The Wedding: The Ceremony

When last we spoke, the wedding proceedings were running a half hour late but the stress was beginning to disappear once photos began to be taken. Our photographer was awesome…she guided us up and down the waterfront boardwalk and took some incredible shots. I was initially a bit concerned about how we would look and if our photographer would capture “us” and who we are.

I’m so glad that my concerns were unfounded…

001 002 008We were all smiling wide as we made our way back to the venue, 30 minutes before the start of the actual ceremony. At this point, I split away from Sunshine and the kids, grabbed the rented stereo equipment, and made my way to the roof. There were a few of Sunshine’s family members up there waiting, taking in the view of the harbour in the sun. The seats and tables were all set-up and ready to go.

IMG_3603I quickly set-up the music and began to play my “pre-wedding playlist”, which consisted of songs like Never Tear Us Apart, Someone To Love, and Faithfully. Because I’m just a bit of a ham, I grabbed the microphones to test them out and then proceeded to talk to the wedding guests…at one point even trying to talk to a passing boat and get them to wave.

I remember it being 4:25pm and the guests were all getting seated. I took a look around and noticed something was missing. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it…

Oh yeah…there was nobody there that could actually MARRY US!!!

Okay…long story short, we had told our officiant that we weren’t going to be in a rush to start the ceremony right at 4:30pm and that we could probably wait until around 5pm.Ā  We totally changed our minds shortly after that meeting but, unfortunately, we had forgotten to tell the officiant.

It was 4:30pm…everybody was seated and my dad was waving at me to start the proceedings. I waved him over and politely told my family and friends that no, in fact we didn’t have anybody there who could actually marry us.

Panic immediately began to sink in.

As soon as my dad went back to tell Sunshine, the officiant showed up. She was quite adamant that we had said 5 o’clock and I didn’t recall having that conversation at all. I told her that it didn’t matter and we were good to go.

I turned on the Love Theme to The Princess Bride and then the kids all made their way across the roof, around the seats and up through the middle of the aisle.


That happened rather quickly but I honestly don’t remember much about it. Why? It’s because I was solely focused on my beautiful bride walking towards me to our song

My beautiful bride...
My dad walking my beautiful bride down the aisle…

To be continued Monday…


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