I’m not even sure where to start. On Nov 5, 2014 I did my usual routine of dragging myself out of bed and getting to school. When I came home, I went to get food and saw this…. My favorite! Chocolate covered strawberries with white chocolate drizzled in my favourite colour….. and I was confused….. I thought okay my sisters must want something.
I went to my bedroom and saw that my door was shut (I knew something was up, my door is never shut unless I am home). I opened up my door and saw this….
The note had a few lovey dovey mushy things and instructed me to get dressed by 4:30 and my carriage awaits. So I got dressed, waited and my boyfriend Navin came to my house to pick me up. We went to his house and he blindfolded me. He drove (I tried to track his route in my head but I lost track). We got to our destination, he took me out and guided me inside carefully, because I had heels on and was blindfolded! He took my blindfold off and I had a huge smile on my face, then I looked around and I’m like “Oh we’re in Moxies hmmm…” (Moxie’s was our first dinner date). We had dinner, and he told me that we were going somewhere else afterwards. Then all of a sudden I hear Rihanna’s We Found Love playing (which was the first song we danced to on our first date – first date was on my birthday) and he went down on one knee, pulled out the ring, mumbled something and all I understood was “Will you marry me?” I said yes!
His best friend took some photos of us, and Navin blindfolded me again, and we were on our way to the second destination. When we arrived, I heard my mom laughing and giggling. When he took the blindfold off, everyone was sitting down at the table waiting for me. But it was my Dad’s birthday as well! So we celebrated my Dad’s birthday and our engagement.
At the end of the night we took a few other photos to reenact the proposal moment for everyone else, and we even took a photo in front of his second wife (his car)!
It turns out that my sisters were in on everything! They knew if Navin told me to get ready to go out, I would have put on sweats and a t-shirt, so they made sure that I dressed appropriately. He asked my parents for their approval few weeks before he planned the proposal and they were overjoyed. And we are now planning our wedding for July 2016 with the amazing Whim Team. #SheSaidYesTdot
5 Critical Questions to Ask Prospective Wedding Photographers
Clients constantly ask us how to choose a wedding photographer. With so many photographers in Toronto, it’s tough to pick the right one! Take the time to judge photographers not only on their style of photography, but on their overall professionalism. You’ll be meeting several photographers before selecting the one. Here are five questions to help identify the right professional wedding photographer for you.
1) How long have you been in the wedding photography business?
This is an important one, even if you are open to newer photogs. Be sure to define what you mean by ‘in the business.’ For example, some wedding photographers include training and education years as part of their years of experience, but you may mean the number of years they’ve photographed wedding specifically.
2) What is your backup plan if your camera fails, or if you are unable to photograph my wedding in the case of an emergency?
As a wedding planner, I know that contingency plans are critical. Michelle and I have witnessed all sorts of unplanned items pop up before and during the wedding day. It is important to have a contingency plan with all vendors – especially your photographer. Many vendors will provide a full refund if they are unable to perform their duties on the wedding day. That’s great, but it won’t help much when you don’t have pro photography on the most important day of your life. Your photographer should have a wide network to ensure they can guarantee quality photography if an emergency comes up – and make sure it’s in the contract!
3) Do you use lighting or off camera flash at weddings?
A professional photographer will have the appropriate equipment for your venue and outdoor photography settings. If you have a vision for specific shots, like light painting, you need a wedding photographer who uses more than basic lighting. Sometimes these extra lighting options come at an additional cost – so double check what the specific equipment inclusions are with your selected package to make sure you’re still on budget.
4) What is the turnaround time on my photos and online gallery?
A professional photographer will guarantee a delivery date in writing, and will honour that date. This timeline can vary depending on the time of year, the calibre of photographer, and style of photography. If turnaround time is a deal breaker, ensure that delivery dates are explicitly stated in the contract.
5) Will you hold my wedding date until we have made a decision?
Quality wedding photographers, have full schedules, which is why we recommend booking this service early in the planning process. While you are meeting with and evaluating your favourites, your photographer will be meeting with other couples who are getting married around the same time as you. Ask for a ‘first right of refusal,’ in case any other inquiries for your wedding date come in.
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I’ve always been the girl who was worried about finding love. I constantly worried over if the person that I was with was all in or asking myself, “why am I not all in?” All of that changed when I met Adam. We worked together for 2 years before we dated, but in that time I got to know the most loyal, caring, intelligent and intensely funny person I had ever met. But, it took month long separation when we were put on different projects made me realize that my respect for this man had grown into something else.
Three months later, after I bit the bullet and told him how I felt, we started dating. I kept waiting for the familiar feeling of doubt to show up, but it never came. And the longer we were together the more those thoughts faded into the background. I knew I was all in.
On our one year anniversary, I asked another question. I asked Adam to move in with me. He agreed and we moved in together in June 2014. I also told him that I was done asking questions; the next one was his turn.
