So I went to a wedding in chilly Calgary this past weekend. I haven’t been to a wedding in ages. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last one I went to was Dan and Brenda’s wedding in 2004. How time flies!
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Had weddings changed much? My friend Amy, the one getting married, is the type to want a sort of ‘normal’ wedding, so I thought that whatever I encountered would stand as an average wedding for me to base my judgment on, to see if there was much changed.
As a matter of fact, not much has changed lately from what I remember! Of course, things are slightly more clean and crisp and modern, but isn’t that always the case when looking at a time period when still in it?
The colors were light blue and cream white – really quite lovely choices for a winter wedding. They were soft, slightly chilly, but not uninviting. Overall, the way they pulled it off was excellent. And really it was nice to see the groom in something a bit masculine. That’s one thing I didn’t like about the last wedding I went to. Seeing Dan in pink was horrifying! This one was much more dignified.
I’m ‘just a friend’ I suppose. Not a best friend, not an old friend…’just a friend’. As such, I wasn’t front and centre for any of it, which is just the way I like it. It meant I got to watch everything!
The pictures were gorgeous to see as they happened. They’ll be so happy when they see them!
There were a lot of group shots since each side has an enormous family and many friends (there were over 400 people at this wedding, I was frankly shocked – the price of it all…can you imagine?), and the photographers seemed to do a good job of making use of the surrounding area. They even hurried along to make sure nobody had to be outside in the frigid winter air for longer than absolutely necessary. Also impressive to see that she did the pictures with the most elderly people first so as to allow them to get inside as quickly as possible.
It wasn’t really too cold, but anything below freezing is uncomfortable. All things considered, for a January day in Calgary, it was splendid!
It has been so long since my wedding, but watching two people get married still tugs my heart strings and makes me think of how happy I was on that day.
I wonder if there are any more weddings scheduled for this year? We don’t have many friends, especially those in the ‘getting married’ phase of their lives, but I certainly do love going to marvel at all the splendor that so many people have obviously spent so much time (and sometimes money) putting together!