GLL: Congratulations on your recent wedding, you looked stunning! Tell us how and why you chose your GLL gown?
I was planning on wearing my mothers wedding dress which was being altered to fit me however there were complications and suddenly I needed to find a new dress. With only one month to my wedding, I started scrambling to find a dress and came upon Grace Loves Lace online. I recognized the Inca gown from Pinterest and knew that I would love it. Luckily they had one in my size with the nude underlay that was available. It was mailed to Canada and arrived earlier than the given timeline and I was instantly so relived and in love with my new dress! I never imagined I would buy my wedding dress online without ever seeing it in person. It was meant to be!
GLL: So tell us, how did you both meet?
At a nightclub called The Roxy, which is a place better known for the 3am crowd- not usually a place where you might find love. We were at the same birthday party that started at one venue and ended up at The Roxy were we ‘officially’ met.
GLL: Was it love at first sight or was it a slow burn kinda situation?
A little of both. We had instant chemistry and our relationship has been fast and furious since. I loved him after 2 weeks and we never looked back.
GLL: What first attracted you to your partner?
When we first met I noticed right away that Chris was the kind of guy who gives you his full attention when talking to him. He was intelligent, kind, and open.. and still is.
GLL: Describe the moment you knew it was true love…
It was during a time of tragedy that I realized I wanted to spend my whole life with Chris. Sometimes during the worst parts of life can we let go of fear and see what truly makes you happy.
GLL: And the proposal? How did that go down?
It was sweet and so thoughtful. It was my birthday and Chris rented a power boat in Lions Bay, BC, tricking me into thinking this was my birthday gift. He packed a picnic and we docked at an island clearly marked as ‘Private Property’ but that didn’t stop us. We went for a walk near some rocks and waves where he got down on one knee and everything else became a blur.. besides the owners of the property in a small boat beelining to us. They were kind enough to turn around after seeing what was happening. To whoever you are, thank you!
GLL: How did you feel on your day and how did you style your GLL look?
It’s impossible to describe exactly how special I felt on our wedding day. Chris and I are both from different parts of the world, Chris is American and I am South African and don’t have any extended family living in Vancouver. To have so many family members from all around the world come and celebrate with us all under one roof was an overwhelming feeling of love and gratitude I will never forget. It was all I could ever hope for. I wore a flower crown and veil during the ceremony and I hand made a boho-esque jewel crown for the reception.
GLL: Where did you get inspiration from for your wedding?
I can’t lie, it was mainly Pinterest but also elements from other weddings we had been to before that we loved. For example, after our friends Sikh wedding we fell in love with all the vibrant colours which we incorporated into our décor and flowers.
GLL: Describe your wedding in 3 words…
Sentimental, Boho and Glamorous.
GLL: What was your most memorable moment?
There were so many moments, but if I had to say one, it was seeing Chris during our first look. It was simply a moment I cannot explain or will ever be able to reinvent. It grounded me, comforted me and was a brilliant way to start our wedding.
GLL: What made you decide to do a first look? Do you recommend this over the traditional first look at the ceremony?
For our schedule it was the most efficient way to use our time. From what I understood about first looks, it seemed like something that would work well for us. I would recommend to honour what is most important to you both as a couple. Just be present and open to whatever you choose.
GLL: All of the girls at GLL HQ loved your vows so much, they gave us all goosebumps. What are your tips on writing unforgettable vows?
That is so kind, thank you! I don’t think I can really provide any tips as I had a hard time with writing my own. As soon as I stumbled upon the quote from The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White I knew that was exactly what I wanted to say. I tried rewriting them into my own words but it didn’t sound or feel the same. I decided to vow to my partner her words because it best described the love I have for him. Once I found something that inspired me it was easier to finish my vows, maybe that could be a tip for anyone struggling with writing their vows.
GLL: What was your wedding song / playlist?
We love New Orleans Jazz but also have a soft spot for 70/80s throwbacks and also the top 40. Anything that is fun to dance too!
GLL: And where are you honeymooning?
We did already! Right after our wedding we went to Bali and some other neighbouring islands for 3 weeks. I miss it everyday.
GLL: What did you find the easiest and hardest thing about planning a wedding?
Easiest, marrying Chris. I had no hesitations or fears knowing that at the end of it all he was going to be my husband. The hardest, all the DIY’s. I supplied all my own décor which took up so much time and during the final few days leading up to the wedding was stressful. Pick 3 DIY projects and NO more than that, the time leading up to the wedding is just as important.
GLL: Any top tips or advice you can give fellow GLL brides (beauty, health & wellness, planning etc)?
Do what makes you happy and plan a day where you don’t look back with any regrets.
GLL: Describe your GLL experience…
YOU guys were amazing. You saved me on my wedding day, I can’t believe how lucky I was to find you with the short amount of time I had. It was the best!
GLL: What does marriage mean to you?
I like to think it is choosing to commit and share a life together, but I am only 6 months married. I wonder if that answer will change in a few years?
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