The main motivation for our trip to Canada was to attend Randall and Sam’s Canadian Alice in Wonderland themed wedding extravaganza, so after almost a week adventuring in Vancouver it was time to head to Kelowna for the main event!
Blake and I chauffeured the (gorgeous) wedding dress to Kelowna, so drove in a separate hire car to the rest of the gang. He did very well driving on the wrong (well.. I guess it was the right!) side of the road the whole time, and putting up with 5 hours of my gasps of terror at regular intervals every time oncoming traffic passed us… Oops. But driving on the Coquihalla highway, the most dangerous highway in the world, was surprisingly not that dangerous. There was one moment coming through the beautiful 30 degree weather through picturesque Canadian trees and mountains where we saw a bunch of white stuff on the road, some cars in a ditch between the two lanes and felt a breeze hitting us – we realised that section of the road had suddenly become icy and snowy (?!) and we were driving through something potentially very dangerous… but made it to Kelowna in one piece.
Kelowna is an amazing place – described aptly by Blake as Miami in the 80s, except… now! It’s sunny, everyone is friendly, the houses are beautiful, there’s a giant lake spanning over 100km right in the middle of it, and things were only sliiiightly more expensive than in Vancouver. We managed some classic holiday activities such as parasailing (which was a LOT of fun)…
Visiting a suspension bridge park which is halfway through construction and getting very sunburnt…
And having a nap in the park one day… which was pretty great.
As well as eating lots of delicious food, hanging out with family-friends of our friends, going for multiple swims (that includes Blake!!! I know!!!), and enjoying the sun and heat. On the hottest day the boys all went out and had a male bonding sesh on a fishing boat on the river, whilst the girls stayed at home making giant flower wedding decorations. Stereotype and a half, I know, but our flowers were awesome and we didn’t end up with heatstroke at the end of the day unlike our male counterparts… so a day well spent I say!
The wedding was beautiful, touching, very well designed and everyone had a lot of fun. Highlights included nobody tripping over the lanterns guiding the pathway to the gazebo, dancing to a variety of great songs and ending the night sitting on the kitchen floor with the groom’s father and a selection of the best men. Sam looked gorgeous, Randall looked very handsome and dapper, the whole thing was a giant success and it was an honour and a pleasure to be involved.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Smith!