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Our Engagement Story!

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Something pretty special happened in May and just in case you haven’t guessed it yet, Alex and I are ENGAGED! I don’t post a whole lot about my personal life on my blog but our engagement was one of the most special days of my life (especially having been a wedding planner, we take these moments in life pretty seriously).

The elaborate plan unfolded during our vacation in Vancouver and thanks to Alex and a few other lovely individuals, it was one we’ll never forget. My words alone will never suffice to describe how special this day was, so luckily our good friend Joel was in on the big secret and was there to photograph the whole thing. You can view the entire gallery of our surprise proposal on his photography website here.

So without further ado, here’s our engagement story:

Alex and I have been together nearly 3 years and the the topic of marriage is no secret in our household. Although we frequently discussed getting married, Alex would never disclose any thoughts to me on how he imagined popping the question. He always said “I have a plan and you don’t get to know a thing.” And of course, being the typical Type-A planner that I am, I had a hard time grappling with not knowing what he had in mind. And believe me, I tried tricking him into telling me numerous times and to my dismay, he never fell for it.

We had been planning to go on vacation in May for awhile and I always thought it would be the perfect time to get engaged. We stayed at a boutique hotel right by the beach in English Bay and each day of our trip was planned with our favourite things to do in the city. Our trip was off to an amazing start but I couldn’t help but lose a little hope when our vacation plans unfolded and saw the chances of a potential engagement growing slimmer. One morning while we were getting ready in the hotel, I let my curiosity get the best of me and while Alex was busy showering, I quickly searched his bags. Yes you read that right, I looked for the ring! When my search came up empty, I couldn’t help but feel a little crushed but neverthelessI I tried to shake it off and look forward to the rest of the activities we had planned.

That day we paraded around Vancouver doing what we do best: shopping and eating. As the evening approached, Alex suggested we head back to the hotel to get ready for our evening plans. Alex had bought me a new dress for our date night and was excited to take us for drinks in Coal Harbour before before going to English Bay for a seafood dinner. It was the perfect date night, or so I thought.

During the cab ride to Coal Harbour I day dreamed about the day we’d finally get engaged. We were so ready. I reminded myself about the (shameful) snooping and that there was no ring and dismissed the thought before I got too upset. Looking back, I can’t help but giggle at my melodramatic thoughts not knowing what was about to happen next.

Alex suggested we take some pictures before going for drinks so he led us to a rooftop overlooking the ocean. At the top waited a romantic setting on the grass, complete with flowers and champagne and I thought to myself “Wow, that’s beautiful. It must be for another couple.” I quickly looked away and in the same moment Alex turned to me and said “This is for us” and that’s when my whole body melted. I was not prepared for the tsunami of emotions that hit me all at once as Alex led me to the hand-painted backdrop adorned with greenery and surrounded by pillows. All I could say  was “This is happening, it’s finally happening.” With shaking legs and tears streaming down my face, I said yes to marrying the man of my dreams.

Nothing could ever be more perfect than that moment.

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I cannot give enough credit to my fiancé for his detailed and thoughtful planning skills. Seriously, I sometimes think he would be a better event planner than me! After popping the question and putting the most beautiful ring on my finger, we clinked glasses with my favourite champagne and he sang and played me a song on guitar that he had written himself. Backstory: when Alex and I first started dating, he wrote me a song about my love for Pumpkin Spiced Lattes that he sang and played on guitar for me. He told me that the next time he writes me a song will be when we get engaged. You can just imagine how much I was crying at this point, which basically didn’t stop for a full 24 hours. All the happy tears!

From there, the magical night continued into what is now my most favourite and cherished memory. Alex and I have been engaged for almost two months and we could not be happier. We are extremely grateful for the people that helped make this day possible… the biggest thank you goes out out to Stephanie and Elizabeth of Sweetheart Events who brought Alex’s proposal dream to life. These ladies went above and beyond to ensure Alex’s plans would go off without a hitch. And thank you to our friend Joelsview Photography who made the trip from Kelowna to capture this incredibly special moment. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making May 25th the best day of our lives.

As far as wedding planning goes, we are slowly narrowing down potential dates and will soon choose a date for September of 2019. Something that Alex and I always talked about was that we both wanted a long engagement and do not want to rush into planning a wedding. Since getting engaged, there is definitely pressure to start planning right away and that’s just not for us. Right now, we are enjoying every second of being engaged and look forward to the memories we’ll make during this stage in our relationship. Besides, I quite enjoy calling Alex my fiancé!

 

So that’s our story! I hope you enjoyed hearing about our special announcement. If you want to hear any more engagement related details such as the ring, engagement party planning, tips on what to do after you’re engaged… please let me know in the comments or send me an email at hello@femmesociety.ca.

Lots of love,

Kate & Alex.

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my rory gilmore moment

Hello sweet friends! Femme Society has been a little quiet lately but for good reasons, I promise! I recently reached a pivotal chapter in my life. Well actually, a few significant chapters – all at once. Just last month my student life finally came to a close as I graduated with my degree – something I worked so hard for yet wasn’t really ready for it to end. Going on that thought, I’ll share a story with you.

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Ever since I was a teen I dreamed about being my high school class Valedictorian. I wanted everyone to know that they were special and that their hard work was so going to pay off. That was my dream. A dream that never came true because when it came to the voting round, I wasn’t chosen. Heartbroken, I moved on and tried to find the silver lining. I also dreamed about going to university, studying in a field I loved, and eventually doing something I loved. So I chose to spend the next 5 years as a student at Thompson Rivers University.

