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Engagement Season – Real Couples, Real Proposals – 2

Welcome to the second installment of real couples, real proposals!  This blog post is for you men and woman out there looking for proposal inspiration,

or a good (happy) cry.  Hope you enjoy these two proposal stories!

If you would like your special proposal featured on my blog, please email me at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com with a mini write up of your love story, along with a photo.

 

New Years Day Proposal

Savanna Peers (Bride-to-be)

“I was bugging Nick to get engaged for about the last six months, but I didn’t think by any chance we’d actually get engaged until about this coming spring. I was just being annoying.  He always told me that he thought Christmas time engagements were so “obvious” so he didn’t like them. But I love Christmas engagements! So I really really did not have a clue.

My friend Kayla is a photographer, and we’d been saying we’d do just a couples shoot one of these days and we never got around to doing it, so a few weeks  before New Years she casually said maybe we should do it New Years day because everyone’s off work. So we made that plan pretty loosey goosey, sure we’ll do it if it’s nice out and it all works, if not whatever. Little did I know, Nick and Kayla had it all set up from beginning to end and managed to make it seem completely casual. So on New Years day, we left to go meet Kayla at Assinaboine Forrest, argued all the way there about how to get there and by the time we did get there, me and Nick were basically not speaking! So we meet Kayla, and head out to take some pictures, listening to Kayla tell us how to pose “hand here, foot there, etc etc”. All the while Nick has this giant ring box stuffed in his sock and is trying to make sure I don’t see it. If you look in the photo’s you can see a big square sticking out of his ankle!

We took regular “cute couple pictures” for about half hour, then started walking a different direction and Kayla continued telling us how to stand, “face back to back” OK, Nick turn around, OK, Savanna turn around..” and I turned around and he was down on one knee! But of course, being me, I didn’t understand, I thought maybe Kayla had told him to kneel cause we were taking some sort of kneeling down photos…? So I knelt down too and said what the heck kinda photo is this? FINALLY I figured it out, he asked, and eventually after laugh/crying for ten minutes I said yes . I’d truly never been more shocked and surprised, I had NO clue it was happening. We have beautiful pictures of all of it happening (including me, kneeling down in the snow like a moron). It was the best surprise ever.” [Photos provided by couple]

 

Distillery District, Toronto Proposal

Alex Torcolacci (Bride-to-be, owner of Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events)

In November 2016, my fiancé surprised me with a plane ticket to Toronto to accompany him for a day of sightseeing in advance of a business conference he was to attend. This was my first trip to the city, and little did I know it would be the most memorable trip of my life. After an amazing sleep at the Fairmont Royal York on Friday night, we awoke early Saturday morning to take in the city.

After a full day of exploring downtown Toronto (including Eaton Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum), we got decked out for a nice dinner at Cluny Bistro in the historic Distillery District. My fiancé told me that it was a very fancy restaurant, so I dressed accordingly. However, he decided to wear red denim… a questionable choice for a fancy restaurant, but I didn’t say anything about his decision.

As Cluny Bistro is right along the main road of the Distillery District, we were also treated to the Toronto Christmas Market. This is an annual pop-up market which includes several historical fenced in blocks and numerous vendors selling seasonal products and gifts (as well as kiosks with hot chocolate, a Ferris wheel, carousel, live band and bars). The cobblestone streets and red brick buildings serve as the perfect backdrops for a Christmas market. After dinner, we had the chance to walk around and take in the sites. We eventually came across a large “love” marquee sign. My fiancé covertly asked if I would like to get a photo together. I needed a new Facebook profile picture, so of course, I said yes.

My fiancé suspiciously handed his phone off to someone in the market… This person happened to have two large cameras strapped to himself, this was odd, but I didn’t think much of it. As I started to position myself in front of the marquee sign, my fiancé turned me toward me. He said, “I hope you have had a wonderful trip.” I felt him reaching for his pocket, and get down on one knee. I was overtaken with joy that I could not look away from him. With over a hundred people clapping and cheering, all I could see was him. No words can express the happiness I felt at that moment. The love of my life wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

The man who took our photo came up to us, I initially thought to return my fiance’s phone. As it turned out, my fiancé pulled out all the stops and had hired him, a professional photographer, to capture our proposal and take photos of us for the evening. My fiancé had never met the photographer before, and my fiancé told him to look for the guy matching is description wearing red denim. Now the red denim and two large cameras made sense!

That night we celebrated our engagement with two close friends in Toronto. Wandering around Queen West in the wee hours of the morning, we caught the first snowfall of the year. It was the perfect way to spend our engagement!

Now onto planning the rest of our lives together! 

 

Engagement Season – Real Couples, Real Proposals

Hello, engagement season!  This blog post is for you men and woman out there looking for proposal inspiration, or a good (happy) cry.  Hope you enjoy these two proposal stories!

If you would like your special proposal featured on my blog, please email me at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com with a mini write up of your love story, along with a photo.

