AE | The Weekend Lens


Today we're recovering from Katie and Peter's awesome wedding weekend.

These are two of my favorite people that I absolutely consider family. Getting to celebrate with them and their parents and siblings and friends and extended families was something I will always treasure. Just good, kind people.

And the dancing was pretty darn fun too.

We'll be sharing more photos as they become available. Here's two from Paolo's camera that he shared with me:


I wrote on Instagram that Saturday was really the day I actually saw Simon for the first time as a young man. He and Anna have been looking forward to this weekend ever since Katie and Peter asked the three of us to be in the wedding last year.

Simon and Anna and I talked a lot leading up to the big event about how this was Katie and Peter's day and that best behavior was expected. Simon really took that to heart and was patient and polite and mature even during all the standing around & waiting time that seems to happen on the day of a wedding when you are in the wedding party.

He was so excited for his "uniform" (suit), including the bow tie that Peter picked out for him and he got ready with all the groomsmen who were just so fantastic with him. He didn't complain once about the outfit (he tends to be pretty particular about his clothes) and he happily wore the fancy shoes we picked out for him.

Basically he totally rocked the whole day.


One of my favorite things was having some of my family there as well. They've gotten the chance to know Katie and Peter over the last four years and love them just as much.

I can't wait to show you more photos of all the cool things Katie set up for the wedding and reception. That "best day ever" sign was a huge hit of course. She and Peter and their families put in a ton of work to really make it a magical celebration. I'll have her tell you all about it when they return from their honeymoon.

Love you guys!

37 thoughts

  1. Paula

    2013-09-30 09:26:03 -0400

    What a beautiful day all around. Wishing Katie and Peter a lifetime of love and blessings. So happy that each of you, who are obviously a special part of the lovely bride's life, had a wonderful time celebrating!

  2. karen c

    2013-09-30 09:36:37 -0400

    Congratulations to Katie and Peter! What fantastic decorations! So happy for everyone and can't wait to see Anna as a flower girl now that we've seen Simon as a splendid groomsman.

  3. Nicky from Okotoks

    2013-09-30 09:40:52 -0400

    How wonderful - special day and wonderful to see Simon in his suit!!

  4. Rene

    2013-09-30 11:13:34 -0400

    Congratulations to the wonderful couple and Ali you are so gifted at sharing special moments, how much you love them all really shows through. Its so funny how I feel proud of Simon like he is my own son - I am so thrilled for you all. What a wonderful occasion to celebrate! GO Simon Go!

  5. Alida

    2013-09-30 11:15:25 -0400

    Special photo's and you all look awesome, inside and out. Congratulations to Peter and Katie.

  6. Jennie Clarke

    2013-09-30 11:29:14 -0400

    Awe! Love it & can't wait to hear more from both you and the bride!!! (That sign... oh my... that sign!!!!!) *wub*

  7. stacyk

    2013-09-30 11:41:26 -0400

    Wow, thanks for sharing Ali! Congrats to Katie and Peter.

  8. Deirdre

    2013-09-30 12:32:19 -0400

    Ali, you look gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the story of Simon rising to the occasion. Congrats to Katie & Peter!

    I'm a fan of Emily Freeman and the trailer for her new book reminded me of you and the message you've been sharing for years---of being a life artist.

  9. Erica Thomas

    2013-09-30 13:05:01 -0400

    Way to go Simon!!!

  10. Jo

    2013-09-30 14:15:15 -0400

    Lovely, happy post!

  11. Leslie S.

    2013-09-30 14:22:02 -0400

    Congrats to Katie and Peter!! Simon looks so handsome and grown up.

  12. kybarb

    2013-09-30 14:28:10 -0400

    Wondering how Anna did--wasn't she the flower girl?

  13. Julie

    2013-09-30 14:49:19 -0400

    Wow ali you look stunning - that's a fantastic dress ! Glad the day went so well for you all :) Julie

  14. Jenni Hufford

    2013-09-30 16:03:37 -0400

    Congrats to Katie and Peter! This post just makes me smile-- i can see the joy all of you share for their best day ever :)

  15. LIda

    2013-09-30 16:54:32 -0400

    What a happy event. Congratulations to the happy couple. Everyone looks so festive and happy.

  16. Julie

    2013-09-30 17:09:51 -0400

    Congratulations Katie!!! :)

  17. Christine

    2013-09-30 21:03:42 -0400

    Congrats to Katie and Peter! Simon looks so grown up! Lov the pic of your sister, Paolo, and you. Love the dresses. Is Paolo a friend of yours from high school?
    Can't wait to se miss Anna in a photo.

  18. shelly k

    2013-09-30 23:39:07 -0400

    Congratulations Katie and Peter!!! Hope you enjoyed every moment of your "best day ever"! Can't wait to see pics and hear from the Bride!!

  19. Angie Hall

    2013-09-30 23:40:10 -0400

    Lovely! So very lovely! Katie and Peter, blessings to you. And Simon, I gotta say, you are so handsome!

  20. Jonda

    2013-10-01 11:34:39 -0400

    Congrats Katie and Peter! Can't wait to read details and see more pics of this wonderful day!

  21. creole wisdom

    2013-10-01 13:25:42 -0400

    Lovely! I am holding out hope that Katie will start a blog one day :) You looked gorgeous, Ali!

  22. Bambou Orchidee

    2013-10-03 05:01:39 -0400

    Congratulations Katie !!!

  23. Liz Ness

    2013-11-07 17:21:28 -0500

    Just catching up...

    AWESOME photograph of Simon and Paolo! Also, Katie was just so beautiful (Katie, I'm so happy for you, congratulations!). And, you're looking good, too, Ali! Hope I get a chance to see you (and your mom) in person sometime in the coming year (been a crazy one this year)--wishing you and your family many good things.

    Take care!


  24. Crystal

    2013-11-12 22:46:28 -0500

    Love the photos! Where did they get the "best day ever" sign? I would love one for my Daughters 1st birthday.


  25. Heather

    2013-11-13 20:36:23 -0500

    Congrats Katie. I would love to hear an explanation on how you created the "Best Day Ever" sign.

    Looks like a very special day!


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