I'm finally getting around to posting about my trip to Ontario for my friend's wedding while I was in the US. Admittedly the only other time I have ever been to Canada was during two prior trips to Niagara Falls when I was much, much younger. So I wasn't really sure what to expect. Plus I was driving up from Cincinnati with no real knowledge of Canadian roads or rules, so I was a little nervous. And I was even more nervous about the boarder crossing. But it didn't matter because I was looking very forward to my friend, Marybeth's, wedding and to having the opportunity to catch up with some other friends as well. We are all friends from back in our assistant days in Paris, and the last time we had all seen each other was at my friend, Laura's, wedding two years ago. So I knew that, no matter how nervous I was about the trip up, the wedding and the entire weekend were going to be a blast. And I was right!
I'm going to split my Canada trip into two posts so first, the wedding and the weekend with friends and then I'll do a second post about my impressions of Canada. Since I was driving up on the Friday night from Cincinnati after a full day of work, I didn't end up arriving at the wedding location (where we were staying the night before the wedding as well) until about midnight. The second I stepped out of the car I was almost knocked over by my assistant friends, Marybeth, Laura and Delaware (actually named Rob but we always call him Delaware). And the fun began. I FINALLY got to meet the groom and we all stayed up late with some of their close friends and the bridal party catching up, getting to know one another, goofing off, drinking and just having a good old Canadian time.
The following day was the wedding day and we helped with some of the setup and preparations and then just took it easy (i.e. drank with some of the others who were not in the wedding and therefore not needed for photos) until it was time for the ceremony. They held the wedding at an outdoor recreation area in Paris, Ontario and the location was beautiful. The spot where they had the ceremony was surrounded by trees and the sun was shining while they said their vows. Overall a very nice ceremony, not too long but not overly short, and Marybeth's mother officiated.
Laura, Marybeth and I before the reception
Delaware, Laura, Marybeth and I
The first dance as a married couple! I'm so glad I finally got to meet her husband...I've heard about him for years but he never made it out to visit Paris and he unfortunately had to miss Laura's wedding two years ago as well.
All in all an incredible weekend and I'm so glad I was able to make it, even if Lionel couldn't (which ended up being sort of a blessing in disguise as Laura's husband and Delaware's fiancée couldn't come either so we were all without our other halves). It was so great to catch up with my assistant friends and to see Marybeth get married. Plus, who knows when we will all see each other next. Probably for Delaware's wedding, whenever that might be (they have been engaged for 5 years and still haven't set a date), unless I can convince them to all come out to Bordeaux!