Truly.Madly.Deeply {Jennie + Bastian}

Once in awhile one hears a love story that’s so romantic, so beautiful, so raw that perhaps it could only happen in a movie? And yet this one is very much real,  will very much make your heart skip a beat.

We were honoured to be a part of this blessed team!

Vendor love:

Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema, Defining Moments Stationery, ALLURE – Hair & Makeup & Fleurish Design Studio.

From Jennie:

They always say you find love when you’re not looking for it.
Jennie arrived in Strasbourg, France in May to live with her then-boyfriend, only to discover he had been exploring the world of online dating in her absence. Curious, she created a fake profile to test if his adventures were serious or harmless (they were serious). This unfortunate news had a silver lining: her fake profile (fake name, real picture) attracted the attention of Klark Kent (fake name, real picture). “Sandrine”, not interested in actually meeting anyone online, ignored “Klark’s” messages for a while, but eventually gave in to curiosity. Reading his profile revealed many profound and interesting aspects, some of which she could have copied and pasted into her own profile, had it been real. A month of friendly email exchange ensued and Jennie and Bastian got to know each other’s real lives better. Eventually tired of the lack of friends and wanting to know more what the locals did to have fun, Jennie agreed to meet Bastian in person for drinks.
July 11th. That fateful day. Jennie waited on the bench in the square, pretending to read to cover her nervousness. Although she knew that this was a purely friendly encounter, Jennie couldn’t explain why she felt so nervous. Intuition, perhaps?  She pretended to read, but the words swam past her eyes. Suddenly, Bastian somersaulted over the bench beside her, bounced upright and with a most charming smile said, “Salut, moi, c’est Bastian” and kissed her cheek. Swoon Number 1.
Breathless, but trying to seem unfazed, Jennie introduced herself and we set off to Bastian’s favourite “peniche” (barge boat) bar. Over drinks, we talked and connected. It went so well that Bastian didn’t want it to end at drinks. We continued on for dinner, then late night ice cream along the canal. We sat at the end of a small dock with our feet dangling over the edge liking our ice cream like two teens falling in love. The air was warm, the water drifted slowly past our toes as we finished our ice cream, and the flowers dripping from every lamp post scented the air. As midnight approached, Jennie could feel the dangerous slipping feeling of falling in love. In protection, she claimed she had to be home by midnight or risk turning into a pumpkin. Bastian walked her home and with a European kiss on each cheek wished his Cinderella a good night. Swoon Number 2. The smiles never left our lips, and by the next morning, we arranged for our first “date”.
Bastille Day, July 14th. Bastian arranged an afternoon bike ride and picnic. He led us to a charming small field across the Rhine River in Germany. Enclosed with large trees and tall grasses, we had the field to ourselves. Potatoe salad, baguette, cheese, whipped cream and strawberries with a bottle of wine. We were accompanied by a small curious hedgehog who let Bastian pet him! (And a less delightful bee sting to prove to him Jennie really was stung by every bee that passed. Hence the nickname Honeybee/Jenniebee). Returning back, it seemed all the animals in the area were drawn to Bastian – the small sheep in the field next to us, the goats, even the chickens! It spoke to his gentle and calm nature, and spoke to Jennie’s heart.
We watched the sun set over France and the Rhine, side by side but afraid to let our arms touch. The tension was electric. The moment lasted in reality just a few moments, but felt like hours. We both knew we wanted to touch, but were both too scared. But Bastian had a better idea forming alrady. We biked back to Strasbourg to watch the fireworks display, and enjoyed some drinks on the same Peniche as the first time. As Bastian walked Jennie back to her apartment, he put his plan in motion. He asked if Jennie trusted him. Uneasy, but curious, she said yes. He then led her to a large church nearby that seemed half under construction for repairs. Before she knew what was happening, Bastian had Jennie jumping the 8 foot barrier fence, and climbing up on to the scaffolding. Up and up they climbed – over 70 m to the very top above the tip of the weathervane. The view was breathtaking (as was the height and the fear of being caught by the police!). A full moon sparkled over the rooftops and was reflected on the canal below. The air was warm and humid, with barely a breeze. It was 3 or 4 am, and we felt the only souls awake in the city.  It was the perfect moment for their first kiss. Swoon number 3. (Bastian had the song from Moulin Rouge in his head the next day by Rufus Wainwright. Translated to english, he sings, “The full moon, so pale, bejewels your red hair…”
The rest went very quickly. Two weeks later they were talking of moving in together, of planning Christmas in Canada to meet Jennie’s family, of a future. The year in Strasbourg flew by full of picnics, bike rides, hikes in the nearby Vosges mountains and wanderings in the nostalgic streets of Strasbourg. But soon Jennie had to find a plan to either renew her work visa somehow or return to Canada. Every door of opportunity to stay in France seemed closed, and with a broken heart, we realized we were going to have to be apart. Jennie was able to return to her old job in Guelph, and Bastian decided he was ready to take the leap and leave all he knew behind in France to start his life with Jennie in Canada – a country he barely knew anything about. Bastian, always loving the opportunity for a surprise, planned a beautiful farewell party for Jennie with all the friends and family she had grown to love in France.
The plan was for Bastian to join Jennie after about three months – the time to resign, sell his things, rent the apartment and close his accounts. But Bastian had another surprise in mind. He arrived in secret two days before their 1 year anniversary of dating. Staying at her parents, he planned for Jennie’s closest friends to bring her to a restaurant in Toronto “to take her mind off being apart from him on their anniversary”. In the meantime, he put together a video message for her to watch, giving the impression he sent it from France.
At the restaurant, Jennie was suspicious that something was up, but once the video came out, she was sure this was the ‘surprise’. As seen in the video, however, Bastian showed up in person, got down on his knee, and proposed!
(Jennie said “of course!!”)
In February 2013, Jennie and Bastian were married in a simple but elegant small wedding in Ancaster, Ontario, surrounded by immediate family and closest of friends. Despite the perfection of their love story and the joy of committing their lives to one another, there were no perfect photos to capture the moment. Trying to make the most of limited finances to still make their wedding as magical as their meeting, Jennie and Bastian weren’t able to hire a photographer, and opted to rent a camera for the family to share. Unfortunately, technical defects in the rented equipment led to a suite of blurry amateur photos.
As we approach our 1 year of marriage, we want to capture what we couldn’t at our wedding, to document these precious times of blooming love and devotion, so that in 50 years, when we return to that same bench in Strasbourg as an old wrinkled couple, we can hold these photos in our hands and smile at each other with the same love in our eyes and know that our lifetimes have been perfectly spent, perfectly in love.

