We met at Collins old place of work and our attraction began while working together. I had known Collin for 10+ years before we ever started a romantic relationship. Collin always had such a giving loving heart. Whenever I needed help he was always there. I have counted on Collin for many years and now I'm grateful I get to count on him for the rest of my life.
What do you remember most about your first date?
Our first date the most memorable thing was the conversation and laughs we shared while enjoying Sushi. I remember being so surprised that Collin liked Sushi. I was pleasantly surprised that this is something we would be able to enjoy together.
When did you know he was the one?
I knew Collin was the one when I saw how compassionate he was and how he was with Dawson(my son). Collin is the most loving, protective, caring, affectionate person towards me and Dawson and I could not imagine our lives without him. Collin has been everything I imagined a partner and father would be and I am so grateful for him. The way Collin loves Dawson and I it changed who I was, it opened me up and let me have emotions I didn't even believe were real.
How did you feel the moment he proposed?
Were you surprised by his planning?I felt overjoyed. When Collin proposed it was perfect. It let me know how serious he was about Dawson and I and how much he truly loved us. The words he spoke leading up to him asking me to marry him were so heart felt, emotional, loving and happy. I had no idea Collin could be such a romantic until that moment.
Why did you choose this venue?
We chose this venue because the food was amazing and it fit our vision for our wedding. I (Amanda) have always been drawn to the water. In the summer we enjoy spending our time on the water. I grew up on Georgian bay so it was important for me to have our wedding near water. The chandeliers in the room were also a huge bonus as it also went with the "theme" we were trying to accomplish. The staff were so nice and helpful they always answered all of my questions which was a nice bonus.
If you could use 3 word to describe the theme of your day what would they be?
Memorable moment from your waking up the morning of and getting ready for your day?
I remember waking up (not that I could sleep) and looking for Collin. I texted him because I missed him. I couldn't wait for everyone to arrive so we could start getting ready. I remember being anxious, excited, nervous. Not nervous to marry Collin but nervous for everyone to be looking at me. When I began walking down the aisle I began to cry. I cried because after everything we have been through as a couple and individuals we finally got what we wanted. We were finally achieving our dream which we had longed for for so long. Our life was finally becoming one and we now have everything we wanted. It was a magical and emotional realization for us both.
What did you feel and remember from your ceremony?
I remember all I could see was Collin. I couldn't take my eyes off of him. Dawson standing between Collin and I as we became one was so wonderful because that is our family. Dawson between us as we held hands with him in the middle represented our life so well. We love and support each other but both Collin and my world revolves around Dawson. I remember being so lost in the moment with Collin I had to keep asking what our minister wanted me to say because I was just in such awe of the moment. My family. The three of us becoming one. Finally getting our Happily Ever After.
Who and why walked you down the aisle?
I walked myself down the Aisle. I have done many walks alone in my life, graduations, I walked around alone in labor for my son, to me this walk will be the last walk I do alone. I know I can count on Collin to always be there and I know I will never be alone. My family did not like me walking alone on this special day however to me I would not have had it any other way. I wanted my family to be able to enjoy the moment in seeing me in my veil and dress walking towards the man I love. I wanted them to be fully present to feel and see the emotional connection between Collin and I, as we have seen and felt it from the very start of our relationship.
Comments / Tips about your venue for future couples?
I loved our venue working with them was great. We did a buffet dinner and the only real Tip I would have to give other couples is if they have a buffet style just ask them to leave it out a little longer. Other then that everything at the venue was amazing! They did a great job and their coordinator was amazing with everything with leading up to the wedding the day of making sure I was comfortable and didn't need anything through to the celebration anything I needed or wanted she made sure to look after it!
What did you talk about during your first dance together?During our first dance for the beginning we just looked at each other in awe. Then I began to cry. Collin held me tighter knowing what I was thinking and said I know, we did it babe. We finally made it to where we have been trying to get to for so long. We talked about our relationship, our first kiss and everything leading up to our perfect moment. Time stood still, we were both so focused on each other we didn't even hear the words to the song everything just stopped. It was just Collin and I on our own personal Cloud nine.
What did you do together the next day that was memorable?We woke up together and Collin held me a little tighter, we looked at our rings together and just said we did it. We are now officially tied together our love everlasting and is now symbolized to the world. I prayed for Collin before I called him mine. I couldn't believe it was true, I get to love him. Whatever may come his heart I will choose, forever I'm his, forever I do.
If you could tell engaged couples 3 things not to stress about on the wedding day what would it be?
Timing. Trust the team you have hired on your wedding day to keep you in line and everything will be ok.
Cell phones/social media. Yes there will be a lot of people trying to reach you but don't be stuck on your phone the whole time. Enjoy the time with the people around you and worry about the rest later.
Details/Small things. If something isn't right the day of your wedding it's to late. If you forgot something small let it go. I thought I was super prepared and still forgot things. Just know you've planned and all the big things that people will notice will be in order and the small stuff let it go.
Enjoy yourself and let your team handle things. Let go of some control and just trust everyone. I had a hard time but I did it and I wouldn't change a thing. I had an amazing team (vendors) who I trusted completely because I did my research and hired who I thought was the best for what i envisioned my wedding day to look like.