February 22, 2017

Wedding Whishes Feature - Abby + Jeremy // Brooklyn, New York

A  B  B  Y    &   J  E  R  E  M  Y
Hello loves! Happy Tuesday and I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. We had an amazing one here in Toronto (it was really feeling like Spring around here!)

So, as I mentioned a few weeks ago - a new feature I am introducing on Hey Jules is all about real, amazing, creative, fun weddings! I had so much fun planning our wedding and continue to love weddings in general.

I want to share some of my favourite weddings from friends of mine, whether I know them personally and attended the wedding, or they are internet besties of mine.

First up on my new Wedding Whishes feature is Abby & Jeremy! Let me talk about Abby for a second. We've been following each other on Instagram for a few years now and instantly hit it off. Abby has impeccable style, is so creative, beautiful and full of good vibes. Not only that, but we got married the same weekend last May ♥ Her and Jeremy had an insanely cool wedding and I just adore every last detail. I want to go to NYC again soon so Pete and I can become pals with these two!

Here are some wedding related questions I asked Abby! Head over to her instagram and give her a follow if you're not already! She's so cool. Get lurkin':
instagram - @clothesandpizza
twitter - @clothesandpizza

1) Tell me a bit about yourself and your hubby! How did you meet? Give us a bit of your love story! Jeremy and I met in a shitty dive bar in the Lower East Side in 2009. He says he hit on me, and I say I hit on him, but neither of us can really remember the details through the booze fog. Our relationship didn't really take off for a few years (he moved out of state, then he moved back. Then I moved out of state). When I moved back to NYC in 2013, the timing was finally right.
2) How did you choose your wedding day readings and first dance songs? We wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet, so we didn't include any readings. But we wrote our own vows to keep things super personal. We spent a lot of time thinking about the music for our wedding. In fact, the only big argument we got in during wedding planning was about the music! We walked down the aisle to Intro by The XX, which is a pretty dramatic and kinda sexxxy song. Our first dance was to Down By The Water by The Drums. It's totally cheesy and emo in the best way. 
3) What was your favourite way to plan and brainstorm your big day? Magazines, Blogs, Pinterest, Wedding Shows etc? I spent an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest, and read a lot of wedding blogs. I even wrote a blog while we planned the wedding which you can read here.
4) How did you choose your wedding month + date? Venues in NYC book up realllllly far in advance (like years), so when we found the venue we loved (a raw industrial loft in Brooklyn), we didn't have a ton of flexibility on the date. We ended up getting married the Friday of Memorial Day weekend because there were no Saturdays left for the entire year!
5) Do you have any tips or tricks on finding the perfect wedding dress? Try on a lot of dresses! Try on everything! Every silhouette and style you can get your hands on. You will be surprised by what looks good on you. I found both of my dresses (the crochet dress for the ceremony and the sequin one for the reception) on Etsy. I wear a lot of vintage in my everyday life, so finding vintage dresses was a huge plus for me. Plus, it saved us a bunch of money!
6) Were you the type of bride to use a paper notebook/planner or spreadsheets? What did you find most useful and why? I used Google sheets like it was my job! I had probably 10 different spreadsheets going at any given time. I found them really useful because they are collaborative (I could edit them in real time with my mom and fiancĂ©). I also had a a few manila folders with contracts, floor plans, menus, and other papers to help keep us organized. I had a bunch of shared Pinterest boards going as well. 
7) What things were most important to you and your fiance when planning your day? We were really focused on throwing a good party, while not spending a ton of money! We didn't have a huge budget to work with, so we had to be pretty creative/flexible. I'm a graphic designer and Jeremy has a background in custom fabrication, so we were kind of the accidental wedding planning dream team. We DIY-ed almost everything (the invitations, decor, centerpieces, wedding favors, tablecloths, teepee, signage!) Planning our wedding turned into a project we got to do together, which was awesome. 
8) How would you describe your overall vibe and theme of your wedding day? We wanted to the vibe to very laid back, relaxed, and unpretentious—kind of like us. I had a really hard time nailing down a theme for the wedding, so we just made things we liked and hoped that it all came together! We're not religious or very traditional, so we made up our own structure for the day. We did some traditional things like the first dance, but we didn't have a wedding party, bouquet toss, or even a cake.
9) What are some of your favourite wedding blogs/instagrams for inspiration? You! I got so much inspiration and support from you along the way. Since our weddings were only a day apart, it was really awesome to have someone in my life who was going through the exact same thing. I read your blog and it really helped me keep our planning on track. (ok - *EDIT* Abby, you're SOOO cute. thank you! you're just the raddest) I also read A Practical WeddingRuffledGreen Wedding Shoes, and Offbeat Bride.
10) Do you have any advice to share for future brides and grooms?! Oh geez. Try to keep everything in perspective—your wedding is about you two, not your guests, and not your parents. Don't overspend (no one will notice the little details that you're stressing about). If you can afford it, splurge for a videographer. Receiving our wedding video 6 months after our wedding was the BEST thing ever. Of all the things we spent money on, our video was by far the most special. The day will go by SO fast (everyone tells you this, but it really does), and being able to relive the day through the video was priceless. 

Ceremony Dress: Etsy
Reception Dress: Etsy
Flowers: Wyld
Videographer: Max & Molly Films
Doughnuts: Dough
Invitations/Signage/Swag: Abby Mills (bride) 
Getting Ready Venue: The Wythe Hotel

February 19, 2017

life, lately!

