Where do I even begin to try and describe to you this day of days? I actually feel like there’s just too much to say and that I’m going to turn this post into a short novel once I get started, but here goes anyway…(big breath!)
Danielle and Adam were married this past Sunday in Mississauga and held a wonderful party for everyone afterward at Carmen’s Banquet Hall in Hamilton…seriously, the hall looked gorgeous, and once everyone was inside it was filled with drum beats from djembes, amazingly heartfelt speeches, African songs, lots of smiles, and the best dancing I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding, period. Seriously. The Kenyans know how to bring it on the dance floor! The two of them had recently traveled to Kenya (where Adam is originally from and where most of his family still lives) and brought back with them what must have been a truckload of beautifully hand-carved statues of the “big five” African mammals for everyone to take home as their party favours. This might give you an idea of what a lovely, considerate and generous couple these two are.
There were a great many stories told during speeches about Danielle and Adam’s time in Kenya, the funniest that I’ve just got to share involving a dinner that had been prepared using a whole fish – head, eyes, tail and everything. “Oh, you can’t serve that to a Canadian girl!” some of the family cried upon seeing it, but nevertheless they placed it down on the table anyway – head, eyes, tail and everything – and Danielle didn’t so much as flinch. She dug right in. One of the reasons why I can’t help but love this girl.
I guess the thing that struck me the most about this day was how, yes it was a celebration of Adam and Danielle getting married, but it was so much more than that. They really celebrated the union not just of the couple, but of two whole families. I actually cried a little bit into my camera’s viewfinder as I watched a lovely traditional ceremony take place on the dance floor where all the relatives danced and sang and clothed each other with colourful swaths of fabric, symbolizing the creation of one new big family. The way they just embraced each other and welcomed each other in just melted my heart. This is one of the reasons why I love being a part of wedding celebrations.
So, this is to Adam, Danielle, and your families: thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your special day. What a great day it was to be a part of, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I also have to say a big thank you to Adam and Danielle’s wedding planner Angelique, who months and months ago sent this couple my way…and who ensured that the day went by oh so smoothly. It was such a pleasure to work with her and if you’re reading this and looking for a wedding planner, this is my wholehearted plug for Angelique, she does an amazing job :)
Here are a few photos of this fabulous day, hope you enjoy!