Hi! I can't believe that it has been a month and a half since we've been married. Where has the time gone? I am just sooo very much loving life right now and taking the time to enjoy it. So much happiness to share!
I thought I'd take the time to post some wedding pics and share some details from my fabulous day. Excuse me for being brief with my descriptions... there are a ton of photos to share
This is me :) I had maybe 6 hair trials, two makeup trials. I tried on probably 20 dresses and fought my mom and Mark on the veil (and lost - they really wanted me to have one). My $800 Tacori tiara was beautiful, I am so lucky to have WON it at a bridal show. My neclace was custom made, and my diamond earrings were my something borrowed from my aunt.
I love this picture. It just brings me back to when we were posing for photos outside my home, and anyone who drove by would slow down to look. Many were honking as they drove by, I felt like such a princess!
The back of my dress was a corset (as most Maggie Sottero gowns are). I had to get my dad to corset me up because my bridesmaids were either not strong enough, or didn't want to ruin their newly manicured nails :) I loved the look of the corset, however halfway through dinner I felt like I couldn't breathe because of how tight it was. I ended up having my cousin loosen it up to make me more comfortable. When I took off my dress at the end of the night, my skin was all bruised at my waist where my crinoline was tied up. To this day, I still have marks on my skin.
This is my gorgeous bouquet. Before meeting with my florist, I knew exactly what I wanted, and I am so happy that he was able to put all my ideas into one beautiful arrangement. I had calla lilies and peonies, with crystals to bring out the sparkle in the bodice of my gown. They were tied together with ribbon wrapped around the stems, and a line of pearls to accent.
On my bouquet, I placed a pin to the side of the pearls. This pin is one which my grandmother wore in her hat every day. It was just a small accent on her hat, but every picture I have seen of her, she is wearing this cute little hat and I am so happy that I was able to incorporate a part of it into my wedding day. This of course, was my "something old". My "new" was my gown/tiara/veil/neclace/shoes, and my blue was my garter :)
Our photographer had this cool idea to get a shot of Elijah taking a picture of us girls. (This, by the way, is my bedroom. I removed all the furniture so that we can have photos taken with the orange background). Can you see Elijah's eye in the camera? I think it's so brilliant!
This is me with my sister and Matron of Honour, Pam.
This is my family outside our home. Dad, Mom, me, my sister Pam, my brother Joey and Elijah :)
This is Mark at his parent's house.
This is Mark with his best friend and best man (and Godfather to our son), James.
Here is Mark with all the groomsmen. From left to right, V.G. his cousin, James our friend, Mark, Jason our friend and James his cousin.
Here is Elijah and I rushing into the church. I had all the girls go in before me so that I could have a few moments with Elijah in the limo before the ceremony began. Once I had the signal that we were starting, I rushed in and got into line. I'll never forget those feelings I had!
This is my little guy who was the first to walk the isle. Instead of using a traditional ring pillow, he used his favourite teddy bear. I attached the rings to it with a safety pin and gave him a bow. Elijah was so proud to walk the isle, and he definitely stole the show. (as a side note, his tuxedo matched Mark's. SO cute!)
Here I am walking the isle with my dad. Every birthday since I turned 18 my birthday wish before blowing out my candles was for my dad to live long enough to walk me down the isle. After his first and second heart attack, and stroke, I prayed for God to allow me that time with him. As I walked the isle, I kept thinking about my wish and prayers coming true. When I saw Mark at the end of the isle, I broke into tears and couldn't stop crying the whole time. It was SUCH an emotional time for me! I'll never forget those 60 seconds (and Canon in D Major will always bring me back to that time).
Yep, I'm TOTALLY crying my eyes out.
Here we are during the ceremony. I love my church.
Here we are saying our vows.
Elijah watching us during the ceremony. He's getting ready to present the rings.
Exchanging rings. I was so nervous, my hands were shaking!
This is right after our priest presented us as Mr and Mrs Mark Cruz. Sooo happy!!!
Here we are signing the registry.
After the ceremony, the three of us walked up the isle together as a family. Unforgettable.
For photos, we went to this gorgeous park (Kariya Park) in downtown Mississauga. It's a very small park, but it has this gorgeous pond and bridge. The blooming cherry blossom trees were such a beautiful surprise, I had no idea they would be in bloom until the limo pulled up to it. It was absolutely breathtaking.
In this photo, I love how our photographer captured Elijah running around in the background. He was so cute just being a boy and getting all dirty :)
Here is that gorgeous bridge.
Some group shots.
The three of us. Sadly, we didn't get too many of us three, it was mostly Mark & I and/or bridal party.
We took a lot of photos on this bridge among blades of grass. It was such a cool setting.
Our rings. I absolutely love my wedding band, it's two rows of diamonds intertwining (resembling figure 8's), going all the way around. My engagement ring fits perfectly beside it.