Oh hello there + Happy Sunday!
I realized I haven't blogged in nine days, and it feels even longer. I thought it'd be nice to give a little life update with some fun snaps from the last little while.

I've got to say, life has been really really great! It's a long week here in Canada (Family Day!) which has been so lovely so far. We're relaxing right now and then later today we'll be going to celebrate my Grandpa's 95th birthday! ♥
H O M E ; We've been in our new house for about a month and a half now! And although we're not 100% where we want to be, we are definitely getting there. It's starting to feel a lot more like home and we're pretty much all unpacked. Now, it's just putting the final touches on everything and hanging some prints and photo's as well as coming up with some sweet gallery walls. We're having a little housewarming next weekend.
W O R K ; It's been a challenging few months for me. I left my job in November that I was at for five and a half years to pursue a new opportunity. Long story short it ended up not being the best fit for me, but was a learning experience and helped me discover what I am looking for. I'm so excited to say I started this past week at an amazing Tech company as their Culture Specialist, In a nut shell, it's my job to make sure people are happy, excited and engaged (best...job...ever!)
E V E R Y T H I N G    E L S E ;  Been keeping busy hanging with lots of friends and family, going out and about in Toronto, and finally spending time at home again + making delicious dinners. I hosted a fun giveaway recently on my Instagram and have another one coming up soon!, got the most amazing surprise package from thimblepress filled with the best goodies, recently got tickets to see three concerts this Summer (!!!) Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon & Chance the Rapper. To top everything off, next weekend I get to be a model with some other fellow creatives in Toronto for the Spring photoshoot for Smithery Style

The moral of the story is - all is wonderful and I hope everyone is doing amazinggggg! More updates coming soon, promise.

February 10, 2017

all about hygge + how it's changed my life!

Happy (Snowy) Friday, Darlin's ♥

So, my guess is by now...at some point in time, you have heard or read about Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga) and if you haven't? well you've come to the right place!

So, about a year ago my brother Joe started talking to me about this thing called "Hygge" and being a classic little sister I was all "okayyyy bro sounds cool whatevs" - my brother had said that I needed to learn more about it, because it was totally "me". He mentioned it a bunch more times until I finally took some time to read about and learn that OMG, this was totallllllly my jam.

Hygge is about sharing special moments with special people. It's about being cosy, about staying home, about enjoying every moment. It's about the little things in life, cosying up in a blanket and drinking a delicious coffee (or tea!) it's about spending time with people who you love that make you truly happy. It's about living your (best) most cosy life.

I read the little book of hygge - the danish way to live well by Meik Wiking and it was just magic. It further confirmed that Hygge is a way of life that is veryyyyy Jules!

This is my first Hygge post of many more to come! But for now, I hope you will learn a little something about this Danish way to live well

Here's a little description of Hygge from the book - "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life - or just be comfortable in each other's silent company - or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea."

We're having the most hygge weekend ever this weekend. Starting with today! I'm currently snuggled up on the couch with a blanket while the snow is falling down outside! I'm going to make a coffee, read my book and then make dinner for Pete and I. Below are a few photo's from our new house and how cosy & hygge it is:

February 5, 2017

Sneak Peak! - Craft Room

h a p p y     s u n d a y ,      b a b e
// So, we've officially been in our place for over a month now! Things are really coming along and we're so excited about the progress we've made so far.

My craft room is looking cute as ever, and although it's not 100% finished and exactly where I want it to be, I am really really loving it so far! I find I am spending a lot more time in there than I did in my old craft room, and it's so exciting. I love spending time in there while working on blog posts, doing some hand lettering, writing lists and making cute things.

I snapped some photo's of  cute by jules headquarters! Looking forward to sharing more photo's of our new home with y'all ♥

January 29, 2017

wedding w(h)ishes - a new wedding feature on hey jules!

oh hello there,
 & happy sunday!

I hope you're all having a magical weekend, it's been beyond lovely for me so far. Pete and I had such a great weekend really relaxing and spending time together. I love making plans and doing lots on the weekend, but I love having days like these with Pete just as much.

For the past (close to) two years, weddings have been a really big part of my life. Well, to be honest they have been for quite a while now! I've been lucky enough to go to a lottttt of wedding over the past seven or eight years. I've been a Bridesmaid eight times, I've been a MC three times, a flower girl once, I've baked the cupcakes for a wedding, I've written the place cards (lol) and now I've even been a bride!

Throughout all of  my wedding experiences and adventures I can think of only amazing, special, and unforgettable memories. I've always loved weddings because how can you not love such an important day that is about nothing but the most special LOVE?

I had so much fun documenting wedding planning and our actual wedding (and there's still even more to come if you can believe it!) and it made me realize I don't want the wedding lovin' to stop!

I'm going to start a new feature on my blog where I share some real, wonderful, incredible weddings! Some may be friends of mine who's wedding I attended, some may be internet friends and besties whom I adore, and some total strangers who I'm a big fan of!

On top of that, I am going to be doing some day-of wedding planning on my spare time. Of course this is something I've wanted to do on the side for a while now. I'll be helping out two of my good pals plan & execute their wedding this July ♥

YAY, LOVE! YAY, WEDDINGS!