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Outside of Weddings

We had friends over the other night for drinks and boardgames and they asked us, what do you like to do outside of weddings?  It’s a funny question because I don’t think many people know what Royce and I are like outside of work.  Even the majority of our friends only know us in a work setting.  But we’re actually quite different when it’s just us.  We’re really playful people.  For instance, two nights ago we had an impromptu dance party in our living room and last night’s date night consisted of frozen yogurt and the movie, Sharktale.  We really don’t take ourselves too seriously outside of work and I like it that way.  I spend my entire day planning and organizing, when work is done I want to play.  And with Royce being a ski photographer he definitely has a fun and adventurous side.

When we decided to have our own businesses, it was a big step for us in deciding the kind of life we wanted to live.  And for us, it meant waking up and enjoying the long days of emails and editing.  It meant a summer full of 60+ our work weeks.  It meant sacrificing benefits and consistent income.  But it also meant a life of freedom to do things our way.  Loving ours jobs is such a freeing feeling because it allows us to embrace life in a different way.

I guess the long winded answer to what we like to do outside of work is whatever we feel like.  And typically that’s finding new rustic coffee shops and restaurants, doing anything by water, and travelling!  This weekend we’ll drive back to Saskatchewan for our first wedding of the season. Our busiest season yet.  And when that’s conquered, we’ll take 2 weeks off at the end of September and cross another item off our bucket list… We’re driving to California! Oregon Coast, San Francisco, Disneyland, and many new coffee shops and campsites in between.  It’s going to be ahhhmazing!

Some of Our Bucket List includes:

  1. Driving the Oregon Coast (honeymoon)
  2. Take a 1-on-1 workshop with an elite wedding planner (Aug 2013)
  3. Driving to California (Fall 2014)
  4. Attend a styling workshop (Oct 2014!)
  5. Backpacking through Europe (Fall 2015)
  6. Building our dream home, complete with loft attic
  7. Having 3 kids
  8. Getting our photos taken by Troy & Aimee Grover

What’s on your bucket list??





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Our Engagement Photo Fashion

It has come to my attention that I was so busy wedding planning and losing my sanity last summer that I never actually posted our engagement photos! Which is really a shame since Rebecca Siewert did such a fantastic job. I put them on my Facebook page and had a couple people ask how I chose what to wear.

This is a few tips on how I decided:

Royce is significantly more casual than I am. He’s a ski photographer in the winter so I really feel that speaks for itself. Naturally, he wanted to wear a t-shirt and jeans to the shoot while I wanted to wear a dress and wedges.  After about half an hour of fighting about how I was apparently “over-dressed” and making him look bad, I changed into something that would suit him better.

To avoid being boring and too matchy-matchy, I wore a jean jacket instead of jean pants to look a bit more casual and then wore printed pants in the same sorbet colour palette of his shirt.  The trick is to compliment each other without wearing the exact some colour.  I dressed my outfit up with gold bangles from Stella & Dot, earrings, and a pretty pair of flats.  You might also notice I avoided wearing a watch since you don’t want to distract from your new bling!  I did my own hair and make-up but I recommend getting it done by a professional.  Our shoot was last minute based on the weather so that just wasn’t an option unfortunately!

If you take anything away from this post, remember that when you dress for any shoot make sure you feel like yourself.  If you want to love your photos, you want to be able to see your and your fiance’s true personalities in them.  While we went more casual for our outfits to make Royce feel more comfortable, we kept them pretty and romantic to suit me too.  Here’s how they turned out!

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