Rustic and Romantic County Wedding

The Boy and I spent the weekend in Prince Edward County a couple of weeks ago , and while it was a great way to spend some time together we never would have discovered this new little wine county were it not for our lovely friends Andrew and Charlsie. The Boy played volleyball in university with Andrew and thankfully Andrew brought Charlsie into our lives!

Their wedding was held at a big red barn near Bloomfield Ontario and just like this beautiful couple – it was a stunner! The Boy and I discussedon the day and since I think one of my favorite parts about a wedding is how each couple is able to create a day that is perfect and reflective of them. The Boy and I wanted a great party with all the people we loved in one room. A Catholic wedding was important to me and by default important to him. We wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time and knew how much we loved and appreciated that they were there. So that’s what we kept in mind all the way throughout the planning process. It was perfect for us.

Andrew and Charlsie’s wedding was equally as perfect for them. They wanted to keep it small and simple. They are environmentally conscious people, both country kids, love their families, their friends and each other. All of it was reflected in their day. And it was perfect for them.

Highlights for The Boy and I:

1. We took a minute to give each other a knowing smile while this beautiful couple said their vows – a welcome opportunity to renew our own vows in our heads.

2. We also loved the opportunity to catch up with some great friends – something you don’t really have the opportunity to do at your own wedding.

3. We brought the camera and while we both took about a million photos I edited it down to a few of our favorites.

Finally, a wedding tip. Keep track of the couple – or if you are the couple assign someone to keep track of you. Remembering back on our own wedding day, The Boy and I danced together a few times first, half a dance in the middle and our last dance. We were both trying to talk to as many people as possible (my policy was if you want to talk to me come and dance) and between the two of us we covered pretty much everyone. By the end of the night when we got back to our hotel room we turned to each other and said “so how was your day?!” It was fine, but I noticed that Andrew and Charlsie hadn’t so much as checked in with each other since their first dance. So I arranged for a check in for them.

It was appreciated by the couple and I think one of my favorite pictures we took.

Congratulations to a truly beautiful couple, we were so happy to be part of your day and look forward to many more celebrations together!

PS Charls, I know you’re a little sad about moving a little further west – but we’re thrilled! Hoping we can see much more of you guys this winter! XOXO

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Touring the County of Prince Edward

Almost a couple of weeks ago The Boy and I packed up our car, our fancy clothes and our dancing shoes and headed East to Prince Edward County. Two lovely and wonderful friends of ours were getting married and we could not and would not have missed it.

One of the sweet perks of my new job is I have the option for a compressed work week – which just means that I get a free Friday every 3 weeks and I worked it out with my boss that I could take my freebie the day before the w-day.  The Boy and I spent a much needed day together touring wine country and tasting lots of new wines.  It was delightful but we learned a couple of things worth passing on.

  1. When you go wine touring on a Friday expect to be the only people in the winery.
  2. When you find you are the only people in the winery – expect to learn an awful lot about wine, since the lovely winemakers have your undivided attention.
  3. Wine tasting typically costs $1/person or per glass – depending on the place.
  4. Wine tasting is typically free if you buy a bottle
  5. If you are the type of people that feel really awkward occupying the winemakers at a small winery and only giving them $1 for their time… do not go wine tasting on a Friday.
  6. If #5 applies to you and you choose to ignore the recommendation to pick a busier day – it is likely you will find you suddenly have a trunk full of wine.

Good thing the wine rack was pretty much empty before we left – we came home with 8 bottles of wine, representing the 7 wineries we visited.

No matter, they were all delightful and we had way more fun than we would have in the liquor store.

But seriously folks, Prince Edward County (or “The County” as it is referred to in the area) was super fun – we give it 4 thumbs up!

More on the actual wedding tomorrow – but for now I’ll leave you with my PicMonkey skills of our pre-wedding golf game.

This was not the game I shot 109 on – yes, I’m still reveling in the 109ness of it all.

No, this was a different game – it did not go as well for me, but it was a beauty course and a lot of fun.

