Close family and friends filled the rows of white seats. It was an intimate affair, which seemed fitting despite the grand setting. The ceremony was traditional and yet personal-- the officiant shared with those gathered how the bride and groom met and just what they thought of each other, a moment that was both funny and sweet. The couple recited the vows many of us are familiar with, but they also exchanged their own sentiments that were truly from the heart. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house; I know I shed a few tears. I always get emotional at weddings, I'm such a sap, but it was more than that. I was so very happy to see the love between Brittany and Steve. Their feelings for each other were palpable, undeniable. It's so great to see a couple so completely in love.
After hors d'oeuvres and champagne on the patio overlooking the garden, the reception moved inside the castle. Completed in 1908, Hatley Castle's interior is as impressive as its exterior. Think oak and rosewood paneled rooms, a baronial fireplace, teak floors and sparkling chandeliers. One could not imagine a more perfect place to get hitched. After a hearty dinner, the cutting of the cake and toasts from the father of the bride and the mother of the groom-- words that, again, pulled on my heartstrings-- guests made their way to the dance floor, which was situated between a grand dual staircase. The first dance, to Jack Johnson's "Better Together," kicked off the night of celebration that ended a few hours later in the most romantic way: with a sparkler send off and an old Rolls Royce as the getaway car.
Like I said, it was a wedding straight out of a storybook. And just like the fairy tales we've all read as children, I have no doubt they'll live happily ever after. In Costa Rica. Or wherever their hearts take them.
Here's some more pictures, if you'd like to see...
Strolling through the garden, the evening sunlight streaming through the trees.
The Italian Garden at Hatley Castle.
Exchanging vows. The bride's sister was the maid of honor, the groom's brother was the best man.
So glad to be Mr. and Mrs.
I think they look like movie stars here. And I'm the paparazzi!
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