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My Love

One year ago to the day, I married my beautiful wife Marnie.  I have truly enjoyed each day with since, just as I have enjoyed each day prior and look to enjoy each day forward.  She is my everything.

I love you Marnie!


You can learn more about our wedding story and see more pictures at Marriage in Maui.

Vegas Vacation – Our Arrival

One of the benefits of social media is that it tells me my first trip to Las Vegas took place in March 2011. While I would at best describe that first trip as a whirlwind of activity (arrive late day one and leave early day three with a wedding in between), I got a good enough taste that I knew I needed to come back in the future.

Fast forward to present – my brother and his soon-to-be-wife are getting married here in Vegas (today!) and I’m back.

WestJet winglet in the rain at YVR

Peace out Raincouver!


Our trip from Vancouver was relatively painless.

WestJet as always was top-notch and the $30 upgrade we paid for Plus seating (a must if you travel on WestJet) was well worth it, if not for the extra leg room but the free snacks and booze we got to set the mood. Little to no turbulence made for a smooth flight and the length was just perfect to let me watch Edge of Tomorrow – which wasn’t too bad.

As someone who travels between Vancouver and Calgary with the odd trip to Maui mixed in, I found McCarran International huge! Aside from the fact there are multiple detached terminal buildings and a highway that goes underneath two runways (I think – we did arrive at night), there’s so much space inside that I’m surprised they don’t have limos picking people up straight from the baggage carousel!


Anywho, a short cab ride is all it took to get us to the Tropicana where we booked our stay. As one of the older hotels on the Vegas Strip, the Tropicana now markets itself as new having gone through significant renovations. And furthermore, it’s also the venue of the wedding (today!) so most of us decided it was also a convenient base of operations.

This is where things go slightly awry.

When I booked online through the Tropicana website, I was presented with many room options. Deluxe this, Paradise Tower that, Bungalow there. Wanting to have a nice trip and thinking it would be good to splurge a little, I booked the Paradise Tower which is strip-side. Yet upon check-in we were provided a Club Tower room.

Now for those of you who’ve never stayed at the Tropicana, the Club Tower is so far from the front desk that you nearly walk halfway back to the airport. And while online reviews have it as the “quieter” tower, it’s also got wicked… err.. lame views of the airport itself (remember, you’ve pretty much walked back to it).

Having an issue with this, I promptly called down to the front desk to express my displeasure. I explained our situation, the room I booked and the fact I even paid more for it. Tara, the woman who answered my call, empathized with our concern but advised us they had no record of which tower I booked in.

WHAT?!

Incredulous that this could be the case, I checked our reservation confirmation and sure enough – no mention of Tower either. Just that we booked a non-smoking deluxe room with a king size bed. Not good enough I proclaimed!

Tara explained that as this is a busy weekend, unless we wanted to go to a smoking (a blog topic of its own) room there wasn’t much we could do for the evening. She did offer to move us the following day (today!) and for the inconvenience of moving on the day of the wedding, offered a $50 food and beverage voucher. While I accepted, I explained again that all I wanted was the room I “paid” for and in my estimation, our new relationship between guest and hotel was getting off to a rocky start. She provided me a customary I’m sorry and that’s where things were left.

So I did what I do best. I tweeted about it.

As it stands right now, I’ve been told this will all be made right. And frankly, I’m sure it will be.

But today my brother gets married and that reinforces what’s important in life. Family.

Not a hotel room mix-up in the City That Never Sleeps.

Wedding Budget Stress

While it’s been a while since I wrote a post here, some of you may have been following me over on my wedding blog – Marriage in Maui.

Wedding Budget Stress

So I figured I would cross the virtual line and give leftcoastbydesign some love by talking about really my only stress of the wedding to date – the budget.

When Marnie and I decided on our date and location, we committed to a makeshift budget based on costs we were aware of and those suggested by a wedding template we grabbed off the internet. And while a destination wedding is somewhat different (who am I kidding, it’s just different) than a local wedding, we figured we had everything under control.

And I guess we still sort of do.

It’s just that our expenses seem to be more of a moving target than a static one. Different costs come into play that we didn’t consider from the onset (such as a shuttle bus for our guests to our venue), while others have been higher than our estimate.

Fortunately both of our parents have committed to helping us out. And we both have savings to support our contribution – thank you Shaw Communications for my employee stock option grant – so we’re not in a world of hurt. But I can sure see how people can get in a bad way.

So I ask you this. What would you do to save a few bucks on a destination wedding?

Wedding Planner Needed

Ever since our engagement, Marnie and I have been busy with life – her with work, while I have both work and what I hope to be a long playoff run for the Canucks. Not only that, but we have decided to look at getting into the market as first-time buyers and have begun our search for our dream home… err… condo/apartment. So life is pretty darn hectic.

This has all added up to make it tough for us to plan our wedding. Not that I have a clue about what we should be doing, looking for, or anything else for that matter.

In what little we have talked about, we were thinking of having our wedding next Spring – late April to early June. We’re still somewhat divided on whether to have it up on the Sunshine Coast or down here in the city, but seem to be leaning toward the city to ensure our guests can make it (I’m partial to the Minoru Chapel). But that’s about it. Crazy, huh?

Spring in Minoru Park, Canada

Minoru Chapel in the Spring – courtesy of Antony Pranata

We want to keep things reasonable (in other words, affordable), but also want to do things nice. My desire is that Marnie gets the wedding she wants, so I’m pretty easy going about that aspect – I simply want to provide input on the colours. But therein lies the problem. I don’t know where to start and don’t have millions and millions of dollars to spend (that Adsense revenue just ain’t at the JohnChow.com level I would like it to be).

Can anyone help me? Or provide suggestions? Please?

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