I’m continuing on from my last post to tell you all a bit about my wedding and the days leading up to it.
Things had gone so easily and perfectly in our wedding planning. Shockingly, I was not feeling stressed at all in the days before…just excited. My parents flew in 2 days before the wedding and on our way home from the airport I started to break out in hives on my hands. I still don’t know what caused them, but I imagine I brushed against something I’m allergic to. My left foot had been mildly hurting since all of our walking through Seattle the previous weekend, and that Thursday the pain began increasing to the point where I was almost limping. That same evening our photographer had to cancel due to health issues. More and more things seemed to be going wrong, but shockingly, I remained calm . The next day, while ironing my dress I burned a thumb-sized yellow spot on the white part of the dress…on that evening’s news we saw stories of flooding in the mountain town of Canmore (the town where we were getting married the next afternoon). While bending down to select a DVD we could all watch together to relax (so few Canadian DVDs have Spanish subtitles!), my back seized up and I wasn’t able to move for about 4 seconds. That might not sound like a long time, but it feels like an eternity when you are doubled over, unable to move. I continued to laugh it all off, knowing that the planning had been just a little too easy and that something had to go wrong. The next morning we woke up excited for our big day and found out it had snowed about a foot in Canmore. As a June bride, I never thought that snow on my wedding day would even be a possibility. “At least the mountains will look pretty,” we said to one another as I pulled on my winter boots. Thankfully our ceremony was in the afternoon. By the time we arrived to Canmore, the roads were fairly clear. My fiancée and I headed to the marriage commissioner’s cottage ahead of everyone else to prepare the paperwork and found the road closed to her place. Good thing I brought my phone with Google Maps! After a small detour we were back on track. The ceremony went off without a hitch (except for Ignacio & getting hitched! Ha!). The commissioner was wonderful and she gave us such a beautiful ceremony. It was cozy and intimate and so very, very meaningful. Dinner at the Iron Goat was beyond delicious! We had the private dining room on their main floor with an incredible view of the mountains. They were so accommodating with my dietary restrictions, and made the richest gluten-free chocolate cake in the world! Afterwards we headed to the B&B to pop the champagne. We decided to make use of the lovely fireplace loaded with wood and tried starting a fire…unfortunately we forgot to open the damper and almost smoked out the place. I thought to myself, “Here it is! This is the big, stressful thing to happen at our wedding. The smoke alarm will go off and we’ll have to evacuate the building. The owners will kick us out and we’ll have to drive back to Calgary at 11pm.”
Thankfully I was wrong. We opened windows and doors to air out the place and put out the fire. We decided to call it quits on the fire place and enjoyed our champagne sans crackling fire.
All in all it was a wonderful weekend. I’m so happy to be married to my amazing husband (that word still feels strange!), and now we get to start the wedding planning all over again for our Mexican part of the wedding. B, I’ll be hitting you up soon for the invitations! :)