So we’ve called it ‘the’ wedding for some time, as in I’ll have to do that before ‘the’ wedding, or let me get back to you after ‘the’ wedding. As so we did it – we had the much anticipated, highly celebrated, first wedding in our family of four kids and it went off swimmingly – with a few crazy watery challenges. Water was definitely a factor. My daughter and her good husband wanted to have a small-ish wedding at the Seabreeze resort, on a west coast destination called Hornby Island, amongst magnificent rock bluffs, grassy meadows and wide sandy beaches. Coming from Vancouver you take the BIG ferry, drive forty minutes and then board first one small ten minute ferry to Denman Island, cross Denman and then board your second small ten minute ferry to arrive on Hornby. Easy Peasy!
We all docked in a deluge of west coast rain. We tried like hec to get a ‘rain plan’ worked out with the resort. The normally hugely accommodating owners wanted us to display faith in the idea of sunshine. They told us it really “didn’t rain on their weddings” and put me off begging for some idea of an alternate course of action in case the beach we intended to hold the ceremony on was being accosted with waves. And guess what? It really doesn’t rain on their weddings.
Slow autumn wasps came out in the golden sunshine and buzzed quietly among the guests, stinging a few people, including the poor, but brave little flower girl. Lovely candles were lit on the long tables, including a generously tall one on the speaker’s podium which the bride brushed by catching a ruffle on the shoulder of her dress with a small flame that two heroic aunties quickly doused with a bit of water. I assured my daughter that it was really very good luck to have your dress catch fire ever so briefly on your wedding day, and she believed me.
When you choose to get married at least two ferry rides away for most guests, and three for some, you take the risks that some important people might miss the ferry – like the young women we bribed to come be the bridal party hairdresser. Thank goodness she performed her hair- do magic quickly, and another aunt agreed to help out with some hair- do magic herself.
We had the bride, bridesmaids, flower girl and her mom, and the tiny ring bearer (the happy couple’s daughter) all tucked up in the car after an off-site photo session and while shooing a wasp from the car, realized we had misplaced the car keys (that’s us) – meanwhile back at the resort all the guests were waiting, as was the ridiculously delicious dinner – when suddenly voila – they were discovered on the floor of our rented cottage – right where the baby ring bearer had left them.
Loads of guests, including the bride and groom (honeymoon bound), after the magical weekend celebration were attempting to get off the island and return to where they’d come from, but were kept stranded on Hornby when a storm rocked the region and kept the little ferry from leaving until four in the afternoon – just of course, adding to the sense of watery adventure.
That weekend it rained, it poured, it stormed – but from day break until the last song played on the day of ‘the’ wedding the sun shone brilliantly, in fact I saw the clouds part. The grasses blew ever so gently, and the blackberries glistened. The bride was stunning (hair done) and happy, the bridesmaids were delightful, as were the groomsmen. The groom was indeed handsome, happy and as fine as a prince. The flower girls and ring bearer were sweet as pie. The guests cheered, clapped and blew bubbles when the minister (another aunt) introduced the newlyweds. The resort treated us like royalty with fine food and service. The DJ’s were incredible with their musical selections – reading us like a book (a sultry romance novel). We dined, we drank, we danced. And danced and danced and danced. So we’ve had ‘the’ wedding. And what a wedding it was. Chris Ross photos
- Mother of the Bride – a Fun Ride (textmelovemom.wordpress.com)