It’s that time of year again! Time to review 2011 in photos… it was a great year and a busy year, for so many reasons…


Holidays 2010

Guess whose wedding shoes just arrived in the mail?! Yay!!! Valentine's present to myself :D

In January we headed over to Vancouver Island to visit Allan’s mom in Courtenay. One of the highlights included touring a beautiful fruit winery! I also started acquiring a number of accessories in advance of our wedding that year, including well… you know me… shoes.


What a view! 800 ft of untouched powder and pillows! Woohoo!

Wedding Invitations (DIY)

In February we headed up to Apex Mountain (near Penticton) and I spent the weekend supporting Allan at the annual Apex outdoor ice hockey tournament and snowboarding some untouched powder. We also managed to get our wedding invitations out after tons of hard work doing all the illustrations, designs, and calligraphy ourselves.


Sexin' up @bigwhite with @TaraZM yeeeeaaahhhh!

Yay for our work ice hockey team! The only question is... What am I doing with my hands? LOL!

Next we headed up to Kelowna for the annual video game industry ski and snowboard trip at Big White Ski Resort! Much snowboarding, foosballing, and hottubbing ensued. Then it was down to Seattle for the annual work charity ice hockey tournament! That’s me looking dorky in the front!


Grandma passed away this morning at the age of 95. Grandma, words can't describe how much I love you and miss you. So much.

Paper hats, beer, rum, patio and sun pre-surf prep in Tofino :) @abeautifullife @coldsurf

In April one of the most special people to me, my grandmother, passed away. It was a really hard time and I really miss her so much still. I wish she could have been there for our wedding, but I’m glad I was able to tell her all about our plans before she left us. Also that month we headed out to Tofino for a surf trip with two of our fave peeps in the whole world, Liv and Rob.


Mascarpone Cheesecake Recipe with Honey-Caramel Apples, Almond Praline and Vanilla Creme Anglaise

3rd run on Fromme.. Here's me doing a bridge on Bobsled. Heard the Kesler goal! Go #Canucks!

Lots more cooking and baking took place heading into the summer, including making a mascarpone cheesecake from scratch. Then it was up to the local mountains for newbie-ing it up at some downhill mountain biking! I’m still learning how to bike…



Beautiful day for the driving range!

June was a memorable month as I saw my favourite sports team in the whole world make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was an exciting time and I will never forget the highs and the lows of the playoff run. Here’s hoping for this year! We also went golfing and pitch-and-putting quite a few times in the summer, trying to make the most of Vancouver’s brief summer!


My pretty board says hi from Tofino... Time to catch some lefts!

I waaaaaant it that way! #NKOTBSB

The annual surf and camping trip on Canada Day in July was a blast this year, with tons of surfing and friends around… not to mention catching some crabs and roasting them over the campfire. My friend Tara and I also hit up the Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block concert with floor seats!


At the Horse Races!

Our Engagement Photos!

In August we hit up my friend Amy’s annual event, dressing up for the horse races at Hastings Race Track. Then it was time to tromp around the city in various outfits for our engagement photos by our amazing photographers, Jonetsu Studios.


Wedding Photo

Hours and hours of DIY-ing... Sooo much to do!

Allan and I got married in Tofino, BC on September 3, 2011. It was the best day of my life. There was so much lead up to it with a year and a half of planning, tons of crafting, construction, sewing, and insanity. But it was all worth it. I will always treasure my memories from this day and it really was the happiest day for me.


The view from our beach house...

A highlight of our honeymoon... lunch at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London!
From September to October we left on our month-long honeymoon on a whirlwind cruise around Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. There were so many amazing days on our honeymoon, but special mentions go out to surfing in Portugal and dining at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in London, England.


AWESOME waves today! Fun lefts! Getting better! #tofino #chesterman #surfing

It's snowing! @cypressmtn First turns of the season!

Following our honeymoon it was back to reality and work, but we still managed to find time to surf and snowboard just a week apart!


Seared Scallops with Pea Puree and Double-Smoked Bacon

Christmas Table Setting

To end of the year we decided to stay home and enjoy our beautiful city and cozy up in the apartment together. We threw a dinner party and decorated our apartment. It was a great way to finish off a fantastic year.

And that’s it!

How was your 2011? What were your highlights?

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  1. TylerIngram Says:

    I would have to say getting married in April was the highlight of my 2011 :)

    I predict that the highlight of 2012 will be graduating from my program here at BCIT! Oh.. and our 3 month trip to SE Asia.

    Don’t you love how you can go surfing and snowboarding all in the same month?? :)

  2. Tawcan Says:

    Looks like you had an amazing year. My highlights would be proposing on my then girlfriend’s bday party in front of all our friends, then getting married a month later.

    I’m looking forward to a few of our planned trips already…including our honeymoon! :D

  3. Kimm Says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing 2011.

    My biggest highlight of 2011, was traveling around South Africa for 3weeks and spending 6hrs in London (gotta love 10hr layovers).

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  4. liv Says:

    how did I miss this post? 2011 was an amazing year for you and Allan – not only did you get married but you went on an amazing honeymoon, and best of all (hehe for me anyways) is we got to hang out more! Your wedding was spectacular; everything was flawless and of course you were a beautiful bride.

    We had SO much fun with you guys on NYE and I hope we get to hang out again soon!

    ps so glad we went on 2 surf trips together this year – AND i made it onto your 2011 highlights. LOVE YA!!!

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  5. Elisse Says:

    Great recap of 2011! What a glowing picture of your grandmother, and I can’t imagine how much you’re missing her.

    Excellent choice on Camille and Chadwick as your wedding photogs – photography was the biggest deal for me in my wedding planning, and I look back at my photos, and am so glad we invested in our photographers (RAD Studio.) Looking at your wedding pics gives you a chance to relive one of the most amazing days of your Life.

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