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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