There is no better way to close out the summer than with lovingly prepared meals to share the story of how it all came together, the people who made it happen, and memories we will hold onto forever.
We started the summer off with a trip to the Okanagon with some of our best friends for some fun in the sun, wine tours and relaxing stary nights. Logan and I had been planning this trip for a couple months, keeping our surprise elopement to ourselves. While on our wine tour through beautiful Osoyoos and Oliver we stopped at Hester Creek for lunch where we had our ceremony waiting for us. Before we went inside, we shared with our friends what was happening and after the tears, hugs and laughs, Logan and I knew this was the perfect way for us to get married. There was no stress, no anxiety and in that moment when we were speaking our vows to each other, it was just us. The rest of the day was filled with a sense of calmness and fun. This was a trip we will always cherish and keep a yearly tradition.
We decided to have two celebrations so that we could have the time with our Victoria family and friends as well as my Ontario crew. Our first celebration was at Logans dads farm, which in my mind is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places. Our friends and family showed up with a meal in hand and a smile on their face, and the day flowed from there. There were beautiful speeches, delicious food and plenty of laughs. This day is when I really realized how amazing our friends are and how lucky I am to be welcomed into such a loving family.
A couple weeks after our celebration, we headed to Ontario for one last party. I have been looking forward to this for many reasons, one being to see my closest friends who I rarely get to spend time with, to meet my brand new nephew Owen and to see the leaves start to change over to their beautiful fall colours. Fall time in Ontario is pretty unbeatable. We spent half of our time in Kingston dining at my favorite restaurants and exploring down town while the other half was spent at the cottage soaking in the fresh air. I would go through old linens and kitchen gadgets with my mom while Logan spent his days fishing. The day of the celebration started with my sisters, nieces and nephews arriving early to help set up. I think I forget how amazing my family is and how helpful they are. I am usually only in Ontario to visit one week at a time and am always rushing around to visit everyone, but when I stop and look at how much the kids have grown and how great this little family is it really makes me smile. To me this day was really welcoming Logan into my life and family.
Cheers to more beautiful nights.