Destination: Mexico

Welcome to Wedding Wednesday! I am daydreaming about weddings – whether it’s planning, attending, or spying – the season is just around the corner! There are a few special weddings that have just happened which hopefully I can share but in the meantime, I can’t wait to pass over the post to my friend, Sabrina. She attended her brother-in-law’s wedding in Mexico last summer and was nice enough to share some details. I asked and she said yes!

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I am super excited to be a guest on Meghan’s blog today and we have some beautiful wedding eye candy for you. Some of you may be anxiously awaiting trips down south that you’ve been planning for months. A little getaway from our harsh winter here in Eastern Canada is quite common and some of you may even be going to Mexico. Well I went to Mexico recently, although it was in July (super hot), it was for a wedding (super fun) and it was sans kids (super relaxing).

My husband’s brother married a lovely girl from Mexico and we were lucky enough to witness this union in person on a beautiful beach in the Mayan Riviera. It was a stunning wedding with very pretty décor. I thought it’d be nice to have a quick escape to a dreamy paradise now that the cold weather is finally settling in.

We stayed at Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort. Dreamy. Upon arrival, we were greeted by some of the bride’s family who live in northern Mexico. This was a vacation destination for them as well and everyone was very excited for the festivities to begin. 100_3300

The ceremony took place under this palapa out on the water. A beautiful location with a lovely breeze so it actually wasn’t hot at all. 100_3286Below are some of the gorgeous wedding details. Often, couples choose to get married at a resort for the ease of less planning; they simply choose a package and just show up. Karla (the Bride) however, did not do that! She put so much time and work into every detail and it showed. So pretty!IMG_0034IMG_0027 IMG_0099

After the ceremony, everyone stayed on the beach for dinner and dancing. I loved that we didn’t have to go inside to a restaurant because when I go down south, outside is where I want to be!  IMG_0121 IMG_0157IMG_0167 IMG_0160Once it got dark, the Bride changed into a cute white cocktail dress and we all danced on a dance floor built on the beach. IMG_0253

And the evening ended with what else but… A Mariachi band!! IMG_0293

Congratulations to the happy couple. It was wonderful to share in the joy of your day, and we wish you many years of happiness. Felicitationes!! 

2014 Andrew and Karla's wedding from Hugo 930 (1)

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Thank you Sabrina and congratulations Karla and Andrew.

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old photos

Have you heard about Grandpa’s Photos? A family found a collection of old photographs taken by their Grandfather. Unfortunately Grandpa can not remember where the photos were taken, or the stories behind them and so this site has been created to help the family identify the locations. If you recognize a place, let them know. Or, better yet, take a picture in the same place and send it to them.

Great idea. great photos.

It got me thinking about old family photos of favourite memories and places. A few years ago, my cousin scanned boxes of slides and negatives her parents took. They’re of pre-kid adventures, babies, holidays, growing kids and the beach! After discovering Grandpa’s Photos, I got caught in an hour of going through the pictures Kathleen scanned and I especially enjoyed the ones at the beach.

Hands down, the Gulf Shore in Pugwash Nova Scotia is a favourite place. When we were kids, my cousins rented a cottage every summer and there were many days spent on the beach. Our other cousins lived close by which made it extra special. A few weeks ago, we were back at the beach with David and Henry making new memories… it is still special.

So, there is no need to identify the location in the photos below, and although I am not sure who some of the kids are I can say, most of these cute kids are family.My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture My beautiful picture

Enjoy the beach this summer.

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500 days of summer

… I wish. More like 100 (if we’re lucky) but isn’t that a great movie. The best.

Anyway, with such a short summer, it is crucial to squeeze as much awesomeness in as possible so I decided to make a list. Living in Nova Scotia during the summer months is like living in an ocean playground (oh wait, Nova Scotia IS Canada’s Ocean Playground!) … It is dreamy and it almost makes up for the rest of the year. So, in no particular order, here are 100 things I hope to do / eat / see this summer*. I have already done a few, and will check back in at the end of the season and see how well I did.

