So, to be honest the first time I went wedding dress shopping was ONLINE! I had laid eyes on a Grace Loves Lace wedding dress before I was even engaged and it was everything I could ask for in a dress and more (https://graceloveslace.com.au/). I knew I didn’t want poof, frills, sparkles, or TYPICAL. I did know I wanted comfortable, classic, stylish, sexy, slightly boho, and for it to go with my venue which is a vineyard in Niagara on the Lake. Maybe this sounds like a tall order but when I saw MY GLL dress it was everything I had dreamed up in my wedding vision of what I would look like as a bride one day! Grace Loves Lace designs all their wedding dresses with French lace and is handmade in Australia (how amazing and unique for those of us in North America!) But I couldn’t exactly make it to their store (they recently opened one in L.A. too)!
This is why I opted to hit BUY on an online wedding dress instead of going into a tradition-wedding boutique. I actually got all the feels and even called my mom crying and gushing over how lucky I felt to have purchased my DREAM dress! I never once looked back or felt nervous! When you know, you just know! Grace Loves Lace was it for me!
However, just because I got the dream dress does not mean I felt like I got the dream girls day out! When I was home for a few days one of my amazing bridesmaids who loves wedding dress shopping enough to work at Kleinfeld’s suggested I get the real bridal experience of wedding dress shopping! So, my Mama, my besty, and I went to one of the biggest bridal stores in Canada! I have to say this was a nice amount of people to have, as it wasn’t too many opinions (We have all seen those episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’)! Tip: Do your hair and makeup the day you go wedding dress shopping! You want to feel beautiful and to be able to picture the way you will look on your wedding day!
I did inform the girl I already had my dream dress but I was looking for something similar to see what it would look like on and that I also still truly needed a veil. We had an amazing day of trying on dresses, taking pictures, and me feeling spoiled with love and everything bridal! The BEST part was none of the dresses compared to what I feel for my Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, so I was still sure I had purchased the perfect one!
Hawaii was never a place that was on my bucket list. I always had this image of it as being all resorts and no adventure! I recently had the opportunity to go there with my fiancés business trip and found out the islands have so much to offer!
Adventure: The hiking is unreal. Whether you have chosen to do something super challenging like Koko Head in Oahu, Honolulu or something more leisurely like the circular trek around a mountain giving you a variety of climates all in one hike like Hau’ula Loop Trail located in the North Shore you will not regret doing a hike. Both of these are highly recommend for their views!
Food: One of my favourite things about Hawaii was the foooood! If you love sushi and fresh fish as much as I do, you will love it there! I had some of the best rolls of my life EVEN at the grocery store! So, do yourself a favour if you are on a budget, hit up the local g-store, get the premade sushi (I don’t usually like g-store sushi but I swear it’s amazing here) and take it with some other snacks to your favourite beach for the best. day. ever. If you make your way to Lahaina, Maui I HIGHLY recommend going to Lahaina Pizza Co. It was some of the best deep dish, thin crust pizza, live music, ocean breeze I have ever had!
Beaches: There are endless options! I recommend renting a car for Honolulu and getting out of the city centre ASAP! Head to the North Shore (don’t forget to stop for lunch at the food trucks!) and break when you see a beach you love! Pipeline has amazing waves and is good for bodyboarding early in the day but as the afternoon comes you have to stay on the beach and watch the glorious huge waves and surfers from a distance as it becomes too dangerous for the non-pros.
If you are in Maui this is a great chance to go snorkelling! Go to any rental shop and they will tell you a few options of safe places for that day, give you a map, and the gear you need. This is the cheapest, most adventurist way and when I did it I was able to see coral, millions of fish, an eel, and a HUGE turtle! I also heard the whales singing which was pretty magical!