Who : Krysta (and Eric )
Where : Heritage Hall
When : June 22, 2013
• How long were you dating your groom to be before he proposed?
We were dating for just over 3 years when he popped the question
•What was your single most favourite moment from when he proposed?
It’s too hard to choose just one thing about it. Eric proposed on Christmas Day, which is one of my most favorite holidays. We woke up early to open gifts, and then I got ready for the day before we had to go to our family gift openings. As I turned off the Christmas tree, and turned around to leave the house, there Eric was on his knee. He was so nervous, and that was the sweetest thing about it. Eric is never nervous and is such an easygoing guy. The words he spoke before asking me to be his wife was so precious, I wouldn’t change a thing!
• How long was your engagement before you said, “We do”?
Almost a year and a half. It was very important for Eric to propose sooner than later because my mother was sick with cancer, and he wanted me to be able to enjoy it as much as possible with her before she passed.
Any pictures of your engagement or formal engagement session?
I used Teryn as my photographer for both my engagement and wedding photos. Highly recommend her, and she captured my entire vision.
You can find her work here!!
• Tell us a little bit about the wedding you’re planning: style, theme, feel, and colors?
Our whole wedding had a vintage classy feel. It was important for me to showcase the architecture in both our ceremony and reception venues because they were so exquisite. The colour scheme was champagne, brown and tiffany blue.
• Has your vision for your wedding changed or evolved over the course of your engagement? If so, how?
From the second I got engaged I was going through all wedding elements with my mom. I kept a wedding binder, which saved all of our ideas for future reference. Ideas were always added, but not really changed.
• What unique element did you have at your wedding?
I think there were a couple unique elements:
1. Our signing book table. My mother passed just over a year before our wedding, so it was important for me to show the members of our family that we wished could be with us on our wedding day. I had pillar candles made with my mothers name, and two grandfathers names printed on them. I also placed a picture of each of them in a long frame, and had it set beside the candles so everyone knew whom we were missing.
2. After walking in our reception, we all went to our head table, set everything down and announced our bar was open for 15 minutes. Eric and I then went around to each table conversing and thanking everyone for coming. People said how they loved this aspect because they got to speak to us and weren’t thrown right into eating.
Editors notes: I love the little locket that Krysta Carried with her all day!!
• Did you DIYing any of your details?
I ordered a lot of my items off etsy which were handmade by the sellers, and I purchased things that I could complete the finishing touches on to tie them into my wedding colours.
I purchased a candle lantern from homesense and painted it and turned it into a card box holder.
I spray painted wooden blocks and wooden table numbers and fit our engagement photos into the wooden blocks so we could showcase them to our guests
I also made our seating chart from scratch, which took a lot of long hours with the help of my maid of honor.
For our favors, which were personalized m&ms, and our wedding invitations, everything had to be assembled. This was probably the most time consuming, as there were many bows to be tied
All turned out great in the end!
• What part of the wedding were you most looking forward to? Did it live up to the dream?
Marrying my best friend. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.
• As advice to future bride-to-be what was the one thing (DIY, detail, item) that you felt was a energy stealer and you wished you had never spend time/money on
I put a lot of time into bathroom baskets. I wanted to make sure my guests were taken care of, and if they forgot something, it was there for the taking. I feel I put too many items in them, and much of it never got used. A smaller basket with less items would have been just as useful.
• On the flip side, what is the ONE MUST HAVE item/detail/service that you would recommend to each and every bride-to-be that would meet?
A Wedding Binder! I lived by the entire book from start to finish. It kept me sane with dates, payments, what we had ordered, ideas and pictures. I brought it everywhere I went and had it organized by tabs. Best thing ever!
• What was your most favorite moment with your husband at your wedding?
The moment we were standing together hand in hand at the altar. It was the most relaxing, but most exciting part of our day… And the kiss of course!
• Who or what has been most helpful and/or inspiring in the wedding planning process?
