I see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose the 19th of May this year to get married. We chose the 19th originally for our wedding, which was Monday of the long weekend, then realized if we chose the Sunday instead it would be better for people who were driving in for it (a lot of our friends still worked back then). So we got married on the 18th, and to this day neither of us can ever remember which of the two days it was.
|Happily, Ted made us a huge yellow cedar salad bowl to commemorate the occasion and the date is etched on the bottom so we can easily check!|
|We met in Tom Wayman's creative writing class in 1991. That's our friend Barb Little sitting between us in this snapshot. Both of us had more—and darker—hair.|
|We started dating in 1995. Before long, I was coming to visit and bringing Scarlett, my cat who was older than Jesse. Love me, love my cat (and my kid)...|
|...and my dog, Lily.|
|Friends came from near and far. A few Torontonians arrived. That's Pegi and Rhonda.|
|Dee drove in from Vancouver.|
|Kate, Doug, Toni and Pegi came from Toronto.|
|Jesse with an armful of Toni and Kate.|
There were children galore. Here's Andrew.
The wedding party. Ted's groomsmen were Greg and Peter, lower right. Ted Hicks, an old friend of my Ted's, came from Winnipeg to marry us, and my boy the minstrel, Jesse Lee, gave me away.
|My Ted requested and Ted Hicks played 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple.|
Granddaughter, Amber was there. All six months of her. Here she is with her dad...
|...and Sarah, her mom...|
|Ted's daughter, Shannon was there. Anthony wasn't, as he was busy doing hair for Vancouver brides and is booked way in advance for that sort of thing, but he and Jim made the hemp suit Ted got married in!|
|Lizz, dancing with a really tall guy and Brittney rocking her cast.|
|Jesse signing said cast. She scored lots of signatures that day.|
|Some of the bigger kids—Bronwyn, Jesse, and Matt|
|Me and Lynne, best old friend since the sixties and my maid of honour.|
|We all tidied up quite well, I think.|
|For a minute, anyway.|
|There were cousins...|
|...and aunts and uncles and lots of old friends...|
|...and sisters (and that Lizz again!)|
|I was hugging my Uncle Tom. I believe it was right after I told him how, when I was a kid, I was so astonished when I realized that he and Aunt June were hot for each other!|
|That's Lisa from Montreal on the right. She took most of these pictures and she wasn't even the official photographer.|
|There was impromptu music thanks to Roger and Judy...|
|...and Gwen on violin, and Eleanor on mandolin.|
|We had a potluck dinner that was truly amazing...|
|...thanks to Heather, in the centre, who organized it so we didn't end up with all salads or desserts (like that would have been a bad thing!)|
|Speaking of dessert, the cakes were divine. Hazelnut. Wish I'd had more than a mouthful!|
|After the obligatory first dance (to Leonard Cohen singing Always from his album, The Future. Word to the wise: never use as your first dance an eight minute song!)...|
|and the we-thought-it-would-never-end song was over, everyone got into the act.|
|I can't possibly write up this whole wedding extravaganza without at least mentioning our wedding night. The first people to RSVP to our invitation were Dan and Judie, Judie being the first Mrs. Crosfield and mother of their three gorgeous kids. Not only were D and J keen to attend, but Judie gave us a brochure for a B and B she thought we might be able to take advantage of as it wasn't far from the Vallican Whole, where we got married. As both our houses were crammed with guests, we quickly booked the place, for our minister and his wife the night before the wedding, and for ourselves the night of. We kept meaning to check it out ahead of time, but never quite made it until we arrived, newly wed, after an eight hour party. Suffice it to say, it was unique. In fairness to Judie, she only picked up the brochure; she hadn't actually been there, either!|
|The next day (after we escaped the B and B) we had another party at our house.|
|Me and my mom|
|Happy Anniversary, Ted |
And yes, I'd marry you all over again!