When we last left Michelle and Sonia`s gorgeous Toronto Ontario wedding, they had just had their very first look at each other! Now it was time to relax and have some fun with their wedding party, treasured friends and relatives that were there to share in their day with them…
The wedding party gathered together, ready for the big day…
But they were nothing but smiling faces when that moment came.
“I love you every step of the way…”
It’s such a beautiful promise to make to the one that you love; a promise that no matter what happens, we’ll take it together, one step at a time.
I met an elderly married couple in a book store a little while ago. They laughed together at little inside jokes, they held the doors open for each other and reached for each others’ hands like they were newly weds. They glowed when they were together.
When my curiosity finally got the better of me I walked over and introduced myself to them. It turns out that these two, so happily in love, were not in fact newly weds but had been married for 45 years. It made me smile that they were that in love even after all this time.
My wish for every couple that I meet is that they too will experience that new love energy every day of their lives. That they will be like newly weds, seeking each other out, wanting each others touch and embrace even on their 75th wedding anniversary.
I have had the pleasure of attending a lot of Weddings over the years. There are a few that stand out in my memory: Masquerade wedding? Super cool. Backyard weddings. So fun.
But I’m pretty sure Shannon and Mandy’s Wedding has now topped the list.
These two devious brides got engaged in secret and then planned their wedding quietly for years waiting for just the right opportunity. It finally presented itself for Mandy’s 40th birthday party.
Friends and family were told that they were showing up for a Surprise Birthday Party for Mandy, but when Mandy showed up to the hall, it was the friends and family that got the shock of their life… There was Shannon and Mandy dressed in full wedding attire with a sign that read… “Surprise, we’re getting married.”
No Birthday party.
A Surprise Wedding.
Oh how they cried.
But they were so happy for them. Faces beamed through the tears everywhere.
And in the midst of it all, these two gorgeous, slightly mischievous, amazing brides pledged to love each other forever.
Their family and friends cried from happiness, a little shock, and from laughing so hard that their sides hurt. They laughed along with these two amazing brides and then they had an amazing party to celebrate two women who just pledged to love each other for the rest of their lives in front of them. And it was absolutely perfect.
I stood in front of Natalie’s hotel room door and paused before knocking. One year ago to the day I met these two energetic, fun-loving girls on their engagement shoot.
It was a snowy winter day here in St Jacobs.
And today on their wedding day, one year later, Jessica got her wish: It was once again a snowy November morning.
One floor up Jessica and her friends were busy getting ready as well. Hair appointments, make up appointments; it was the typical wedding day chaos.
But all too soon we were rushing toward the hall and you could feel a bit of nervous, anxious, excitement in the air.
They each took turns walking down the aisle, hand made signs proceeded each bride’s entrance into the hall.
They stood together and tearfully read their vows in front of friends and family.
Mrs and Mrs.
Partners for life.
Jenn and Sarah are the latter.
People are what matters to them. People. The lives; the ups and downs, the support of their loved ones around them. So it should be no surprise when so many people had a hand in creating their wedding day. Their celebration wasn’t about them. It was a celebration of their lives together, yes, but also of the people who lovingly held their hands, who witnessed the giddy reports from their first dates, who loved them apart and as a couple.
Each person in their lives had a role to play during their wedding day. Friends, family, even those who had passed away were still remembered and included in their wedding day. It wouldn’t be a celebration without them.
Jenn and Sarah are kind and open people. They give of themselves regularly. They reach out to others and put them before themselves. And even though this type of person is rare in this world, they seem to have found a kindred spirit in each other.
Congratulations, ladies. I wish you a life full of happiness.
We all do.