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The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Married

Your ‘Big Day’ Can Be a Small Event

October 28, 2016 in Wedding, Personal

The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Married

October 15th, 2016 was a big day for me. A little over five years into our relationship and three years after we started living together, my partner Laura and I got married with our families by our sides. Right from the start, we knew we didn’t want to go big. The two of us would definitely describe ourselves as introverts, and that was a major factor – we didn’t want to put ourselves on display in front of hundreds of people. Also, the average cost of a wedding in Canada these days is pushing $30,000, which did not appeal to either or us. So, how did we do it? We did it our way!

The first step was finding a date that worked for the two of us, as well as our families. Once we determined that, we were able to book the wedding chapel at Toronto City Hall. We chose a Saturday and ended up with a booking that was pretty early in the morning, at 10am. Initially this seemed a little too early, but it turned out to be perfect. The weather was ideal that day, and it gave us the chance to have our lunch relatively early so everyone could eat and be on their way. We also had great late morning lighting for our photos.

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The Next Chapter: Buying My First House

Taking a Dive Into Homeownership

October 11, 2016 in Homeowner, Personal

The Next Chapter: Buying My First House

As a longtime member of the Iconic Group team, I’ve worked on countless websites and supported my directors and colleagues as we’ve grown into the company we are today. My career has developed at a steady pace and I’m happy with how I’ve contributed to our team’s success. But as my professional success grew, things at home remained more or less the same as they’d always been: I lived with my parents.

It was around this time two years ago that I decided I was going to start planning for my future, and by that, I meant moving out on my own. There was no rush, and I wasn't looking to finding a place to rent. I knew I’d rather have my own place and put my money towards something I owned myself rather than a rental I would live in temporarily.

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