 

First Home Proposal

Olivia Retter (Wifey/Mama/Entrepreneur)

“Brydon proposed to me as we were walking into our house together for the first time.  I had no idea it would happen then.  I loved how it happened!  It really made our house a home from the get go.” [Photo provided by couple]

 

Epic California Proposal

Bretton Meyer (Bride-to-Be, June 2017)

“Mike’s dream was to ride the Pacific Coast Hwy on his Harley.  I was over the moon when he asked if I was interested in doing the trip with him and I said “of course!”  So we loaded up the motorcycle in the bed of our truck, drove to Las Vegas and unloaded the bike.  We jumped on the bike and road to the Pacific Coast.  Our plan was to spend the first evening in Newport Beach then head North to San Francisco.  

Mike had another plan up his sleeve…  Literally hidden in his vest pocket was my engagement ring!  The drive on the motorcycle was breathtaking and so freeing.  We finally reached the ocean as the sun was setting.  We got off the bike and walked towards the ocean to dip our toes in the water.  Hand in hand we walked, little did I know what was going to happen next.  I felt hesitation in the pull of his hand, and turned around to find Mike down on one knee.  He was holding the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen!

He asked “Bretton Meyer, will you marry me?”  Tears filled my eyes instantly, and I said “yes!” [Photos provided by couple]

 

 

 

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Welcome to Engagement Season

Welcome to Engagement Season

 

Welcome to the fifth season of the year, engagement season!  Did you know that 40% of engagements happen between November and February?  That means we are in for a lot of love over the coming months!

Do you or anyone you know hope to get engaged this season?  In November and December I will be curating blog posts to educate and inspire you on purchasing a ring, planning the proposal, and the first steps in planning your wedding.  My goal is to make the engagement process fun and exciting!

Already engaged or married?  Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing real people’s engagement stories.  Psst… One of my favorites includes riding a motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Hwy!  Want to have yours featured?  Send your engagement story to me at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com.

Happy engagement season!

 

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Ashgrove Acres Fall Wedding

 

When I first asked my now-husband about hiring a day of coordinator for our wedding, he was skeptical. But after our first meeting with Alex, both of us were sold! I don’t know how our wedding day would have turned out if we hadn’t had her, but I’m confident it wouldn’t have run so seamlessly! She took everything off our hands so that we were actually able to enjoy our wedding day with family and friends without having to worry about small details. She is an absolute pro at what she does, and was able to anticipate things before I even thought of them! Alex, I will recommend you until my voice goes hoarse, you made our dream wedding day happen!

-Jade

 

 

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VENDORS

Photography: Sugar and Soul Photography

Planning and Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Catering: Red Ember

Florist: Camo Lily

Venue: Ashgrove Acres

Hair / Makeup: BeYouTee Bar

DJ: Classy Nights Entertainment

Linens: Touch of Glass

Jenna + Dan’s Dreamy Lake Wedding

 

It’s not every day that you meet two people with the most contagious smiles!  Jenna and Dan have this love that truly shines when they are together.  It spreads to everyone around them.  Take a peek at their photos, and I’m sure you will feel it too!

 

 

Vendors

Photography: Bree-Anne Merritt Photography

Planning and Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Catering: King Cole Catering

Tent: Springfield Tent Rentals

Florist: Timeless Florals

DJ: Aimes Music

Decor: Let’s Celebrate

Makeup: Vow Artistry

Hair: On The Avenue

 

 

Post Wedding – Documents to Change

Hello love birds!

Wedding season is upon us.  I’m so excited to see my couples tie the knot.  Lot’s of couples come to me saying “now that I’m married, what’s the next step to starting married life?”  After the wedding celebrations and honeymoon are done, I suggest for couples to sit down and decide which documents need to change.  This needs to happen if one of you has decided to take the others last name.

Here’s a list to follow when changing your last name.  I hope this takes away some stress, so you can focus on enjoying time with your new hubby!

Social Insurance Number

Passport

Nexus Card

Manitoba Health Card

Drivers License

Car Registration

Bank Accounts

Order new cheques

Canada Revenue Agency

Credit Cards

Employer Payroll

Manitoba Hydro

City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department

School (University, College)

Insurance (home, car, life, health, income protection)

Doctor

Lawyer (update will and any legal documents)

Electoral Roll

Loans (car, mortgage, lines of credit)

Property Title

Investments (holdings, investment accounts)

Loyalty Programs

Professional Memberships

Sports Clubs

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram)

Voicemail

NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
CONTACT Alex today to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

 

Prioritizing My Wedding

PRIORITIZING MY WEDDING

 

Planning weddings for my clients is an incredible feeling, but planning my own wedding has been hard.  Setting aside time for my own wedding planning is not a priority of mine.  Meeting new planning clients and helping them plan their big day is so much more fun!

 

Great wedding vendors book prime dates a year and a half in advance.  My fiancé and I are now working with a fab team for our wedding, but boy oh boy was it hard to pull the trigger and sign contracts.  When we started the planning process we had a year and half until our wedding day, considered by some to be a longer engagement.  With our date, so far away it was hard to wave goodbye to our deposits, but I know it will definitely be worth it in the long run to work with our vendors.

 

Finding vendors that my fiancé and I clicked with was crucial.  I believe that on your wedding day you should be surrounded by people that make you smile and add to the overall experience.  This is a key concept that I tell my clients.  It reminds me of the quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.  Make sure you hire vendors for your wedding that will do everything with that special touch of love.

