Here Be Dragons!

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to introduce myself to the hive—but don’t worry, I don’t breathe fire in real life.

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Photo by Brent Wesley / These are our fake-angry faces!

I’m coming to you from the Great White North, but not Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, or anywhere that most people could name. Nope, I live in northern Ontario; Sioux Lookout, to be exact. Thunder Bay lies about a five-hour drive away in one direction, while the same drive will get you to Winnipeg if you head the other way. The closest large centre is Dryden, which boasts a Walmart, and is an hour away.

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From Google Maps / It’s crazy how much more of the province is still north of us!

If you guessed this isolation makes wedding planning a bit tricky, you’d be right! I do a lot of online shopping and have learned to repurpose things I find in town at places like the hardware store or the grocery store. All but one of my bridesmaids live in southern Ontario, around 1,800 kilometres from here.

I’ve been here for two years and counting while Mr. Dragon has put in a bit more time—he has family even farther north than us! Although I sometimes miss malls, traffic lights, and cheap groceries, there is a lot to enjoy up here.

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All following photos are personal

Like geocaching! This is Mr. Dragon with BM/FSIL Ashley, searching for a tiny cache on top of a giant cliff.

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Mr. Dragon and Dad Dragon have scoped out many a good fishing hole.

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Sometimes we snowshoe, even though I’m clearly still learning.

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Planes on floats and skis land on the lake in front of our house all year long, which is awesome for aviation-loving Mr. Dragon and tolerable for light-sleeping me.

As much as the north has become home, with most of our beloved people living in the south we’ve opted to use my mom’s backyard in Brockville, Ontario as our wedding venue. It means we’ve got a lot of DIY details stored in boxes waiting to be transported as we get closer to September, but luckily we have big closets.

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Mom’s garden from a few years back—check out her amazing green thumb!

We’re planning a low-budget, intimate wedding of about 50 people, ourselves and wedding party included. It’s a homespun affair with our friends and family taking on everything from food to photography.

One of my favourite parts of bee introductions is learning why each blogger chose her icon, so of course I’m going to share why I snapped up this adorable dragon. Both Mr. Dragon and his son were born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, and I juuuust missed out by about a month (I’m a rabbit).

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A rabbit and two dragons

I’m so excited to be a part of Weddingbee, and I can’t wait to start sharing our journey with you!

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Mrs. Dragon

Location:
Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:15 am

    Welcome! I can’t imagine living that far away from a city; it sounds amazing :) Can’t wait to read more about you and your wedding.

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    fionak 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:15 am

    OMG – Sioux Lookout! Never in a million years did I think there would be someone from Sioux Lookout on the ‘Bee!

    I’m from southern Ontario, but my family has a cabin on Lake Minnitaki.

    So excited to read about your wedding planning!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 10:21 am

    @fionak: Never in a million years did I think I’d be *living* in Sioux let alone writing a wedding blog from here! :D Minnitaki is gorgeous!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:24 am

    Welcome! I feel like I’m rural and far from a city but you, my dear, have just put me to shame :)

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    Missido 813 posts, Busy bee @ 10:31 am

    I really enjoyed your pictures :) **Canadian bee over here! -originally from NB and living in Ottawa**

    Your mom’s garden looks fantastic too. One of my best friend’s (and bridesmaids) is from Brockville :)

    Small world.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:35 am

    Welcome! I can’t wait to hear more! And I’m hoping your black kitties will make an appearance ;)

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    cucumbersandwich 604 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    Welcome! I know nothing about my neighbor to the north (typical american) so please keep the geography lesson coming! Can’t wait to read more about your intimate backyard wedding!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 11:06 am

    Welcome!

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    porcupine 633 posts, Busy bee @ 11:06 am

    Welcome! I am so interested in hearing your wedding story. I can’t imagine living so far from a major city!

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    janie-janie 3248 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:07 am

    I love your tattoo!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    Thanks everyone! There’s a lot more coming about my geographical challenges. :)
    @janie-janie: There’s a better photo of it in an upcoming post about tattoos but it’s probably going to show up in a zillion pictures because at this point, I forget that I have it and don’t try to cover it at all.

