Either we’re crazy, or there had to be a really good reason for us to spend a winter back in Canada.
Ok, so maybe we’re crazy AND there was this, the wedding. THE reason to freeze our buns off over winter.
We didn’t just want to fly 7 of us in-and-out for the big day…the cost was prohibitive and the situation would keep us very limited for getting around. Besides, being here to help with the preparations and the whole lead up to the Big Day is the best part of the whole event!
We shopped for The Dress, critiquing the possibilities she found. We even took her shopping on the mainland where she found her shoes and potential cake toppers. We had a hoot taking Mitchell on a shopping date to help him pick out an outfit for the wedding, because that kid definitely needed some freshening up to his wardrobe. He amused us, trying on virtually everything we asked of him, even the one Layne said, “just to amuse me”…and guess which one he liked the most?
Layne met up with Everette and I before work most Monday mornings for tea/coffee while we did our weekly laundry. We chatted about life in general and the upcoming wedding specifically. We kept abreast about the dress she was dying, and dying again….until she reached the perfect purple. It was great to be included in the wedding preps even though she handled most of it, along with tons of help from Dave’s mom.
Layne and her younger siblings made a huge streamer with scrap paper pendants for the reception. They would congregate in the cabin on many a Tuesday to watch movies together while working on their project. Lots of laughter came from those times. I’m sure the kids will always remember Layne including them in her wedding day preparations.
We were counting the sleeps until not only the big day, but to three days before then. When Rauchelle and her family were arriving. That signified the kick-off to the big highlighted weekend of the year for our family. It was also provided an opportunity to celebrate 2 May birthdays…Rauchelle’s, and her youngest daughters first birthday.
Dave suggested, “Just buy plastic” but Layne insisted on the real stuff. And so with just 2 days left before the wedding and both Layne and Dave working, with pleading eyes Layne sent Everette and I on an important errand. I agreed with Layne, the real stuff is far superior to the plastic stuff. Not just for saving the planet, but even for the sensation in the mouth…the whole eating experience. And so we ventured out to second-hand stores to find the all important cutlery…150 pieces of the stuff. Fortunately we scored well at the local second-hand stores and were soon lugging them back to the boat.
But then I had to convince the siblings that they wanted to help out with cleaning all that cutlery! So we put a movie on and away they scrubbed and polished, no problem. Job done!
We collected the liquor license, cake toppers, boxes of glasses and odds ’n ends to deliver to the wedding planner. And then on the big day, we showed up to the community hall between ceremony and reception to help finish decorating and organizing. With a final run to the store, and some belly’s partially filled we toured back to the hall and let the party begin!!
The Big Day
Layne and Dave decided to get married at the Sheringham Lighthouse out in Shirley, BC on Saturday, May 13th…”because some years it’ll be on a Friday!” The lighthouse seemed somewhat appropriate as Dave is a volunteer for the Marine Search and Rescue, and they both absolutely love the ocean and beach. Besides, tons of people get married at Whiffen Spit (including Rauchelle and Seth!)
The ceremony was small and intimate; totally casual. All that were invited were the immediate family members (parents, grandparents, siblings & their spouses & children) along with the officiator and small wedding party.
Instead of flower girls Layne chose her 3 nieces to blow bubbles. Dave’s niece Olivia was the ring bearer as his nephew was too young (under 1yo).
We were fortunate that the weather cooperated with us. The rains held off, and the wind wasn’t too strong. It was chilly for May but the wedding went on as planned…other than the bride losing her vows and having to say them on the spot. But she rolled with it all, as did Dave.
Both of Layne’s grandmas were able to attend. Layne also lived with my mom for about 2 years, so being there was a real treat for Grandma. Especially sweet since this year started out very difficult for her. On Jan 1st she had a massive heart attack followed with 2 surgeries for a total of 6 stents. Then she had a stroke on Jan 14th. So to make it out for Layne’s wedding was a real blessing.
Of course there are siblings. Everywhere. That was a crucial Must-Have for Layne. She insisted that all of her family be there…and that’s why she gave us a big heads up so we could make the trip up from Mexico (and the Burkes from Portland) to be a part of her big day.
A friend that Layne knows through volunteering at Ayre Manor was the wedding planner (and bar tender) and as you can see in a photo below, a cake sampler. This scrumptious cake with decadent ganache was made by Cakes by the Z (one of the brides maids). The cute dinosaur cake toppers were specially made by the bride’s sister, our fabulously talented daughter Rauchelle of Pettal Works.
There was music and dancing (our 4yo granddaughter was break-dancing!) tons of food from the potluck (everybody brought a huge variety of foodstuffs) and lots of alcohol. The groom’s mom made up a couple of gift baskets and they were raffled off, the proceeds going to the bridal couple’s honeymoon…in New York City.
All in all it was a great day.
Now we’ve got 2 of our 9 kids married off.
With the wedding over with, we’re once again free to roam wherever we want. We are, as of yet, undecided on what our next adventure is. Summer is scheduled to arrive here on the BC coast any day although it sadly seems to be taking its time.
We’ll probably stick around to sail the Gulf Islands, and some kids will take in the Sooke Sailing Classes in July. We’re looking forward to blackberry season to make pies in August…if the berries ripen without rotting with all this cold and rain. And the day after Layne’s wedding, her cousin got engaged. So we’ve got another family wedding to attend here on the island this summer.
Let’s see where serendipitous travel will take us this time.
P.P.S. The best photos here were taken by our talented daughter, Maret.
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