August 20, 2016

whish wedding - part twelve, our wedding readings

Choosing your wedding reading(s)
Oh hello there & Happy Saturday. It's a very hot one here in Toronto. After spending my day going to the Toronto Flower Market and meeting up with some blogger pals, I am more than happy to be inside with the AC (and Adele) blasting.

As promised, I will be sharing all of our wedding day details on here! One thing I thought would be fun to share is how we chose our readings and what we chose in the end. 

After recently listening to my favourite podcast Happier - they talked about how challenging it is to find the perfect wedding reading for your big day. Which I could totally reason with - it IS tough, very tough. We spent lots of time scrolling through wedding blogs and  websites reading all the wedding readings, passages and quotes.

After a long while researching and finding absolutely fitting to Pete and I as a couple and the vibe of our wedding, we thought it was time to start thinking outside the box a bit. We thought it would be really fun to choose some quotes from our favourite movies - since we love movies, and this seemed a lot more fun, relaxed and so much more "us", this is exactly what we did.

So, how do you find the perfect wedding you ask? I think it just comes down to remembering that you can choose what ever you want! You don't need to limit yourself to wedding specific readings, or things you feel you have to choose. Find something that reflects you both as a couple. Something you both love, and that feels true to your relationship and your wedding day. As soon as we started thinking like this we found these awesome quotes for us.

Here are the three quotes/readings that we chose to be read by Pete's cousin at our ceremony - they were just perfect! I love them all so much, al love these movies. I do think the When Harry met Sally one is my favourite one though - that one line makes me cry every time. ♥

From When Harry met Sally:
"I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible"

From Love Actually:
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."

From Juno:
"Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with."

August 11, 2016

top 5 things to do in valencia (also, our honeymoon!)

Valencia, I love you!
Oh hey there! It's been a busy Summer and I realized I still haven't blogged about our incredible Honeymoon, so I thought I better share some photo's and tell you all about it.

Pete and I left for our honeymoon the day after our wedding at about 6pm! I highly recommend doing the next day departure - it was so fun! ♥ After planning your wedding and enjoying the most special day of your life, there is nothing better than heading on an adventure with your new husband/wife to explore somewhere new and exciting as your first trip as a married couple.

Our first stop was Valencia, Spain. Pete had suggested it and since he (also) works in travel and knows his stuff, I trusted that this would be a great spot for us to visit. It worked out so perfectly that our first stop on our honeymoon was a gorgeous little beach city. We were really able to just chill out and relax in Valencia. We stayed at two amazing Airbnb's and absolutely loved our places.

We were about a five minute walk from the beach and close to a lot of great little bars and restaurants that were so wonderful. I truly fell in love with Valencia. It is so gorgeous and more of a traditional vibe than Barcelona. They are both really really amazing places to visit (Barcelona post - coming soon!)

Here are 5 lovely things to do in Valencia:

1. Head to the beach! - We were within walking distance to the beach from both places we stayed during our time there. There's a cute little board walk with shops and restaurants as well as little huts on the beach to get drinks and snacks. It's a huuuuuuge, beautiful beach and is very relaxing with lots of room to set up your stuff and feel like you can still stretch out and enjoy yourself.

2. Get Sangria, always (& forever) - In Spain the Sangria flows like water and since we were in full out honeymoon mode we weren't complaining. We had a really funny moment when we asked for a glass of sangria for me and the waiter came over with a giant pitcher! We laughed so hard and then sat in the sunshine and drank it all (obvi) 

3. Spend the afternoon at Jardin de Monforte (flower garden) - Ok honestly this was one of my favourite places I've been in the world. Pete took me to this garden where I literally lost my mind, and took about 200+ photo's. It was absolutely gorgeous, I am talkin' BREATH TAKING! We walked around in there one afternoon and there were only about four other people in there. It was so magical (also FREE to get in) Definitely one of my favourite parts of our honeymoon & best places of all time. You can see tons of photo's of this whimsical garden below.

4. Head to the market & have a coffee! - One of my favourite things to do while travelling is sit outside, while drinking a coffee and people watch. We headed to the market in Valencia which is Mercat Central and walked around (it's like St.Lawrence market in Toronto) we got some fresh strawberries and took it all in. Outside the market there are tons of little vendors and cafes. We sat there for a while drinking fancy coffee and people watching. Literally perfection!

5. Walk around the City of Arts & Sciences - Pete took us on a little adventure there and it was so awesome. It's a big outdoor area with amazing views and buildings. I loved walking through there and checking out some really cool architecture and amazingly unique buildings. We took tons of photo's and spent a good hour or two in this little hood. 

It was hard to choose just some of my favourite photo's because we had so many great ones from our visit to Valencia. It's definitely a really cool and understated part of Spain. If you're planning a trip to Spain at any point you should definitely take a little trip to Valencia as well (it's only about two and a half hours away from Barcelona!)

August 9, 2016

National Book Lovers Day

Hello + Happy National Book Lovers Day!
So, today is National Book Lovers day! Any excuse to express my love of reading and finding the perfect book ♥ I have to say that I didn't always love reading. In High School and my early twenties I only really read books because I had to. I didn't always see the appeal in simply reading to bring you joy.

Well, I am glad I fell in love with reading because it's become something I absolutely love now. It helps that my big brother Dave works for Penguin Books/Random House and has always been so good at picking me out books that he knows I'll love. I've made a constant effort to make time to read because any time away from my phone/technology is also a very calming and lovely experience.

I've read a lot of books the past few years and have lots more on my list (!!!) - Here are a few great books that I've read lately + loved - you should check them out!
// You are a badass by Jen Sincero
// Brand Famous by Linzi Boyd
// Not that kind of girl by Lena Dunham
// Blog Inc Joy Cho
// Me before you by Jojo Moyes
// Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
// Love Style Life by Garance Dore
// Room by Emma Donoghue
// Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

August 2, 2016

hello august + goals

Wow, you guys! I cannot believe it's August already.

This Summer has been absolutely flying by and I can't believe it's already been two months since Pete & I got married ♥

We had an amazing long weekend away with Pete's family at the cottage, we were just saying yesterday how this has been one of the most fun Summers ever for us. Every weekend we have awesome plans (which usually involve heading away to a cottage or somewhere) and even our week days have been packed with exciting happenings around the city.

Summer comes & goes before we know it so I will do my best to make the most of the last few weeks! I am back to doing my monthly goals on the blog, and this month quite a few will contribute to my Summer Bucket List!

august goals:
- go on a bike ride with pete
- finish writing & mailing all of our wedding thank you cards
- clean out my closet (!!!)
- make sangria
- have a bestie cottage weekend
- read another book
- go on a road trip (we are going to pittsburgh)
- make homemade iced coffees
- go to the royal canadian exhibition
- find a new podcast to listen to (& love)
- order some prints from our wedding from social print studio