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Let’s Talk REALationships- Meet Jake and Taylor

Photo Credit: The Relationship Project

Hi friends! Have you ever met a couple that was so in love that you just instantly knew they were absolute #relationshipgoals?! I recently met them for a Starbucks coffee date and not only did they totally have me running to update my online dating profile to find something true like them but I wanted to join their friend circle immediately- you’ll soon see why! Meet Jake and Taylor, a Vancouver based power couple behind the “Relationship Project”. 

Over the years of their relationship, they’ve seen their share of highs and lows. They believe in marriage and think relationships are delicious–a lot of work–but so very worth it. The Relationship Project is opening the doors and giving others a behind the scenes look into what successful relationships practice. They want to expose the mistakes and triumphs, and personally share how they’re growing and learning together–and how you can, too. Because, let’s be real. Relationships are beautiful and messy. It’s time we see (and share!) it all. 

Meet Jake & Taylor: the couple behind The Relationship Project

J: Our story began in a local hip-hop dance studio in Edmonton AB. We started out as friends until a spark ignited. We took things at our own pace (aka slowly… very slowly!) and our friendship grew into more as we were nursing this flame. It grew into wildfire just before we toured internationally to China with our dance company together. We ended up moving to Vancouver together weeks after the tour where we hopped onto this rollercoaster of our relationship together.

T: This is where we really started to discover the real side of relationships and how it’s not always easy. We had all the issues; commitment issues, trust issues, communication issues. So we started to get to work on ourselves and on our relationship. Over those years working hard together, we got engaged, then just under a few years later, got married, and a few years later, still doing the work! We’re enjoying this journey of marriage now and doing life together.

What is the Relationship Project?

T: The Relationship Project is a platform to showcase behind the scenes to real relationships and how we can all build one too. We serve our audiences through our blog, hosting events around Canada, and hanging together on our socials. One of our biggest challenges in our relationship was managing societal expectations and pressures. You know what we mean; Disney Movies, Romcoms, and fairytale love. We were constantly questioning if we were normal and if other people go through the same struggles that we go through. After talking with our friends, peers, and family, we realized that this idealized fairy tale relationship was a sham!

J: We discovered that all relationships have ups and downs. We realized that all relationships are different, and have their own unique sets of challenges and successes. That’s where the Relationship Project was born.

T: We wanted to further this mission of showcasing the real side to relationships and sharing resources to help us all learn, grow together, and build a successful real-ationship!

J: As for the future, we’re winging it. We never intended this to be a business, it was just a platform to share this info and knowledge to our peers, friends, and family, and now it’s this business that’s taking off and we’re rolling with it! We thoroughly enjoy hosting events and keeping up with the blog is a lot of fun as well. As for the rest? Stay tuned!

What do you love most about each other?

J: What I love most about Taylor is that she understands my growth and values, and she gives me the benefit of the doubt to offer myself a second chance. Of course, I make mistakes, and I’m hard enough on myself, but she’s there as my teammate that cheers me on through it and not just leaves me behind to fend for myself or give me, even more, heck than I already do.

T: I honestly love how different Jake is from me. In this walk through life, I couldn’t imagine being beside another me. The fact that he is so unlike me is hard but it’s also so wonderful. He’ll always see the world differently from me, have different ideas, and different perspectives and I love that. (If I’m being honest, I need that, too!) We are committed to filling up our tanks for each other and ourselves.

J: We incorporate each other’s love language by asking each other what we need. That doesn’t necessarily always mean what we want. We’ve both been clear on what fills up our tanks so we can offer that to each other when something is off (like a cheat sheet, but the good kind!) One of Taylor’s love language is touch, and when we’re not near each other, I’ll text her in bullet stars (*) what I would be doing to her to if I was there physically to fill up her love tank. As an example, I would say… *gently rubs your back while holding you close*… Instead of “I love you.” She hears the physicality way louder.

T: Jake is all about the words so I try to make it a point to tell him a higher ratio of positive things, things I love and appreciate, every day. I also ask him specific questions every day so he can feel like we’ve had a real connection. Things like when did you feel appreciated today? Did you struggle with anything today? Did someone tell you something great today? Things like that!

What are your favourite Fall date ideas?

T: I love the fall season, I know this sounds corny, but I really do like pumpkin patches in the fall. It’s such a quintessential memory and is always a good time stomping around with rubber boots. I also really love the beaches in the fall, there’s no one there! Also, anytime when we can stay and home and cook together is a good time and that’s perfect for fall, too!

J: One of my favourite fall dates is when it’s a colder night, we’ll go and visit a coffee shop (mainly a Starbucks inside Chapters). We’ll have coffee together while browsing around looking for books and decor and all the other fun stuff that they have in the store, and then sit down and play with a deck of cards, usually Big 2, Go Fish, or sometimes if we’re up for it, Speed!

