Mrs. Dragon is a blogger for Weddingbee. She lives in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and was married September 2012 in Brockville, Ontario.
About the Dragons
Mrs. Dragon is a newspaper reporter, and Mr. Dragon is a graphic designer. The two met and started dating after Mrs. Dragon moved to Northern Ontario to work at the same paper where Mr. Dragon was employed.
After a year and a half of dating, the couple embarked on a 10,000-kilometre cross-Canada motorcycle trip, during which Mr. Dragon proposed at an unscheduled hotel stop when rain forced them off the road in Valemount, British Columbia.
Planning the Wedding
The Little Details
What to Wear?
Vendors and Friendors
The Dragons worked primarily with friends and family instead of professional vendors:
- Mom Dragon worked her magic and created all of the floral elements for the wedding.
- The bride and groom opted to forgo hiring a baker and made their own cake, along with a dessert buffet. Miss Dragon had a hard time finding a decent icing recipe.
- Mr. Dragon's talented co-worker and photographer, Brent Wesley, took their mountaintop photos.
- Mr. Dragon's dad, an ordained minister, was their officiant.
- Mrs. Dragon's college friend took the wedding photos.
- Instead of a DJ, the Dragons decided to have an iPod-powered ceremony and reception. They used an awesome app to make it happen. All of their playlists can be found here.
- Dad Dragon and BIL Chris created a scrumptious Southern-style BBQ meal.
- There was no makeup artist in sight.
DIY Successes and Failures
- One special bridesmaid received a fancied-up card.
- Mrs. Dragon had a hard time finding hot glue gun sticks.
- She accidentally ordered WAY too much felt.
- Ribbon chandeliers were an easy project to spruce up the reception tent.
- After removing sticky labels, Mrs. Dragon created yarn jar centerpieces.
- The yarn theme continued with wrapped letters, a card sign, and yarn poofballs.
- EXTERMINATE! The Dragons had Daleks on their cake.
- The Save the Dates created by both Dragons followed a surprise bag theme, with calendar stickers created from office supplies.
- Not wanting to spend lots of money, Mrs. Dragon made custom hangers on the cheap.
- Felt bunting hung in the tent, though it ended up being put together differently than planned.
- An ampersand got thoroughly covered in glitter!
- Dearly missed relatives had a place of honour, in Mrs. Dragon's locket bracelet.
- Buttons and hot glue made for a moose-y garter.
- Mrs. Dragon used yarn and hardware supplies to make a card sign.
- Every mason jar glass made for the wedding had a different decoration.
- The invitation suite was a hand-painted success.
- Mrs. Dragon wanted Krazy Straws but settled for striped paper straws.
- She found an interesting way to keep wedding memorabilia, and document memories of the first year of marriage in a non-traditional scrapbook.
- After a rough start, Mrs. Dragon successfully made glittered champagne glasses.
- Inspired by BHLDN, she made spool menu holders.
- Food colouring turned mini clothespins a brighter, fun colour.
- One of the last DIY projects to be completed was the newspaper inspired programs, a homage to the Dragons' employment.
The Dragons had to drive to Brockville for their wedding, so they used the return trip as an opportunity to enjoy a mini-honeymoon. They started out in lower Michigan, visited Mackinac Island, then finished things off in the U.P, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Burnin' Love: The Recaps
- Our journey begins with a bit of reflection on our wedding.
- We road tripped down Highway 11 to Brockville.
- Sadness came before our joy when we found out a family member passed away.
- We rehearsed, ate pizza, baked a cake, and hot tubbed!
- The girls got up bright and early for a hair appointment.
- We put on our makeup and did our nails while everyone else took care of wedding prep.
- I became a (nervous) bride, and with dress, accessories and makeup on…waited.
- Mr. Dragon shares his side of the story.
- Both of the Dragons were jittery, but we managed to get the wedding started.
- But…where was Mr. Dragon going?!
- Everyone made it up the aisle, and it was time for the ceremony.
- We sealed our vows with a kiss.
- Inside the house, we signed our license, and took a few relaxing breaths!
- After a rocky start, we breezed through family photos.
- Most of our wedding party photos were candids, because we wanted everyone to be able to eat.
- We dug in to delicious BBQ food and sweet treats.
- Speech! Speech! Speech!
- Mr. Dragon and I did the high school shuffle, then we danced with our parents.
- The party began for real, on the dance floor and elsewhere.
- All the single ladies and dudes made their grabs for the bouquet and garter.
- Growing sleepy, we said goodbye to our guests.
- I showed off our decor details.
- The spotlight then went on our swanky duds!
- We made up a wedding hashtag that some of our guests used.
- I compared inspiration to reality.
- The budget breakdown.
Keeping up with the Dragons
Mrs. Dragon maintains a personal blog, Northern Exposure, and a photoblog, Sco0p. She's also on Twitter and Instagram. For more information check out her website!