Daily Archives: September 10, 2009

Vancouver Island: The Wedding

Sunday was a very fun yet crazy day. Imagine waking up fairly early, packing like a mad person, driving for 1 1/2+ hours in the pouring rain and getting ready with 6 people in the only hotel room that was available at the time. Poor Mr. Bean was feeling a bit claustrophobic, but that’s my family in a small room for you.

Anyways, before we headed off to the wedding, we stopped in the lobby of our hotel for some pictures (it probably also helped that we thought the wedding was at 2, when in fact it was at 2:30.)


Here we are with our classic “sibling wedding shot” – no family photo shoot is complete without it.


I also learned (again) that I suck at walking in 3 inch heels. It is generally recommended to get your husband to drop you off near the church instead of parking a ways away and hobbling all the while.

The wedding was held at St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria – it has an extremely beautiful chapel that brought back memories of European palaces of old. Mr. Bean and I found it amusing how well they hid the sprinklers in the decorations on the ceiling in the chapel.


As I said previously, it was a beautiful wedding. The chapel also has a pipe organ, so there was beautiful music.


10 minutes after the bride arrived, my cousin and his new wife were married!


The Academy has a set of beautiful stairs in front where we had a group photo. Fortunately, the rain decided to let up for that moment – that much couldn’t be said for the rest of the day.


They had a pretty awesome get-away car. It definitely trumps our Toyota Matrix.


Their reception was held at a golf course that would have had a nice view of the Olympic Mountains in Washington if it wasn’t for the clouds and rain. It was set up beautifully complete with a photo booth and a candy buffet. If anyone is interested, we have MANY awesome photos in the photo booth – so much fun!


If any of you have been following me since my wedding blog, the guy on the left should be quite familiar. That’s right, he was one of our MCs. And some exciting news, my cousin who recently had a baby (second bridesmaid from the right) recently got engaged! I think it’s amusing because shortly after our wedding, my cousin who just got married became engaged to his now wife and the trend was repeated – I wonder who will be the next to get engaged after she gets married?


After a very delicious and gluten-free friendly dinner, my cousin and his wife shared their first dance.


I’m not going to lie and say that my favourite part of wedding reception is the dance. I’m pretty disappointed when no one dances and/or the music isn’t great for dancing. Fortunately, the music for the most part was great and quite a few people wanted to dance, especially my family and some of my extended family as well! We all took turns dancing with my cousin Mark (who is so awesome, for the record):


My parents really ripped up the dance floor. One of my aunt & uncle were quite into dancing, but that could have been because my aunt had 3 triple shots of gin in close succession.


We were quite tempted to get the DJ to play this song like we danced at my wedding, but my brother left his MP3 player at the hotel and we decided that it wasn’t our wedding to dance-crash like we did at oursĀ  just over a year ago:

I wish I had a few more photos of us dancing, but I was too busy dancing to take any! Oddly enough, the photographer took many pictures of my sister and I dancing (it was slightly creepy yet entertaining), so if I ever get my hands on them I will happily show them off.

I’m so glad that we were able to go out and celebrate with my family. Congratulations Paul & Amanda!


What is your favourite part of weddings?


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