- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
It was a beautiful day; +18 °C and sunny, with the perfect cloud cover for photographs taken outdoors.
However, 75% of things were not going according to plan. Google crashed our ceremony venue. People who weren’t invited to the tea ceremony came and observed; we ended up not having enough snacks for everyone while the hotel’s restaurant was closed. Prior to the ceremony, we found out that the flower girls’ bubble blowers were NOT working. The train was holding up traffic to fetch then FMIL for hair & make-up. The bouquets, corsage and boutonnieres were MIA, left behind by Greyhound in Kamloops, BC (4 hours away from the venue). Programs were locked up in storage by mistake. It was actually pretty comical. Being spontaneous was a lot of fun in the end.
Programs I made that were MIA:
But hey, we had delicious cake, awesome family & friends, 2 huge kegs of craft beer, great food & wine, tears & laughter. We were flying Wedding Day at the seat of our pants. I was half expecting that to happen since I was prioritizing finishing an accounting designation, literally 2 weeks before the wedding.
CAKE! Black Forrest & Strawberries and Vanilla (guest photo). DH found the cake topper from an antique mall.
There were many emotional moments throughout the day, especially during the Chinese tea ceremony and the outdoor church ceremony. Before the wedding, I lost my dad. 3 weeks before, FH lost his aunt to cancer. Time does not heal grief; grieving does. Our photographer was able to capture many beautiful and intimate moments. Here’s a picture with my uncle, who is closest to my late father.
My hair-piece was from Tao Bao. Thanks to a lovely Bee who introduced me to it.
After the tea-ceremony, we did a couple’s photography session. Since we were walking together down the aisle during the procession, “first look” made sense.
There were no tears though. Each of us were beaming with excitement, kind of like, “Yay, alone time before the ceremony!”
There were lots of mosquitoes. My veil became a make-shift mosquito net.
We had a chance to practise our first dance (which we figured out the NIGHT before the wedding) during the photo session.
Parasol was found on Etsy. MLadysParasols The parasol solved the lack of having a bouquet. My awesome hairstylist made our bouquets, corsage and bouts in crunch time.
A few friendly bees were hovering around my bouquet during the ceremony. I was thinking, “Hah, that would be a nod to WeddingBee.”
Our procession was very well family-oriented: Flower girls (DH’s nieces), DH’s parents, my mom & sibling, MOH & Best Man (our soul siblings/best friends), then DH, our dog and myself. Everyone walked into Jonathan Cain’s version of the Bridal March. We actually had a surf song (“Sleep Walk”) by Santo & Johnny planned for the family procession — but remember Google was taking shots of the venue, so nobody was allowed to set up speakers and microphones.
I guess you can say that Mother Nature was testing us. A hornet was flying around, close to the groom and the best man. They didn’t run away from the hornet or the bride.
Plastic chairs? No biggie. Everyone had a seat; except the celebrant, MOH, Best Man, groom and the bride.
The Peace (this is where non-religious ceremonies would have the JOP say, “You may now kiss the bride.”)
During signing of the register, the piano was playing an Elvis tune, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.”
It was also a kid-friendly mountain destination wedding. At the reception, we had a kids’ room where they watched movies and had popcorn. The FG’s mom runs a daycare, so she made an awesome activity book for all the kids. I loved having kids at the wedding! When you crouch down to their level, they’re awe-struck. All of the songs played were kid-friendly; there were no swear-words of any sort. When you ask them to dance with you, they’re like, “Really?! Me??”
Our dog decided to attack me with puppy kisses, without any fair warning. She was so well-behaved.
We also had a serependitous wedding crasher — a garter snake. It was lying on the rocks, sun-bathing. Surprisingly, she was calm. Snakes poop as a self-defense mechanism. She gave DH a kiss. I, however, didn’t want to get (too) close to the snake.
To prevent the clinking of glasses, we had a bell on each table. Every time someone rang a bell, that table had to drink.
My most favourite moment was our first dance. We scheduled our first dance right after being announced as the new Mr. & Mrs. It worked out really well for us.
It was a bit comical because DH’s cousin was volunteering to wrangle guests to come dance with me. My other favourite moment was when Little Eva’s “Locomotion” came on. It’s an awesome crowd participation song.
It was such a huge relief when everyone walked up to us to tell us the he/she had a lot of fun. It was a wedding where everyone got the vibe that “anything goes”. There were no speeches (other than bride & groom’s toast & thank you speeches) and we didn’t have a DJ. Our play-list had a lot of 1950s-60s to start, then it amped up with 1980s and 1990s music. Those who wanted to dance, danced. Those who wanted to socialize, were table hopping & chatting. We stayed up until 3 AM that evening, chatting with guests who wanted to continue partying.
I even got to watch the sunrise in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with DH. It was a beautiful weekend.
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