Photo Credit: The Relationship Project

Can’t get enough of this inspiring couple? Come back and check out part two later this week to hear what Jake & Taylor have to say about how they use their individual strengths and differences to grow their relationship, how they prepared for their wedding, their thoughts on the big D word and exciting events coming up! This is one date night event you don’t want to miss (oops spoiler alert!).

To see more of what Jake & Taylor are up to, visit their social media pages below and tell them this sweetheart sent you! 😉

Website | relationshipproject.org
Instagram | @relationshipproject
Facebook | facebook.com/relationshipproject

How to Hint That You’re Ready for a Proposal

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Photo Credit: Simply Sweet Photography By Nomo Akisawa

Yay! Congrats! You’re in love, you’ve found your soulmate and you’re ready to start planning your dream wedding… but one problem: he hasn’t said those four little words yet. As much as we’d like to assume our sweethearts are mind readers and can pick up on all our signals that we’re ready for an engagement – sometimes that’s just not the case. So how do you let your significant other know you’re ready for them to pop the question? Keep reading to find out below!

1. Be open, communicate and have an honest conversation

It’s been said before, “honesty is the best policy” – but seriously, it’s so true. We get it, sometimes generating a conversation about marriage can be a toughie, especially if you’re unsure where he stands. But really, it’s something that can be done without the use of mind games or ultimatums. Be honest and have a conversation: tell him you’re ready to commit, you’re ready to take on the world with him and what you envision your future looks like together. Whether that be raising a hundred puppies together (one of our favorite dreams!) or traveling the world hand-in-hand – be clear that you want to spend the rest of your life loving each other and creating memories that’ll last a lifetime.

2. Share an inspiration board of rings and proposal ideas on your desktop

Yes, this one is a little more obvious but sometimes we got to cut some slack for our men! Creating easy findings will ultimately help them out by giving them insight into what you like. We love using platforms like Pinterest as it uses amazing visuals he can refer to.

3. Have your ring size known and give it to your bestie

Getting family and your closest friends involved in knowing the details about your dream proposal can totally be helpful. Whether that’s your best friend, sister, mom –  letting them in on specifics like your ring size or what kind of ring you would love is a step to success for your future fiancé. For more secrets and tips, click here.

4. Design the ring together

This is perfect for a bride-to-be with a modern personality. If you aren’t too into surprises but still want a custom, one-of-a-kind ring, designing one together could ease the pressure off your boyfriend. But make sure he has his say too – include him in the process and ask him what he thinks about certain elements and incorporate his suggestions into the overall design, so a little bit of both your personalities are represented. Need a little bit of help to get started? Check out this guide to choosing the perfect engagement ring. And if you need more support, we’ve got some amazing friends in the industry we would love to introduce you to!

And if all else fails… sign him up for our newsletter. It’s a great way for him to receive tips and reminders (and our business card too! 😉 )

Needing some more proposal planning advice or needing an answer to a question in mind?Contact us! We would LOVE to work with you to create an incredible moment for you and your sweetheart.

Happy Planning!

“Fall” in Love with Date Night | Date Night Ideas

Photo Credit: Christine Pienaar Photography

Ahhh. Autumn has FINALLY fallen upon us in Vancouver. With leaves changing color to hues of red and orange, temperatures cooling down, and fall-inspired lattes rolling out at all the local cafés – how can you not be excited?! Fall is an absolutely beautiful and romantic time in our city for date nights so we are definitely excited about what fun activities Vancouver has to offer this season for you and your sweetheart.

Check out some of our recommendations below!

For the Foodies

There is no better way to celebrate date night by nourishing your love and relationship with none other than – food! Check out these great foodie festivals!

Harvest Haus (Oktoberfest)
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Date: October 5, 2017 to October 14, 2017
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Fun activities, live music, classic German food, artisan bake shops, & mostly importantly – biers.

Taste of Yaletown 
Location: Yaletown
Date: October 11, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Price Point: $$
What can you find: 26 participating restaurants in Yaletown with featured menus, special tastings, and innovating pairings. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

For the Kids at Heart

Relive your childhood at a local corn maze and pumpkin patch! It’s a great way to have fun and let loose. Our favorite part? Carving pumpkins and using the rest to make pumpkin pie that you can share (…or not) with your loved ones. Yum!

Bose Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Location: Surrey, BC
Date: All throughout October
Price Point: $
What you can find: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, local produce & market. Bring cute rubber boots & a flashlight to help navigate you through the maze!

For a list of more corn mazes & pumpkin patches in Vancouver, click here.