The highlights belonged to The Boy (above) and our friend Josh (below).All in all a great weekend get-away.

But really, we’ve only just begun…

 

You Can Dance if You Want To

I knew what song the Boy and I would dance to at our wedding for years.  YEARS I tell you.

Dave Matthews Band – Stand Up album came out the summer my beautiful sista got sick. I listened to that album that summer and belted it out as I drove to visit the Boy on weekends in London. Just read the lyrics and you’ll know why I fell in love with it.

I walk half way around the world,
Just to sit down by your side.
And I would do most anything girl,
To be the apple of your eye.

Troubles they may come and go,
But good times they are the gold.
And if this road gets rocky girl,
Just steady as we go.

Any place you wanna go,
Know I’ll be next to you.
If it’s treasure baby you’re looking for,
I’ll search the whole world through.

Know troubles they may come and go,
But good times they’re the gold.
So if the road gets rocky girl,
Just steady as we go.

When the storm comes,
You shelter me.
And I don’t say a word,
And you know exactly what I mean.
In the darkest times,
You shine on me.
You set me free.
And keep me steady as we go.

So if your heart rings dry my love,
I will fill your cup.
And if your load gets heavy girl,
I will lift you up.

Troubles they may come and go,
But good times be the gold.
So if this road gets rocky girl,
Just steady as we go.

Ah
Hold me,
Shine on me.
Oh, shine, shine,
Shine on me.
Shine, shine
Yeah shine on me.
Hey shine.

Beautiful. Like I said – Decision made.

And then we went ahead wedding planning and The Boy was wonderful, basically he supported any decision I made. He gave input when asked. He took charge when I needed him to. And most important when the load got heavy, he lifted me up.

And then he offered an opinion.

About 2 weeks before W-day, we were driving home from London and my wedding mix was playing and a little country tune came off the iPod and into the Boy’s ears. And heart apparently.

And suddenly, he had an opinion.

Boy – “I really like this song.*” (* The Boy rarely pays attention to what is on the radio and only has strong feelings about songs by The Tragically Hip)

Me – “Yeah, me too.”

Boy – “It makes me think of us.*” (* It is even rarer for The Boy to actually attend to a song long enough to have thoughts about the lyrics)

Me – “Yeah, I know that’s why I like it too.”

Boy – “Have we chosen a first dance song?”

Me – silence* (*And in my head – “oh crap”)

Here are the lyrics if you’re not inclined or unable to YouTube

Brad Paisley – Then

I remember, trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mezmorized
And three weeks later, in the front porch light
taking forty-five minutes to kiss goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet
but I thought I loved you then

And now you’re my whole life
now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl
Like a river meets the sea,
stronger than it’s ever been.
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

And i remember, taking you back to right where I first met you,
You were so surprised
There were people around, but I didn’t care
Got down on one knee right there once again,
I thought I loved you then

And now you’re my whole life
now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl
Like a river meets the sea,
stronger than it’s ever been.
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

I could just see you, with a baby on the way
And I could just see you, when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before

And now you’re my whole life
now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl
We’ll look back someday, at this moment that we’re in
And I’ll look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then

Sigh.  I still wasn’t convinced.  I ran it by a friend of mine – her question, “Will you feel like the day was missing something if you don’t dance to the song you always thought you would?”

I didn’t know the answer.

I ran it by Sista “Well, since you didn’t take dance lessons – an easy country song might be easier to dance too”

Good point.

I asked my mom. Mom always knows what to do. “Meaghan, The Boy hasn’t asked for much. They are both beautiful, and they both speak to the two of you.  But if you do The Boy’s choice, then your first song reflects his feelings and your last song reflects yours.”

Brilliant.  I knew Mom would know what to do.

So after years of envisioning our first dance one way – it was turned on its head.  And it was awesome.

Bride recommendation – Listen to your Boy’s suggestions, they may be few and far between but when they come they’re probably important.

And make time for dance lessons. 😛

What was your first dance song? Did you choose or your Boy? What went into your decision?

