How I Spent the Month of May

Hiiiiiiii everyone!  I’m back from a whirlwind past couple of weeks which culminated in one of my closest friends getting married!!  I’ve been to what seems like a billion weddings in the past 5 years or so, but this one was truly special (and not just because I was standing in it :P).  Honestly, I don’t know if I can express my happiness in words, but let’s just say it was AMAZING, lovely, wonderful, glorious, heartwarming, awesomely fun…what else can I say?  It was the BEST :D

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The month began with the bachelorette party, followed by the bridal shower the next week, and then this past weekend, the wedding itself – which was held at White Point Beach Lodge, a really beautiful ocean-side resort here in Nova Scotia.  We stayed for two nights and it was most excellent – a fantastic gathering of friends and family with a lot of laughs and a lot of love.  As you all probably know about me, I like to party – and of course there was no exception this time around!  There were some seriously late nights, even the night before the wedding (we’re talking past 4am – but the bride was up ’till almost 3am so I didn’t feel so bad!), but I powered through and actually felt pretty great the entire time.  I did the makeup for the entire bridal party plus the mother of the bride without a problem, and everyone looked fab!  Here’s a full shot of the bridal party:

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So good, right?  The bride wanted neutral dresses but we had leeway to chose whatever we wanted – I think it came out awesome!  Three of the four dresses were bought from ASOS.com, for less than $50 – you can’t beat that!!

I couldn’t find an appropriate shot of the bride to show but the one below gives you an idea – she looked absolutely stunning, trust me.  I really like this shot for some reason, probably because it implies at our close friendship :)

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It was a really fabulous weekend I must say, though I have next to no pictures of my own to prove it – I was too busy having fun!  Needless to say, I loved every minute, and while the past month has been incredibly busy and at times stressful, it has been one of the best experiences of my life.  Yay for love!! :D :D

I promise now that things have wrapped up, I’ll be back to posting more regularly!  I am headed to Ottawa this Thursday evening as the Ottawa Half Marathon is on Sunday (ran my last long run yesterday – 20k – and it went AWESOME so I’m feeling very good about the race!), so I’m going to try to get a good post or two up before I go.  I have a handful of things I want to talk about, that I’ve been wanting to talk about for ages!  So expect to hear all about them very soon!

Hope everyone is just peachy :)

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  1. #1 by merzybean on May 21, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    I love how the bridemaids had different dresses in the same colour palette :)

    • #2 by Latoya on May 22, 2013 - 7:52 pm

      It’s it great!? I absolutely love how everything came together :D

  2. #3 by Linda on May 21, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    All of you girls looked beautiful.Your dress made me think of a Grecian Goddess.Just lovely.

    • #4 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 6:59 am

      Thanks Linda! Actually, that was the look I was going for, so glad it turned out that way! One of my friends was calling me Khaleesi, for that girl in Game of Thrones :D :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Makeup Morsels on May 22, 2013 - 1:14 am

    You look so gorgeous, Toya! As does the bride and everyone else, you did a fantastic job with that makeup. I’d be way too terrified to ever attempt it LOL. Can’t wait to hear that handful of things you want to talk about :P

    • #6 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 6:59 am

      I bet if you got into it you could totally make people look hot MM! I have been doing it for almost 10 years now (first proms now weddings) and it’s so fun, I really enjoy it :)

      And thank you!! I agree, we all looked great – I think because we were all so happy for the newlyweds :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by satine89 on May 22, 2013 - 2:50 am

    So glad you had fun!!! :) You looked stunning!!! And the bride too!!! <3 Love your dress! ;)

    • #8 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 6:55 am

      Thank you Satine! You can’t tell from photos here but it had a cut-out on the side – it was fab!! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by M (crumbsncashmere) on May 22, 2013 - 11:29 am

    Pretty pretty!

    • #10 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 6:54 am

      Thank you M!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by Larie on May 22, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    You look stunning, Toya, and so does everyone else! I love your dress – the color of it is gorgeous.

    Good luck on the race! S runs marathons and half marathons but I don’t have the patience (or the solid knees, ha!) for it…but I definitely give you guys props!

    • #12 by Latoya on May 22, 2013 - 4:25 pm

      Aww thanks Larie!! Yea, the dresses were great huh!? It came together so well :)

      I hope the race goes well, I’m feeling good so here’s to hoping!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by Liz (@Reductionista) on May 22, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    I don’t know how you have the energy for all this! lol You look gorgeous as does everyone else. They were lucky to have you on hand. :) I did the makeup for my sister when she got married and it was nerve-wracking. Good luck at the marathon! Excited to see what’s coming up. :)

    • #14 by Latoya on May 22, 2013 - 4:24 pm

      Thank you Liz!!! I’ve done so many weddings now it’s old hat, but when I started it was unnerving for sure. I love it :D

      I have excessive energy, yes haha, but then it gets depleted and I hole up and recoup afterward for a couple days or otherwise I lose it lol. I hope the race goes great too, thanks!! Fingers crossed!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on May 22, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    EEEP you look so pretttttttty! :)) Good luck on the marathon! You’ll do awesome I’m sure of it!

    • #16 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 6:52 am

      Aw thanks Tracy (x 2!). I’m going into it feeling really good so I hope that translates into an awesome run day!

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Sarah on May 23, 2013 - 11:00 am

    You look so pretty, and all the makeup looks FAB! Good luck on the marathon and I am so sorry to miss you. Let me know if you are around downtown during the day tomorrow and I will do everything in my power to come say hi :)

    • #18 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm

      Will do Sarah – I will be downtown so I’ll be in touch!!!

      And thank you – for the compliments and the well wishes! I hope it goes as well as the training has!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  10. #19 by Eugenia on May 25, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Toya, you looked absolutely AMAZING! From your hair, makeup, and dress — everything just meshed so perfectly! The bride looked gorgeous as well, and congrats on doing the makeup for an entire bridal party! As we say in Greek: “ke sta thika sou” which translates to “and to yours too” — in other words, may you be the next bride, lol!

    PS: Giant high five for your marathon! (another Greek word, by the way – lol!)

    • #20 by Latoya on May 25, 2013 - 10:25 pm

      Haha thank you my dear!!! I hope I rock it out :) And the wedding was fab, everyone looked gorgeous eh?! So great!

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by Denise on May 29, 2013 - 11:31 pm

    Everyone looks stunning, and you look absolutely gorgeous!!! Love your dress choice! :)

    • #22 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 6:52 am

      Thanks Denise!! It was lovely, a real Grecian feel to it. Everyone did look great, and we coordinated so nicely :)

      Sent from my iPhone

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