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I found my wedding dress in L.A.!

NOT! Haha. If you watched me on Brides of Beverly Hills last year, you would have witnessed as I found the PERFECT dress for me, but it wasn’t. Reality shows are far from reality, as I’m sure you know. I’m a good actor right??? haha. In August of last summer My mom, Anne (mother-in-law to be), Ashley (bestest sister-in-law to be) and myself took a once in a life time trip to L.A. to be on a show and film me finding “The One”. Well that might not have happened but I can’t say I regret going. I absolutely loved spending time together just the four of us and bonding over the two families becoming one (contrary to how it looked on T.V. lol. Remember, staged reality! Our families are more similar than we led on:). While we weren’t filming we were touring and when I say touring I mean we spent almost a whole day driving in the wrong direction and getting lost lol (it wasn’t funny at the time let me tell you). We did however go on celebrity and whale watching tours. It was amazing, but the best part for me was watching my mom experience two dreams she’s always had since she was a little girl. Whale watching being one and going to The Crystal Cathedral being the big other. All in all I will never forget that trip and I hope we can do it again soon, minus the weeding dress part of course:)

So I may not have found my wedding dress in L.A. but I did find it (well, my Mom did) at Moscatel Boutique here in Ottawa. And it really is perfect.

However, I did find my shoes in L.A.! At Saks Fifth Avenue, they are a Guiseppe Zanoti Design. You’ll have to wait until my wedding to see them though. 😉

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Engagement Photos in Europe!

Now that we’re back from The Czech Republic and the lockout is over, we can finally post a few of our engagement photos that we had taken while we were over there.

Funny story about that… we weren’t sure when the lockout would be over so rather than finding a photographer in Czech Republic, who most likely wouldn’t even speak english, have our pictures taken and then posibly have to leave because the lockout ended before ever getting them we decided to have a friend take them. I received a pretty nice Camera for Christmas last year so we figured why not. I showed her how to use it and just said point and shoot haha. So after a bit of location scouting, we went out and just had fun with it!

Amanda and Bryan

Amanda and Bryan Bickell

Amanda and Bryan Europe

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Thank You Andrea for being our photographer! And thanks Mailyne for being able to edit a few!

Our Ottawa Engagement Party

The engagement party was organized by Amanda’s mom and two close friends. It was held in Ottawa at Robbie’s Spaghetti House on a snowy evening. Here are a few pictures of what happened.

The Future Bride and Groom

Chatting with the guests

The bottom is a photo of the bride trying to give a speech before crying.

A few decorations on the tables

The Gift Table

Friends laughing and photo op with the future bride and groom

Opening their engagement gifts

Engagement Cupcakes baked by Meg Baldeau

The turtles made by Amanda’s mom.. indicating how slow they were to get married lol

Group photo by Lyne Lahale

Amanda and Bryan, we love you.