The lovely photo is another from Cross Hatched Productions. And one of my favourites!

We said some things and then we danced

After everyone was finished with there delicious dinner and dessert (which we didn’t get to try – though we heard it was the best molten chocolate lava cake in the history of the world – sigh), The Boy and I got up and said a few thank yous. I wrote some things down months before. But I didn’t print anything, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to actually share all the things I wished I could say – especially to a certain pair of parental units. Luckily, I wasn’t alone. The Boy wrote a few notes but he hadn’t rehearsed anything either – turns out we’re more… speak from the heart type of people.

The only problem, I couldn’t tell you what we said. I know we switched back and forth, mostly so I could compose myself after thanking my lovely Nanny, family and parents. The Boy thanked his parents and was sure to thank his Grandma for making the trip. We thanked each other and while I don’t really remember the specifics of what I said (though I took pieces from a poem that I wrote for the Boy and printed in a book for him as part of his wedding gift) and I don’t remember the specifics of what The Boy said, but I do remember how loved I felt. Looking out on a room FULL of people who took the time out of their schedules, all of whom traveled from some distance – and LOTS who traveled from a GREAT distance – just so they could share this one day with us. It was amazing. I felt so. very. loved.

Then we danced.

The dance was some debate. New or old? Boy’s choice? Meaghan’s choice? Meaningful? Danceable?

I’ll tell ya’ it wasn’t an easy decision.

Come back this afternoon for the deets and the decision.

A Little Update

I’ve got three weeks worth of posts all in my little head (including an update on how the fructose challenge is going in our house), and tonight there will be much writing and scheduling when I get home, but for now I’ll give you a couple of highlights.

This weekend we had 2 amazing, monumental, life-changing experiences.

1. We went and looked at a house on Friday night. It’s not the one. But it was the first house we’ve been to look at. It had some features that we absolutely loved – and a few things that were deal breakers. True to form The Boy and I freaked out on opposite schedules about our readiness for such a big purchase. Luckily, since it’s not the one we’ve got more time to get used to the idea.

2. (And truly more significant) I shot 109 golfing on Saturday. BOO-YA! That not only knocks another thing off my 101 list (beat my legit score by 10 strokes) it goes above and beyond taking care of one more (above and beyond on 5 things on the list) my previous legit score – 124. That’s 15 strokes baby!! The Boy shot 75. He was disappointed. I promptly punched him in the head.

That’s it! We’ve had a crazy busy summer filled with weddings and partys and touring around Ontario. Our garden is bananas, and I haven’t had a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte in 3 weeks. It’s been a lot of fun – and so exhausting at the same time. Every Sunday The Boy looks at me and says “I’m really glad I don’t have to go to work tomorrow.” I proceed to look at him darkly.

What big events are happening in your life?

A few words from Dad with a hint of Northern Ontario

Last up was my Mom and Dad.  Specifically, Dad.  Mom said LONG ago that while she would gladly stand by my Dad’s side – she would no doubt cry hysterically if she was forced to say anything.  So Dad spoke for both of them.

Dad has always told us, “first things first – you need a sharp pencil.” And true to his word he actually wrote the whole thing down so I happily have a copy of his full speech.

Without further adieu, I give you a few words from Dad.
(With of course – a few edits from me)

Meaghan and The Boy,

First of all, congratulations!

We are so proud of both of you.

As you know, the only good speech is a short speech, so I will try to keep it that way.

Meaghan began life with a flourish. After she was born, they threw away the mold, and with a delivery like hers, Carol was glad that they did.

As everyone knows, Megs is a half full kind of person.  She sees the bright side of everything, she is very inquisitive, has no trouble expressing herself and sometimes does so in a unique way.

Although she’s a “city girl” she has had a strong attachment for farm life since she was tiny. I told her long ago that when she got married I’d tell a story about her life on a farm.

