A Surprise Waterfront Proposal

Get ready to grab some tissues, because this sweet lakeside proposal from Brittany Mahood is sure to get the waterworks flowing. It’s thoughtful, sincere, and totally the kind of love story that’ll make your heart sing, and we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From the Bride… Even after three and a half years together, the proposal came as a complete surprise! And as someone that loves surprises, no matter how much I try to ‘expect the unexpected,’ I was still completed fooled.

In a lot of ways Jordin and I different; he couldn’t care less about sports as I paint my face for the Super Bowl, his ideal evening would be spent around a campfire with close friends as I would be in a crowded restaurant on my way to catch a show. He’s enduring and thoughtful, I’m impassioned and affectionate. But when I met him, I knew I’d met a man that was going confidently in the direction of his dreams, as I was with mine.

It was winter in Manitoba, where the snow and ice stay until May, and he helped me get my car out of a snowbank after a party. The next day, I was elated from our time together and tried to think of a clever and coy way to connect with Jordin again. Fibbing a little bit, I texted him saying I had used his get-out-of-the-snowbank trick that morning to free my car from snow piled against a curb. When, in reality, my car was parked on my snow-free driveway. But it worked! We were quickly immersed in each others’ lives, as his younger sister was already a close friend of mine before Jordin and I officially met. They say ‘when you know, you know’ and we knew, undoubtedly.

Having a best friend that’s also an incredible photographer has given me many opportunities to see behind the scenes at shoots, trek through trails to find the best light, and impromtu posing to use the last shots on a film roll. So I didn’t think anything of it when Brittany asked me join her on an overnight trip to shoot an engagement session a few hours from home. As we packed up, she told me about the couple we were going to meet, I was just glad to go on a mini-vacay with my best friend.

When we arrived at Steep Rock, along Lake Manitoba in the early evening, we started to explore the area in preparation for the ‘engagement shoot’ taking place the next day. I kept thinking ‘this couple is so lucky, this place is beyond amazing!’ We walked along the cliffs and the trails, continually saying ‘we can’t believe this place,’ such beauty. Soon we spotted a picnic along the cliffs and thinking it belonged to someone else, I kept walking along the trail but Brittany turned and walked right towards it! After a moment I followed her and finally realized what was going on when I saw Jordin walking towards me, wearing his best suit, playing our song. I’ll never forget the feeling in that moment as my eyes went from his to the ring; it was overwhelming in all the most incredible ways.

Each sense was filled to the brim with pure joy because all my favorite things were happening simultaneously: feeling the warm sun and fresh breeze on my cheeks, catching the scent of Jordin’s cologne mixed with the fresh flowers while hearing the soft waves as the background rhythm while the man of my dreams was sharing his deepest, truest love. If I had all the time in the world to orchestrate every aspect of my own proposal, it couldn’t have come close to this amazing surprise.

The ‘yes’ moment transitioned seamlessly to an engagement session. Brittany and Jordin had taken care of every aspect: beautiful dresses to choose from, complimentary jewelry, nail files and polish, champange! I don’t know how I stopped shaking long enough to put the dress on! Brittany captured the overwhelmingly joyful emotions perfectly, I still get a rush when I relive it through the photos.

We spent the rest of the evening on and in the water, in complete awe of the scenery and how every piece of the plan had fallen into perfect place. Jordin had a rented a cabin nearby, that’s where we crashed at the end of it all and relived each moment together again and again; with wine, laughter and unstoppable smiles.

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Photography: Brittany Mahood Photography | Floral Design: Heather Page | Dress: Billy Ella | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Floral Shop: Academy Florist

Designing a Girly Nursery? This One is a Must-See.

If a little lady is in your future and you’re dying to go all out girly girl with the nursery design, this post is for you mama! Designed by WINTER DAISY, it’s whimsical details like the crib canopy and IKAT painting from Dana Mooney Art make for a dreamy space for baby to grow. See even more captured by Rebecca Dadson in The Vault!

Pink and white with hints of yellow and gold, this baby girl nursery is a little girl’s (and mama’s!) dream come true! Designed by Melissa Barling of Winter Daisy Interiors (who designs rooms exclusively for children) in Vancouver, Canada, it’s a soft and serene retreat for sweet baby Nayviah.

