Here is a map for those of you unfamiliar with the geography. This map give you a sense of the size of the Province of British Columbia and also, of the State of Washington, to the south. Believe it or not, I cannot remember when I last took a trip south of the border. I do know that it was long before 9/11. Of course after that tragic event, I did not have the heart to deal with border crossings and high security checks. I am pleased to say the trip was very pleasant and there were no unnecessary delays at the border dealing with customs officials.
The weather in Kamloops was fantastic throughout the several days we were there. The area is a semi-arid climate and it often very hot, especially in summer months. We were fortunate to have hit a cooler bit of temperature. Just the week prior to visiting, the temperatures were in the high 30s. While we were there, the temperatures were in the mid-20s (celsius).
In my last post I showed a sneak peek of the wedding. Here are more photos. I hope you like them. I have a lot more photos but tried to pick those that would give you an idea of the overall theme of the wedding.
|The chair ties are made of cedar boughs which are very important to native people. Traditionally the native people in this area made baskets out of cedar roots. The colours of the bow represent the white, black and teal blue wedding colours.
|Little dog, Maisie. She was very friendly but she would not let me pick her up. Her owner said she won't let anyone pick her up.
|Before he was a Marriage Commissioner, this man was a world reknowned Indian dancer. He opened the wedding ceremony with a song in his native tongue.
|The sweet little ring bearer. I thought he was so cute.
|The beautiful bride is walked down the aisle with her father. Her stepfather was also included as he walked her part way down the aisle and then handed the bride to her father.
|The Marriage Commissioner is explaining the smudging process (purification) before the wedding ceremony begins.
|A lighthearted moment for the bride and groom. The Marriage Commissioner said he wanted to make sure they were relaxed.
|I don't know what the Commissioner said, but he made my nephew laugh.
|The wedding party after signing "the book" and before posing for photos.
|Newly married couple.
|Signing the register.
|A fun photo of the groom with his new bride and her bridesmaids at the reception.
I mentioned in my previous post that my nephew is a cowboy. He marked the occasion of his wedding with a horse race and won! I caught the end of the race on film. He heard about it and came over to view the film on my Blackberry Playbook. He was excited about that.
|Victorious in the race, my nephew raises his hand in the air.
I enjoyed the wedding a lot because my nephew and his new bride infused their own personal tastes into every aspect of their ceremony. I also liked the relaxed atmosphere that everyone tried to create so that all could relax and have fun.
I haven't been to a wedding in a long while and it was especially nice to see my eldest nephew get married. I pray a long and happy union for him and his new bride.
Come back next time when I will share photos of my journey south.