We have just returned from a most wonderful wedding weekend in out west in Calgary. If you have been following me on Instagram or SnapChat (shoestoshiraz), I'm sure you've had some sneak peaks into the going-ons of our weekend. If not, I plan on taking the week to show how we celebrated a new chapter for Jen and Rob.
I felt very emotional all weekend, maybe it was the impact of seeing all our people in one place and just how large our family has grown, maybe it was part of me missing my Grandmas and Grandpa Park, maybe it was the fact that my little brother was getting married or perhaps it was just the way things go when you come from an emotional family. There were so many people to hug and faces to squeeze and stories to be told. Naturally, I think of all these things after the fact but luckily I have this space where I can do whatever the hell I want. And today I want to share a little of what's on my mind.
Brother, I am proud of you. I love you and I absolutely adore the man you have become. Not gonna lie, I was kinda worried for a bit in the years prior to Jen when you were all ragey and MMAing and clearly unhappy with where your life was at. You just always wanted your one true love and it makes my heart so happy to see you bursting with such joy at this stage in your life. You have grown into such a mature, somewhat responsible, caring and genuine man. Our children are so lucky to have such a fun-loving sorta hipster for an uncle who wants to be so present in their lives.
Jen, we have loved you from the minute we met you. There was nothing but pure and genuine love for you from the day you walked into our lives at Lucia's first birthday party. I feel that maybe Kyla and I should have made vows to you, as I'm sure for you it is difficult coming into a very tight family with 2 sisters who love their brother. So what would I promise you? Well, I'm sure Kyla would agree with me when I say that we promise to text you more than we text Rob-especially when it involves making plans, invite you on all of our adventures and make you always feel like you are a part of the shenanigans. You are officially one of us. Not a sister in law. I don't like that term. You are our sister now and we will treat you like one. We promise to love you as fiercely as we love our brother.
Rob and Jen did ask me to make the slideshow for the reception and I was more than happy to do it, mostly because I had all summer to concoct something perfect for them. So I thought I would share it with you today:
The second thing I worked on was a little something for my aunts. Tradition in our family is that at each wedding, during the reception, the aunts do something. Be it a skit, a song or a poem, but regardless, my mother's beautiful sisters always pay hommage to their niece or nephew. So when I was out at Aunty Judie's this summer in B.C, we got to talking and she shared her idea of performing the song 'You Can't Hurry Love', because Rob was always looking for his person. I then proposed that we go 21st century and make a music video, incorporating other members of our family. She was game and this is what I came up with:
Come back on Wednesday and I'll share some of the wedding fashion.