 

I know that without a doubt all our vendors will do a wonderful job!  June will be our next big wedding adventure as we will be shooting our engagement photos.  I can’t wait to share them with you!

 

My hope is to post updates about my wedding every couple of months.  Make sure to “follow” my Instagram and “like” my Facebook pages for updates on new blog posts!
 

 

Happy planning!

-Alex

 

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Orient Express Wedding Photoshoot

Wow…just wow! The Orient Express Wedding Photoshoot is one of my favorite photoshoots I have ever designed. For over a year, I had wanted to coordinate and design a photoshoot at the Winnipeg restaurant Resto Gare.  I can’t believe it’s finally become a reality!

 

Inspiration for this shoot came from the Orient Express Train that ran from 1883-2009 in Europe.  This train was all about luxury!  The train addition at Resto Gare gave the same luxurious look, featuring bold hues of red and blue.

 

 

With such a beautiful venue, I wanted to keep other design aspects of the shoot very classic and minimal.  I had the incredible chance to work with, Anna Lang Bridal, Something Borrowed, The Flower House Winnipeg, Xandra Photography, Primped & Polished and Hannah Baker.  These women took a chance on me and my design concept, and brought it to life.

 

When designing a shoot, I truly believe it’s a collaboration between all vendors.  I come up with the general concept and allow vendors to add their own special touch.  This gives them a chance to try new techniques or trends.

 

Take a peek at the FULL photoshoot album

 

Like this look?  Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events offers wedding design for our full planning clients.  

Contact us today to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

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Big Day Wedding Expo Experience and Design

The Big Day Wedding Expo was a hit.  I’m so proud of myself for taking the leap and investing in a wedding show.  I won’t lie… it was a lot of work to pull everything together but it was totally worth it.  Designing my booth and meeting all the wonderful brides-to-be made for such a wonderful experience.

 

Clean, crisp, and fun is how I would describe my booth.  As a lot of my weddings have some outdoor portion to them, I made my booth feel like Spring.  I did this by bringing in funky AstroTurf carpet.  Let me tell you, finding AstroTurf in in the middle of winter is not easy.  I tracked down the one Rona in Winnipeg that had some in stock and purchased their last few rolls.  The green added an extra pop and warmth to my booth, especially on a chilly March weekend.

 

For detailing on the walls, I created a balloon installation consisting of white balloons of varying sizes at different heights.  These balloons had the illusion of floating in mid-air.  I achieved this affect by using clear fishing string instead of coloured ribbon.  To help illuminate my booth I borrowed lights from my vendor friend Ally Papko Photography.  Lighting is key for any wedding show.  It helps brighten up your booth, making it feel warm and inviting.

 

My favorite part of my booth was my Ring Pops.  Remember those ring-shaped candies from the 90’s?  Well I totally brought them back for the show.  Between the Ring Pops and balloons, I definitely drew on people’s inner child.  Several of the brides-to-be were so excited to see Ring Pops because their fiancé proposed with one.


 

A wonderful friend of mine worked very hard to design my marketing material.  She did an incredible job creating a fresh-looking postcard that outlined my services and contact information.  Marketing material is key to having a successful wedding show.  I hope brides-to-be enjoyed reading over my postcards and booklets when they got home.

 

I had a wonderful experience at the Big Day Wedding Expo.  It was wonderful meeting all the brides-to-be and other vendors.  I hope to do another show soon!

Eight Ways to Prepare for the Big Day Wedding Expo

Photo: Victoria Anne Photography

Brainstorm wedding ideas

Do you want a glamourous, relaxed, or formal wedding?  Check out my Pinterest page for wedding inspiration.

Have three wedding dates in mind

When deciding on a wedding date there are many factors involved.  Three wedding dates gives you more flexibility, and a higher chance that the vendors you want to work with will be available.

Plan a full day with your girls

The ladies who brunch together, stay together!  Coordinate a brunch with your besties at your favorite restaurant.  My personal favorites are Cibo, Clementine, Stella’s Café, and the Park Café.

Dress to impress

Apart from taking selfies with your entourage, a lot of vendors offer Instagram contests.  These contests ask you to take a photo of yourself in their booth or with a prop and post it on Instagram using their hashtag.  Be ready for your close up by wearing your favorite outfit.

Make sure your phone is charged

You will want your phone charged to enter all the vendors Instagram contests, but you will also want to take photos of booths that catch your eye.  Vendor booths incorporate trendy elements that will be popular in coming seasons.

Don’t miss the bridal fashion show

Finding a wedding dress can be tricky!  Bridal fashion shows give you a chance to see different wedding dress shapes and designs.

Take your time with vendors

The advantage of attending a smaller show like the Big Day Wedding Expo is that you can spend more one on one time with vendors.  Personality is key when deciding on vendors.  Working with sweet, bubbly professionals ensures you have an enjoyable planning experience.  P.S.  Stop by the Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events booth to say hi and view our packages.

Enjoy the day!

This is a fun part of the wedding process, so enjoy every moment. <3