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‘They always say you find love when you’re not looking for it.
Jennie arrived in Strasbourg, France in May to live with her then-boyfriend, only to discover he had been exploring the world of online dating in her absence. Curious, she created a fake profile to test if his adventures were serious or harmless (they were serious). This unfortunate news had a silver lining: her fake profile (fake name, real picture) attracted the attention of Klark Kent (fake name, real picture). “Sandrine”, not interested in actually meeting anyone online, ignored “Klark’s” messages for a while, but eventually gave in to curiosity. Reading his profile revealed many profound and interesting aspects, some of which she could have copied and pasted into her own profile, had it been real. A month of friendly email exchange ensued and Jennie and Bastian got to know each other’s real lives better. Eventually tired of the lack of friends and wanting to know more what the locals did to have fun, Jennie agreed to meet Bastian in person for drinks.

July 11th. That fateful day. Jennie waited on the bench in the square, pretending to read to cover her nervousness. Although she knew that this was a purely friendly encounter, Jennie couldn’t explain why she felt so nervous. Intuition, perhaps?  She pretended to read, but the words swam past her eyes. Suddenly, Bastian somersaulted over the bench beside her, bounced upright and with a most charming smile said, “Salut, moi, c’est Bastian” and kissed her cheek. Swoon Number 1.

Breathless, but trying to seem unfazed, Jennie introduced herself and we set off to Bastian’s favourite “peniche” (barge boat) bar. Over drinks, we talked and connected. It went so well that Bastian didn’t want it to end at drinks. We continued on for dinner, then late night ice cream along the canal. We sat at the end of a small dock with our feet dangling over the edge liking our ice cream like two teens falling in love. The air was warm, the water drifted slowly past our toes as we finished our ice cream, and the flowers dripping from every lamp post scented the air. As midnight approached, Jennie could feel the dangerous slipping feeling of falling in love. In protection, she claimed she had to be home by midnight or risk turning into a pumpkin. Bastian walked her home and with a European kiss on each cheek wished his Cinderella a good night. Swoon Number 2. The smiles never left our lips, and by the next morning, we arranged for our first “date”.

Bastille Day, July 14th. Bastian arranged an afternoon bike ride and picnic. He led us to a charming small field across the Rhine River in Germany. Enclosed with large trees and tall grasses, we had the field to ourselves. Potatoe salad, baguette, cheese, whipped cream and strawberries with a bottle of wine. We were accompanied by a small curious hedgehog who let Bastian pet him! (And a less delightful bee sting to prove to him Jennie really was stung by every bee that passed. Hence the nickname Honeybee/Jenniebee). Returning back, it seemed all the animals in the area were drawn to Bastian – the small sheep in the field next to us, the goats, even the chickens! It spoke to his gentle and calm nature, and spoke to Jennie’s heart.

