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LETTER from the EDITOR

FRONT COVER Flowers: Blue Sage Farm - Floral Designs Photo Credit: Whitewood Studios

SPECIAL THANKS Kristen Wagner, Nicole Shilis, Amy Holland, Vintage Origami, Jessica & Andy Photography, Jessica Balfour Photography, Nikki & James Balfour, Jenny Mckinney Make Up, Tara Peach Photography, Jordan & Keeley Acspect Arts Photography, Jamie Wolfe, Jackson Stoski, Rebecca Siewert, Madison Heglund, and Adrian Photographers

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WELCOME TO THE SPRING ISSUE OF ADORE MAGAZINE. Spring is finally here and so is the 2014 wedding season. We have a ton of amazing ideas and new trends to inspire you for your upcoming vows. Make sure you check out our feature articles and tips - A Magnificent Pair - Matching tresses to dresses, and Smooth Sailing - Preparing yourself for a stress-free wedding day. We also have added a new “Vendors We Adore” directory. Here you can find some of the amazing vendors that the Okanagan has to offer all in one spot. This issue’s stylized shoot, was inspired by classic oil paintings and is full of texture and bold bright colors. It’s surely going to make you want to have a Timeless Romance of your

WEB Chris Leckie :: Leckie Media

GRAPHIC DESIGN Ginger Creative

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very own. Can’t wait to see you for the summer issue - adore turns ONE! As always, thank you for supporting us and all the local vendors the Okanangan has to offer. live, love, adore.

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TABLE of CONTENTS THANK YOU to our amazing CONTRIBUTORS

KRISTEN WAGNER

NICOLE SIHLIS

Writer

Created Lovely Events

AMY HOLLAND

Tie The Knot Hair

MADISON HEGLUND

Be Marry Events

IN EVERY ISSUE

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Photographer

YURIKO LARSON

Welcome to Spring 2014 TRENDS WE ADORE

Southwestern Style TIPS WE ADORE

A Magnificent Pair :: Matching tresses to dresses

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VENDORS WE ADORE

Nikki & James

Jenny McKinney Make Up

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Smooth Sailing :: Preparing yourself for a stress-free wedding day.

Confetti Favours :: Be Merry Events

INSPIRATION STYLIZED SHOOT

Timeless Romance HE SAID 路 SHE SAID

Jordan & Keeley REAL ADORE WEDDING

Sarah & Max :: Aspect ArtPhotography

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This upcoming trend is inspired by southern Colorado culture a mixture of Native American, Spanish and Mexican cultures with early pioneer influences. It incorporates the colors of the desert and the textures of wood, succulents and natural fibers. Anyone who has been to the Southwest will immediately be captivated by all it’s beauty and charm. So here is a fantastic southwestern wedding to inspire you with details galore including custom wedding invites, a yummy donut station and an of course an impeccably styled Southwestern bride.

PHOTOGRAPHY | JESSICA & ANDY PHOTOGRAPHY

DECOR & STYLIZATION | VINTAGE ORIGAMI

ADDITIONAL PROPS | SANTE FE FURNITURE

STATIONERY | GINGER CREATIVE

MODELS | CHELSI & STEVE SOHNCHEN


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WRITTEN BY AMY HOLLAND A match made in heaven. The perfect pair. Hair styles and dresses go together just the same. Think of them like Romeo and Juliet, they complete each other. Hair will always be a girl’s best accessory. Whether you opt for a strapless or a Queen Anne inspired gown, make a lasting impression by showcasing your own signature bridal style. Follow this guide to choose a hairstyle that will best complement your overall look.

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SWEETHEART NECKLINE Sweetheart necklines were given their name from their heart-like shape. These gowns are usually strapless and are also a timeless and popular choice.

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: Show off your shoulders with a chic, knotted up-style or bring out your inner bohemian with a side swept braid, the choice is yours.

QUEEN ANNE NECKLINE The dramatic neckline of the Queen Anne gown has a high collar that goes around the neck, with a detached scoop, V-neck or sweetheart shape below.

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: The best way to complement this detailed neckline is to choose a classic ballerina bun, or an up-

HALTER NECKLINE

do that is set high on the head. Create

This style of dress is really making a

a wispy, feminine outline by adding soft

comeback this year. The halter neckline

hairs that spring out of the hairstyle.

