S: Some things are meant to be . . . August 6, 2011
FC: B | & | C
3: I'm so proud I can finally call this man my husband. He is my favourite. | The best day EVER . . .
4: Of all the walks we've walked, this is my favourite.
5: In addition to the celebration of the love between Courtney and Bart, this wedding is also a celebration of family. It is the blending of two families, separate up to this moment, but united from this day forward. Courtney and Bart wish to honour this blending of the families by presenting a flower to their mothers — to thank their parents for the many selfless sacrifices they have made and for the unconditional love they have so freely given to their children.
6: "How about that drive in?"
7: For those who say that sports, specifically ball, can be harmful to a relationship, I beg to differ. Those who say 2nd place is not a win ,again, I disagree. Those who think technology is detrimental to social skills, I oppose in this case. One Remax win, one rain out, one preoccupied teammate, one teammate who cleared me to drive, one angry, impatient passenger, and several text messages working up the courage to make one phone call has led me here today. I Bart, take you Courtney, as my lawfully wedded wife. I promise to be yours and to take you as my own, no matter what may come to pass in our lives. I do not know what life has in store for us, but I promise to provide for you and be by your side. Whether we are rich or scraping by, whether we are happy or fighting back tears, whether we are healthy or just barely holding on. I will be completely yours, as we experience new things, as we have children of our own and watch them grow. I will be there for you, day and night. And when the mood strikes you to dance or sing, I will be there to tell you it's perfect. I will do my best to love you, as best as I can and to give you every good thing in this life. And when that is not good enough, I will do all that I can to do better. I will serve you and protect you for all of my days. I will not only be your husband, but your best friend. From this day forward, I am yours, no power under the sun will ever change that. I love you. I take you as mine, and I will be forever yours.
8: "I don't think anyone who knows me would be surprised to hear that I knew I wanted to marry you from the very beginning."
9: - but I was. I was surprised by how strongly I felt so quickly and surprised that in my 30 years I hadn't felt those feelings before. I was even more surprised and hesitant to admit that my mom was right. Bart when I met you, all of those cliches she would throw at me to try to make me feel better as I searched for you, started coming true. It will happen when you least expect it, when you stop looking you'll find it, when you know you know. You are my “the one” and I am proud to be standing here with you. You are one of the best men I know and I love you more and more everyday that I am so fortunate to have you in my life. I promise to appreciate and encourage you, to laugh with you and comfort you. I promise to keep you entertained with impromptu dance parties and random outbursts of my fabulous singing as long as you always agree when I say I totally hit that, right?! I promise to always feel lucky and grateful for the life we’ve built and will continue to build together. I promise to carry the poop bags and let you be the treat guy when we walk the dogs. I promise to treat you with respect and listen to you with compassion and understanding. I promise to support the things that make you happy even if that means three volleyball seasons a year. I promise to be your best friend ever and to love you all my life with all my heart. Thank you for giving me the kind of awesome love I have been surrounded by my whole life. I love you!
11: TWO PEOPLE, TWO HEARTS, TWO LIVES, BECOME ONE HEART, ONE MIND, ONE NEW LIFE TOGETHER.
14: Love you forever . . . | A few years ago, we bought a book to give him on his wedding day. It’s a story about a mother and her son. Needless to say, the pages are now yellowed and brittle, but the words still have the same meaning: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” We would like you and Courtney to have this book and will hopefully put it to good use soon.
15: Now, to the task at hand! Courtney! There is just so much to be said. The first time we met, we were at a family wedding in Saskatoon and she had to introduce herself to us. She did a great job – we were very impressed right from the start. We had heard quite a lot about Courtney, but we think Jaime had the “direct” line of information about her. We could tell that this was his “All Star” and could immediately sense the happiness and affection he was feeling. And why not? She loved ball; was very good looking with a great personality; she loved ball; liked pets; loved ball; very knowledgeable about sports and BONUS she drank wine straight out of the bottle. It was just icing on the cake that she loved Bart. He was definitely her “Mr. Right”. On our way to a hockey game in Craik 1 1/2 years ago, we were joking around about whether or not Bart would ever “pop the question”. Courtney’s comment was “I’ve had my wedding planned since I was 12 – I’m just waiting for someone to ask me”. How could Bart resist such a wonderful girl – he came through! I do believe she did have it all planned because this day is so perfect. She is absolutely the right girl Bart, and we can’t imagine you spending your life with anyone else. I do have a bit of concern about my relationship with Courtney, though. I’m sure most of you are familiar with what happens to dead animals on the farm. Well, 67 days before the wedding, we informed Jaime and Bart that we had just purchased a plot in the cemetery – because they should know that. Bart called back to confirm – 2 urns; 1 urn and 1 casket or what? In the background, my future daughter-in-law is asking “what’s wrong with the rockpile?” Should I be concerned. We love you both very much and look forward to the “expansion team”. At this time, we’d like to ask all of Bart’s family to rise and help us welcome Courtney into the family.
16: the good stuff
17: Courtney and Bart, you are in the major leagues now. You have a life-long contract and are no longer free agents. We hope that your life together will be filled with RBIs, grand slams and winning seasons. However; we all know neither baseball nor life is always like that. Sometimes we go through slumps, are on the injury list or out of the batting order. We may be asked to take on a role we have never played before and are uncomfortable with. If given the choice we would rather sit on the bench than tackle an unfamiliar often difficult situation. But that is not what being a part of a team means. Those tough times and how you work together to get through them are what strengthens the team. Because those are the times that make you more dedicated to the team and more thankful to be a member of it. Please wallow in the winning seasons and learn from the more challenging ones. Courtney and Bart, our wish for you is that you play the roles you are asked to, to the best of your ability, understanding that there will always be another player or more often than not, players to back you up. And most importantly never hesitate to step up to the plate and go to bat for each other, your marriage, your family and friends because that will guarantee your membership in life’s hall of fame.
18: "There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved."
20: "THIS DAY I WILL MARRY MY FRIEND, THE ONE I LAUGH WITH, LIVE FOR, DREAM WITH, LOVE."
21: OUR WEDDING DAY HAS FINALLY COME!
26: GIRLS GETTING READY
27: HAIR AND MAKE UP TIME
29: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." ~TERESA COLLINS
31: GILLIES | SO LUCKY!
34: F O R E V E R
35: I LOVE YOU NOT ONLY FOR WHAT YOU ARE, BUT FOR WHO I AM WHEN I AM WITH YOU.
36: Some things are meant to be . . .
37: . . . like you and me.
38: "A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you."
39: Our journey begins . . .