I found myself completely immersed in a world where I could excel at being my truest and most honest self: ambitious, hard working, and completely infatuated with learning. And YES, that’s the NERDIEST thing I will ever say… ever! Something that kept me motivated every single day was the thought that I was in control of every little thing that determined by success. If I wanted to make it, I had to show up, put the work in, and suck it up when things got tough. That alone, kept me going. There was no re-do, no pause, no later, no next time. It was an everyday commitment that I either wanted, or I didn’t.

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What I was most surprised about during this whole experience was the person I became at the finish line. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, I came full-circle. One day you’re a 17-year-old freshman without a clue in the world just trying to find your balance, and next thing you know you’re wearing a gold Valedictorian sash and walking (more like strutting) across the stage with your friends and family cheering you on. And yes, I FINALLY earned that gold Valedictorian sash, because the only competition out there is with yourself – the rest is just a distraction. In my speech I gave a quote from my homegirl Taylor Swift who says it so perfectly:

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Higher education is something I hold very near and dear to my heart and has inspired me to be the best version of myself every single day. There’s no doubt in my mind that dreams like this can be achieved with an open mind and a gracious heart. Your hopes and dreams are purely an extension of your values and will always be part of your story. No matter how long it takes and how many curves and bumps you encounter, don’t stop moving. You have what it takes. Be fearless, be focussed, stay strong and you’ll get there.

So, my friends, after 5 high school years, 5 university years, 9 semesters, 3 dorm rooms, 2 laptops, 1 diploma and 1 degree…I finally got my Rory Gilmore moment:

Spring Convocation 2016 Ceremony C June 9 for students in Adventury, Culinary and Tourism and Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Spring Convocation 2016 Ceremony C June 9 for students in Adventure, Culinary and Tourism and Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Thanks for reading loves! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever experienced a time where you achieved a major life accomplishment. What was it, and how did it change you? How did it prepare you for the future?
xoxo

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April showers bring May flowers

Hello everyone! So I thought I would do something a little different this week seeing as I wanted to summarize the past month (April) but also keep it fun for you… thus I came up with the 5 things that made me happy this month. I’m thinking of making this post a monthly occurrence with a few tweaks here and there but we’ll see how it goes! Anyways, I want to share with you some simple things that made my life a little brighter and better, because the world can always use some positivity, right?

five things that made me happy this month:

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1. wanderlust

The last trip I took was to Chicago more than a year ago (which, by the way, is an amazing city!) so I think it’s safe to say that I’m way overdue for some travelling. This time, though, my wanderlust is taking me somewhere completely different because on Sunday, I’ll be LONDON bound! Yep, that’s right! Alex and I are jet-setting on a two week trip to England where we’ll be visiting family (Alex is originally from the UK and his entire family still lives there) and checking off all the tourist attractions we can fit in during our two weeks. Not too sure how happy our bank accounts will be (Pound to Canadian dollar conversion is the worst) but the two of us will be happy as clams! Ps. I won’t be blogging while I’m gone but you can bet I’ll be posting a full trip review the second I get back! If you have any England travel advice/suggestions, please feel free to share in the comments!

2. flowers

I don’t think I’m the only one whose social media feeds were bursting with selfies from the tulip festival… Alex and I finally checked it out and it’s no wonder why it became so popular. The Abbotsford Tulip Festival runs from about late March until May 1st and is truly one of the most beautiful sights to see. There are over 10 acres of fields filled with rows and rows of bright tulips; it’s like something out of a dream. I’d recommend going on a cooler day, bringing a lunch, and making sure your phone/camera is fully charged because the photo opportunities are seriously endless. I’ll definitely be visiting this little gem again next year.

5 things that made me happy this month

3. blogging community

I’m still such a newbie to the world of blogging but if there’s one thing I’ve been pleasantly surprised by, it’s the amazing, positive and encouraging community of bloggers that I’ve been surrounded with. There is so much support out there from Facebook groups to Instagrammers and everyone in between. Waking up to genuine and heartfelt comments on blog posts and hearing words of encouragement from people I’ve never met is such a damn good feeling. The blogging community has shown me that even though it’s scary to put yourself out there, there will always be people who have your back because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.

4. getting behind the camera

This month, I had the pleasure of getting behind the camera not once, but twice! I’m not exactly known for being camera shy but getting professional photos done is another story. Facing the awkwardness and the out-of-my-comfort zone feels of getting behind the camera has turned out to be such a positive experience for me. I’m sure that with more practice I’ll eventually feel less like a deer in the headlights… Okay, even I don’t believe that but nevertheless it was such a great experience working on on getting out of my comfort zone. Here’s a sneak peak of a shoot Alex and I did with Joelsview Photography. I cannot explain how awesome Joel was to work with. He’s professional, easy-going and has such a unique eye for his craft for both shooting and editing. You can check out the full shoot on his blog here.

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5. food

What’s a blog post about things that make you happy without a mention of food? I’ve been dedicated to my slow cooker since I got one at Christmas last year so I’m always up for trying delicious and healthy slow-cooker recipes. I recently found one that’s OUT OF THIS WORLD from foodie blogger, Chelsea’s Messy Apron. It’s called Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos and you can find the recipe on her blog here. Seriously people… its the easiest, simplest, and most delicious crockpot recipe I’ve discovered yet. Happy points=100. Check it out and you won’t be disappointed.

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