Wednesday, August 22, 2007

An Affair to Remember

I come from a very closely-knit family. All of my cousins are like brothers and sisters to me. Naturally, being present at each other's weddings is a must. On Saturday, my little cousin got married. The happy couple exchanged their vows at a beautiful church located in Montreal. They had a traditional filipino wedding, which included the Ring Ceremony, Arrhae/Coin Ceremony, Veil Ceremony, Cord Ceremony, Candle Ceremony and the presence of the couple's sponsors (a bit like godfathers and godmothers). Two of the most remarkable things about this wedding were that a) my cousin, Jey sang at the wedding ceremony and b) the priest who baptized most of us and who has seen my family through nearly 20 something years, was the one who officiated the ceremony. It was a nice touch and very special. We joked that Jey is now officially dubbed The Wedding Singer since she sang at all her cousins' weddings so far. She's no Adam Sandler though! Hubby, Mom, and yours truly. You can't really see it clearly in the pic, but my mom's new hairdo looks just like Victoria Beckham's! Everyone kept telling her that she looks just like Posh Spice. Mom didn't know what everyone was talking about, so she had to Google "Posh Spice"!

I love this photo of Hubby and me. I think it's so funny how it looks like Jey has been digitally inserted into the photo! It looks like someone PhotoShopped her into the background!

Some of my cousins and their wonderful girlfriends!

Wedding cupcakes.
The wedding reception took place at the beautiful Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Old Montreal. It was fitting that my cousin chose PaC as the wedding venue since it is the site of the foundation of the city of Montreal.
Wedding guests were treated to guided tours of Pointe-a-Calliere. I had been to the archaeological museum a few times before. The last time I visited PaC was when I was in high school and we went there for a field trip for our Quebec history class. It truly is like taking a trip into the past. What a wonderful way to celebrate the city we call our 'hometown' (even if we grew up in the 'burbs)!
I must hand it to my cousin for making this a memorable wedding. Not only did I discover what a romantic he is, he also reminded me of the richness of culture and history Montreal holds.
The supper was also held Pointe-a-Calliere. A delectable array of dishes was served. To start the five course meal off, there was a shrimp/scallop dish, served on top of goat cheese and rice. I wish I had taken a photo of this gorgeous work of art before we devoured it! Then there was a lovely soup (I can't remember off hand what it was, but it was delicious). For the main course, we were served Cornish hen, accompanied by vegetables. There were several desserts to choose from at the dessert table. I was quite partial to the mini Crème brûlée. Yes...Absolutely zero calories, no?

Introducing...the newlyweds!
Look at my proud grandma! She's wearing her traditional filipino dress. Now she has three out of twelve grandkids married off!

Mi familia!
The last one is a shot of all the cousins and their significant others! I'm sensing that there will be quite a few weddings coming up! Well, at least two in the next year or two!

Congrats again to the Bride & Groom! We love you both!


A. said...

Thank you to all the family who travelled near and far. Our wedding truly was from a fairytale.

Love you all,

Curiosity.Killer said...

That's a beautiful wedding. The bride is beautiful too. Congrats!

japanmanpete said...

The girls in your family are all beauties!


Karen MEG said...

What a lovely family you have, and what a beautiful wedding. Love that shot of you and hubby - and cousin Jey floating above LOL!
Congrats to your cousin and his beautiful bride!

Dan said...

Wow! Very cool photos of an awesome wedding. Look at those desserts! And that cake!

And you're right ... it actually does look like Jey was Photoshopped into that photo. What is she doing?? :)

caninecologne said...

Very nice wedding photos! You look lovely ! I also like your Lola's traditional dress with the butterfly sleeves; it's very classy! Looks like everyone had a great time and the setting sounded spectacular.

Chrissy said...

You guys did a super job planning such a wonderful event! I'm so lucky to have such an amazing family and it keeps growing and growing! Congrats again, Mrs. V! We love you both! xo

Thanks! The bride was beautiful, wasn't she?! Ahhhh...That couple just made me cry. I'm such a dork! LOL! The speeches during the reception were tear-jerkers!

Yeah, I know! They are beautiful! All of them!

Chrissy said...

Thank you :) It was a really great weekend. The only thing about being back home with all my loved ones in Montreal is that it makes me miss them even more :( I'm so close to my family, so it's sometimes hard to be so far away.

LOL! Jenn was just standing in the background. I have no idea what she's doing, but it looks like she's about to sing in a concert or something! :) You've got to hear this girl sing!

Chrissy said...

Hey!!! How are ya? Yes, I love my Lola's dress! She is sooooooo traditional! I sometimes feel that we should have done a more traditional wedding. I had my bridesmaids dress in Chinese dresses to honour my Dad's side of the family since most of my life, the filipino side was more dominant. Anyway, what can ya do? I wouldn't ever change anything about our wedding. Plus, I didn't think the coin ceremony, rope ceremony, etc...would be practical on the beach! Did you and Bert have a traditional filipino wedding?

caninecologne said...

yes, we did. it was a catholic mass (1 hour long!) with the candle, coins, cord and veil.

Chrissy said...

Yes! That's what I'm talking about :) I think my grandmother and my mother would have preferred it if I had a traditional filipino wedding with a Catholic mass. We had a beach wedding with a minister from the United Church marry us. I asked my grandmother how she felt about it. She just said that she was so very happy I found a good man and that we both believe in the same God and that we're both Christians, so that was all. She just wanted us to be happy. She adores my husband. When I saw her on the weekend at my cousin's wedding, she just bolted towards Hubby! I don't even remember if she even said hi to me! LOL! I love my lola!

PS. I'd LOVE to see wedding pics from your wedding! ;)

BeachMama said...

Gorgeous wedding and what a gorgeous family you have. Looks like the day turned out great and the food sounds delicious. Glad you had fun and enjoyed your time with family.

hotmommy said...

Your family's the best, Christine!

caninecologne said...

i'll send them to you to your email. they need to be scanned first. remember, it was 1995, so don't laugh at the dress! kidding.

Chrissy said...

Thanks! Time with family is very important to me...and since we live so far, I don't get to hang out with my family like I used to! Growing up, my cousins and I lived 5 minutes from each other by foot! We were always at each other's houses and family get togethers weren't so hard to arrange. Now they seem like events that need to be meticulously orchestrated!

Thank you! LOL!

Ohhh! That would be awesome! Oh, 1995! I remember that year! I graduated from college and then started university that year! LOL! (In Quebec, we have high school, cegep/college and then university).

I'm sure you were a stunning bride! Were you a rockin' chick back then too? I have a feeling you were a cool rockin' babe in the 90's! I had big hair back then. Did you?

Ms. Mamma said...


Uncivil said...

Congrats to the Bride & Groom. Your cousin Jey looks like she is levitating over you and hubby!LOL

caninecologne said...

my hair was not that 'big' but it was super long, down to my waist. my younger sis (she's around your age) had the leonine hair.

i had my hair up for the wedding. the first time i had my hair 'did'.

i'll be sending those pix via email soon.

our wedding photographer sucked and i wasn't happy w/t/pix we ended up with.

louann said...

You have a great family. And I am sure you all always have a great time during get togethers :)

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