As most of you know, this was The Year of Destination Weddings for me.
The most recent one involved me, The Boy, and 20-something other family and friends who gathered in Cozumel to celebrate Shopaholic Friend’s wedding to her sweetheart of over nine years (yes, they took their sweet-ass time about it).
The wedding was short and sweet - by my clock, it took less than 15 minutes to get hitched, which all of us were grateful for because we were being eaten alive by mosquitoes. (all of the wedding photos show the bride’s six-yr-old niece scratching her legs frantically, and in one, you can see her BIL spraying down the bridal party with bug spray while we try not to look too itchy) Aside from the minister’s accent which turned the bride’s name to “Balerie” and a mad last-minute dash to get started on time, it all went off without a hitch.
The aim was to be done by sunset, so that the photos on the beach would have the best possible backdrop… thankfully, we actually got a very nice sunset that day, and our control-freak planaholic bride got her picture-perfect wedding day.
Of course, the wedding was only one day out of the whole week, so we had plenty of time to enjoy Cozumel - which was surprisingly un-touristy, considering it’s a cruise ship mecca. We did our fair share of relaxing on the beach, but also spent a few days exploring - we took a ferry ride to the mainland for a day, rented scooters to explore the island, and took a long walk along the water’s edge to discover the beaches. Photos from the first few days are here, with more to come later, and The Boy’s photos are here. (You may need a Facebook login to see The Boy’s photos… sorry)
My favourite wedding so far took place on a small farm just outside of Ottawa, ON. Our friends M and S had already eloped several months prior, but they put together a big party on M’s favourite holiday of all, Canada Day. They held a lovely non-traditional ceremony right by the edge of a marsh that runs through the property, where a couple dozen guests sat on blankets to watch the couple and S’s nine-yr-old daughter exchange vows to treat each other well and become a family. Afterwards, everyone walked up the hill to enjoy a small buffet dinner prepared by the couple themselves, followed by a dessert of traditional Lithuanian wedding cake, and then… fireworks! Small, simple and personal… that’s exactly how I like it.
So, what was your favourite wedding? (Married Mumpers, you can even include your own, though that’s awfully predictable of you )