Chapter 30: KnockOutWedding2017

We took off last week for my best friend's wedding. We arrived at 1am Thursday. We spent Thursday running errands, picking people up from the airport, and helping set up the reception before stealing Krista for some bachelorette fun!

We rode roller coasters as a welcome to the ride of a lifetime marriage will be. It was super fun, even though I started feeling sick after like one ride haha... I held it together so well though, and for so long! When i needed a break and time for my gravol to kick in Carolyn and I tried the high ropes course which was super fun, I've never done that before! I have really powerful fear of heights, but over the past 10 years I have worked on it at every opportunity I have and am super proud of the progress I've made!

Anyways, after coasters we took some photos, which were hilarious as so many of us tried to clown-car our way into squishing inside one photobooth. Afterwards we headed out to the restaurant, where we had dinner and mocktails and Krista opened a lot of fun lacy presents. We were nearly the last people there too. We eventually made our way to the house Krista's parents had rented. The bridesmaids slept over and we stayed up all talking super late.

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That night Steven had dinner with his aunt Bonnie and uncle Lee who live in Northern Edmonton. He stayed at their house that night too, so he really got some quality time to spend with them. Lee was an Elvis impersonator in his "glory days" and Steven even got to hear his uncle perform for him a little. Apparently he is an amazing guitarist too! I guess we know where Steven's passion and talent for music came from... ELVIS!

The morning of the wedding, Krista gave us all matching monogrammed robes in the wedding colours, and her adorable niece had a tiny pink one. It was soooo cute. We got ready, (Krista looked STUNNING. those eyelashes like woah) and then Krista, her parents and I drove to the temple, everyone else would follow an hour or so later. Laurie and I had a really nice time getting everything to be perfect in the bride's room, and I can now say I have moved furniture in a temple... That might be a no-no, but the dress needed some space and the chair was squishing it. I stand by the decor decision, and I'm sure future brides will thank us.

Krista and Kaden looked so happy during the wedding ceremony, it was a beautiful private affair, with just some family and a few friends in attendance. Krista cried, and I think Kaden got emotional too although I couldn't see his face as clearly. I don't think I have seen a happier bride and groom in a long time, It was so touching to see the pure joy they had at the promises they were making and that they could be together - forever.

Mrs. and Mr. emerged from the temple a short time later just as we were starting to be concerned that it would rain. We made the most of the time at hand and got some really stunning photos of them, as well as shots with their families and parents etc. Just as we were about to start photos with the bridal party the ominous clouds (which look awesome in photos) broke open, and it started pouring. We all ran for cover and waited about half an hour as it cleared up. Looking back, I really don't know how I ended up with a sunburn, but there you have it! red hair/skin's fair - dont care. haha. We had a whirlwind of a day, and so much fun at the reception. Everything was beautiful, very classy and bonus? there were waffles. Gotta love waffles and popcorn! (Krista and Kaden's favourite foods)

food, speaches, songs, and then dancing, cleanup, and goodnight.

That's a fraction of what happened during that trip but It's enough for one post I think!

Highlights of the next few days: taking the niece/nephews on their first water slides, family photos, me somehow failing a drug test at the airport and having to have a full pat down and all my belongings searched and drug tested (would not recommend..), and of course, the amazing steaks cooked by the love of my life! It was so nice to have all my siblings together, and really wasn't long enough for me.

 

Mom and dad flew to Montreal with us Sunday because my dad had a conference here to attend. It was incredibly nice to get home! Since Monday was a holiday, Steven and I got to play tourist! We rode bikes down to the old port where there was an amazing event going on. There were all these people dressed in period clothes from 375 yrs ago (how old Montreal turned this week) and we got to walk around and look at booths of people doing pottery and shoe making, blacksmithing, and so much more. We met up with dad and went out for poutine (of course)

There were some really rainy days this week, so we spent our evenings mostly just at my parents airbnb. It was a condo with really great amenities, so we used the grill one night, the pool tables another couple nights. it made us reeeaaally want to live in a condo with good amenities...

anyways, this post is getting rambly, so Ill just leave it here. Talk to you next week!

Love, Heather