• Mary Draper

What's with this plate, you ask?

Updated: Nov 15

A few of you have asked about the striped plate we use in some of our photos. This awesome beachy plate in the photo below.

(photo credit: 3 Girls and a Kiln)


It starts back in Toronto, almost 15 years ago, when I was doing my post-grad in pharmaceutical R&D and met my best friend - she was in the class right after mine, and we ended up at a conference together and started a conversation over tattoos, lol. Fast forward a few years after we both finished our programs, and we both moved away from Toronto for pharma jobs - she went to California, and I came to Windsor. Despite the thousands of miles between us (and even more since she relocated to Grand Cayman about 6 years ago), we've been through thick & thin together and visited each other a couple times a year. She’s watched my little ones grow, and been support for each other when we needed it most.


So when she got engaged and asked me to be her maid of honour, I was so happy and excited. From planning her wedding shower in Cayman (with the help of some of her amazing island friends!), to dress shopping weekends in Toronto, and flying to Madison, Wisconsin a few times for dress fittings, it was a wild and crazy ride that I was so happy to be a part of. The day itself was the most magical day, and we have since been back to throw her a baby shower too!



The plate was a thank you gift from her and her husband, for all that we did. It’s from the most amazing shop in Camana Bay, called 3 Girls and a Kiln, that makes hand-made pottery. But it’s more than that. It’s become a symbol of our friendship, and our lives. It has inspired our bakery colours, and gets used in our photos.

The last time we were there was March 2020, the week before March Break, to throw her baby shower. We left just days before they closed down their airport, and haven’t been able to get back since. We’ve watched her become an awesome mom, and watched her little girl (that we've never met) turn one through the bittersweet magic of technology. But hopefully sometime soon we’ll make it back there as things start to reopen in the new year. (And I’ll make sure to stop by 3 Girls and a Kiln to get a backup before anything accidentally happens to this one, lol).