8.29.2012

wedding wednesday {no.22}...

It's officially one month till our wedding day. It's crazy how fast time has gone by and how many wedding-related things are happening. I've been on this space a little less often, thanks to a growing to-do list, but i'm looking forward to getting back to a regular routine this Fall.

In the meantime, can I tell you how excited I am? I feel like when you're planning for one day that seems so far off, when the time finally arrives it's a little hard to believe. This past weekend my bachelorette party was beyond fun! The girls surprised me with a pedicure and massage at the Shaw Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and then afternoon tea at the cutest little Irish tea room. From there we went to Niagara Falls, had a delicious italian dinner, and danced the night away. A lot of silliness went down that night, creating a whole lot of happy memories. I can't thank them enough for such a great weekend.

I'm officially on vacation from work in 2 weeks, and there's still so much to do... menus, programs, table numbers, favours, seating chart, and quite a few last minute appointments. It's a flurry of activity that I hope all comes together well! It's going to be great having all our family and friends together. We have family coming from Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, and the US as well. So wonderful that everyone is willing to travel to join us. I can't wait.

How is everyone else's Summer going? I'd love to hear!

*The Banana Republic dress above is what I wore to the wedding shower Rick's Mom threw me back in June. It has the loveliest floral pattern on it, and had a little "glow' to it, hanging up in my parent's window.

8.16.2012

stolen moment...

While we were out for tea this past weekend I snapped this photo of my friend Ashley*. There's something about the graphic detail, and yet, the softness, that I really love about it. Like a perfect stolen moment...

*Ashley is also my maid of honour, and has been super great throughout all of the wedding planning and events, she rocks!

8.14.2012

in the garden...






Langdon Hall has the prettiest organic garden, with gorgeous flowers lining gravel paths and gated entryways. It's a Victorian dream. Beyond the hotel cottages and croquet lawn, there's a little white gate that leads to the garden itself. We spotted a number of veggies including zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes, cabbage, artichoke plants and more. The further back in the garden you walk, the more wild and unkept the flowers look, as the butterflies and bees flutter about everywhere. I could spend hours getting lost in such a place, relaxing in the sun, and reading a good book. I'm now wondering how I can convince Rick to turn our backyard into a little English oasis next year...

I wish I had brought more film with me though. I was unaware the garden was so grand until we had a walk around. Note to self – always have back up film. If you like however, I have other digital pics on instagram. Follow me @daniellamz

8.13.2012

tea for three...

Over the weekend I went for tea with my maid of honour and Rick's mother, at a country house hotel called Langdon Hall. It's a beautiful estate tucked back in the woodlands of Cambridge, Ontario, and the perfect place for english tradition. Tea is held in a light and airy sunroom (to the right in the photo above), with gorgeous window panes and the most comfortable wicker furniture. We enjoyed afternoon tea, with delicious, soft, crumbling scones in lemon and poppy seed, small savoury bites, and an array a little sweet treats. I think my favourite was the scones though, complete with honey-infused butter, fresh devon cream, and raspberry preserves. The little lemon meringue tartlet was pretty good too.











Every time I go for a full afternoon tea like this I leave obsessed with the idea of owning an old english home, with floral print textiles and the prettiest garden of wildflowers and seasonal vegetables. I would love to have my own little secret garden complete with the locked gate and vintage brass key. Fortunately Langdon Hall has everything but the brass key (as far as I know). We left feeling so content and relaxed, a little garden stroll was definitely in order!

Part two of these photos coming up tomorrow...

P.S. The first photo turned out way too overexposed, as I was rushing to get out of the middle of the road before a car came. However, I love how in black and white this shot looks almost vintage – if the modern cars weren't out front of course. I love that about film.

8.08.2012

wedding wednesday {no.21}...

Getting the mail has never been more fun. This past weekend I didn't know what to do with myself, when there was no mail to actually get. They keep coming in ten's each day, which makes me wonder if the mailman is hoarding them just for fun. Either way, it's been fun opening each card to see who it's from, and reading the notes people have written along with their reply. I have to remember to do that more often on any wedding invitations I receive in the future, it's a sweet thing to do.

7 more weeks to go...

8.04.2012

getting settled...



Rick and I finally ordered some livingroom furniture, but as we wait for it to arrive (we had no idea about the whole 8-10 weeks thing, ugh...), all we have set up for now is this wonderful bed from West Elm. I love the soft, tufted headboard to lean back on while reading a book, or catching up on blog reading. My old bedroom furniture had a hard back, which meant propping up a whole bunch of pillows every time.

Funnily enough, the wall colour in in the photo is actually what I would like it to be, compared to the current greenish-beige. I'm now on the hunt for the perfect shade of grey paint... i'd love any recommendations if you have them! I'm also keeping an eye out for some lovely bedding, probably a mix of dark and light greys, along with white of course. I think Rick is concerned that it's going to be neutral city in here, but once we get side tables, accessories, and some framed prints going, it should all (hopefully) come together.

I also desperately want to re-stain the banister, and a similar railing that seperates our kitchen from the living area. It's the basic builder railing, oak with a glossy coating. I'm not a fan. I'm thinking sanding it down, and then restaining with a darker, espresso coloured stain, but i'm nervous to attempt it. I should probably do a little more research first, ha. Have any of you attempted to do this before on an oak railing? I'd love to hear about it.

Each little change feels like a step forward to making it our own. I like that.

Update: A lovely reader was asking about which headboard exactly that we have. We purchased the king-size "Diamond Tufted Headboard" in Dove Grey, which you can find here (In Canada we ordered it in from the store in Toronto).