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 11:11 am

    Welcome! I can’t wait to hear more!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:11 am

    Welcome! Your area looks so gorgeous, I’d love to visit there!

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    sugarpea 4922 posts, Honey bee @ 11:12 am

    Welcome! I nearly had a heart attack when I saw this haha (: My FI and I both grew up in the Brockville area, wow, such a small world (: I can’t wait to read about your wedding planning process!!

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    lerenard 297 posts, Helper bee @ 11:27 am

    When I first saw your introduction I google mapped Sioux Lookout and in case you are wondering you are 14 hrs from me. Lol. Looking forward to reading about your kitties, tattoos, and wedding planning in the coming months! And your mother’s garden looks beautiful!

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    Miss_Manda 301 posts, Helper bee @ 12:06 pm

    Oh man…. soooo jealous you snapped up the Dragon icon. Lucky Bee! Of course my wedding is 17 months out so even if I DO become a Bee, the Dragon would have been long gone! Still, enjoy it for all the rest of us who love it, won’t you?

    Love the pic of you and Mr. Dragon and his son… can’t wait to hear the story of your family!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:15 pm

    @Miss_Manda: I will treasure this dragon on behalf of all dragon-lovers everywhere! :D The Dragon boys are wonderful, both of ‘em — Mr. D’s son lives in Nanaimo, BC, so we don’t see him often but he’s a fantastic dude.

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:16 pm

    Welcome! :)

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    lechevalnoir 277 posts, Helper bee @ 12:35 pm

    Yay geocaching! Look forward to your story! =)

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    bookworm88 3316 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:52 pm

    ooh! so jealous of the dragon moniker!! your life sounds amazing though, can’t wait to hear more!

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    MrsKiviniemi 9 posts, Newbee @ 12:55 pm

    Welcome!!! Your icon is so cute! Who knew dragons could be adorable and oh-so-stylish?

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    Mary B., Guest @ 1:36 pm

    I don’t normally comment, but whoo-hoo Canadian bee! And whoo-hoo Brockville! My husband and I live in Kingston and love driving down to get fish and chips from Don’s. Mmmm.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:55 pm

    Welcome!!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:57 pm

    Welcome! :)

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    sugarpea 4922 posts, Honey bee @ 4:45 pm

    @Mary B.: Yumm Don’s has the best fish and chips ever! (:

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:40 pm

    Welcome Miss Dragon! Cannot wait to hear more about your wedding in Ontario! Funny you mention year of the dragon – that’s my husband too. I’m guessing your guy is a fire dragon (dragon doubled!). This is definitely your year! :)

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    maryjane 1971 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:41 pm

    Welcome! You’re sort of my neighbor, in the way only real rural people can be neighbors!

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    couawilou 7598 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:11 pm

    I love those pictures, the scenery must be sooo nice up there! SO glad to have you as a Bee!

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    teacup 631 posts, Busy bee @ 11:17 pm

    Welcome : ) What a fascinating story yours is for the ‘Bee!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:03 am

    Welcome!! Mr. P was born in year of the dragon too, and he likes to claim it is the best sign to be born under, so I love your reasoning :)

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:58 pm

    Yay for another Canadian bee!! So excited to have you hear and can’t wait to hear more about your wedding planning!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 5:30 pm

    @Mary B.: @sugarpea: I don’t really know much about Brockville — Mom Dragon lives there but I’ve only been a handful of times — so I’ll have to take note of places you guys suggest checking out! :)

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:56 pm

    Welcome! It’s funny that you’re in northern Ontario, and so much of Ontario is north of y’all.

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    jesses-girl 90 posts, Worker bee @ 12:12 pm

    I remember driving from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay as a teenager with my family! Wow, different! I’m from Vancouver Island!!
    Love hearing from Canadian Bee’s!

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    jesses-girl 90 posts, Worker bee @ 12:13 pm

    and PS, our wedding is also in September this year and we LOVE geocaching!!

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