After living together for a few months, we had many conversations about kids, where we would live and what we wanted out of our lives, both individually and as a team. We talked about marriage, but we never talked about a proposal or a wedding. We both knew each other wanted to get married and wanted to have a wedding, but we never talked about it in any detail. I think the marriage part was much more exciting that we both glossed over that event.
That is probably why I was so utter shocked when on Christmas morning, Adam got down one knee after our little couple’s present exchange, pulled out a little black box and asked me to marry him. I hyperventilated, stuck out my hand, looked at him through teary eyes and finally squeaked, “Yes!” I’m engaged to the man of my dreams, we are getting married next September and I think I’m still shaking.
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My name is Alisha, and I am a proposal-story-aholic. I figured that I would get our proposal contest started by telling you my own proposal story! It’s a few years old now, and we’ve since married, but I’d love to tell you a bit more about me.
My own story started innocently enough. Kash and I began dating in high school and managed to keep it together throughout university and those weird post-school days where you’re trying to find a job in a crappy economy. Eventually we settled into careers and began to consider our future. We decided to move in together and enjoy some time living in beautiful downtown Toronto. We moved into a teeny, tiny apartment and had a lot of fun learning to live (and cook) together.
A few months into living together we took a milestone trip to Trinidad to visit all of his family. This was a milestone for me because I was going to meet his extended family, and they meant the world to him. We had an incredible time on the trip, and we were surrounded by so much love, and great food and fun times that we almost didn’t want to come home.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end, so we made our way back to Canada (in ridiculously frigid weather, too), and settled back into working. A few months after that I mentioned that I wanted to head to NYC to visit family for my birthday, but unfortunately Kash couldn’t make the trip due to work commitments. I booked my plane tickets and made plans with my cousins to hang out for a few days. At the last minute Kash surprised me by telling me that he was able to come for a few days because he ironed out some details at work because he really didn’t want to spend my first birthday with us living together with me in different country. I was so happy because I really was going to miss him, even if it was for a few days. We packed up and flew out to NYC a few days later.
After we got to NYC, Kash suggested that we head to Manhattan the next day take a stroll around the city and eat something yummy. Kash and I are huge foodies, so it came as no surprise to me that he’d want to spend some time eating in one of the greatest cities in the world. We took the train to Manhattan and immediately went to Central Park. In all the years that I visited NYC, I had never ventured into Central Park, so he thought it would be nice to take a stroll. As we walked along, we saw a lot of different people enjoying the warm April day. Kash walked me to the top of a sort of gazebo that overlooked the entire park, and it was deserted despite being fairly large. We sat on the bench and cuddled for a bit, and chatted about how lovely the day was. What I recall most distinctly was that a musician was playing a saxophone somewhere in the distance and finding the music so soothing. I closed my eyes for a bit, just taking in the day, and when I opened them, my soon-to-be fiancé was down on one knee in front of me, and asked me to be his wife. It was such an unforgettable moment, and it made NYC even dearer to my heart than it was before.
If you would like to be featured as one of our #SheSaidYesTdot proposal stories, please email your story with 2-3 photos of you and your sweetie to email@example.com.
p>Today I wanted to discuss something that is near and dear to our hearts.
We received a very touching thank you note and gift from one of our clients this past weekend. We love receiving wedding thank you notes from our clients, because it tells us that even after all of the festivities are over, we did a great enough job that our clients wanted to send us a token of their special day. This lovely card was sent to us by our clients, Ashley and Ben. We assisted with the décor and coordination and their wedding in November of 2014. We had such a fun time, and we were so moved by the atmosphere of love that surrounded this union. Thank you so much for taking the time to send us this beautiful token (and the lovely intoxicating gift, wink wink :D).
“To the Whim team,
Thank you doesn’t even begin to describe how thankful we are to you guys for all your hard work, creativity, time and commitment to making our wedding special for us.
We appreciate the care that you put into planning the event, and we enjoyed collaborating with your team.
You went above and beyond for us, and we hope that you enjoy our small token of appreciation.
Wishing you all the best,
<3 The Constables”
Sending a thank you note to your vendors is a great way to let them know that they did a fabulous job. As wedding professionals, we are extra cognizant of the fact that this is one of the most important days of your life, and we are always so touched and overjoyed when our clients are happy with our work. We recognize that you could have selected anyone – but you chose to include us on your momentous occasion. We don’t talk about this much, but we get very invested in each of our couples, and we genuinely miss each and every one of you after the wedding. These thank you notes make us very happy because we know that our couples miss us, too!
Until next time… Gratefully yours,
The Ladies of Whim
Whim Event Coordination and Design are a team of Toronto wedding planners who help fun, quirky and whimsical couples with planning their dream wedding.