Wedding Bells (West) - - Western -

FROM GRace: We got en­gaged in Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia, at Lovers Point Park. Af­ter Kenny popped the ques­tion, we headed back to the ho­tel and I found the room dec­o­rated with can­dles, rose petals, a bou­quet of roses, Cham­pagne, a wed­ding cake and a per­son­al­ized photo al­bum. As I flipped through the al­bum, I saw on the last page a pic­ture of Kenny propos­ing to me on the beach just mo­ments be­fore, and the selfie we took af­ter! Kenny had planned the whole thing with my two best friends. We wanted an el­e­gant cel­e­bra­tion to com­ple­ment the nat­u­ral and beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den. The gor­geous linens, gold cut­lery and charger plates, along with an amaz­ing selec­tion of flow­ers, all came to­gether per­fectly. It was ex­actly what we en­vi­sioned for an in­ti­mate, ro­man­tic din­ner. We treated the guests to good West Coast Cana­dian food and wine. We worked with the caterer to craft a menu that fea­tured all of our favourite dishes. The din­ner was served fam­ily-style, to en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tion among guests and en­able them to eat as much as they pleased. Dur­ing the cock­tail hour, a jazz band per­formed as guests min­gled. Half­way through the per­for­mance, the band paused to in­tro­duce its mem­bers. They men­tioned they were miss­ing a mem­ber, and asked if any­one would like to step in as the sax­o­phon­ist. Kenny jok­ingly walked over, picked up the sax­o­phone and played an Ed Sheeran tune with the band. His amaz­ing per­for­mance sur­prised ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing me, be­cause I had no idea he even played the in­stru­ment!

ed­i­tor KiM­beRlY aGli­PaY. JULY 1, 2018

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