When she was young, Saturday was the day that Brother took riding lessons and she would usually come with us to watch.  As happens from time to time, one of the horses got pregnant and we watched it get bigger and bigger each week. There were the usual questions from a 3 year old about what was happening and once the foul was born, a lot of excitement every time we visited.  She couldn’t wait to see the baby horse and its mother in their stall.

One Saturday, after the snow had melted, the horses were in the yard and we just had to go look at the baby.  The foul was hungry and was nursing.  This was the first time Meaghan had seen such a thing and being the kind of person she is, she asked me what was going on.  I answered that it was hungry and was getting some milk from its mother.

With that, she looked back at the two horses in silence for a minute with her head cocked to one side.  Then she looked at me with a puzzled look and said “Is that where they keep their kitchens?”

Little did I know that would be the beginning of a life associated with farming.

For those of you who don’t know, The Boy is a farm boy. I don’t think his dad would say that he’s a farmer though. As I understand it, most o fhis life on the farm was spent playing sports and avoiding as much farm work as possible.  He does understand a bit about it though and got quite upset the first time he was with Meaghan when upon seeing hay rolled up in the field she commented that “there’s so little to do here that they roll up the grass at night”.

While Meaghan was at Western, we started to hear about this really tall guy that she had met.  She suddenly had an interest in vollyball.  When he first came to the house, we knew it was a serious relationship when she started watching hockey. So the only thing to do was subscribe to the sports network.  That way, maybe we could check this guy out a bit more thoroughly.

Boy.  We’re glad that we did.
You are almost everything that a mother and father could ever want in a son-in-law.  You are kind, thoughtful, helpful and smart. You laugh at my jokes, even after hearing them dozens of times, you eat like a horse and make sure that the beer doesn’t go stale.  You have become just like a brother to both Brother and Sista.  The only problem that I have is that you always beat me at golf.

However ,it is  very obvious that you really do love Meaghan as much as she loves you and we couldn’t ask for anything more than that.

This spring, the world watched in awe at what was called the wedding of the year.

Kate walked in a commoner and walked back down the aisle a Princess.

Today, Meaghan walked in a princess and walked down the aisle a wife.  The Boy entered a prince and left the church a husband. This ladies and gentlemen was by far THE wedding of the year.

Now, there are only two tother people here today who have ever met my grandmother.  Doug and I called her “clomper claws” or “the gub” I’m not sure what terms of endearment Cindy had for her.  Anyway, she passed on two things to me.  One was her red hair which as we all can see was passed further down the family tree. The other was a book of poetry by William Henry Drummond called The Habitant”.  I have borrowed from it for this verse and before I begin I need to apologize profusely to Mr. Drummond.

Editor’s note. This is where my Dad busted out his best Northern Ontario French accent.  For those that aren’t sure what that sounds like – you’re in luck since he wrote it out phonetically.

De Wedding Day

De place she got born ‘er
is close to de Mill pond.
Megs’ ‘ome it was dere
in de ol’ Richmond ‘ill

De Thames go right t’rough
de Town of St. Marys
When Boy ‘e got born dere
‘is parents were t’rilled.

Well Boy, ‘e’s a farmer
‘e like to play ‘ockey
De barn door, she’s black
From all of ‘is shots.

‘e play at de baseball,
‘e spikes an’ ‘e volleys
An when he play golf, him
he make all ‘is putts.

She’s from de big town ‘er
Meg does de ballet
an ‘jazz an’ tap dancing
are really ‘er t’ing

Some time you can find ‘er
in de mall wit’ ‘er mudder
Meg, she is ‘appy
To do de shopping.

D’ey meet up in London
When d’ey go to school d’ere
Dey firs’ met when d’ey
Were both in de pub.

‘e use de old line
“do you come ‘ere often”
She said “I come ‘ere
For de beer an’ de grub.”

Boy, ‘e decided
To get some more learning
So someday soon
‘e could teach in de school

Dat mean dat ‘e stay
In de city of London
an Meaghan, she t’ough
Dat was so cool.

