My second cousin Darcy married his longtime love Sadaf on Saturday. Darcy is the son of my Dad’s first cousin. He and I have a bond of friendship based on a shared love of family and my tolerance for his routine ass-kickings on online Scrabble.
The wedding was like the bride and groom – classy, fun and slightly insane. They were married outside on the grounds of a beautiful golf course in Joyceville and as they went to take their photos, we, the couple-hundred-or-so guests, could go right inside to the reception. It was brilliantly planned. There were also many laughs and references to Cornstock, the now-defunct annual gathering at the family farm on Labour Day weekend. Before the ceremony, one of the groomsmen handed out temporary tattoos and we were happy to oblige!
Instead of tossing rice, guests on the aisle (including Derek!) blew bubbles at the newlywed couple. The Cornstock stand-up (was his name Cornelius? I think so!) was set up in a corner for photo-taking and it attracted former Cornstockians and those who have only heard about the legendary get-togethers!
Darcy’s brother Drew’s daughters performed an acoustic song they wrote themselves and it was so sweet, there was barely a dry eye in the house. The ceremony itself was beautiful and a cheer rose from the golf course as the Reverend pronounced the couple husband and wife. It was probably a hole-in-one but we attributed it to the wedding! The bride’s family are from Iran and that cultural element added some delicious food to the dinner and some Iranian traditions including a pretty amazing belly dancer. There was humour and emotion and laughter and tears – everything a wedding should have. I’m so grateful that we were included on their special day.
I have to mention Expedia – they score again! I booked us into the Best Western Fireside Inn on Princess Street in Kingston and it was terrific. The hotel has loads of charm, was incredibly clean and inviting and the food and service were both excellent. In the lounge, Tom’s Place, every seat is an upholstered chair. Talk about comfort! Breakfast was fast and delicious. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.