  1. host a back yard social
  2. bike to the Seaport Market
  3. swim in a lake
  4. swim in the ocean
  5. swim in the river
  6. mow the lawn
  7. paddle a canoe (on the Wallace River)
  8. drive a motor boat
  9. go in a sail boat
  10. go for a run then jump in the water right after
  11. stroll through the Public Gardens
  12. sit around a camp fire (at an engagement party)
  13. go on a road trip (Cabot Trail Relay)
  14. hike cape split
  15. hike the small loop of the bluff with the boys
  16. go for ice cream
  17. go strawberry picking
  18. make strawberry jam
  19. make strawberry shortcake
  20. eat from a food truck
  21. get a pedicure
  22. have dinner and drinks on an outdoor patio
  23. watch an outdoor movie
  24. dance
  25. plant a vegetable garden
  26. run in a raceor two … or three (BluenoseCabot Trail Relay)
  27. go to a wedding
  28. buy a sundress
  29. go tubing on the wallace river
  30. make potato salad
  31. accidentally get a sun burn
  32. get a bug bite
  33. play corn hole
  34. play croquette
  35. play washer toss
  36. eat peas from the pod
  37. have a picnic
  38. see Cape Breton
  39. lay in the grass
  40. roll down a hill
  41. buy patio furniture
  42. eat a popsicle
  43. leave the province
  44. build a sand castle
  45. watch David play soccer
  46. eat lobster (post Cabot Trail Relay reception)
  47. swim with Henry across the river
  48. walk on a sand bar
  49. plant a hydrangea tree
  50. work outside
  51. drink my morning coffee outside
  52. sleep with the window open and the fan on
  53. have friends stop by unannounced
  54. try a new local restaurant… or two … or three
  55. watch a parade
  56. hear bagpipes
  57. walk on a beach
  58. night swim
  59. make smores and eat them
  60. make rhubarb crisp with the rhubarb from the yard
  61. make tomato sauce with the tomatoes from my garden
  62. catch up to Sons of Anarchy
  63. read a magazine outside
  64. wear heels
  65. wear jean shorts
  66. run on the Trans Canada Trail
  67. sleep in a tent
  68. stay in a hotel  (Cabot Trail Relay)
  69. have a yard sale
  70. go to a yard sale
  71. paint the foundation of the house
  72. get blonde highlights
  73. register for a fall race
  74. walk along the Halifax waterfront
  75. morning run along the Halifax water front
  76. ride the ferry
  77. bike with David further than 3 blocks
  78. get muddy
  79. get sandy
  80. play hooky from work
  81. make devilled eggs
  82. lay in a hammock
  83. have cut flowers on the coffee table all summer
  84. hill train one day every week
  85. go to Cyclone 5 times in one week
  86. eat corn on the cob
  87. buy a new bathing suit
  88. run through a sprinkler
  89. buy some art
  90. see Shakespeare by the Sea
  91. go on a trail run
  92. finish a good book
  93. ride a horse
  94. mini golf
  95. pick a summer song
  96. visit Kejimkujik National Park
  97. take David to Citadel Hill
  98. fly a kite
  99. bike over the MacDonald bridge with David
  100. have David plan a prefect pre-first-day-of-big-school / end-of-summer-day

How about you? Is there anything that is a MUST DO for you?

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*I am saying summer started on the long weekend of May and ends on the Monday after Labour Day (even though our September is pretty amazing!)

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down by the sea

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Next up for our I Thee Wed series is a cottage wedding next to the ocean. Surf, sun and beach offer a colour palette of blues and greens plus a pop of peach.

Here are the colours:

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And here is an inspiration board:


Voila! Wouldn’t this be a lovely day. xomeg

A. JUST MARRIED Beach Wedding Banner Garland with Starfish Kraft & Burlap / B. Shabby chic candle holders in distressed blue (set of 10) / C. Succulent bouquet / D. Tissue fringe tassel garland / E. All wrapped up pearls (short necklace with box) / F. Seaport pearl studs / G. Wedding windmills / H. Porcelain hurricanes – dotted / I. Starlight Surf Wedding Ring Band / J. Eva by Dana Bolton – ’50s, dropped waist, boat neck, cap sleeves, full skirt, buttons / K. Peach jam favours / L. Pebbled Glass Drink Dispenser / M. Carved wood starfish (set of 5) / N. Tying The Knot wedding stamp / O. Flower hair comb / P. Kate Spade Micah heels / Q. Surf boards / R. Scallop platter / S. Custom wedding cake topper – beach theme / T. Sparklers / U. Casco Bay Adirondack chair with seat cushion, stripe / V. Patent-leather and ostrich shoulder bag / W. Seashell garland

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Golden Vineyard is the first wedding from this series. City and Colour is the second wedding from this series.

Psst… If you have an idea for another wedding theme let me know!