To be honest with you my wedding day was quite a blur. I am so grateful for all the beautiful photos that are helping trigger my memory. The day started bright and early to accommodate the long drive to the hair and make-up salon. We arrived late at the salon, but the girls were able to work their magic and we all looked perfectly put together. We left the salon later than expected, and stopped at Starbucks to grab some lunch to eat on the almost an hour drive to the venue. Michael’s father called from Dubai while I was in line to wish us all the best on our wedding day. He was not able to attend due to work commitments, but he also called my groom, who was getting ready at the hotel, to extant similar wishes and fatherly wisdom.
With all these delays, we arrived late at the venue to meet with the photographer, but we had included enough buffers in the getting ready schedule that we had enough time to take all the photos we desired before the ceremony. We were lucky to have access to a private and separate building next to the wedding venue to get ready in. It was a gorgeous room and we had enough space and light to feel comfortable. While the girls got dressed my photographer took details shots.
Getting in my dress went like a charm. My mom attached my pearl necklace that my grandmother worn on her wedding day, and helped me with the other pearl heirlooms that used to belong to my grandmother. They were my something old.
My bridesmaids’ gift was a necklace with a pearl pendant from Nordstrom. It was pretty and symbolic as it was called Pearls of Love, Friendship and Happiness, by Dogeared.
From my getting ready room, I was able to see my groom arrive with his brother, who was also his best man, for the first look. Michael went on the peer and I met him there shortly thereafter. It was great to be able to hang out together for the rest of the afternoon, loving, cuddling and kissing each other. For me, taking the photos prior to the ceremony way the only thing I was certain about when I started to plan for the wedding, and it certainly did not disappoint!
Following our couple photos, we moved on to our wedding party and family photos. Having a small wedding party was great. I had two friends and Michael had his brother as best man.
The little ones only joined right before the ceremony and we took photos with them during the cocktail hour.
Photographer: Marie-P photographe
Venue: Ivy Lea Club
Dress designer: Lis Simon
Dress store: Christianne Brunelle Couture
Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaids dresses: 1861
Bridesmaids and Best man gifts: Nordstrom
Groom suit, tie and shoes: Moores
Flowers: Michael’s cousin, Samantha Taylor
Hair and Makeup: Fossa Hair Studio
DJ: Sound On Sound Productions
Bridal pearl necklaces, bracelet and earrings: heirloom from grandmother