We were very excited today to be able to officially ask our flower girls, Payten and Rylee, to be part of our wedding. We made up gift bags with fun activities and special cards. Their reaction and excitement was contagious. We can't wait to see them in their pretty dresses on our special day.
In April, we asked Jeremy's two young nephews, Jack and Joshua to be our ring bearers. We couldn't do it in person, as they live in another city, but we made up special gifts for both and sent them along. We hear the little ducks were a hit. We are just as excited to see them in their little outfits and are very thankful that they will be part of our special day.
We are very excited to finally mail out our "Save the Date" cards to our guests today. We have been busy planning and look forward to having you join us on June 3rd, 2017.
We know your lives are busy, but we hope you will make plans to attend. We will be updating information on our website as plans are made and details are confirmed. Official invitations will be sent out in early 2017.
We thought it was very fitting, since we had decided to organize our wedding in 2017 on the fifth anniversary of our first date, to have our engagement photos taken to celebrate our fourth.
Our fabulous photographer, Jamie from JLW Photography spent many hours photographing us in some of our favourite locations around downtown Regina. From capturing us drinking coffee in Atlantis to taking photos on a bench in Victoria Park, we now have many photos documenting these special places. This is something we will always treasure!
As a bride who is sad that some very important family members are no longer with us and will be dearly missed on our wedding day, I wanted to pay tribute some of the people that have played a special role in our lives. My paternal grandparents' have left us with some fabulous old photos. In particular, the honeymoon photos they took inspired some of our shoot. I managed to find an old vintage suitcase that was similar to the one that they took on their first trip as a married couple in May 1947. The suitcase shows up in many of the photos and hints to a different time. Some of the family's favourite photos from their honeymoon were of the couple hitchhiking to Regina from Carnduff. Although we took no specific hitchhiking photos during our shoot, the photos taken near the old STC bus depot and in front of the Balfour apartment building speak to that post-World War Two era.
One of the first things Joanna noticed when she started dating Jeremy was how thoughtful and generous he always seemed to be. It wasn't just the things that he would do for her, but for everyone else too. He always seemed to be thinking of the little things that he could do to make the people in his life smile... a surprise Slurpee for his sister who was stuck at work on a hot summer day; new books for his dad when in the hospital; a meal drop-off and a hug for Joanna's mom when she was having a tough day; a beer and chat with a friend who just needed someone to listen; a special treat for the dogs because what dog doesn't like treats?
It wasn't because she herself didn't do thoughtful things for others too, there are lots of other people in her life that do that too. What stood out to her was the fact that it seemed to come so naturally for him. It was just who he is and what he does. He brought out the best in her and made her realize how lucky she was to have such a kind and thoughtful person in her life. Her family and friends have always been very important to her and to find someone else who cared as much as she did for others was truly a gift. She knew she was in love.
On November 13, 2015, the day of the Paris attacks and other world events, it was hard not to feel that there is just too much hate in the world. Home alone while Jeremy was out at his weekly game night, Joanna spent her time watching the news and reading her Twitter feed, trying to learn more about the events in Paris. The city she had always dreamed of visiting since she was a little girl first learning French was under attack and there was nothing she could do about it. People shared their thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris on social media because they too could do nothing more than express how they felt. During the height of the media coverage, you didn't even know that more tragic events had taken place in other parts of the world too, but all anyone seemed to care about was Paris.
Needing a distraction from the tragic events of the day before going to sleep, Joanna turned off the news and tried searching out a happier story to read. She came across an Upworthy story of a bride named Leigh Clark who believes in making the world a better place through acts of kindness. Ironically, this story was published on the same day as the Paris attacks. A story about love and kindness on a day when it seemed like there was only fear and hate in the world? How perfect! The story went on to explain that, as her wedding approached, Leigh knew "asking guests to do good deeds would be an amazing way to celebrate love — and not just between her husband and herself, but the world."
After reading Leigh's story, Joanna was inspired. Although they had no plans for a wedding at the time, she and Jeremy had talked about getting married "one day." They knew that day would come soon, they just hadn't set a date and made it official. Leigh's story really represented Joanna and Jeremy's values. The story made her think. They were lucky people, they were well educated, had bought their dream home, had good jobs and really had everything they needed. Acts of kindness... What a great way to celebrate their love for each other when they eventually got married! When she shared her idea with Jeremy, he agreed that it was something he wanted to do too.
In February 2016, when they officially decided to get engaged and started making wedding plans, one of the first decisions they made was to make their Wedding Wish official. They created this website to help share their wish with their family and friends. It is not like a gift registry exists for acts of kindness! Their wish would need a bit of an explanation to be understood.
Although the couple would love to have everyone at their wedding, they decided a smaller event was more their style. Even if you aren't attending in person, they are hoping you might be a little bit inspired to help make their wedding wish come true. Please consider doing an act of kindness and then sharing it with the bride and groom. Help them to share their love and make their wedding wish come true.
We want to thank everyone for all of their well wishes and congratulations that we have been receiving since we shared our big news. We feel truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. We can't wait to get the wedding planning started. It is going to be a busy year!
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Joanna and Jeremy are getting married! They will celebrate their wedding on June 3, 2017 in Regina, SK.
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