Nayviah’s mom engaged Melissa when she was in the early stages of her pregnancy and in the midst of a major renovation of a newly purchased house that would become home for the whole family. She was exceptionally excited to be expecting a baby girl and wanted this space to encapsulate everything she had dreamed of – girly with pink, yellow and gold.

From the first consultation, the request was clear… warm and inviting while mixing in some traditional aspects and damask wallpaper. One of the first things to be decided was the wallpaper. Initially not thinking this paper had enough impact; Melissa worked with her client to show the texture and sheen on this lovely paper. It works beautifully with the classic tufted crib from Restoration Hardware and the canopy creates a beautiful piece for the eye to focus on.

The Ubabub bookshelves show off books beautifully and the books here pull all of the colours together. Melissa also worked with local Vancouver artist Dana Mooney to create a canvas that would pull in the soft pink and yellow colours whilst accenting with gold foil.

A very special J Schatz star egg nightlight was added that when lit, shines tiny stars on the walls and ceiling above. It is really spectacular in a dark room! With so much natural light coming in, it was imperative to ensure the room could be dark for sleep time. These curtains are not only beautiful but blackout lined for functionality too.

The rocking chair creates a perfect corner for Nayviah to be rocked and read to and combined with the gold ottoman, is a cozy and comfy place for Mom or Dad too. This room has so many sweet details and is truly a soothing oasis for the sweetest baby girl.

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Photography: Rebecca Dadson | IKAT Painting: Dana Mooney Art | Interior Design: WINTER DAISY

How to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Dream Nursery

From a London print that gives a nod to his British roots to adventure wallpaper inspired by his parents travels and all the special moments in between, Hudson’s nursery is the perfect example of beautifully designed and totally personalized. Plus it mixes neutrals and really cool prints like a boss. Tour the full space crafted by mom and designer, Jennifer Swadling of Amy + Jen, along with sweet photographs by AMBphoto.

We had dreamed for so long of becoming parents that when it became a reality I already had an idea of the look and feel of the room I wanted for our babe. Our little one’s gender was always going to be a surprise which made the design process that much more fun!

Our home is a fixer upper and not the lovely kind with gorgeous doorways and exposed brick, we are talking putrid green tones and essentially a lot of work. In saying all this I am a self described procrastinator and with two months to go I told my husband we had loads of time to get everything together.

 My pregnancy however took a downturn and I was hospitalized with severe preeclampsia at 32 weeks. Bed rest, amazing chats (and cries) with my fellow warrior soon to be mommy’s was super helpful in pushing me to press purchase on all my outstanding’s (crib included). Creating a room from a hospital bed makes you realize how very wonderful the people you work with are.

In the end we lowered windows, added wainscoting, wallpapered, and gave the room a lovely and fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Dove White & Simply White Paint.

My incredible vendors were wonderful in keeping up to speed with facetime chats, texts & emails and even without me physically there they took the time to understand what I wanted and made it happen.

 There are so many things I love about Hudson’s room and each and every piece is intentional. The London Rifle Paper Co Print is a salute to his British Heritage, the Safari Wallpaper speaks to adventure and is an ode to how my husband and I met in Australia on our very own adventures.

We have lots of stuffed animals in the hopes that his love for them will match mine. His rocking chair is Canadian made just like him. His room is bright and beautiful and it is most definitely our favorite in the house. It makes me smile each and every time I walk in. (well maybe not during the night feeds)

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Photography: AMBphoto | Design and Styling: Amy & Jen | Florals: Vintage from Presh Floral | Makeup: One Fine Beauty | Hair: Showpony Hair | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Blanket: Baby Mori UK | Crib, Dresser, Bookcase, Wooly Rocking & Elephant Toy: Restoration Hardware | Hudson's Outfit: Le Carrousel Paris | Jen's overalls: Anthropologie | Jen's white dress: Aritzia | Pennant: This Paper Book | Print: Rifle Paper Co. | Rocking Chair: Fab Baby Gear | Rug: Urban Outfitters | Toy Stacker: Sarah and Bendrix