For the Budget Friendly

Date night doesn’t need to be expensive! Challenging your relationship with creativity and trying new things at home or outdoors is totally healthy and most importantly – fun!

Date-Night At Home

Location: Your humble abode
Date: Anytime
Price Point: PRICELESS
What you can find: A cozy date-night-in, with matching PJs, pizza, a bottle of wine & a movie of your choice – all in the comfort of your home. The ideas are endless!

Stroll in Stanley Park 
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Anytime
Price Point: PRICELESS
What you can find: A historic site of Canada with a jaw-dropping background of greenery and beautiful autumn colors. Take a romantic walk on the sea-wall or bring cozy blankets for a picnic by the Rose Garden or Brockton Point.

Want more fun date night ideas? Sign up for our newsletter and seasonal romantic ideas will land in your inbox! We would love to see what date night ideas you and your hubby come up with! Follow us on Instagram and tag us!

Stephanie & Dave | Brew Creek Centre Wedding

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It was September and the SHE team was headed off to Whistler for Stephanie and Dave’s Brew Creek Centre Wedding. Not only was this wedding a highlight of 2016 for us but these two beautiful humans were an absolute delight to work with annnnd TODAY is their anniversary!!!!

Love Story told by the bride:

“We met at summer camp in Ontario and after a 20 year hiatus, reconnected on the Big Island of Hawaii before the Ironman World Championships. Dave was doing business in the middle east and travelled for 36 hours to get to Hawaii where Steph was racing, yet they were also celebrating a mutual best friends birthday.

It was love at the finish line! Fast forward four years and on a vacation to Maui after an epic bike ride up the volcano and back down to the beach, Dave proposed with a gorgeous yellow diamond that Steph likes to refer to it as her Forever Pineapple.

We chose to get married in Whistler at Brew Creek Centre because it reminded us of summer camp as kids. Naturally, our wedding planner was like the Councellor who kept us in line. Thanks heavens for Steph!”

Working with Stephanie to coordinate the last details of the big day was so much fun! She always came prepared with enthusiasm but full trust in me and what I could provide to the day and overall experience. To Stephanie and Dave, they were most excited about the marriage that waited for them that day than any detail or decor element which made me love them even more BUT it was still fun to decorate their venue!

The night of the wedding, my team and I borrowed the loose greenery that was needed for the reception tables and created a euculyptus vine wall for the ceremony, added stumps and candles to add an intimate and romantic backdrop to their ceremony. It was a perfect surprise!

The morning of the wedding, Stephanie and her tribe went for a morning run while Dave and his tribe enjoyed a morning basketball game at the cabin. The couple didn’t want a traditional first look so they opted for a casual run in at their cabin (#campfrey) and new home in Whistler instead. After a few moments alone, the couple and their wedding party celebrated with champagne and canapés before heading over to the ceremony.

The ceremony was performed by one of their closest friends and the Man of Honour’s (now fiance) sang as the Bride and her brother (MOH) walked down the aisle. It was one of my all time favourite ceremonies to date! Every element of this wedding screamed Stephanie and Dave and I cannot thank them enough for choosing me as their planner. To be invited into a couple’s life on that special day is an extreme honour. I wish Stephanie and Dave a lifetime of happiness, filled with love, laughter and many warm nights in Maui together!

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The Vendor Team:

Wedding Coordination: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Whistler Wedding Collective | Wedding Dress: Joanna Delaney | Venue & Catering: Brew Creek Centre | Florist: Billies Flower House | Smores Station: Archimallows  …and many more amazing talented friends of the couple.

Caitlyn and Mike | Sky Hangar Wedding

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“I came to life when I first kissed you
The best me has his arms around you
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I’m yours”

Exactly a year ago, I was sending a very special bride down the aisle. Not only have a witnessed (and planned) the proposal but I had the priviledge to execute the special day. Thankfully I had the amazing SHE team on hand to allow me to attend as a guest once the ceremony was complete. Today is Caitlyn and Mike’s wedding anniversary and I finally blogged some of my favourite images!!! I am only sharing some and if you’re eager to see more, go check out Christine’s blog post here.

You can view more of the proposal here and here to learn more about their love story!

Wishing these two an amazing anniversary and a lifetime of happiness together!

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Vendor Team:

Planning: Sweetheart Events | Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography | Videography: Handsome Films | Hair and Makeup: Jayna Marie Makeup & Hair | Wedding Dress: Lisa’s Bridal | Bridal Party Attire: Rent the Runway | Decor: Bold Event Design | Harvest Tables: Juniper Event Rentals | Florist: Flowerella | Catering: Fiesta Creative Catering | Bar: Lavish Liquid Bar | Entertainment: Side One | Venue: Sky Hangar | Wedding cake: Cake by Nicole