My Dream Turquoise Wedding Destination Revealed

Cayo Lavantado DominicanSince getting engaged, many of you have been curiously asking WHERE I plan to get married. After getting engaged in late December of 2014, I honestly had no idea where we were going to end up getting married. The options were limitless. We started wedding planning only after we enjoyed being engaged for a few weeks. It was really important for me to just enjoy the excitement of getting engaged for a while before starting the planning phase of our engagement. Unlike other brides, I didn’t have my perfect dream wedding already planned out along with its location. I had nothing planned, and knew nothing. It made it more exciting that way. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a turquoise inspired wedding one way or another. Regardless of where we got married, I wanted turquoise to inspire our planning and be incorporated into the wedding somehow. I’m sure this comes as no shock to you judging by my blog name Turquoise Compass. Continue reading

Surprise, Surprise, my Turquoise Compass Wedding is…

I bet you have been expecting this all along…my perfect dream wedding is… a turquoise inspired DESTINATION WEDDING!

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Stay tuned for the location! Any guesses?

Guess the Wedding Dress Contest: Designer Revealed

San Lilies BridalNow that you have read my story about how I found my perfect dream wedding dress (finally!) at San Lilies Bridal & Ladies Wear and how I look like a Disney princess in it, it’s time for me to reveal the wedding dress designer. Instead of just telling you who the dress designer is, I thought it would be fun to make it into a contest! This is actually my fiancés idea (he’s so thoughtful and creative)! Although I won’t be telling you exactly what dress I chose (I wouldn’t want my fiancé finding out) for my turquoise inspired wedding, I thought it would be fun to have my readers try and guess which dress I picked based on what you know about me! The reader who guesses closest to my chosen wedding dress will win $100.00 gift certificate to the exact boutique where I bought my dress: San Lilies Bridal. Thanks to San Lilies for wanting to be a part of the Guess the Dress Contest, I have a wonderful prize to offer the winner. If you are unable to participate in the contest due to your location I hope that you’ll still be involved in the guessing game! Let’s have fun! Remember to keep it *hush, *hush, it’s a secret after all! I know my fiancé is dying to find out what I picked for him. Continue reading

Yup, That’s the One! You Look Like a Disney Princess

San Lilies BridalI’m not surprised that this Nova Scotia born and raised girl found her dream wedding dress in Nova Scotia at San Lilies Bridal & Ladies Wear in Amherst, Nova Scotia. San Lilies boutique is a one of a kind bridal boutique located in an updated Victorian house. So me! Brightly painted, with turquoise highlights, I couldn’t help but fall in love with San Lilies. Dress after dress, I knew that I would find my dress at San Lilies, which has the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. They’re all so spectacular, feminine, original, and with so many of them being a mix of an antique, vintage, and modern style. Just what I was looking for. When I put my dress on, it was then that I realized I didn’t want to take it off. It was nothing like what I had been trying on or thought I wanted. I tried it on in the first place because I was being open to what Sandy had in the store and was having fun trying on the different dresses. This dress topped all others and made me feel special–beautiful. For the first time, I felt like a bride. There were no tears in this dress like there were in a few others only because I was shocked and speechless. I fell in love with the dress while staring at myself in the turquoise painted mirror with wide eyes Continue reading

Taste Testing in Portland Maine

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PortlandFor spring break this year my fiancé and I took a spontaneous trip to Portland Maine for a getaway. Since Portland Maine is within driving distance from New Brunswick we felt it was the perfect place for a little vacation. As much as we wanted to go somewhere tropical (and far far away) it just wasn’t financially smart with our upcoming wedding this year. We hoped to find a last minute vacation to the Caribbean within our budget, but we didn’t find anything. Although we didn’t make it to the Caribbean we still went south–to south Portland. Continue reading

Finding a Wedding Dress at San Lilies Bridal

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WeddingIf you have been following Turquoise Compass for a while now then you know that I like things that are one of a kind. I like being able to find places and things that have a unique charm about them that cannot be found anywhere else. I like different. San Lillies Bridal & Ladies Wear in Amherst, Nova Scotia is one of those places that I unintentionally stumbled upon and was pleasantly surprised. My friend mentioned that I should check out San Lilies while dress shopping because she had found a formal dress there before and was happy with the service and quality of dresses. After looking at their website, I knew I wanted to go wedding dress shopping there as they carry a variety of wedding dress designers at the small boutique style bridal shop. Prior to looking at San Lilies, I hadn’t found my dream dress so I knew I would keep hunting until I found it. What I didn’t expect was that I would find my dress at San Lilies. Continue reading

The Ring That Makes My Fiancé Smile

EngagementEngagementMy engagement was a complete surprise. My boyfriend made it his mission to surprise me, and he did. He wanted more than anything to be able to surprise me when he proposed. Prior to getting engaged, my boyfriend took me ring shopping on a few different occasions to get some ideas from me. Prior to looking at engagement rings with him, I had no idea what I would want. I hadn’t really thought about it. There wasn’t a need to at the time. I wanted to save the excitement of looking when I was actually going to get engaged. When we first started looking at rings together I was trying to figure out what I did not like, while giving him ideas of things I thought were pretty. They’re all pretty! They’re diamonds! I really wanted for him to pick out the ring he wanted me to have. Honestly, I would have been happy with anything which I had told him countless times (even though he didn’t believe me). He thought every woman would want a big diamond, but that wasn’t the case for me. I remember him telling me one night that he wanted me to have the best, a ring that would sparkle under the moonlight. Was he being romantic or crazy? I would be happy having any ring that he wanted me to have and that would be more special than anything else. Nonetheless, Corey was on a mission to pick out the perfect ring for me. Continue reading