ONE- SHOULDER AND OFF THE SHOULDER! The neckline on the one-shouldered

has a strap that wraps around the back

wedding dress has a strap that goes

of the neck.

across one shoulder, where the off the

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: It is important to

shoulder neckline often has sleeves that

keep the style swept higher on the head.

sit just below the shoulders. Think of

For the natural bride, try a sleek smooth

Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

up-style. Or, for a slightly bolder look, add

IDEA HAIRSTYLE: An asymmetrical

some texture in the form of an undone

hair style is the best for both styles of

braid or full curls.

dresses. In order to create visual balance,

PLUNGING NECKLINE

be sure to style your hair on the opposite

Plunging gowns are known to be sexier as the neckline sits lower on the chest showing some cleavage.

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: Play up the cut of

side of where your dress strap will sit. Choose from a low chignon, a wispy “undone� style, or even a long side swept fishtail braid.

this dress by styling the hair to one side. A down style with soft waves would also be ideal. Both of these looks would complement the flow of this dress.

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SCOOP, SQUARE AND V-NECK Scoop, Square and V-Neck were originally named after their simple and classic shapes. The scoop neckline drops to a soft “U” shape, the square neckline resembles the shape of a square and the V-neck dips to a shallow “V” shape.

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: A gently textured up-do, set low or high, will most likely be the best look for these necklines. If you would like to wear your hair down, be sure it doesn’t hide too much of the décolletage. Think about a style that rests on the back versus a hairstyle that might fall to the front.

BATEAU AND COWL NECKLINE

Whether you book in at a hair salon or with an on location stylist, insist on

Bateau and cowl necklines invoke thoughts

having a trial. A trial will allow you to

of both simplicity and elegance. Both gown

develop a relationship with your hair

styles are beautiful as they highlight the

stylist and test drive your style. We

bride’s neck and collarbones.

recommend that the trial be done a week

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: A sophisticated and

or two in advance, just in case you would

clean up-do is the best choice for these

like to make some changes. Try to book

dresses. Try a classic chignon, a french

the trial for the morning, and wear a

twist or even a polished pony.

neckline that is similar to your wedding

ILLUSION NECKLINE!

dress. Do the things that you would do

This dress style a huge trend in bridal

on your wedding day. Hug people, do

fashion right now. It is created by adding

some dancing, and wear the style well

a second neckline with the use of a sheer

into the evening. This will give you an

panel of fabric (tulle or lace) that reaches

accurate representation of how the hair

up to the collar. The illusion dress breaks all of the ‘traditional dress” rules by mixing

STRAPLESS NECKLINE!

a revealing style with a conservative

This is the perfect neckline for wearing your

overlay. This allows for more variety in

hair down or half up / half down. Like the

the hairstyle choice as it doesn’t have to

sweetheart neckline, this gown will draw

follow the rules either.

the eye to the shape of the dress and the

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: Anything goes with

softness of your shoulders.

this style of dress. Casual up-dos, braids

IDEAL HAIRSTYLE: Get creative with your

or even half up/ half down styles add to

hairstyle and consider beach inspired waves

the allure of this neckline.

in the hair. They add to a relaxed down style,

will hold up on the wedding day. The hairstyle should always complement your gown but never fade into the background. By knowing what options are available to you ahead of time, you will surely find your dream gown paired with a magnificent hairstyle.

or help to give an up-do a retro feel.

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WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST WEDDING TREND WHEN YOU GOT MARRIED? If I can remember, I think cupcakes instead of the traditional cake was a newer trend. We sat down with our caterer and told her what we were thinking instead of a cake and she went above and beyond. To this day we still have guests from our wedding comment on how amazing they were. BEST MEMORY OF THE DAY? We got married in Lake Country in my mom and dad’s beautifully landscaped backyard overlooking Okanagan Lake. It was a gorgeous August evening with our friends and family. At the end of the evening our good friend arranged to have his boat at the dock below to take us from our wedding reception to our hotel. The lake was perfectly still and the moon was bright. That was a great moment we’ll never forget.

