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Real Wedding | Jaclyn & Craig

Bride: Jaclyn Shaw
Groom: Craig Shaw
Wedding gown style: Josephine
Wedding date: October 20 2012
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Toronto Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Photographer: Rebecca Amber Photography

First things first,where did you meet your husband? How did you know he was the one?

Craig & I met when we were out with mutual friends watching the Olympic gold medal hockey game in 2010 (yes we are Canadian)!  We realized we both shared a love for hockey & champagne during our celebrations that first night! Our second date to New York was pretty much what sealed the deal and started the journey from Like to Love! We wandered around the city for hours & really got to know each other.

How did he propose? Tell us the story!

Craig wanted to surprise me & to succeed he knew he couldn’t tell anyone before hand. So lets just say I wasn’t the only one who was taken by surprise (his best friends made me take a picture of my hand & send it to them before they would believe him the next day). The proposal was typical Craig style -­‐ very laid back & mellow. I had just gotten home from work after a busy day -­‐ I was ready to unwind & jumped at the the offer when Craig asked if he could get me a glass of wine. I didn’t think much of it when he returned with a tray with all my favorite goodies… champagne, chocolate & strawberries. I was already down half a glass of champagne before Craig asked me if I was going to open my present. How had I not noticed the small little silver box on the tray? Well before he even got another word out I had already put the ring on my finger, you could say I was a little excited. Later on when my 8 year old niece asked me to tell her exactly what Craig said to me when he proposed I had to laugh because he actually didn’t get a chance to ask me. The best part for me was right after I asked Craig what made him choose that day. He said he actually had zero intentions of proposing that day! He had ordered the ring a few weeks prior and he said once he saw the ring again he got too excited & knew he wouldn’t be able to keep it a secret from me!

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?  

Initially I was designing my own dress. As I was looking online for inspiration I saw a black Vera Wang (not the Josephine) and became obsessed with it! As I kept looking every dress I liked seemed to be a Vera Wang. I own a children’s clothing boutique right across the street from the Vera Wang shop in Toronto so as I was walking to work one day I just decided to pop in & try some dresses on. I loved every single dress & even though I already had a sketch for my dress (that I loved) I decided designing my own dress was a mistake… Vera Wang has perfected this -­‐ what was I trying to do! Every little detail of the dresses I tried on that day mesmerized me, but I was drawn to the Hayley dress. I saw it in white though & I wanted it in the blush color. Well since I was getting them to bring in the blush dress anyways I asked if their was any way they could bring in a black dress for me to try. A few weeks later the Josephine arrived & I LOVED it! But I will admit I was a little nervous about going with a black dress … would my mom kill me? would Craig kill me? Should I just do it and not tell anyone? Well I probably shouldn’t be telling anyone this, but Craig came with me to pick between the 2 dresses. Only this time when I was there I tried the veil on too & immediately we knew which dress I was going to wear! And we had a fun little secret to keep until everyone saw me walk down the aisle!

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?

Well the fun part of Craig knowing what my dress looked like was that we went shopping for all my accessories together -­‐ and Craig actually picked out ALL of my accessories (and I’m the one in the fashion industry). The most unique accessories were our wedding bands -­‐ We both exchanged black rings… only instead of a wedding band Craig picked out the most stunning Ivanka Trump black onyx & black diamond ring that I wear on my right hand. I am also in love with the spike Eddie Borgo bracelets I wore. Like my dress we choose more fashion pieces that reflect my personal style more. Now the best part is I wear all the pieces I wore on our wedding day all the time. I really wanted to feel like me on my wedding day I was actually afraid to get my hair & make up done by a stylist because I was afraid I wouldn’t feel like me. So when I finally booked my hair appoint (the day before our wedding) I told the stylist to think more of a runway show -­‐ not bridal, and I did my own make-­‐up. I love that by choosing a black Vera Wang dress I really got to incorporate my sense of style into the day!

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?

Our inspiration was white, relaxed & pretty much anything non-­‐traditional goes! We didn’t have a wedding party, but instead asked all of our guests to wear white or sand. We felt like this really included everyone in our day & also made for some gorgeous photos! All our flowers & decorations were white too which looked beautiful in the courtyard where everything was held. The courtyard was lit by candlelight & twinkle lights in the trees which gave a very whimsical feel. Dinner was really spectacular, we had such a small wedding 62 guests that I wanted everyone to be part of the entire day so for dinner we had one long table that everyone sat at, we mixed up all our friends and family & played dance music during dinner which created such an amazing ambience. A few other unique touches were having mini gourmet donuts with homemade dipping sauces instead of a wedding cake -­‐ YUMM!! And a professional cigar roller who hand rolled cigars during the reception. So many of our guests have said it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to simply because it was unique & intimate. Our ceremony was original we found an officiant who really shared our story, how we met, what makes our relationship solid, our dreams & aspirations for the future. He helped us to start the day off perfectly & took the time to really know us as a couple. He also suggested adding some fun elements into the ceremony so after we said our vows we had a champagne toast in the middle of the ceremony. We really looked at the day as a big party or celebration to share with our closest family & friends. And wanted a day that reflected who we are, our tastes & FUN!

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
I did really well on the something new, something blue with my Jimmy Choos but I didn’t do so well on the something old or something borrowed…


What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?

To pick out something they truly love & to rock it! I was a little worried picking a black dress that I might not get the best reaction from everyone -­‐ but I think the fact that I loved it & wore it with confidence made everyone else love it too! It also helps that the dress was absolutely stunning! Also make the experience fun not stressful. Act like a kid playing dress up and try on all the things you normally wouldn’t. I walked in thinking I wanted a blush colored, strapless dress & hated the thought of a veil. I walked out with a black, halter dress & the veil was my most favorite part of the look!

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?

The entire day was so amazing!! I would have to say our first dance was one of my favorite parts of the day. We had just finished cocktail hour & everyone else had just sat down for dinner so it was the first few moments I felt like we got to sneak in just the two of us. We danced to ‘Young Forever’ by Jay-­‐Z & Beyonce and just had fun with it! It was also really important to me that my 6 niece & nephews had a special part in the day -­‐ they are the 6 little loves of my life & all LOVE Craig. When we got engaged they were so excited Craig was going to be their “real uncle”. To include them we had them walk down the aisle just before I did & we also started off the dance party with a dance for just the kids and us. Seeing them walk down the aisle was the best (they had been practicing since they woke up that morning -­‐ they were so excited)! My youngest niece was only 1 and barely walking so 2 of the other kids pretty much had to drag her down the aisle -­‐ it was sooo adorable & they had sooo much fun that it was really touching for me. It also made all of our guests die with laughter, I was looking down from above before I walked down the stairs & I thought this is absolutely perfect! It really set the tone for a fun, easy going day. Craig said it really helped to calm his nerves too as he was standing at the front all alone.

When we first got engaged I saw this quote “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly” I think it’s really important for brides to remember this. It’s a busy day you have tons of people behind the scenes trying to make everything perfect so just enjoy & take the day in (trust me it will go by too fast). And sometimes the little hiccups end up making a great story or great photos! An hour before our wedding Craig & I were taking photos on the golf course and as we were standing in the middle of the green the sprinklers came on -­‐ my dress got a little wet, my hair got a little wet & my make-­‐up ran a little but it was also alot of fun! And these are some of my favorite photos from the entire day -­‐ they show Craig & I laughing, having fun & living in the moment!

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