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Merry Christmas.

As we prepare to head up north to spend time with Joel's family and then back here for mine, I can't help but feel excitement about the Christmas season.  I love getting to spend time with family and watching the joy on my kids face as they soak in all the memories.

This Christmas, I'm feeling more organized than I ever have been.  I'm also feeling more relaxed than I usually am.  This season, I realized that there is no such thing as a perfect Christmas or perfect family memories.  I decided to not stress out over every detail or place these huge expectations on how the day should be.  Instead I'm going to look for the joy in the little memories and let my kids have a simple, love filled holiday. 

So, wherever you are in the process of preparing for the holidays, we want to wish you & your families a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We thank you for supporting our store in 2015 and we look forward to serving you in 2016.

Photography by Amanda Kopcic Photography (www.amandakopcic.ca)

Also, just a reminder about our store hours during the Christmas season.  If you need to get a hold of us while we're away, email info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca


Bridal Inspiration - Book Themed Wedding.

The name of our store, Once Upon A Time Weddings has a bit of fairy tale theme to it.  So when I came across some pictures of a book themed wedding on Pinterest, I fell in love with the idea.  What a creative way to incorporate something you are passionate about into your BIG DAY.  Adorable.

The perfect start to any themed wedding is of course with the perfect invitation & save the dates.  They set the mood and tone for your wedding day.

How perfect is this backdrop for your book themed ceremony?  Imagine saying I do under an arch of your favourite books?

Sometimes, less is more.  As proven by these simple centerpieces of books wrapped with lace and a book page flower.   

Sometimes, less is more.  As proven by these simple centerpieces of books wrapped with lace and a book page flower.

 

Of course, no book themed nuptial would be complete with a book themed adorable cake, right?!  Love the mix of page flowers and gold.  

Of course, no book themed nuptial would be complete with a book themed adorable cake, right?!  Love the mix of page flowers and gold.  

How perfect is this guest book alternative?  Get your guests to sign a spine of a book that you can frame and keep.

How perfect is this guest book alternative?  Get your guests to sign a spine of a book that you can frame and keep.

Are you planning a themed wedding?  What do you think of them?  I think they can be done quite elegantly & fun.  I love to see couples plan a day that is a true reflection of them...

20 Things You Might Not Know About Erin Bouchard

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  • I love weddings.  I know that’s kind of cliché to say, but it’s the truth.  I’m so thankful to be passionate about what I do.

  • I’m a tad bit controlling.  But it’s okay, because I am one of those control freaks who owns that they are a control freak, rather than the ones that are in denial {that makes it ok, right}

  • I used to hate numbers and accounting, but I’m now kind of fascinated by them and want to learn more about them.

  • I’m working on a certificate in management through Western University {you know, in my spare time}.

  • I’m addicted to coffee.  Like serious problem addicted.  I drink way too much.

  • I have a degree in counseling which I use a lot in this line of work.

  • I get a bit anxious in anticipation when I get to the point during a bridal appointment where I ask if this is the bride’s dress.

  • I care deeply about my customers.  I make mistakes and learn from them, but I do my absolute best to exceed my bride’s expectations.

  • My eating habits are the WORST.  I have my dad’s metabolism which I am grateful for.  It’s something I really know I need to work on.

  • I’m really an introvert.  I enjoy being home more than being out.

  • I love shopping.  My two favourite online companies are Grace & Lace and Evy’s Tree. 

  • I skipped kindergarten and went right into grade one.

  • My kids mean the world to me.  Adoption was and is one of the hardest things I’ve done, but I’ll never forget the day they became officially ours.  I’m so grateful to God that he’s entrusted them into my care.

  • I hate winter.  But this past one I tried to embrace it for my kid’s sake.  I was determined to enjoy the snow more with them.  I went tobogganing exactly one time.  You win some, you lose some.

  • I love my husband dearly.  Marriage isn’t always easy, and it takes a lot of work, but I’m so thankful to have him by my side.  He is a huge support to me.

  • I carry a lot of stress in my body and I don’t really know how to completely relax, it’s something I’m working on.

  • I enjoy being busy.  I like the fast pace of a busy Saturday and I thrive on having lots on the go at once.

  • I love books.  I love learning and perfecting what I do.

  • One of my greatest blessings is living in the same town as my parents and my three sisters.

  • My daughter is exactly like me, which is a bit fascinating since she’s adopted and all.  But she couldn’t be more like me if she tried.  One day that might be a good thing.

I would love it if you shared one thing, I might not know about you.  Enjoy your weekend.

Be Beautiful!

Erin Bouchard