About a month ago I had the pleasure of styling a wedding at a local restaurant and brewery here in Ottawa – Mill St Brew Pub. It is a beautiful historic building with tons of exposed stone and views of the river. The bride was referred to me by a friend, and we clicked right off the bat. She explained her vision, and I could instantly picture exactly what she wanted. In the end, we executed some seriously beautiful gold and pink… Read more »

vintage window turned picture frame

You guys know I have a bit of a problem with collecting – hence why I started renting things out for weddings + photoshoots (see that here). Makes the whole collecting thing somewhat legit. Right? Ha. I love the thrill of the hunt. Finding something old that is perfect on it’s own, or something that I can make over into something I love. This is the story of a vintage window turned picture frame. Over the last year or two,… Read more »

Today is quite the day – it is our baby’s due date (no sign of her arriving – I think she’s nice and happy in there!) and it is our wedding anniversary! It fills me up with so much joy to think about our wedding two years ago. It was a beautiful day in the Adirondack mountains, surrounded by so many wonderful people, so relaxed, and felt just like us. Here are a few shots from the day, but you… Read more »

Hey guys! Sorry for the silence on the blog front yesterday and today. I have been totally wiped! Last week I was actually in British Columbia spending some good quality girl-time. A handful of my most favourite women live out in the Vancouver area (mostly girlfriends from University), so I try to get out there from time to time to visit. I spent 10 days doing some serious girl-talk, going out to eat, walking and doing yoga, shopping, crafting, celebrating… Read more »

So our first wedding anniversary was Monday, which luckily fell on a long weekend in Canada. We made our way down to the Adirondacks, NY for the weekend (where we got married), and spent a great three days hanging out with family, doing lots of swimming, eating, and lounging around. I’m big on traditions and documenting stuff, so I wanted to start a few little wedding anniversary traditions. The first one was to make sure we get a photo each… Read more »

Wedding anniversary gifts. Traditionally, the first year gift is supposed to be made of paper, which at first I though sounded a little boring, but then realized it could be kinda fabulous. After initially scratching my head over what to get DIY Dan, I came up with a shortlist of fun ideas. Tickets. A pair of tickets to an upcoming concert, theatre, sports game, retro movie theatre, or to whatever floats your boat is always a great gift. Not only… Read more »

If you haven’t read about our wedding before (here), you won’t be surprised to hear that it was a total DIY budget-friendly affair. Here is a quick recap of my fave wedding projects (click on each one for the full write-up/tutorial). I made a few different burlap buntings: this love one for the table where we had gifts, old family photos, and our guestbook, and another for our photobooth. These are super easy to make and add a really nice… Read more »

Today is a pretty special day: Our very first wedding anniversary! This day one year ago was just the best – Surrounded by our most favourite people, full of love and happiness, a fabulous dance party, and marrying my sweet guy… it doesn’t get much better. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the day. If you want the full wedding recap, check out the wedding page for all the deets of our big day. The whole thing… Read more »

Along with the beautiful weather, cottage weekends, and fun time with family and friends, summer often usually comes with a bunch of weddings. We have two this summer to go to, and I’m always on the hunt for fun personalized gift ideas. Most people do registries these days (which I think are great since you can buy the couple things they really need!), but I often like to include something else that’s unique and a little special. I have been… Read more »

So if you’ve gotten married, had a big birthday, or celebrated any other type of occasion, you’ll know that you can end up with a stack of cards after the fact. Since we got married last August (you can check out all the details of the day here), I have been keeping all of our cards in a drawer. In a big messy drawer, and it just wasn’t cutting it. The cards are lovely and have such sweet messages, so… Read more »