Home Grown Wedding

I’ve been in the interior of British Columbia for six days now and I’m still wowed in amazement.  The drive here was incredible as we left the Rocky Mountain range and drove through the Purcell Mountains.  Until recently, I always thought that all the mountains on the west coast were the “Rocky Mountains” – I didn’t realize that the Rocky Mountains are only one of many mountain ranges.

I’m staying in the small town of Creston nestled between the Purcell Mountains and the Selkirk Mountains, at Pheasants Run  Bed and Breakfast  ( http://www.bbcanada.com/10806.htm. ) Our 2 bedroom suite also has a living room and kitchenette area and our ‘hosts’ have been SO accommodating to the various family members who have decided to stay here rather than camp on the farm.

Robin and Nici

And of course that brings me to the whole reason for this trip to the interior of British Columbia:  my son Robin’s wedding.  What a beautiful wedding it was too:   in a meadow on the bride’s family farm up a winding mountain road  (just close your eyes and imagine the perfect scenerio and you’ll be there).   After arriving at the farm on the warm and sunny wedding day,  family and friends walked  past the horses, ponies, and chickens,  over to the meadow,decorated with flowers, an arbour with local cedar boughs, and all surrounded by mountains and pine forest.  The bride Nici was dressed in her Mom’s lacey wedding dress and Nici’s hand-made white moccasins -it was perfection.



Bride & Groom’s Wedding Footwear

Their wedding rings were hand-forged on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC to their specifications.  They also wrote their own wedding vows to express their love and committment to each other – it was very touching.  During this brief ceremony, the wind rustled in the trees providing a welcome breeze, birds flittered and chirped, the shade positioned itself upon the guests, and an eagle soared overhead.  At the end, when everyone clapped for the newly joined couple, the horses pranced and whinnied their congratulations right on cue, while the rooster crowed in celebration.  Then the bride and groom joined hands and ‘jumped the broom’ for good luck (hand made by a local broom-maker ‘Harry Potter’ style @ www.northwovenbroom.com in Crawford Bay, BC)……. followed by the family dog.

Jumping the Broom

View from the Wedding Ceremony

The official ceremony was followed by a huge feast!  The bride and groom toasted with a horn found on the property (and properly cleaned, polished, and trimmed with shiney metal by the newlyweds) filled with champagne or Rob’s home brew.  Myles and Cheryl (parents of the bride) did an incredible job feeding everyone with turkey, roast beef, salads from their own  garden produce, buns, home-made pickles, etc, etc.  The beautiful 3 tiered wedding cake was lovingly made by Cheryl and her Mom with a family fruitcake recipe and it was SO delicious.

A Wedding Toast

And of course, a family gathering wouldn’t be complete without a campfire.  Everyone had a fantastic time singing old folk songs by Gordon Lightfoots, Stan Rogers, Peter Paul and Mary, and other artists my sons were familiar with as well as old campfire favourites like  ‘Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road’.  It was a real joy to listen and sing along with all 7 of my children!  We had a blast!

Wedding Campfire

Robin and Nici’s wedding down on the family farm was truly a beautiful and unique event which will remain with all of us for many years to come.

For the next couple of days, we’ll be taking day trips with the newlyweds,  to various locations around the area to walk the beaches of Mountain lakes or visit the wildlife sanctuary or drive up to one of the highest peaks of the Selkirk Mountains.   I’ll keep you posted……..



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn Renouf
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 05:43:27

    This wedding is so awsome congratulations to both what a beautiful view wowowow


  2. Maureen Sinclair
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 06:28:56

    It sounds so awesome, A perfect wedding I would say. Right from the heart,& that means so much. Love it! Congrats to both. I love your Blogs Linda.. xo


  3. Betty
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 13:20:31

    Wish we could’ve been there!!… Sounds like the wedding was soooo…. much fun!!… Perhaps we’ll see Nici and Rob here on the island one of these days!!… The venue seems like it was perfect for two people to tie the knot!!!… Now sista… you can settle down for a few months, stay home and get your house and garden in order!!!… cuz you never know when the next adventure might come along!!…


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