WTW: One Year Later

Technically our 1-year anniversary was on Monday, but in keeping with tradition, I’m going to post these questions today. I can’t remember where I first seen them, but it was somewhere in blogland for sure!

1. How it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? First picture together…..etc.
We first met when we were about 6 years old! Although we’re the same age, Kyle was a grade ahead of me (due to where our birthdays landed in the calendar year. If I had been born 8 days sooner we’d be in the same grade and who knows how things would’ve played out! I digress…). We were in the same Grade 1/2 split class and he had a huge crush on my that continued all throughout our school days until we were 16 when I told him we should hang out one night. (Or maybe he told me that? I don’t recall!)
Our first official “date” included silly online computer games, 5-cent candy from the corner store and driving around in his car. We weren’t officially boyfriend/girlfriend at the time, but when the night was over and I was home talking to him on MSN Messenger (because that’s how you rolled back in the day) I told him how I wished I had kissed him. Being a no BS kind of guy, he came back out and our first kiss was before we were even BF/GF. We officially became an item on November 18, 2002 and dated for almost 8 years before we got engaged on November 12, 2010!

Our first photo together – Just after Christmas 2002!

2. When you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?}
Our relationship had A LOT of ups and downs – but what do you expect when you’re together for 8 years? I can’t pinpoint an exact moment when I knew that he was The One,  but eventually I realized that he was going to be there for me and love me no matter what. He really keeps me grounded, and I like to think that I do the same for him!

3. Proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? Was it a total surprise? Pictures of that… etc.
The proposal was a surprise and totally out of left-field! I was sitting at our dining table, eating a cupcake before I started work at my second job for the evening. Kyle had actually bought the cupcakes as a surprise to mask the REAL surprise, sneaky bugger! As I was eating the cupcake, I told him he was the best boyfriend ever, to which he responded, “Oh yeah? Close your eyes!” I did, expecting something silly like a movie I had wanted or something like that, but when he told me to open them he was down on one knee and asked, “How about I be the best husband ever? Will you marry me?” I believe I responded with, “Are you serious?” followed by a “Yes” and happy crying. I don’t have any pictures of the moment, but we were engaged for 7 months before getting married.

4. The ring: tell us about it! Did you pick it out? Did he? Pictures! Tell us about his ring too!
My ring is a diamond solitaire (Canadian!) diamond set in platinum. It’s gorgeous and simple and really suits me! I didn’t pick it out specifically, but Kyle had a good idea of what we both wanted for my engagement ring, and he did an awesome job picking it out all by himself. He did me VERY proud ;) His wedding band is a tungsten band – Simple with clean lines.

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5. Engagement/bridal pictures: let’s see em!
We never did engagement photos, due to our short engagement. We did put an announcement in the paper, and we did have an awesome photographer for our wedding day. You can view some of our wedding photos in this post.

6. The colours: show some of the flower and colors you used
Our colours were black, white and royal blue (or as Kyle calls it, “Ford Vista Blue,” lol). The flowers that I used were mainly white gerbera daisies with black centers (which was a HUGE deal because they also have a yellowish-white centered variety). I used them in the centerpieces for the tables as well as in the bridesmaids bouquets. My bouquet was white roses and white gerbera daisies.

7. The dress: was it what you always imagined? Did you have it made for you? White or ivory?
My dress was perfect, in my opinion ;) I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a thousand times before, but I never dreamed of what my wedding dress would like like when I was little. When I put it on in the bridal salon though, I just loved how it made me look and feel. It was perfect! That being said, I didn’t have it made for me, but I did have it shortened by a couple inches or so! The official colour of the dress is “diamond white,” so it’s not stark-white, but it’s not too creamy. Really, it was the perfect shade!

8. The little accessories: you know, veil? Shoes? Jewelry? What did your bridesmaids wear?
At first, I didn’t really want a veil, but my mom insisted on one! After trying one on when I had found my dress, it really helped pull everything together! My veil was simple with delicate beading along the trim – nothing too crazy! My shoes were pretty white flip flops with rhinestone beading that I still wear to this day. (Why not? They’re beautiful!) For jewelry, I only wore silvery glittery plugs for my ears (having them stretched left things a little limited!) and for the reception I took my veil off and wore a little rhinestone hair accessory.

My bridesmaids wore matching black dresses and I bought them personalized necklaces from Ritzy Misfit as gift to wear on the wedding day. They looked stunning! And seriously – they can wear their dresses to other functions too. I really wanted to think practical!

9. The reception: where was it at? Show us some pictures! What day did you get married?
Our reception was at a local hall at a beautiful local park, which made things extremely affordable! There was plenty of parking, a bar area and CLEAN washrooms! We were married on June 4, 2011 – probably the first and only beautiful day of June! It rained all month after that!

10. The cake/food: So tell me about what you had at your wedding!
Our cake was 3 tiers, with the bottom and top tiers being vanilla and the middle being chocolate. The icing was fondant. We had a roast beef buffet for dinner with all the trimmings. It was FANTASTIC as far as on-site buffets go.

11. Favourite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
I think my favourite part of the day was the end when Kyle and I were in the limo on our way to our “getaway” location. It felt amazing to finally really be alone together and think of the day.

