Monday, May 19, 2008


I'm off to Canada!! Oh Canada! My home and native land! I am so excited.

I am planning our wedding while I am there. I have SIX days in which to get all of my planning meeting, visiting, laughing, and playing in. SIX days before I have to leave it all behind again for another few months.

The very best part of planning our wedding so far has been the creation of our invitations. They have been SO much fun! We took pictures of our faces and sent them to the very talented Laini Taylor and she made the invitation for us. (And Mark was Laini's very very first Laini's Lad - giggle!) I laugh with glee EVERY single time I look at this picture. I can't stop smiling when I think about it. Thank you Laini - from the bottom of both of our hearts!!

Wedding planning is hard. It's hard because I couldn't care LESS what cutlery is on the table. (Luckily I don't have to decide that!) It's hard because I don't want to waste money on things that DON'T MATTER. It's hard because I have to finalize the guest list and no matter what we do someone will feel left out. (And funny that I imagine that MY wedding will matter that much to someone... silly silly me.) But thank goodness that I have these 'problems.' How blessed am I that I get to marry the man I love in front of people I love and that there are so many people I love that I am worried about not having enough places to put them! I have so much gratitude when I shift my perspective!

So I am off to the Great White North. I'll leave you with some good things!

1. This post - LOOK I am a LAINI's LADY!!!! I am SO honoured that she used my face as one of her beautiful ladies! She is so talented and inspiring. What a great day!
2. This blog that I have recently found. Its title was what drew me in in the first place!
3. This blog that makes me smile wide when I go there.
4. This beautiful piece of art that I am lusting after.
5. This post - just lovely!


She Who Flies said...

Your wedding invitation is simply gorgeous and utterly original. How perfect to announce your special day as a Laini Lady!!

Have a great time in Canada and may the wedding planning go very smoothly.

leonie said...

what a gorgeous invitation! have a great trip home, see you soon - hurrah!


Jessie said...

What an incredible wedding invitation!!! Laini did a great job and YOU are so beautiful! :)

I've been thinking about you a lot and am sending LOADS of LOVE! :)

I AM said...

This is the best wedding invitation that I have ever, ever, ever seen!

Boho Girl said...

oh my...this is truly the most beautiful, creative and fun wedding invitation i have EVER seen.

what a brilliant idea to collaborate on.

i am in serious love with this.

fabulous job you guys!!!!


Kirsten Michelle said...

hands down the coolest, most gorgeous wedding invitations i've ever seen, sweetie!!! the attention to detail is amazing, right down to those fall colour maple leaves ;-)

hope you find the perfect balance of planning and playing at home this week!

thinking of you, with love

liz elayne lamoreux said...

oh the words in that story in her (your) skirt made me cry. in a good way. in that deeply good way.

i hope all the planning goes beautifully and that you breathe deeply as you take everything in...

safe travels...

(and thanks for sharing your good things list...lists like that always bring a smile to my face)

Claire said...

Eeee! That pic is adorable! I love the quote.


GreenishLady said...

That's the most beautiful invitation I've seen anywhere (and my niece and my sister and my nephew all know I loved theirs!). It gave me a lump in my throat (good one). I wish the two of you every happiness, and all the things that do matter to you on your special day.

Ladyv said...

oh meg. how incredible!

your invitation is beyond gorgeous! its perfection! i can't really imagine anything more beautiful! what a brilliant idea.

and i love the laini's lady of you too! the quote is perfect (you being a writer and book appreciator and all!).

that said, i hope you have a good book for the big flight home! happy travels and i'll shout a big 'happy planning' hello to you across the rocky mountains, praries, and canadian shield to your home.

Amber said...

I am tellin' you, those are HANDS DOWN the best invitations anyone has ever had! I hope you get one enlarged. and framed...

Your face is BEAUTIFUL.


Dandelion seeds said...

yeah, I freakin hated wedding planning once it got past the fun stuff like flowers and dress and

good luck!!!

Jaime said...

I am so so happy for your happiness!

What a beautiful invitation that is so unique to you two. So playful and full of lovely words and whimsy.

Welcome home!!!!!
(Whereabouts in Canada is home, by the way? This is such a freaking big country.)

daisies said...

what a fabulous wedding invitation, so beautiful :)

hope you have a wonderful time here :) xo

kidlit 08 said...
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Laini Taylor said...

Oh Meg, I love it -- thank you so much for asking me to do this. It was an honor, and you guys are just so cute that it was really a pleasure. Thank you for agreeing to be a "lady" -- I thought the adventurous travel lady was a good fit for you! xoxo

enchantedartist said...

What a fabulous invitation!! Whimsical...and so very touching...I also love your perspective on your wedding...

I hope you have a wonderful time here...


Gillian said...

I love your wedding invitations...they are whimsical and fun. What amazing work she does.
Have fun in Canada!!!!

pERiWinKle said...

A piece of should ask Laini to make a big print to put up in your house...i thought it was a piece of the words first...and then saw the beautiful is magical! xx

Enjoy Canada...the planning! your family! xx

m said...

i LOVE the card!
enjoy your trip!

Karen said...

I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!! I forgot that I wasn't going to open your blog until I received our invitation...and I LOVE IT!! IT is FABULOUS!!!!! WONDERFUL! AMAZING!! Can't wait.

Loved seeing you.

brittany said...

LOOoooOOOooooOOove the wedding invitation. That is the most wonderful thing I've ever seen.

Susannah said...

that is the coolest, cutest and loveliest wedding invitation i've ever seen :-) and i love that you are a Laini's Lady too! now i shall be eagerly waiting for the invite to come though the door (or, ya know, you could deliver it in person ;-) love you angel xoxox

pen said...

what an {amazing} wedding invite.
so original. and i {love} the words on it!
thanks also for the kind words you left on my blog. one of the many things i love about the women whose blogs i read is that they all love their husbands/partners ~ so you're in grand company! congratulations. you have exciting times ahead ~ marriage rocks!

Lara said...

What a delightful invitation :) Congratultions and I hope the planning and putting together goies smoothly and simply!

Tori said...

I hope that you are having a wonderful trip and that the planning is going wonderful!
Thinking of you.

Anonymous said...


yay, first of all. and since you're on my facebook, you can access my email...i'm off blogworld for a while, but i don't want to lose touch.

i think about you and send you hugs so much.


Lorena said...

wandered here from madelyn's place. i had to comment on the AMAZING wedding invitation!!! so very creative.

Rowena said...

Your invitation is beautiful. And as someone who is planning her own wedding, it had given me so much inspiration. I want a fairy/fun wedding, no hoopla, lots of love and diy.

I am going to put my kids in fairy wings, I think, and wear my hair like yours with the flower. And I had already decided on the pinks and oranges.

But don't worry, I won't steal your exact idea, I will just allow it to inspire something that fits us the way that fits you.