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ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? There’s not much we would change about our wedding day, except to take more time to visit with our friends and family. WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE? Know when to give each other space. Serve one another without expecting something in return. And being able to laugh together. BIGGEST LESSON YOUR PARTNER HAS TAUGHT YOU? Nikki: To be true to myself always. James: To not limit myself. TRAVEL BACK IN TIME – WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR SELF ON YOUR WEDDING DAY? Even though marriage can bring out your worst side, and at times make you feel vulnerable and alone, given the chance it also has the potential to be the most profoundly beautiful experience life has to offer... And eat more cupcakes.

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Makeup by Jenny McKinney

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he world of cosmetics called to Jenny McKinney at a young age. “It’s always been a part of who

I am,” says the Kelowna-based makeup artist. “In my studio I have a picture of my fifth birthday party. All the kids are around the table—their goofy grins, their pointy birthday hats on—except me. I’m looking in a mirror, putting on some kind of lip product.” As she grew up, makeup became less of a toy and more of a passion. She became interested in the artistry of makeup—the way products could change a person’s look—but she also loved the way makeup could change the way women felt about themselves. Many women use makeup to help put their best face forward; to help them present themselves the way they want the world to see them. Jenny provides this service, but also adds more to each client’s experience with her unique gifts of communication and encouragement. “It’s a pretty intimate thing that happens when you have makeup done. You’re up in someone’s business. It’s very close,” she explains. “You share each other’s energy, so that’s something I’ve always been very cognizant of – just bringing the right energy.” That energy can manifest in many different ways: offering a receptive ear if a client needs to talk, or just making time to brighten a client’s day. Recently, Jenny made time in her schedule to squeeze in a last-minute client, a woman who was going through a rough time and wanted to have her makeup done as a small pick-me-up.

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“When she was putting on her jacket to leave, she said, ‘You know what Jenny? You make me feel beautiful even before you put my makeup on,’” Jenny recalls. It’s part of Jenny’s practice to use the beauty that shines from the inside out, rather than masking a woman’s features under layers of colour—an approach that perfectly suits wedding makeup. Whether a bride is adventurous and daring with her look, or whether she wants a more natural glow,

Jenny can make sure she walks down the aisle looking beautiful, radiant— and most importantly, like herself. “The last thing I would ever want is for a bride to not feel like herself,” she says. “An au naturale bride is a pretty common request. I give her some luminosity and definition… I just enhance what’s already there. My clients are often surprised at the detail that goes into ‘no-makeup makeup.’” To ensure the bride gets the look she’s after, a lot of communication takes place before the wedding day. A bridal package includes an optional trial, and Jenny likes to see photos of the dress, and a headshot of the bride. She also likes to see any pictures of makeup styles that that the bride finds appealing. All these images work together to help Jenny develop a look that perfectly suits the bride and her wedding. Jenny feels the role of makeup in a wedding day is actually bigger than most brides realize, even if the makeup takes a back seat to the dress, the venue, and other elements that make up the wedding day. Most brides spend a lot of time selecting the dress and hairstyle and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on photography to capture the day. With that kind of investment at stake, why take a risk with your makeup? “When you have professional makeup done, it’s like your insurance. You just feel so prepared,” Jenny says. “Your shoulders are taller, your heart’s fuller – you just feel so happy when you feel beautiful.” It’s Jenny’s business to make you look beautiful. But when you are still smiling and confident even after the product is washed off—that’s her true mark of success.

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CREDITS LOCATION sanctuary gardens // DRESS georgie girl // FLOWERS blue sage farm - floral design CAKE kaleena cakes // RENTALS & DECOR vintage origami - wedding rentals & decorating STATIONERY ginger creative // MAKE UP kerstin slater makeup // HAIR oxford house hair studio PHOTOGRAPHY whitewood studios // MODELS jamie wolfe & jackson stoski SPRING 2014

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WRITTEN BY NICOLE SIHLIS

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edding days come with more emotions than you ever

Thankfully, with my own wedding I had an incredible amount of

thought possible, but stress doesn’t need to be one of

support and a minimal amount of opinions but I think that was

them. So say good-bye to stress and hello to one amazing

largely due to the fact that we set boundaries from the get-go.

wedding day! Let’s start from where it all begins. From the

Had we not learned to say “yes” and most importantly “no” to

moment you get engaged the opinions and questions come

what we wanted our wedding day to look like, we wouldn’t be

flooding in.

