S: Weddings of 2009
FC: WEDDINGS OF 2009
1: Perhaps love was in the air, or the love bug was in the water, but Summer 2009 brought with it four weddings. The first of our friends to get married was Andrea and Sheldon on July 4 at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. The ceremony was very touching and it was evident these two are very much in love and ready to start a new life as husband and wife. It was emotional to watch both Andrea and Sheldon wipe away tears. Andrea was stunning in her gown and Sheldon looked like her knight in shining armour in his military dress uniform.
3: The wonderful thing about Andrea and Sheldon's story is that they also met the same night Howie and I met! There has been three marriages resulting from that one fateful night at Sherlock Holmes Pub five years ago.
4: Unbeknownst to us, Andrea and Sheldon had hired Chad to be their DJ! What a small world.
7: Miles and Darlene were married in Red Deer on August 2. We drove down in the morning following a caravan with Miles in the lead and Chad's family next. It was a hot and humid day with the sun shining. The ceremony was quick as it was non-denominational. Afterwards I went back to the hotel to relax while Howie helped Chad set up for the reception.
10: On August 29, Jeremy and Soon Lan held a vow renewal and blessing in Edmonton. We went to show our support for Jeremy, who has always been a good friend to me. Surprisingly, we saw many familiar faces from MAC in the crowd. Troy and Brendan were also guests, and Paul and Danny were in the wedding party. We also discovered that Howie and Brendan both worked for Service Canada and just never made the connection that they both knew me! It turns out Brendan married Allison Ochoa on Aug. 23/08 and Christina and Adam chose to attend our wedding instead of theirs! Crazy coincidence!
14: It was neat to see Jeremy and Soon Lan change into traditional Korean dress. It reminded us of our own Chinese wedding. The cupcakes were delicious and we shared one of each flavour!
17: Oksana, Maria's sister, asked Carrie and I to help plan Maria's stagette. We started the night at Carrie's house with belly-dancing! We had so much fun.
19: We went to Koutouki on the westend for more belly-dancing, dinner, and drinks. Maria looked daunted by the "muff dive", but with a little help, managed to finish the shot. The night continued with dancing on Whyte Ave.
20: It had been a year since our last MPAcc reunion, so Howie and I invited everyone over for a BBQ the night before the wedding. There was tons of food and as always, plenty of laughter.
21: The ceremony was held at St. Josaphat's Ukranian Catholic Cathedral. The entire ceremony was sung in English and Ukranian. It was amazing to hear. | Both bride and groom looked so happy. I teared up watching Maria walk down the aisle with her Mom. And the wedding dress was beautiful and suited Maria very well.
22: After helping with the set up at the Westin, the group headed over to Hundred Bar & Kitchen for drinks. Despite all the bad luck with their first choice venue (an unfortunate kitchen fire at the Delta), the Westin did a great job with the reception.
25: A group dance to The Gambler, an MPAcc tradition.
26: A wedding wouldn't be a wedding if we didn't run into Chad. Actually, Kevin and Maria hired Chad to be their DJ based on our recommendation. This will make it 5 weddings that we've attended with Chad as the DJ (including his own!). Ironically, Chad could not be the DJ at our wedding...on account of him being in Afghanistan.