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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Wedding Invite!

Before we catch up on our post-wedding write ups, I thought I would throw together a quick update to show our video invite - A little history lesson on our relationship... starring my terrible drawing skills.

From the description on Youtube (too lazy to write it again) :

We wanted to do something a little different for our wedding invites (though video invites are becoming the new traditional invite), and decided to tell the story of how the two of us met and married, all while paying homage to "How I Met Your Mother" - a show that played a small role.

I claim no ability to draw, my skill ended at the animation school level.

Directed by: Ellery VanDooyeweert

Edited by: Ellery VanDooyeweert, Kevin Pavlovic

Artwork" Ellery VanDooyeweert

Coloring: Arlyn Bantog

Sound Editing: Kevin Pavlovic

Mika Bantog: Mika Bantog

Storyteller: Me!



Hopefully I will get the wedding footage sorted out one of these days...

-EL

Monday, 27 August 2012

Let us REHEARSE!!

Yeah I didn't document this so well... but we did have a nice rehearsal on the Thursday before the wedding...

Here are a few pics from the fun event... you'll have to imagine the wackiness that took place between and after the photos.

 The kids on their first test run of the ceremony... kinda veering to right a bit...

 Righting their course...

 Father and bride making their way... Our wedding coordinator, Jozen, leading the way...

 Sister in law, Jamie's, mini cupcakes... AE... American Eagle? Arts and Entertainment?....

Quick shot of the shirts my mom bought... since it never actually reads, the shirts say "Game Over"

Yes... I'm getting to the actual wedding... I'm pretty busy right now... wedding run down IS coming....

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Wedding! Part 1 - The Civil Ceremony!

I meant to post about this a while ago, right after it happened, but on Saturday, August 11th, Arlyn and I had our civil ceremony after finishing the Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon.


Originally this civil ceremony was supposed to be really low key - just a quick signing of the legal papers and marriage license - but it sort of snowballed out of control. You see, from the earliest stages of our wedding planning, we wanted to have my Dad perform our ceremony for us. The idea was to get him licensed as an officiant, and then have him marry us in his RCMP uniform. That turned out to be harder than expected. Unlike some places in Canada and the US, being able to legally marry someone in BC is a big pain in the ass, and we just weren't able to get my dad set up in time.

So the back up plan was to split the ceremony in two parts. We would do the legal signing on the 11th, and the REAL wedding, the ceremony, on the 18th. The legal part wasn't as important to us... I felt we were legally married when we signed the mortgage on our house.

So a quickie civil ceremony it was. Arlyn booked an officiant, and we were good to go.

Arlyn then came up with the idea of doing the signing at the finish line of the Lululemon half marathon on August 11th - a week before our wedding. We had planned to do the half marathon the week before just for kicks, sort of a right of passage... finish a half marathon together - get married the next week.


So Arlyn contacted the organizers of the race and asked if it would be okay if we could do the ceremony really quickly at the Olympic cauldron. The race organizer got super excited and said yes, they loved weddings, and they would find us a nice spot for our ceremony.

Shortly before the race they sent us this pic...


They told us they would be roping off a section in front of the cauldron. There would also be flowers.
Suddenly this was becoming a little more of a wedding than planned.

So Saturday morning we got up nice and early, got in our running gear and headed down to the start of the race. Crystal Giles, our photographer, walked down with us and shot some photos before we got going.

Some of Crystals work...

 My iPhone awesomeness...


 More neon on this race than any other I've seen.


 "A BEAR?!" - Sarah Baeumler

We finished the race sometime around 10:30 and arrived at the cauldron to find flowers, signs, family and friends... it was pretty crazy.







 Brisson bubbles....

 I forgot to wear my Ryan Lochte grill...

 "...and you cup them like so..."

Of course we kept the signs... now we just need wall space for them....

Lululemon posted a video of the race, you can find us at the 3:14 mark!



If you would like to check out a couple more of the professional pics from the wedding... you can see them at Crystal's site:

http://crystalmariesing.ca/2012/08/arlyn-ellerys-marathon-wedding/

All in all a really good time, and a nice practice run for the real wedding... Which I'll begin writing up in the NEXT post...

-EL



Thursday, 9 August 2012

First Wedding Loot!

NOW this feels all official... we have wedding loot! And from the UK to boot!

First some background...

Now WAY back in the day... going back to 2004, both Arlyn and I were working at Bardel Animation on two different Dreamworks projects, "El Dorado" and "Joseph" (I was on El Dorado, she on Joseph).


My Supervisor on the El Dorado project was this chap from the UK named Norm, and working alongside me in the tracing department was his wife, Tracy (I just now realized she was a tracer named Tracy... funny).

During their brief stay in Vancouver, we did all kinds of things... Monster trucks... movies about pedos... snowboarding... work... and then they moved away - I think to Banff or somewhere, and then back to the UK.

Cut to present day, and we have a package!


Even Mika got hooked up with loot.


First a card... though it looks like it was just for Arlyn, really....

I actually have all tattoo space on my body spoken for... so no.

And then we got into our "domestic bliss" package... (interesting place to put quotations...)


 The greatest part of this domestic bliss package is the oven mitt. Until now we have used a Christmas themed oven mitt year round.


Mika was happy to get something, anything, with a UK design on it... cuz she likes some shitty boy band from there and is now all about the English flag...


So thanks much Norm and Tracy! We shall make good use of our new Brit stuff... and Mika will dedicate listening to One Directions crap album 4 times in a row to you.

-EL

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Let's BEE hitched!

We have this weird thing with bees...

A few years ago I read all these articles about the declining honey bee population and it freaked me out. On top of everything else, Einstein was quoted as saying that when the last bee dies, we have 4 years of life left! (Don't get too freaked out... this may just be a rumored quote... I checked www.snopes.com)

With yet another thing to keep me awake at 3:00 am, I decided to do whatever I could to help stop the declining bee populations - by this I mean turning down plastic bags at Safeway and making a loud statement to the cashier that I was "DOING IT FOR THE BEES!"

Somehow this lead to Arlyn and I buying things that had bees on it.

I bought her a bee ring... bee shirts... commissioned bee art...

(APPARENTLY it was already dead... The girl did not kill a bee to make this)

Painting by Lani Imre

Anyway, one day Arlyn suggested the two of us getting bee tattoos... and since our friend Joe Gilland had just started tattooing, we decided to have him design and tattoo some bees for us.

Joe Gilland of "Lilo and Stitch" fame.

Joe is a crazy good artist, so we had no doubt he could come up with a cool design. After some back and forth, we went with this drawing:

Joe lives on the Island, so a few weeks ago we made a day trip to visit his home/tattoo shop.

 Tattoo guns at the ready...

One of the many paintings he's done...

Skull Buddha painting of one of his tattoo's in progress...

So after visiting a bit, Joe got the stencils ready, and we were good to go.



Arlyn was up first...

The placing of the bee stencil...

Ar wanted the bee to be heading to her flower tat...

Some different inks set up...


Don't sneeze.



With 2 hours til our ferry departure, it was my turn...

I chose my wrist... I intend to work it into a full sleeve I have planned...





And so with my our bees finished, Joe rushed us back to the ferries, and we were on our way home.

Thanks Joe, Seeya at the wedding!