The wedding was as beautiful as Danielle hoped. Amazingly, the ever-present Canada drizzle cleared up and we had a full day of sun on Saturday. The ceremony was held outdoors in the Hatley Castle Italian Gardens. It really was a fairy tale wedding.
A peacock that was roaming the grounds
A front view of Hatley Castle
View from the front door of the castle
At the altar
Cutting the cake
Canada is weird.
Weird, but in a good way. The gold coin is $1 (a loonie), and the silver/gold coin is $2 (a twonie). I am all for killing $1 bills in the US. It is nice to have coins with actual value.
A quarter to use a shopping cart? I don’t get it.
I looked and looked but I couldn’t find the hetero milk. I tried to get a picture of my brother-in-law John holding one of these cartons up but he wouldn’t go for it.
I got a little snap happy today and took about 150 pictures. I whittled it down to a few of my favorites and posted them below.
I won’t bore you will all details of our day but here are a few keywords: last-minute wedding tasks, rehearsal, greeeeeen, drizzly.
The most “house” looking houseboats I have ever seen
The waterway right outside our hotel is a runway for seaplanes
Tulips at Hatley Castle
Right after I took this picture this statue totally came to life and started chasing me around the castle grounds. Scouts honor.
The Lertora family: John, Suzanne, and Gianna
A nephew from Greg’s side of the family
The bridesmaids at rehearsal
Dad Senasac and Danielle
Gianna getting a treat
The happy couple
Beth picked us up this morning at 4:30am sharp for our “Babymoon” vacation. Theoretically this will be the last vacation for a while with just the two of us. We will be spending 4 days in Victoria, Canada and 5 days in Seattle. Much of our Victoria time will be spent with Ginette’s family since her next oldest sister, Danielle, is getting married Saturday. I have my laptop and all my other toys with me so I will post as the mood strikes me.
Right now it is 2:30pm and I am sitting in our room at the Laurel Point Inn with a killer view of downtown Victoria. Here are my first keyword impressions of Canada: gray, wet, green, litre?, kilometer?, white people.
Everything is the same in Canada except for the little differences. Per Quentin, a good way to compare countries is to review their burgers. In the Canadian Red Robin I found they don’t put processed American cheese on their burgers. They top them with, you guessed it, processed Canadian cheese. Except for the name I can’t possibly imagine there is a difference.
Propellers? Really? They still use these?
View from our hotel balcony