Larissa! Oh my gosh, I can’t say enough. I remember texting her my ideas late at night cuz I knew I had to get them off my chest and in her computer before they were gone forever. I leaned on her so much, and she made my entire vision come to life. She was like my wedding planner, decor and florist all in one. Would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Editors note - I have know Krysta from the time she was as tall as my waist, and was privilege to watch her grow up into this amazing women. We also share a similar bride experience, in that my mother (and best friend, just like Krysta's mom was to her) Passed away during my engagement and was not there for my wedding. I knew where Krysta's heart was in regards to planning her day without her mother sitting in that very first row. I was more then blessed to be there for help, advice, shoulder and cheering on!!
How have you involved your “community” (friends, family, etc.) in the wedding planning process?
Friends and family played a huge roll in the entire wedding process. They all helped with making sure it was going smoothly and according to plan before, during and after the wedding. They are wanting to help, you just have to ask.
Editors note: Krysta, Joslyne (MOH and my niece) and I also know that Krysta's mom was very much part of her community every step of the way, even if just in spirit. We even have a special memory of how Mom made sure we knew she was there!!!
• What part of wedding planning, if any, has made you the most anxious?
Making sure I didn’t forget anything, and that everyone knew what he or she were doing. I think I was just worried things weren’t going to come together how we wanted it to. We wanted it to be professional, planned and precise.. Or at least I did haha
• How did you pick your ceremony and reception venues? What do you love most about each space?
They were recommended to us, and they were the first ones we saw. Absolutely beautiful, and my mother said she loved it and could see us getting married there.. And that was it. It was so special to hear her say that, and we didn’t want to look anywhere else.
We had our ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Pavilion, and had our reception at the Vancouver Heritage Hall.
Both have the vintage classy architectural look we were going for.
• Tell us about planning with your fiancé. Has it gone smoothly? Is he more involved, or hands-off?
I ran things by him, but he didn’t care too much until it involved the food and the booze haha. Typical guy thing, the rest is really for the girl.
He got involved if I asked for the help, and he never missed one appointment with our vendors.
• Which part of your wedding have you been most intentional about planning?
Making sure that there were little pieces of “us” shown through every detail. Everything from the type of flowers chosen, to our dj, to our food etc. was thought out. A few of our vendors were actually friends of ours, so this made it even more special because they were willing to go above and beyond for us.
Editors notes : Krysta was very intentional in her floral choices for her bouquet and ceremony pieces. She chose white casablanca lilies as her main flowers, as this was her mother's favourite flower. I had used at her memorial service, and we wanted to make sure there were touches of Robin everywhere you looked on the wedding day - at the ceremony, reception and of course in Krysta's bouquet.
• What do you wish you would have known at the beginning of your engagement?
How hard it is to plan a wedding! So much comes into making the day happen, and it goes by so fast. Lean on your family, friends and most of all, bridal party to help make your planning that much easier. It will take a bit of the stress away.
• Any advice you’d like to pass along to fellow brides?
Just relax. Things are going to go wrong, and if you can get past that, you will enjoy your day much much more.
• What wedding-related decision have you been the most indecisive on?
I think the Cake. We knew what we wanted, but didn’t know how to execute it.
Meg from Cakes by Meg made our ideas and taste buds come alive. Wow!
• If you had to pick three top priorities for your budget, what would they be and why? Are your fiancé’s priorities different?
Not too sure about Eric, but mine were:
1. Amazing dress that I picked out with my mom
2. Great food
3. Classy decor
These things are some of the most memorable for both you and your guests. Money well spent.
And now the “where are they now” questions – • What are you most looking forward / Enjoying about marriage?
Buying a house and having children. We are both on the same page with that! And obviously having a happy healthy marriage for years to come.
What big changes/additions have you made as a family since saying “We Do”
Not a whole lot after our wedding. We bought a condo before we got married so that was a big change for us. We are however, looking to have kids soon, so that will be our next big change!
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And they lived happily ever after ….. Here is the full blog post from their photographer
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