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I was watching the news this evening with Mr. Bean and the following article was broadcast:

Shooting at Winnipeg wedding reception kills one

Updated Sun. Jul. 26 2009 8:01 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

Winnipeg police say at least one gunman opened fire at a wedding reception late Saturday night, killing one woman and injuring two other people.

The slain victim has been identified as 50-year-old Cheryl Robert. Investigators say she was shot in the head as she looked at raffle prizes, and later died in hospital.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene inside the crowded Polish Combatants Association Club, as wedding guests reacted to the gunshots.

“Everyone just heard a pop-pop-pop right away,” Sheila Sinclair, wife of the bride’s brother, told CTV News. “And everyone thought it was balloons until people said this person was shot and that woman fell right over. It was really awful.”

Among the other victims, Robert’s common-law husband, 50, was shot in the back, and a bullet grazed a 31-year-old woman.

Both have since been released from hospital.

Police say the suspect entered the building from a rear entrance before opening fire on the crowd. More than 100 people had gathered inside the building.

“Someone chose to fire from outside, indiscriminately, at innocent people in a cowardly act of violence,” said Const. Jacqueline Chaput of the Winnipeg Police Service.

I know at my wedding I felt that somethings were failures or could have been done better, but thankfully no one died or was seriously injured! It kind of makes worrying about things like matching decor or the perfect favours seem really superfluous and shallow, right?

As I mentioned in my other blog, we went Mr. Bean’s cousin’s wedding this last weekend. I want to share some photos from their wedding in hopes to inspire brides to be!

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Note: Above is the “In Loving Memory Of” table complete with photos.

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The Groom’s father made all the wine – isn’t that neat?

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The cake was made by the Bride’s grandmother. Yes, those are fondant Calla Lilies. I can only aspire to be that great of a cake decorator.

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My Rings

Since the lilies that Mr. Bean gave me for our seven-month-a-versary were finally in bloom, I thought I would try and take some fancy ring shots. Here’s my favourite:

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Apparently my rings really don’t like being in focus – they’re camera shy!

Have you tried to take photos of your ring? Let’s see them!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve added a “Recaps” tab to my blog:

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They’re all listed in chronological order so you don’t have to waste time trying to find them!

What to do?

With the masses of cards you receive from all your showers, parties and wedding guests?

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Why is there always such a battle between sentimental things and clutter?

What would you do?

Inspiration Board

I realized the other day that I have never made an inspiration board, so almost 7 months later I now present my actual wedding as an inspiration board. Maybe it will help inspire someone!

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Have you ever made an inspiration board? Show me please! For those of you who are married, let’s see your wedding’s board.

Recaps: Throwing Stuff

I must apologize, as I lied.  I’m not quite done my recaps as I remembered that we did do a garter and bouquet toss. Apparently, they were that memorable. (Hey, in my defense, our photographer had let by this time.) Some people might find tossing stuff awkward, but I think they’re terribly entertaining because you’re throwing things at people.

Here I am, gearing up for the bouquet toss…

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I don’t think it’s possible to look at these pictures and not say I’m a spaz. (But look how pretty my dress is!)

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It looks like some people were quite keen to get it!

And then it was time for the garter toss…

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I honestly don’t remember who caught the garter. I was just impressed that Mr. Bean got the garter off with his teeth!

What are your thoughts on bouquet and garter tosses? Would/Did you have one?

These photos are taken by my Dad’s cousin’s husband unless otherwise noted.

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