A moment of grief

Last Wednesday morning, a member of our extended family, Karen, was killed in a head-on collision while on her way to work. The funeral was yesterday afternoon. My brothers and sister and I grew up calling this wonderful woman “Aunt”; we have a lot of great memories of her that we will cherish forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband and four children. I can’t imagine how difficult it will be for her kids to grow up without a mother.

The funeral home was so packed that some people stood in the hall. Jordan and I, my dad, and Keesje with Ashe all stood in the funeral director’s office where we could still hear the service. It also gave us a bit of privacy to keep Ashe quiet and to feed him. Ashe met his Uncle Devon for the first time, as well as Brenda (one of the sisters of the deceased and my “stepmom”) and Perry. Brenda was very happy that we brought the baby with us; she called him her “happy place” that day.

Ashe with his Uncle Devon and Brenda

After the funeral we attended the reception in the community hall and had the chance to visit with many people whom we haven’t seen in years. It’s still a little unbelievable that a tragedy like this can happen, but I know everyone will get through it in their own way.

Amy & Fred’s Wedding

We are half-way through July! What a wonderful weekend this has been. On Thursday, the bridesmaids and bride-to-be met at a spa to have our nails done. The activity was quite pricey but our nails did look great afterward. And we got free parking because the parking meter was broken. We called the city to make sure we wouldn’t get a ticket! After that, I came home for lunch while Amy, her sister Danielle, and Pam left to steam the wedding dress.

Around 3 pm everybody, including some of Amy and Fred’s family, met at the wedding venue where the actual ceremony and reception would be taking place the next afternoon. The reception hall was made up beautifully and all the little details that Amy provided were perfect. We had a quick tour and then a run-through of the ceremony so that we would know our places. That all finished up quite quickly and we headed over to Fred’s brother’s home for a BBQ!

Gift bags for the wedding party

Friday morning we woke up to pouring rain. Luckily by the time we met up at the spa for our hair appointment, the rain had let up. Everyone’s hair turned out great! After inhaling lots of hair spray we drove over to Amy’s grandfather’s house to have our make-up done by an Aloette consultant. While we ate pizza, Colleen did a wonderful job doing our make-up. We did find ourselves quite behind schedule and had to quickly squeeze into our dresses before the photographer showed up!

The pink rose bouquets

Once we were ready we helped Amy into her dress without smearing any make-up and then we went outside to have some photos taken. Still behind schedule! Finally we got on our way to the venue and found ourselves in crazy traffic. Ah well, the wedding can’t start without the bride, and we bridesmaids had left before her! I don’t have any photos of the ceremony itself or from the university gardens where formal pictures were taken, but I do have quite a few of the reception.

I’m very happy that Amy’s day turned out well and the only thing that went wrong was Pam forgetting to bring Amy’s speech! But that issue was rectified by Pam’s downloading it on her BlackBerry. The sun came out to make us sweat but the evening did eventually cool off. The air conditioning in the venue was on but it was still very warm inside with the hot food and everyone dancing. I know Amy & Fred will be very happy together!

One more wedding to go!

March 15, 2011
I finally have all the official photos from Amy’s wedding so here are some of my favourites:

Wedding photos – Part IV

The reception
We held the reception at the Junior Ranks mess hall on base. There was plenty of space and great food! My maid of honour, Amy, caught the bouquet and she’s getting married this July! So happy Jordan’s family from New Brunswick could come up for our celebration.

What wonderful memories I have of that whole day. Enjoy the pictures!

Black fly in a whiskey bottle *

Two more days until we go shopping for a wedding dress. So many things have happened that it looked like we may not even be able to go, but the trip is on! My friend was in a car accident last week and wrecked her van, my maid of honour found out she has to work, and my mom didn’t want to drive to the States; luckily Kendra has another vehicle that her husband usually drives to work that we are going to use. I really didn’t want to cancel.

Between Keesje, my dad, and I, we have compiled a pretty good list of music to play at the reception. It may seem early to do that, but it’s fun. We will definitely have some pruning to do, but we need to make sure there is enough music for two or 3 hours.

I know what I’m doing for the head table centerpieces. I need some ideas for the rest of the tables, though. Something that isn’t going to cost a lot of money. I’m also trying to find a website to order favour tags from, that is affordable, has a variety of styles and colours to choose from, and ships to Canada without an exorbitant shipping fee.