Wednesday, May 16, 2012

❤ mike & christina's wedding

So here's the post that you've all been waiting for....


Ok, so the wedding was AMAZING! The weather couldn't have been more perfect, it was 22 Celsius, nice and warm but not hot. After a week and a half of rain, it almost seemed as if the weather purposely got better just for them, and why shouldn't it, they're awesome people.

I don't have actual pictures of the bride and groom because I was stuck doing my CMA review until the evening so I wasn't able to attend the ceremony at the church, even though I really wanted to. Instead, I stole a whole bunch of pictures from their wedding photographer. I'm sure he won't mind since he has his watermark on the photos and I'm creating awareness about his business. Enough blah blah from, onward with the pictures!

Christina, the beautiful bride!

Mother & Daughter.

Look at his face! Pure happiness.

The Signing.


In front of the church.

Father & Daughter

Mike & Christina, the perfect couple!

Wedding Party @ Circuit Jacques Villeneuve.

So now here are the pictures that I took! It took me about two hours to get ready and I wore impossibly high heels. I couldn't walk in them but my legs looked a few miles long! Alex and I made it on time for the reception, which was at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The reception was held both inside and outside. All the food was inside but there was a sitting area outside.

Fresh wood fire baked pizzas

Deep fried section.

Different types of caviar.

Fresh seafood. I'm in heaven!

Look at the size of those lobsters!

Two guys just opening oysters.

Ok, so I've never had oyster before, at least not raw and definitely not the way fancy people do it, the whole slurping it and stuff (although in my opinion, fancy people shouldn't slurp, but what I know, I'm not fancy). I decided to try it even though it looks revolting, you only live once, right? After some instructions from Alex (tilt and slurp), I (barely) managed to gulp the oyster down. It was surprisingly good, tasted like salt water and slimy (if slimy had a taste).

Portion of the bread section. The Italians and Portugese MUST have their bread! I think I'm turning into one of them!

Bread & Parmigiano cheese, proof that Heaven does exist.

Alligator and turtle bread.

Cheese for everyone!

Different cuts of pork. Poor little piglet :(

That was the food available during the reception. There was also a booth or two outside where they were serving grilled meats and veggies. There was grilled lamb chops outside. It was so good! There was so much food available and it was only the reception. I was already comfortable not eating for the rest of the night and supper wasn't even served yet. After we were finished eating, we just wandered around the hotel. Alex made his grandfather put on his sunglasses. The result; Men in Black!

Alex, his grandfather and his brother, J.

Alex's mom, his grandfather and J. His dad is in the background on the right.

It took us about half an hour to 45 mins to get into the hall because the bride and groom, as well as the wedding party were stationed at the entrance and everyone offered their congratulations, one by one. My feet were killing me. I felt like someone chopped off my feet and put stilts on my stubs. Ew.

Once inside, it was gorgeous! Dimmed pink and purple lights everywhere. We were placed at Table 19 but thankfully, we didn't have to wander around aimlessly trying to find it. There was a hotel staff at the entrance and she directed us to our table, not that she needed to. Alex's parents were waving frantically from the table, it looked like they were trying to flag a boat.

Menu for the night.

Toasting champagne, pink to match everything else.

Olive bread, the best type of bread that ever existed

This was delicious. The best part of the supper, tied with the salade.

Sorbet to cleanse your palate.

One of the best salades I've ever had (not that I eat much salade...but still).

They had an amazing sweets table but I didn't take any pictures. It wasn't even a table, it was like...a sweets room. They had cookies in clear cookie jars, biscotti's, candy, poutine (omg, what!?), pogos, cakes, pastries, you name it. But I went about 10 mins after it opened and everything was pretty much gone and it would've been some pretty sad pictures.

Alright, we're getting to the part that all of you have been waiting for....MY DRESS!

Building up a bit of suspense...


I tried to find an official picture of it but it doesn't seem to exist. Doesn't matter. It's not the type of dress that I'd normally wear, I usually wear black (or black with some white patterns). I also don't normally wear clothes that really draw attention to myself but this red is really eye catching, even more so since I was pretty much the only person who wore a really bright dress. Although this dress is outside of my comfort zone, I'm glad that I purchased it and wore it to the wedding (I mean it is a wedding, wedding = bright dresses). It's also a dress that I can wear to other parties. Alex loves it (obviously, even if he didn't, he wouldn't exactly say it if he knows what's good for him).

As much as I hate this picture, no, abhor it, I posted it so you can see my dress from top to bottom. I look totally bloated and FAT (I did eat enough for an army or two though). Alex looks like he isn't sure if he should smile or not. This will have to do until someone sends me a better picture of myself. See I put myself through for you guys ;)

We left at around 2:30 AM and by this point, I had been wearing my super high heels for over 8 hours and desperately couldn't wait to take them off for good. I only ended up with one blister on my side of my right food, which disappeared after a day or two. When we got back home, it around 3 and by the time I got undressed and removed all my makeup etc., it was 3:30. I crashed and slept like a baby until I was rudely awakened by Alex singing his mom a mother's day song.

I hope you guys enjoyed the post and that my dress was worth waiting for (even if wasn't, just pretend that it was, I like to feel special)!