Now dis kind of life,
It went on for a long time.
For eight long years.
D’ay were very be’ friends

D’en las’ year on de beach
In deep sout’ Florida
Boy tol’ ‘er dis
Single life needs to end

So dey start planning
dere very own wedding.
de food an de dress
an de people to bring

She make de beeg list, er
Of all of de detail
To make sure day dey
Don’t forget any t’ing

Bot’ mudders and fadders
Dey are very ‘appy
When d’ere son an d’ere daughter
Walk down de aisle

We know you ‘re in love
For ever an’ ever
An’ dat gives us all
A really big smile.

So, now you are married
De service, she’s over
De food she’s all finsih
We all quenched our thirst.

As mister an’ misus
your life is now starting
For richer, for poorer, for better, for wors’

To Boy, I say welcome
You make Meaghan ‘appy
An Carol an I, we are ‘appy too

An’ Meaghan M
D’eres no better ‘usband
D’an dis fellow ‘ere
Siting next to you.

My poem she’s done now
D’ere are no more words left
De in it is dry so d’eres no more to say

You two are now married and we are so ‘appy
You’re ‘usband and wife now
‘appy wedding day!

 


Well Dad I don’t know that 1300 words is considered a short speech, but it was certainly a great one.  Thank you so much for all of your love, on W-day and every day before and since.
XOXO

Ginger Knits

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Like the new button? And the new name? I’m working on a series of them that will just take you to the list of all posts related to the topic.  Some will be just me – the Ginger.  Some will be the boy – the Giant.  Some will be both – G&G.  I can’t say when they’ll be ready – I just don’t know.  But I can tell you I’m working on it in my little brain.
So this edition of Ginger Knits – The Beast that was a beauty.
I tend to go in phases.  I knit my brains out.  Or I don’t.  I blog my brains out. Or I don’t.  With this blanket it required A LOT of knitting and since babies make their own deadlines – that meant very little blogging while I tried desperately to make progress.
But it was worth it.
The pattern may look a little complicated but it’s an illusion – it’s actually fairly simple – and it turned out beautifully if I do say so myself.  I made it with baby bamboo and it is REALLY heavy and will definitely keep the wee one warm in a nice breathable way. But man, did it eat the yarn. This bad boy took me 10 balls. Granted they were mini little 50g balls, but it still took 10 of them and when it was all said and done – I could have easily kept knitting.
Do you know what’s not fun? Knitting a heavy blanket in the summer.
Our Elegant Country friends have had a healthy baby boy.  And named him Logan – same as BFF Kristyn’s baby.  We are affectionately referring to him as Logan 2.0 (mostly me, and mostly in my head – this should not be taken to mean that the second Logan is an improved version of the first – impossible.  They are both adorable and perfection in diapers).  Logan 2.0 arrived less than 24 hours after I cast-off. I knew he was waiting for me to finish.
The reaction? Wonderful.  I wrapped it up with a book for a card, with a message to baby, mom and dad. And included in the package a 6-pack of freshly baked muffins.  When the new Dad opened the bag the first thing he saw was the muffins and he was over the moon.  The Boy and I weren’t paying attention so we both thought he was gushing over the blanket.  Nope. Muffins.  Note to self, bring all new parents something to eat.
He kept digging and was pleasantly surprised.
For the knitters out there – I blocked it to try and make it a bit less squishy – which did help. Let it dry and took it outside to really show it is in fact green not grey.
Logan 2.0 is pretty darn cute. The Boy even held him – though complained bitterly for the rest of the night that his arm had cramped up.  That’s the littlest baby he’s held yet – and he’s getting better wouldn’t you agree?
Anyway, enough jabber – here’s that sweet face and some details on a sweet blanket.
Time: Probably about an hour(ish)  per stripe = long enough.