We watched the sun set over France and the Rhine, side by side but afraid to let our arms touch. The tension was electric. The moment lasted in reality just a few moments, but felt like hours. We both knew we wanted to touch, but were both too scared. But Bastian had a better idea forming alrady. We biked back to Strasbourg to watch the fireworks display, and enjoyed some drinks on the same Peniche as the first time. As Bastian walked Jennie back to her apartment, he put his plan in motion. He asked if Jennie trusted him. Uneasy, but curious, she said yes. He then led her to a large church nearby that seemed half under construction for repairs. Before she knew what was happening, Bastian had Jennie jumping the 8 foot barrier fence, and climbing up on to the scaffolding. Up and up they climbed – over 70 m to the very top above the tip of the weathervane. The view was breathtaking (as was the height and the fear of beign caught by the police!). A full moon sparkled over the rooftops and was reflected on the canal below. The air was warm and humid, with barely a breeze. It was 3 or 4 am, and we felt the only souls awake in the city.  It was the perfect moment for their first kiss. Swoon number 3. (Bastian had the song from Moulin Rouge in his head the next day by Rufus Wainwright. Translated to english, he sings, “The full moon, so pale, bejewels your red hair…” the clip is here.

The rest went very quickly. Two weeks later they were talking of moving in together, of planning Christmas in Canada to meet Jennie’s family, of a future. The year in Strasbourg flew by full of picnics, bike rides, hikes in the nearby Vosges mountains and wanderings in the nostalgic streets of Strasbourg. But soon Jennie had to find a plan to either renew her work visa somehow or return to Canada. Every door of opportunity to stay in France seemed closed, and with a broken heart, we realized we were going to have to be apart. Jennie was able to return to her old job in Guelph, and Bastian decided he was ready to take the leap and leave all he knew behind in France to start his life with Jennie in Canada – a country he barely knew anything about. Bastian, always loving the opportunity for a surprise, planned a beautiful farewell party for Jennie with all the friends and family she had grown to love in France.

The plan was for Bastian to join Jennie after about three months – the time to resign, sell his things, rent the apartment and close his accounts. But Bastian had another surprise in mind. He arrived in secret two days before their 1 year anniversary of dating. Staying at her parents, he planned for Jennie’s closest friends to bring her to a restaurant in Toronto “to take her mind off being apart from him on their anniversary”. In the meantime, he put together a video message for her to watch, giving the impression he sent it from France.

At the restaurant, Jennie was suspicious that something was up, but once the video came out, she was sure this was the ‘surprise’. However, there was more…Bastian showed up in person, got down on his knee, and proposed!

– See more at: http://www.nataschiawielink.com/blog/entry/bastian_jennie_anniversary#sthash.fxlBQVMH.dpuf

‘They always say you find love when you’re not looking for it.
Jennie arrived in Strasbourg, France in May to live with her then-boyfriend, only to discover he had been exploring the world of online dating in her absence. Curious, she created a fake profile to test if his adventures were serious or harmless (they were serious). This unfortunate news had a silver lining: her fake profile (fake name, real picture) attracted the attention of Klark Kent (fake name, real picture). “Sandrine”, not interested in actually meeting anyone online, ignored “Klark’s” messages for a while, but eventually gave in to curiosity. Reading his profile revealed many profound and interesting aspects, some of which she could have copied and pasted into her own profile, had it been real. A month of friendly email exchange ensued and Jennie and Bastian got to know each other’s real lives better. Eventually tired of the lack of friends and wanting to know more what the locals did to have fun, Jennie agreed to meet Bastian in person for drinks.

July 11th. That fateful day. Jennie waited on the bench in the square, pretending to read to cover her nervousness. Although she knew that this was a purely friendly encounter, Jennie couldn’t explain why she felt so nervous. Intuition, perhaps?  She pretended to read, but the words swam past her eyes. Suddenly, Bastian somersaulted over the bench beside her, bounced upright and with a most charming smile said, “Salut, moi, c’est Bastian” and kissed her cheek. Swoon Number 1.

Breathless, but trying to seem unfazed, Jennie introduced herself and we set off to Bastian’s favourite “peniche” (barge boat) bar. Over drinks, we talked and connected. It went so well that Bastian didn’t want it to end at drinks. We continued on for dinner, then late night ice cream along the canal. We sat at the end of a small dock with our feet dangling over the edge liking our ice cream like two teens falling in love. The air was warm, the water drifted slowly past our toes as we finished our ice cream, and the flowers dripping from every lamp post scented the air. As midnight approached, Jennie could feel the dangerous slipping feeling of falling in love. In protection, she claimed she had to be home by midnight or risk turning into a pumpkin. Bastian walked her home and with a European kiss on each cheek wished his Cinderella a good night. Swoon Number 2. The smiles never left our lips, and by the next morning, we arranged for our first “date”.

