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My daughter Kirsten married the man of her dreams, Mike last Saturday, August 25th. As the father of the bride, this was one of the happiest occasions of my life. We held our breaths worrying about what the weather would be like plus any and all other things that could have gone wrong on this special day.

As it turned out, the many, many months of planning with countless hours of hard work by Nancy and Kirsten all paid off.

The weather was great albeit quite warm. But our venue was at Sunnyside Pavillion right down on the lakeshore on Lake Ontario so it was a bit cooler down there and we had a welcome breeze off the lake every now and then.

Myself, 3 bridesmaids plus my mother and the bride all rode the limousine which I successfully prodded everyone into loading exactly at 4:00pm. The reception was 5:00pm but due to traffic in Toronto plus the fact that the CNE was going on, nobody could predict what the traffic would be like. As it turned out, traffic was virtually non-existent and we all arrived at Sunnyside with almost 1/2 hour to spare. My daughter was a bit nervous so she literally kept herself cool in the limousine while we waited for our 5:00pm cue.

At 4:55 it was showtime. We cued up, the music was playing, and I was literally beaming while escorting my beautiful daughter down the aisle. The ceremony was short and sweet and the officient was fantastic.

The ironic thing about this wedding from my perspective as being a photographer, was that I did not have the opportunity to photograph this wedding as I have done for countless friends and family many times in the past. My son Ryan was taking lots of photos which we are looking forward to seeing, but I could not photograph this wedding as I would have liked.

The dinner was great, the music was playing and then it happened… a total power failure at Sunnyside! We weren’t in total darkness thanks to some ambient light after the sunset, plus the great choice of having candles as the center-pieces on all the tables. But we had no music. Our DJ Jeff quickly figured out he could “borrow” some electricity by hooking many extension cords together to reach a local Pizza Pizza kiosk not too far away. Shortly we had music, light from the candles, and the party was on!

I’m sure that guests will be talking about the power failure for years to come and how we all made the very best of it.

Here are some photos from that epic event:

Me, the proud father en route to the wedding.

Waiting for the big event to start:


Kirsten and Mike exchanging rings

The beautiful bride Kirsten and one of her bridesmaids, Allyson.

The bride and groom being photographed on the beach at Lake Ontario.

Thanks goodness for the candles in the table center-pieces.

The happy couple.