looking back on our wedding as everything we had wanted and

Stop the planning stress before it starts by discussing your top three words for your wedding with your fiancé and base your

Once you’ve mastered setting your boundaries, you begin

planning and boundaries around that. For example, if your words

planning your way to your perfect day. Months of research,

are intimate, beautiful, and party, you know you’re going to

booking, and planning have brought you to your wedding week.

have to keep the guest list small, focus a bit more on your décor

No one knows the time and attention that has gone into your

budget, and get a good DJ or band and a reception venue with

wedding better than you, but now it’s time to relax. It’s time to

a later closing time. When you’re teetering on a decision or are

soak it all in and enjoy one of the best days of your life. But, how?

feeling pressure from others, go back to these three words and

Follow these tips to plan your way to a stress-free wedding day.

see if it fits in your overall vision for your day.

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CREATE A FOOLPROOF SCHEDULE

HIRE VENDORS YOU TRUST

On the weeks prior to your wedding, focus on creating a detailed

The easiest way to relax is by knowing your wedding is in

day-of schedule. (Note: if you have a day-of coordinator they’re

good hands. From your make-up artist to your photographer,

likely already doing this for you) Include your key contact for

it’s important that you book vendors you trust. Do a hair and

reaching the bride and groom, arrival and departure times of all

make-up trial, get engagement photos done, do a food and cake

vendors, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception times, and your

tasting, take those opportunities to put your mind at ease by

master of ceremonies schedule. It is also helpful to create a list

knowing what to expect on your wedding day. But most of all

of all your vendors involved in your wedding day, including their

trust your instinct. You’re the best judge of if you jive well with

contact name and phone number. The week before your wedding,

a vendor. And if a price looks too good to be true, it usually is.

email the schedule and vendor list to all your vendors, your bridal party, and any immediate family. This will reduce the amount of questions you receive prior to your wedding and allow others to handle any basic questions on your wedding day. Schedules typically change up until one week before your wedding so try not to send it out more than seven days in advance.

DISCONNECT FOR THE DAY It’s impossible to relax when your phone is buzzing with texts, Facebook congratulations, and most of all, people asking you questions on your wedding day. Let your Maid of Honour answer

If you’re quite organized, you can extend your day-of schedule

any calls for the bride so they get filtered through. If you can’t

to include the ceremony rehearsal and list of names of those

give up your phone, only answer calls and texts that come from

expected to be in attendance. Ensure that they’re on the

vendors or specific friends and family. I’ve had brides receive

email list to receive the schedule as well. Print out a few extra

texts from guests asking what time the ceremony was at on their

copies of the schedule to bring to the rehearsal as despite your

wedding day. Believe you me, after all that planning you have

incredible organization and keenness, many people won’t have

done the last thing you want is to answer that question. Leave

read it or will have forgotten to print it out.

that to the bridesmaids and your coordinator, this is your time to enjoy getting ready.

HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN

KNOW YOUR STRESSORS

Don’t just hope and pray for good weather (though it doesn’t hurt!). Have a back-up plan. I once had a bride burry a sausage

The final and most important way to reduce stress on your

in her backyard telling me it was part of Google’s suggested

wedding day is to know what your stressors are, and ensure

wedding rain plans… her wedding day was sunny but you didn’t

those closest to you do too. One of my brides was a pretty big

hear this theory from me. Whether it’s a car full of black umbrellas

introvert. During her rehearsal, when I saw her stressing out

or a tent and heaters on reserve, have a plan that can be easily

with so many people around I sent her and her fiancé to take

put into action in the event of unfortunate weather. Ensure that

a five minute break to get some down time before we started.

you’re not the only one that knows this plan. If it’s looking like rain

Another bride of mine was anxious about what the ceremony

or chilly weather the week of your wedding, ensure your day-of

and reception venue was going to look like completely set-up

coordinator or key contact for the wedding day knows your plan

so I sent her pictures throughout the morning to put her at ease.

and can easily take care of it if need be. When the rain came

If your stressor is as simple as getting a little crazy when you’re

pouring down the morning of our wedding, I was thankful to have

hungry (like me), have your bridesmaids passing you snacks

my day-of coordinator worrying about pulling out the umbrellas

throughout the morning and during your photos. When you

and turning on the heaters while I sipped my mimosa and got my

know what your stressors are, it’s much easier to acknowledge

hair done. I was able to focus on the excitement of the day while

and handle them before they escalade into anything negative.

my coordinator handled the stress.