Bastille Day, July 14th. Bastian arranged an afternoon bike ride and picnic. He led us to a charming small field across the Rhine River in Germany. Enclosed with large trees and tall grasses, we had the field to ourselves. Potatoe salad, baguette, cheese, whipped cream and strawberries with a bottle of wine. We were accompanied by a small curious hedgehog who let Bastian pet him! (And a less delightful bee sting to prove to him Jennie really was stung by every bee that passed. Hence the nickname Honeybee/Jenniebee). Returning back, it seemed all the animals in the area were drawn to Bastian – the small sheep in the field next to us, the goats, even the chickens! It spoke to his gentle and calm nature, and spoke to Jennie’s heart.

We watched the sun set over France and the Rhine, side by side but afraid to let our arms touch. The tension was electric. The moment lasted in reality just a few moments, but felt like hours. We both knew we wanted to touch, but were both too scared. But Bastian had a better idea forming alrady. We biked back to Strasbourg to watch the fireworks display, and enjoyed some drinks on the same Peniche as the first time. As Bastian walked Jennie back to her apartment, he put his plan in motion. He asked if Jennie trusted him. Uneasy, but curious, she said yes. He then led her to a large church nearby that seemed half under construction for repairs. Before she knew what was happening, Bastian had Jennie jumping the 8 foot barrier fence, and climbing up on to the scaffolding. Up and up they climbed – over 70 m to the very top above the tip of the weathervane. The view was breathtaking (as was the height and the fear of beign caught by the police!). A full moon sparkled over the rooftops and was reflected on the canal below. The air was warm and humid, with barely a breeze. It was 3 or 4 am, and we felt the only souls awake in the city.  It was the perfect moment for their first kiss. Swoon number 3. (Bastian had the song from Moulin Rouge in his head the next day by Rufus Wainwright. Translated to english, he sings, “The full moon, so pale, bejewels your red hair…” the clip is here.

The rest went very quickly. Two weeks later they were talking of moving in together, of planning Christmas in Canada to meet Jennie’s family, of a future. The year in Strasbourg flew by full of picnics, bike rides, hikes in the nearby Vosges mountains and wanderings in the nostalgic streets of Strasbourg. But soon Jennie had to find a plan to either renew her work visa somehow or return to Canada. Every door of opportunity to stay in France seemed closed, and with a broken heart, we realized we were going to have to be apart. Jennie was able to return to her old job in Guelph, and Bastian decided he was ready to take the leap and leave all he knew behind in France to start his life with Jennie in Canada – a country he barely knew anything about. Bastian, always loving the opportunity for a surprise, planned a beautiful farewell party for Jennie with all the friends and family she had grown to love in France.

The plan was for Bastian to join Jennie after about three months – the time to resign, sell his things, rent the apartment and close his accounts. But Bastian had another surprise in mind. He arrived in secret two days before their 1 year anniversary of dating. Staying at her parents, he planned for Jennie’s closest friends to bring her to a restaurant in Toronto “to take her mind off being apart from him on their anniversary”. In the meantime, he put together a video message for her to watch, giving the impression he sent it from France.

At the restaurant, Jennie was suspicious that something was up, but once the video came out, she was sure this was the ‘surprise’. However, there was more…Bastian showed up in person, got down on his knee, and proposed!

– See more at: http://www.nataschiawielink.com/blog/entry/bastian_jennie_anniversary#sthash.fxlBQVMH.dpuf

Happy 3rd Anniversary!!!

Happy Anniversary to us! Three years ago today Defining Moments Stationery became an “official” business.

While most days I still feel like a rookie on an endless quest for success, there’s also an equal amount of time where I feel confident in my products and services, thankful for a creative spirit, grateful for the unwavering support of family, friends, and fellow wedding vendors, thrilled with my achievements to date, and above all lucky to have such amazing clients.

So tonight when I’m toasting to the future, and a 2014 that has already been THE most ahmazing 17 days, I’ll be raising my glass to say “thanks!” to all of you!

Cheers!
OMae West, Niagara Designer, Defining Moments Stationery, Wedding Invitations, Niagara Designer, Corporate Design, Logos

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A stunning collaborative we’re super proud of!

Thank you to the following super talented vendors…
Photography | Destiny Dawn Photography
Styling | Michael Productions
Flowers | Lush Florals and Events
Hair | Hair by Rio
Make-up | Love Me Makeup
Dress | The Coach House Bridal Salon Ltd
Stationery: Defining Moments

Holiday Sign Design for Lush Florals

 

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Client: Lush Florals and Events

{Custom table sign and business card design}

Designer: Olga Loeffen @ Defining Moments Stationery

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