering Tim and I through pre-picked locations, and this made time fly by and brought an ease to the day that I wasn’t anticipating. I would recommend her over and over to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. Click here to check out her blog post on our day!

Our wedding day

We got married:) On August 22, Tim and I had the most perfect day of our lives — our wedding day. We poured so much of our hearts into this day and it all came together in a way we never could have imagined. The love that was present was overwhelming and beautiful. There will never be anything like it and it was my favourite day of my life so far. The day was warm and calm and filled with so many tears and laughs and I just can’t even believe it was real life. In many ways it was a dream. A perfect dream. I love this man so much and can’t believe how blessed I am to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.

There are countless moments and memories that I frequently look back on from this day, all of them too priceless to try and describe here. From hearing our pastor speak before marrying us, to feeling the look in Tim’s eyes all day, to the speeches during the reception, to our first dance — it would be a disservice to try and describe it all here, so I’ll try and let these few photos do the talking.

Below is a mish-mash of some photos I stole from various sources; they’re mainly iPhone and none are my own. It’s a very small glimpse into our day but I hope you enjoy! Expect more wedding posts to come in the future.

When there was one day left

The week leading up to our wedding was a different kind of stressful than I’d anticipated. I wasn’t pulling my hair out or not sleeping but I did find myself wondering if everything would actually get done, and legitimately getting anxious over whether people would have a good time or not. I felt hyper-aware that it all rested on the remaining work to do (I now see I could’ve chilled out a little). There was a ton on both mine and Tim’s plates — I was sending emails back and forth and crafting my behind off… It was a lot! For a couple days there I locked myself in my room and downloaded all the Disney songs and painted all the things and did all the crafts. In hindsight I’m so proud of it all — the day was perfectly, beautifully us. But the week before it was hard to realize that kind of thing.

The day before our wedding it was 3 degrees C out, filled with snow and pouring rain. Super fun times when your ceremony’s supposed to be outside! (The day-of was gorgeously sunny… you’ll see more soon.) Nonetheless, us and our crew set up our reception space all day and afternoon, walked through our ceremony, then headed over to my house for a big dinner. My parents knocked it out of the park with this; I had nothing to do with it (how many times will I say that on this blog?). They cooked a bunch of incredible things, and everyone who came — in-town family, out-of-town family, friends, pastor — had a happy happy time. It made me so excited for the next day, despite all the little things still to do, and really forced Tim and I to sit down and actually talk with people! Ha. Here are some photos from that crazy, beautiful, went-by-so-fast day!

^ Snapchat documentation brought to you by the lovely Sam and Hannah. ^

Having people all in one room together was the greatest! There was a huge amount of stuff to do after people left, including a little gift exchange between Tim and I that was all too special to even talk about here, but the day was productive and full of people who love us and not many could complain about that.

A second summer spent at WestJet

They say that birds of a feather flock together. During my last two summers, I’ve found this to be true all around. At WestJet I worked from May to August of 2014 and 2015 on the company’s Communications team — a real dream come true. My first summer was filled with learning experiences and getting a second go at it this year allowed me to really sink my teeth into the role. It was much more “real world” than any other position I’d ever held; something I’m grateful for day in and out. Above all that, to be mixed in with such like-minded people as myself really was the icing on the cake. I am so fortunate to have been around that team for eight months.

^ It was super cool to go behind the scenes with one of the company’s photographers. We mainly worked together on stuff for WestJet Magazine — my favourite part of my workload. ^

^ Some of the team volunteering at Stampede. ^

The team I worked on became my friends early on. I actually looked forward to going to work each day, all because I knew I’d get to be around some of the most brilliant, hilarious, down-to-earth people you can find. That, mixed with being at a company I am genuinely passionate about, and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

^ I loved having my mom in the same building as me all summer. For the start of service to Glasgow she even painted her nails with WestJet’s tartan. She drinks the teal Kool-Aid for breakfast, that one. ^

^ The view from my desk (#humblebrag). Also, only at WestJet can you be part of a magic show at lunchtime. ^

This summer was an exciting one for WestJet, with the start of flights to Glasgow, Scotland, and the announcement of service to London beginning in 2016. On top of that, I was fortunate to be involved in working on the recently redesigned WestJet Magazine. To be in the heat of it all, as well as delving into the day-to-day parts of my portfolio, was nothing short of exciting.

^ One of the last days at WestJet called for a cheesy photo with my good friend, Georgia. She was a student working on the Marketing team for the summer and trekked all the way from Vancouver to do so. She is painstakingly funny and comforting and the most people-person-y of people I know. I will miss her dearly! ^

^ When your team takes you to high tea for a surprise pre-wedding celebration. They just get me. ^

Having been around WestJet all my life (my mom has worked there since forever) I was able to know the root of what their success all about — their people. It’s a culture of forward thinking, creativity and total value for each WestJetter. To say it had been a goal of mine to work at WestJet since beginning my degree is an understatement and, now that I’ve completed the co-op program and am in my last year of school with two summers there to reflect on, I can’t even believe I was afforded the opportunities I was, surrounded by the people that I was. On to the next chapter to find more of my birds, I suppose!