At the end of the day, you will be a wife. A wife to an incredible husband and that’s all that matters. The stress is just a small part of planning and insignificant in the big picture of what your wedding day is all about. SPRING 2014

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ATTIRE BLISS BRIDAL With the finest selection in the interior from the best Designers, our professional bridal consultants will bring your vision to life. w :: blissbridal.ca e :: info@blissbridal.ca p :: 250.860.7766

CAKE WHISK CAKE COMPANY Whisk Cake Company was the 2012 Finalist & 2013 Winner for Best Wedding Cake in BC. We are the only Red Seal Chef-run store-front Cake Designers in the Okanagan. Using only local, organic ingredients we create scratch made, custom cakes and sweet tables perfect for your special day. w :: whiskcakes.com e :: tanya@whiskcakes.com p :: 778.753.5678

DJ SERVICES OK WEDDING GROUP Providing your special wedding day with an experience at the highest level, for a price that is right. w :: OKWeddingGroup.ca e :: OKWeddingGroup@live.com

FLOWERS TANGERINE ORCHID Creating your dream wedding flowers in the Okanagan. w :: tangerineorchid.ca e :: shannon@tangerineorchid.ca p :: 250.317.0677

INVITATIONS GINGER CREATIVE Helping you translate your unique love story, social event and exciting life moments into original invitations and stationery. w :: gingercreative.ca e :: carrie@gingercreative.ca p :: 778.215.0159

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PHOTOGRAPHERS JESSICA & ANDY STUDIOS Jessica and Andy are married photographers who capture the genuine moments and emotions of your wedding day, creating a breathtaking collection of images that stand the test of time. w :: jessica-andy.ca e :: info@jessica-andy.ca p :: 250.826.1068

SARAH BEEBE PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Beebe specializes in capturing timeless Wedding, Newborn and Family photos, ensuring that your special moments last forever. We bring passion, creativity and professionalism to every session and would love to speak with you! w :: sarahbeebe.com e :: info@sarahbeebe.com p :: 250.878.9186

RENTALS & DECOR STAGE RIGHT ETC We offer full service design including decor, florals and planning assistance. As well we offer pre-designed or custom design table decor packages and elegant draping. These two fabulous options are perfect for your event in the Okanagan. All prices are inclusive of delivery, set up and take down. So relax and enjoy the day with family and friends! w :: stagerightetc.com p :: 250.765.1473

PERSPECTIVE EVENT DESIGN Event designs and decor rentals as stunning as your day. w :: PerspectiveEventDesign.com e :: info@PerspectiveEventDesign.com p :: 250.801.8851

VENUES SANCTUARY GARDENS ~ Inspired By Love ~ Built With Love ~ To Celebrate Love ~ Sanctuary Gardens and its surrounding gardens can be rented for outdoor wedding ceremonies, vow renewals and photo sessions. The chapel inspired gazebo offers an intimate, private setting overlooking Okanagan Lake. w :: sanctuarygardens.ca e :: info@sanctuarygardens.ca p :: 250.878.2116

WEDDING PLANNERS TOP KNOT EVENTS The Okanagan’s wittiest and most recognizable wedding planner. w :: topknot.ca e :: hello@topknot.ca p :: 250.308.8175

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FIR ST MEET ING

We met at the movie theatre in chinook centre. My good friend’s girlfriend went to high school with keeley and invited her to come see “i am legend”, at the same time my friend invited me to come see the movie also. He told me about this cute girl who was coming to the movie, so i took dibs on sitting beside her (a few of my other friends came along). Throughout the movie i was very suave and made some very intentional elbow touches…next thing you know she was totally smitten and showed up at my church two days later to say hi. The rest is history.

Jordan and I met at a movie – I am Legend (not a very romantic movie)… I had recently broken up with my boyfriend and one of my good friends from high school invited me out to see a movie. Jordan heard a single short cute blonde was coming to the movie and he called dibs on sitting next to me! During the movie I was on my phone the whole time - yes, I was that person… and after the movie he asked about me to our mutual friend who gave him more details! Later that week I ended up going to a church where he played guitar – he saw me at the service and asked for my number!