Chilled Chocolate Chai

Oh Angela.  I love your blog.  I love your recipes that all look so delicious and make me wish I lived with a vegetarian or at least a bean lover. And I love that you too have given me a little unintended help with my end of our Family Challenge with the perfect timing of your Chilled Chocolate Chai recipe.
I made this on the weekend and am LOVING it.  At first I had to get used to having my chai fix cold, and less creamy and less sweet.  But now that I’m at work and have a little cup waiting for me in the fridge for my 2:30 slump.  I’m all over it. It’s WAY cheaper, I’m going to say 60 cents vs. $4.80 and while it’s a different, less sweet taste – it’s still yummy, so I’ll take it.
Head on over to Oh She Glows for the recipe – and then head on over to your local Superstore for some PC Chocolate Chai goodness.
I’ve now made it with Unsweetened Almond Milk and Vanilla Almond milk – just sayin’ whatever you’ve got in your fridge will do since they are both totally delicious.
Enjoy!

This Little Light of Mine

I’m going to let it shine!

They may not have sung it, but that was definitely the theme of the Boy’s parents lovely words.

The Boy’s mom did the talking, while his dad checked out the woodwork.

Just kidding.  He held the basket too. 🙂

The Boy’s parents had some lovely things to say to officially welcome me to their family – and I think the nicest part was when they said I had been part of their family for a long time before W-day.  Thanks team!

The Boy’s parents found this lovely poem and gave us a big ol’ basket of candles!

A basket of candles that come in a pair
In all different colors, for you two to share
The white ones burn first
They are wrapped in white lace
To celebrate your first married night
In your new chosen place.
The green pair is taller, and also much thinner
Burn with the first company, you have over for dinner.
The dark blue candles are for after your first fight
Use them to burn while making up all night.
Pink candles set the mood and pave the way
For your first married Valentine’s Day.
Now, when your first year of marriage is through
The cream anniversary pair, will light for you two.
Red candles aflame, both your futures are bright
Celebrate promotions you’ve worked toward with all of your might.
By this time we hope, maybe, just maybe
You can light the purple ones, on the birth of your baby.
And just when you thought you’d put these away
Take the light blue ones out-for your fifth anniversary day.
Now just one more pair left – for the big 2 5
The anniversary pair that will keep your love alive.
Congratulations Meaghan and The Boy
On the start of your forever
May the two of you always be happy together
And burn these candles
Just the way we said
But please don’t forget-blow them out before bed!

So cute.

Thanks in-laws!!

Showcasing the Talent

Instead of a traditional speech The Boy’s Best Man showcased his musical talent.  Very sweet. And luckily for me (and him) very easy to recount what he said, no speech recreation and memory straining required.

Of course he opened with some nice words about how happy he was for us.  But mostly I just remember the singing and how different and lovely it was.

Good memory.

Boy’s BFF Paul debated long and hard about what song to choose and how/when to do it.  He considered some Tragically Hip options, but our favourites that are within his range, are about war or the death of a child.  Not really the most wedding-y. So instead, he surprised us.

The Cranberries – Dreaming my Dreams.

Here’s the video:

And here’s the lyrics:

All the things you said to me today,
Change my perspective in every way.
These things count to mean so much to me,
Into my faith, you and your baby.

It’s out there. It’s out there.
It’s out there. If you want me I’ll be here.
[X2]

I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.
I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.
And there’s no other place,
That I’d lay down my face.
I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.

It’s out there. It’s out there.
It’s out there. If you want me I’ll be here…
[X2]

I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.
I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.
And there’s no other place,
That I’d lay down my face.
I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.

Dreaming my dreams with you.
I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.
And there’s no other place,
That I’d lay down my face.
I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.

Still loving that line – And there’s no other place, that I’d lay down my face. I’ll be dreaming my dreams with you.  – Beeee-u-ti-ful.

Thanks BFF Paul for sharing your music skills and making our day just that much more special.

Can’t get enough of this LONG wedding recap? Well, you’re in luck – I’ve just counted the number of weeks to our one year anniversary and decided, this can’t go on forever.  So, I need to move a little more quickly (I knew those skipped weeks were going to come back and bite me). So starting this week – double Wedding Wednesdays posts.  Come on back this afternoon – for a few words from The Boy’s parents!