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Everything about our wedding was how I imagined it to be.  It started with a vision, then the careful orchestration to create the ambiance and guest experience that represented our style.

We wanted it to be a simple and elegant event full of family and warmth.  What I found interesting was that the messages were consistent between the speeches and none of us knew what the others were going to say.

The common theme between Hub’s family and mine was that we are all officially family now, even though it has felt like that for many years already.

My sister Caren is a professional musician and she sang and played the music on her keyboard for our ceremony with my brother Danny playing bass guitar. Our ceremony started with my grandkids, followed by my daughter Natalie as my Maid of Honour and Hub’s 92 year old dad as his Best Man. Then Hub and I walked in together holding hands to the Franki Valli song – “Can’t take my eyes off of you”.

We wrote our own vows and ceremony, with two readings that we both loved.  Here is one which reflects how we feel about our relationship.

It is called “I Belong in Your Arms” by E.E. Cummings

I belong in your arms
Finally, I have found a place
Into which I fit perfectly, safely
And secure, with no doubts,
no fears, so sadness, no tears

This place is filled with happiness and laughter
Yet it is spacious enough, to allow me
the freedom to move around,
to live my life and be myself.

This wonderful place,
Which I never believe really existed,
I have found finally
Inside your arms,
Inside your heart
Inside your love.

As Hub was reading his vows to me, I had this overwhelming sense of peace and happiness come over me as I savoured the moment. It all goes so fast and I wanted to truly feel the experience.

Our first dance was a song that we both heard for the first time, at a Michael Buble concert – it is called “Close Your Eyes” and also expresses what we feel for each other.

Close your eyes
Let me tell you the reasons why
Think you’re one of a kind
Here’s to you
The one that I suppose is true
Do what you got to do
You’re one of a kind
Thank god your mine

You’re an angel dressed in armor
You’re the fair in every fight
You’re my life and my safe harbor
Where the sun sets every night
And if my love is blind
I don’t want to see the light
It’s your beauty that betrays you
Your smile gives you away
‘Cause you’re made of strength and mercy
And my soul is yours to save
And when this much is true
When my world was dark and blue
I know the only one who rescued me was you

Close your eyes
Let me tell you all the reasons why
You’re never going to have to cry
Because you’re one of a kind
Yeah here’s to you
The one that always pulls us through
You always do what you got to do babe
Because you’re one of a kind

When your luck was down in me
I know I’m finally free
So I tell you gratefully
Yes you’ll be in my heart
Is yours to keep

Close your eyes
Let me tell you all the reasons why
You’re never going to have to cry
Because you’re one of a kind
Yeah here’s to you
You’re the one that always pulls us through
You always do what you got to do babe
Because you’re one of a kind

You’re the reason why I’m breathing
With a little look my way
You’re the reason that I’m feeling
It’s finally safe to stay

My daughter Natalie and Hub’s daughter Katie each said a speech and they were both beautifully presented and written. They made us proud.

The common feedback we received is that our guests appreciated that the ceremony was in the  same room as the dinner and that there was a lot of love in the room.  It was very heart- warming to see our two families meet and get to know each other.

We were treated as VIP guests at the Pearson Convention Centre with outstanding food and service. All of our service providers were excellent – our DJ’s, photographer, videographers and our officiant. There was a lot of co-ordination required and they were all positive and collaborative.

We also had friends and family who are singers and musicians who played and sang and every one of them is so incredibly talented. They really helped to make or celebration special.

Hub’s Mom and my Dad are in heaven, however, we knew they were with us. We had their pictures on display and we played some of my dad’s music during dinner.

The next day, our families got together at the Mandarin Restaurant for lunch so we could spend more time together before everyone headed back home – we were 60 people!

I’m so so happy and grateful for our friends and family who joined us. I am still floating and reminiscing about our wedding. I am thrilled to call Hub my husband.

And now, it is honeymoon time! Next month I will share our adventures with you!

Enjoy Valentine’s week everyone and I hope you take this opportunity to express your love to those closest to you.

With Love,
Sandra