My least favourite part? Probably when my FIL kept blurting out the answers to our trivia questions. He had seen the piece of paper with the Q&A’s a couple weeks beforehand and couldn’t keep his mouth shut, even though his table already got a question right to go eat!

12. Honeymoon: Where did you go? Was it good? ;)
Other than our wedding night getaway, we never had a honeymoon. Not to say that it wasn’t amazing or anything ;) But really, I don’t regret not having a honeymoon right after our wedding. Some people think we’ll regret it, but I don’t. We’ll have one eventually, just not anytime soon.

13. Thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? If you could change anything, what would it be?
For Kyle and I, I don’t think marriage made anything easier or harder. Since we’ve been together for so long, life just kind of resumed! The only hard part was getting used to referring to Kyle as my husband! It was quite the adjustment after 8 years of being my boyfriend!

14. First place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
We lived in our townhouse that we had bought before we got married, and in November last year, we bought a full-size house and moved into it! (Click the links for posts with photos!) We also rented a place before buying too.

15. Kids: do you have any yet? If not, when do you plan on it? How many do you want? Any tips on good/bad birth control?
Not yet, but we have one on the way at the end of this month! We definitely want two kids, maybe three depending on how things feel after two (Kyle really wants a son, lol). As for birth control – whatever works for you the best, really. I believe that there is no such thing as a “surprise” pregnancy unless you fall within that 0.1% zone for birth control (it’s 99.9% effective for a reason). The “pull-out” method is NOT birth control either!

16. Most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them :) and any other thoughts.

Not the most glamorous photo of us, but it’s the most recent! This is after working in the yard during a hot day!

I can’t believe that I’ve been married to this amazing man for a year already! It’s been one of the best years ever and it’s only going to get better!

 

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WTW: The Reception

Finally, the last post in my WTW series!

What can you say about wedding receptions? In my mind, they’re almost all the same: You eat, make toasts, dance the night away, and go home drunk and merry. Well, if you’re a guest, you do. For Kyle and I, we were whisked away married. (See what I did there? Merry? Married? *snort* Moving on …)

By the time our reception came rolling around, Kyle and I were able to relax a little and catch our breaths. Between the ceremony and photo taking, we were just ready to eat!

Really, our reception was perfect. The decorations were gorgeous thanks to my wonderful mom, grandma, step-grandma and bridesmaids, the food was perfect, and no one fought. The toasts were tear-worthy, the jokes were hilarious, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way everything turned out. I never dreamed of what my wedding would be like growing up, but the way the day went down, I’m sure that’s what I would’ve wanted.

After the reception was winding down and my guests were good and tipsy, Kyle and I made our getaway to an amazing inn just outside of town courtesy of my step-dad. The limo ride out was perfect – calm, quiet, peaceful – and we couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the night. There was a lot of “I can’t believe we’re finally married” comments back and forth between the two of us. Sometimes it’s still so surreal.

So that concludes my Wedding-Talk Wednesday posts. I hope you enjoyed reading about the months, days, and moments leading up to our “I Do’s”, because I’ve certainly enjoyed sharing. :)

And just an FYI: I’m now @KaraEvs on Twitter! I couldn’t get my complete last name, but this shall work just as well! No need to re-follow me; it’s not a new account! :)

WTW: The Ceremony

Oh, oops, I kind of forgot a week there, didn’t I? Anyway, to continue on with my wedding day series, Let me tell you about the ceremony …

I can’t remember who gave me this piece of advise, but it was definitely great: As you walk down the aisle, look at your soon-to-be husband and only him and it will help calm your nerves. To that person, whoever you were,  thank you!

As I made my way down the aisle to Kyle, I didn’t take my eyes off of him. My whole body was tingling with nervousness, but looking at him kept my emotions in check. As I reached him at the end of what seemed like the longest walk ever, he told me how beautiful I looked. Still, no tears. I don’t know how I went through the whole ceremony without crying, to be honest. My mom cried, my MIL cried, I’m sure my grandma cried, and one of my lovely bridesmaids confessed she cried during the whole ceremony (Don’t worry, you didn’t ruin the photographs! I promise!).

What I do know is that the whole ceremony is a blur, and it’s a good thing our marriage commissioner gave us a copy of our ceremony “script” because I don’t remember what I said 100% (awful, I know!). But – I do know that the wording was perfect and reflected us a couple to a “T”.

The best moment of the ceremony was finally being able to kiss Kyle as my husband – and as an un-rehearsed wedding kiss, it was pretty fabulous ;)

We walked down the aisle, together, finally, after eight years of growing together, as husband and wife. We stepped into a backroom of the ceremony venue and that’s when all my emotions that I had suppressed throughout the entire day finally let go. I cried an extremely happy cry. Kyle was shocked and asked what the matter was, but I just told him that I was so happy and in love and that all my suppressed emotions finally couldn’t be contained. And that was it for the day – no more tears and nothing but happiness for finally being married to the wonderful man that I love.

Next week I’ll try to remember to post about the reception!

For now, I’m going to FINALLY share with you (most) of the photographs that our amazing photographer, Jo LeFlufy, took during our wedding day. Just click this link and it will take you to my Facebook wedding album – and feel free to friend me if you’d like to comment :)

Our Wedding Photos

If you’re married – was your ceremony everything you imagined it to be? If you’re not – what do you envision it being like one day?