We went to City Hall for some shots. By this time, we were all so tired and wanted to be DONE with pictures. This is after we all went to McDonald's for lunch (yes, I walked into a McD's with my huge gown!). I think the McD's slowed us down, we were all pretty much ready for a nap at this point.
Blowing bubbles :) Elijah was such a trooper, he didn't complain ONCE the whole day. Our ceremony was at noon, and we didn't arrive at the reception until 5pm. Between that time, it was ALL photos. He was so good (a true photographer's son!).
More City Hall.
Here we are at the reception hall (Pavilion Royale in Mississauga).
We began the night in a room which serves as the dance area. The room has french doors which open up into the dining area. We chose to have the doors closed for the first hour so that our guests could gather together and enjoy coctails while listening to some piano music. Mark's Godfather played the piano for us, it was soooo beautiful. He is an amazing pianist and our guests loved this part of the evening. The hall served coctails and hors d'oeuvres while we waited for all of our guests to arrive. Once most of our guests were there (after about 45 minutes), the servers opened the french doors to "reveal" the dining area, which was so beautifully decorated.
Here is Mark's Godfather playing the piano.
103 place cards that I printed myself using a package that I bought at Michael's (for 186 guests).
This was our gift of appreciation. Instead of a traditional gift, we chose to make a charitable donation in honour of my sister on behalf of our guests to the Ontario Lupus Association. This little card sat on everyone's plate, it thanked everyone for attending and informed them of our choice to donate to charity instead of giving a gift. Making Memories generously donated so many supplies for my wedding, I had more than enough to create all my invitations and thank you cards. With the help of my bridesmaids, I made 186 of these! Our decor colours were chartreuse green and chocolate brown, and this paper from the Funky Vintage collection suited our decor perfectly.
Our centerpieces consisted of branches with green orchids attached to them. They were so tall! They stood in a vase filled with crystals, and the vase sat on a plate of light, that illuminated the centerpieces once the sun went down and the room became dark. We had 22 tables, and the centerpieces looked stunning in the room. The light plate actually made the branches cast shadows on the ceiling. I wish I had a picture of how the room looked at night!
I chose bright green satin linens, and until I saw them on our wedding day, I was scared of how they might look. The colour is quite loud, but once accented with the brown chairs, our branch centerpieces, gold charger plates and our thank you gift, the hall looked stunning! In the photo below, you can see how the french doors are closed. That's the area that I mentioned with the dance floor, where all of our guests gathered for coctails and piano.
I bought green rose petals for each table, and had my bridesmaids sprinkle the tables with them before the reception began. They added such an elegant touch. You can see here how the centerpiece sits on a plate of light. This was more noticeable once the sun went down. When these photos were taken, there was a lot of sunlight in the room still.
Our decor specialist was a genius. He suggested (to save money) that instead of buying a new arrangement for the head table, we have empty vases there where all the girls could place their bouquets. I loved this idea because I LOVED the calla lily bouquets! There were six empty vases sitting in a box of grass, with votive candles surrounding it. The grass was a very cheap wheat grass, and added so much colour to our table. It was a very unique arrangement, and we received several compliments on it throughout the evening. I mean, who thinks to put chunks of wheat grass on their head table?
For our head table, I decided that it was better for us to sit with our parents and Elijah, instead of the entire bridal party. Some of our bridal party members are married with families, and others brought dates. I didn't want to split up families/husbands/wives/significant others, so we kept it an intimate table with parents. It was really nice.
Here is a picture of Mark and I during our first dance. We contemplated our first dance song for awhile, we just couldn't agree on one that was "us". I really wanted "Somebody" by Depeche Mode, but I knew he is soo not a DM fan. On the phone one night, about a week before the wedding, we were going through Mark's Itunes list. He was playing various 80's love songs, and when we came across "After All" by Cher and Peter Cetera, we KNEW it had to be our song. It's all about being apart and coming together again, and knowing all along that we would end up together. If you google the lyrics, you'll see how very much it describes our relationship :)
For the father/daughter dance, I chose "You Lift Me Up" by Josh Groban. My dad and I had the BEST dance together. He is such a good dad! He was so cute with the advice and the "my how you've grown" and "I can't believe how beautiful you are" speech. So amazing and unforgettable.
Phew - I have been at this computer for a long time posting these pictures! These are all proofs from our photographer, Studio 2000 Photography from Toronto. We haven't chosen which ones we want for our albums yet, it was only very recently that we received our disk of proofs. I apologize if you are on my facebook and have already seen these and my comments for them... gotta keep the blog updated, too :)
Thank you for taking the time to read and share in our special day through my long blog post. I love reading my comments, and am so happy that people still visit here after my long hiatus. I have been busy lately with scrapbooking assignments, and marriage, but couldn't resist an hour to share photos. Have a wonderful Canada day/4th of July weekend!