Saturday, April 30, 2011

Love Is

It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Our wedding wasn't perfect, but it was definitely filled with beautiful moments. These are the memories I like to look back on when I think about our wedding.

Also check out Andrew's take on our day.

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On a beautiful Saturday morning in Downtown Toronto, our guests filtered into the church. It was the same church my parents had gotten married in, the same church I had grown up in. It meant a lot to me to get married at the same church.

As our guests settled in, Andrew and I arrived separately and on time. Despite the logistics not working out smoothly enough for us to begin exactly at 11am, it is important to us that we arrived on time. Piano music filled the air as Andrew's cousin played and it was time to begin. We were so lucky to have so many talented friends and family members help out with parts of the wedding. That made it so much more personal.

When it was time for us to head down the aisle, the cutest couple led the way. After working through a bit of nerves, Nathan made his way to the front with his friend, Allyson. It's hard to believe he was only two and a half at the time. He sat so still throughout the entire wedding.

Soon enough, it was my turn. With my dad at my side, we started down the aisle. And somewhere along the way, he decided it would be most appropriate to add a little hop to his step. Our pastor commented that it must have been because he was truly happy. I'd agree with that.

When we got to the front of the church, it was time for the handoff. When your dad chooses not to shake your almost-husband's hand and instead opts to hug him instead, you know there's something good going on there. That's genuine approval, people.

The ceremony followed and somewhere along the line I was married to this handsome devil.

We grabbed some Timmy's for lunch and in between rain storms, took some wedding pictures then headed to the reception hall.

In between the courses, 2 dress changes and obligatory wedding games, we had speeches delivered by our siblings and our fathers. Each speech that was said that night, (well, maybe with the exception of one) was so heartfelt and thoughtful. My personal favourite had to be my dad's though, because a speech with humour, sentiment and song? Well, you can't get much better than that!

At the end of the night, when only a few guests remained, our DJ asked everyone to circle around us for our last dance. The song was "Your Song", the Ewan McGregor version (anyone else here love Moulin Rouge?) and everyone sang along.

I'll never forget how perfect it was.

Professional photos courtesy of Jon and Terry Photographers


  1. i love the picture of all of us walking when we were taking pictures

  2. Beautiful, love the photos. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely! Looked like a beautiful day :)
    I love that you had Tim Hortons for lunch! I am a Canadian living in the States and oh how I miss my Timmy's!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  4. the props picture is still the best of all your wedding pictures in my EXTREMELY BIASED opinion...

    and I am SUPER SORRY for ruining your wedding pictures... with my classy adidas sandals... ):



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