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FIR ST DATE I don’t know what would technically count as our first date, the first time we

Our first official date was supposed to take

ever went to a public place together, through my invitation, was at Tiperarry’s

place out for dinner and a movie, however

on 16 Ave. A whole slew of my friends from Winnipeg were in town, so there

I had to change plans last minute and the

was about 20 of us going for wings, being the romantic guy that I am I invited

roads were terrible due to snow and ice. He

her to come along. She basically spent the whole night sitting in-between me

ended up coming over to my moms and we

and my best friend Bryan, listening to Bryan talk her ear off. But as the night

stayed in and watched A Lot Like Love. I

was winding down, she offered to drive me home - even though I had my car

don’t think either of us really paid much

- and we hung out talking and driving around the city until about 5am. Then seemingly almost every night after that we continued to see each other, just not at Tiperarry’s…we’ve never been back.

attention to what was happening in the movie because we knew something big was happening with us. (so cheesy)

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FIR ST KI SS Our first kiss happened on a couch, in her mom’s house, in the upstairs living room. We had arrived back at her house after a failed attempt to see a movie, me being the big planner I am didn’t bother to check what movies were playing, so by the time we got to Our first kiss happened on our first the theatre, they were all done. So we date - scandalous right? I could watched “A Lot Like Love”, I told her to tell he was kind of nervous even come sit nice and close to me, and after holding my hand and when the A the movie was finished, she was about Lot Like Love ended I turned my to get up, I held her back, pushed her

head towards him and surprisingly

hair behind her ear and kissed her like she’d never been kissed before.

he went right in for the kiss. No asking or hesitating – just what a girl wants!

F IR ST I LOVE YOU The first “I love you” was very memorable. We were lying in her bed, just talking for a few hours, then there was this moment where I looked into her eyes, and she looked into mine, We had been dating for about and we both knew instantly that we three months and were laying on loved each other, we didn’t say a word my bed when we had this weird for a good five minutes, we were just moment where we both said, “ I have looking at each other. It didn’t even

something I want to tell you.” There

have to be said. And it never really got said, I was too chicken…haha. Then after she turned away from me, a little annoyed that I didn’t say it, I told her I loved her, and she told me she loved me too.

was a lot of silence and it felt like we honestly stared at each other for a good half hour until finally he told me that what he wanted to tell me was that he loved me and he wanted to marry me one day. I obviously said it right back – the love part – not the marriage part! SPRING

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T H E O NE I knew Keeley was the one pretty much from the first night we spent

I knew Jordan was the one when he described the life he wanted to live with me, a life of

together. When we drove around in

excitement, passion, love and adventure. Jordan swept me off my feet and he never put

the car talking till 5 in the morning,

me down. I knew he was the one when we travelled together and never got sick of one

we got in front of my house, I looked through her iPod and saw that she listened to all the same music I listened to, it was then that I knew she was the one for me. Because how many 19 year old girls listened to Dashboard Confessional in 2007!? Looking back I realize probably just about all of them.

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another and when I would call my mom or sisters and ask what they were doing and they would say, “ I am just out for lunch with Jordan.� Jordan instantly became a part of my family and I can say that all the little things from comforting me, stay up all night to edit my papers, praying for me and with me, tickling my back, making me laugh and always calling me his little bean were just some of the ways that made me certain I could spend forever with him.


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The proposal was pretty exciting. I created this elaborate plan where Keeley thought we were going to our favourite restaurant to celebrate the recent engagement of her sister, it was all planned to the last detail, we even had menus on the tables that said “Congratulations Brittany and Ted”. Little did Keeley know that everyone was there for her. So after we sat down, ordered some champagne, I got up to “go to the

Our proposal was beyond amazing. My

bathroom”. As I left the table, I took a left into the back of the restaurant

whole family was in on it without my

instead of a right to the bathroom. And when I got to the back of the

knowledge. Jordan coaxed my sister who

restaurant I was so ecstatic to see all my friends and family from Winnipeg

had recently gotten engaged to plan an

waiting for me. I hired two violin players, had my brother play acoustic guitar,

engagement dinner at our family’s favorite

and my good friend Alvin on a drum, we were going to come out of the back

restaurant - Mercato. I thought nothing of

of the restaurant playing “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. So at the sound of the

the dinner, however Jordan was sweating

champagne glasses clinking (Keleey’s family was all in on it), the two violin

a lot on the way down to the dinner and

players came out playing the intro to the song…then came me from the other

had to stop to change his shirt - which was

side of the restaurant with my guitar on singing “It’s a beautiful night, I’m

the strangest behavior ever for him. Once

looking for something dumb to do, hey baby, I think I wanna marry you”.

we arrived everything was normal, even

The look on Keeley’s face was priceless, I made my way around the table

the menu’s said “Brittany’s Engagement

singing the song with everyone joined in and clapping along, at this point the

Dinner.” About ten minutes after arriving,

whole restaurant was on their feet watching, I sang the last line of the chorus

Jordan went to the bathroom and was

replacing “Hey Baby” with “Hey Keeley, I think i wanna marry you”…took off my

gone for an abnormally long time… I was

guitar, got down on one knee, told her “I love you more than anything in this

starting to think he was sick when all of

world”, then asked her “will you marry me?” Luckily she said yes, the restaurant broke into applause and we all celebrated for the rest of the night with all of our families and closest friends around us. The whole event was recorded on video and uploaded to YouTube, which now has over 600,000 views!

a sudden two violin players came out and started playing Bruno Mars “ Marry You.” Next thing I knew Jordan, his brother and another guitar player came out as well as did all of my friends and family - some even flew in from out of town. Jordan sang the song then got down on one knee in front of everyone in the restaurant and asked me to marry him. Meanwhile our whole engagement was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube where it has 600,000 views!


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aspect arts photography

Sarah + Max had a vision, they wanted something fun, relaxed, and reflective of their personality. A casual country vibe where it’s ok to kick up your boots and have an excellent time. From cakes and flowers to guest favours, Sarah + Max had the help of friends + family to pull together all of elements of this country wedding. It was important for them to have their wedding day open to in their small community to show how grateful they were for everyone’s love + support. With that they day went off without a hitch.

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PHOTOGRAPHER:Aspect Arts Photography CATERING:Hannah Winkelman DRESS:Eaton’s, worn by 3 generations CAKE:Audrey Dye CUPCAKES:Merissa Trigg FLOWERS:John & Jacquie Neville - Rosebay Florist RINGS:Touch Wood Rings MAKE-UP:Jasmin Makeup Artistry DJ:Lawrence Williams CANDY BAR:Knott’s Craft & Candy

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WITH BE MARRY EVENTS

When it comes to DIY wedding projects we love simple crafts and these confetti favours are extremely easy to make, uncomplicated, budget-friendly and fun! These are the perfect accessory for guests to pop during your walk down the aisle, or while busting a move on the dance floor.

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· Scissors

· Ruler

· Glue Stick

· Mini Paper Bags (you can

· Confetti (you can hand make

use glassine bags as well)

if you’re feeling extra crafty,

· Gold Cardstock

purchase foil paper, tissue paper

· Black Cardstock

and cardstock in various colors

· Stamp

and hole punch and cut away)

· Gold Glitter

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DIY with ADORE

Jazz up the mini paper bags! Using your scissors cut the gold cardstock 1cm wide and 2.5 inches long, or if you’re using a different size bag just cut according to the bottom length of the bag, trace and cut to multiply and apply with glue to bottom of the bag. *TIP- you can also use gold glitter washi tape or double sided tape and apply loose glitter!

Using your scissors now cut the black cardstock into flag pieces with the following dimensions, 4m height x 6cm width x 2.5cm flag and repeat by tracing the first one to make multiples as needed and set aside.

Take your glue stick and apply a thin layer to the rubber portion of the stamp and press in place on a black flag cut-out, dust with glitter and shake off excess glitter by tapping over a bowl.

4. Let the black flag pieces dry before applying with glue to the front of the mini paper bags.

5. Now fill your bag with confetti and seal the back by tucking it the flap or securing with a sticker or piece of decorative tape!

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adore :: Okangan Wedding & Lifestyle Magazine  

Spring 2014 | Issue No.4

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