It’s so weird to think my best friend is now married! Chris and I were fortunate enough to be able to share Karleigh and Nick’s big day with them.
On Friday we set off to Tofino, a little surf town on Vancouver Island. In total, the journey took about 6 hours, but it was so worth it.
We arrived at Crystal Cove resort to find our cabin right on the beach, with a hot tub on the deck overlooking the ocean. While it was a bit pricey ($500/night) it was nice to splurge for three days to be close to the bride and groom.
Friday night we went over to Karleigh’s dad, Jim’s cabin to have a barbecue, drinks and sit by the fire. Many people were able to make it on Friday, including siblings, parents, aunts and friends. It was fun to sit around and talk about the excitement that was going to take place the next day. Chris and I left a little early to have some hot tub time before calling it a night.
We got up at 7 am on Saturday morning to have breakfast at Jim’s and then go to Studio One (an Aveda salon) for 9 am to start our hair and makeup. The three women who helped us at Studio One were amazing. Switching between hair and makeup for us seven women was great. We ended up staying until 1:30 pm and then rushed back to get Karleigh ready for her 2 pm ceremony.
When we were back at the cabins, Karleigh and I had some time to ourselves, and I helped her into her wedding dress, in awe of how beautiful she was. I then quickly ran down to the beach and waited for the ceremony to start. Val (Karleigh’s mom) walked down with Will (Karleigh’s brother) followed by Nick and his mom, Barb. Soon after was Chrissy (Karleigh’s sister) with her children, who were the flower girls and ring bearer. The music then changed as Karleigh, and her dad made their way down the aisle.
As soon as she turned the corner, I looked directly at Nick. The amount of love you could see on his face was enough to make me cry. When he started tearing up, I just cried even harder.
The ceremony was short and sweet which was nice with lots of children in attendance. After the ceremony was a champagne toast, and then mingling, while the bride and groom took some photos.
Shortly after, we all made our way to the Tofino Botanical Gardens where the reception would be held. We walked through the gardens, being given drinks and food at each of the three stations we stopped at before settling into our seats inside.
We started with appetiser salads, before being given steak, salmon and vegetables. The food was delicious; everyone loved it.
After the food, it was time for the speeches. Tiffany, Nick’s sister, started off, which I was so thankful for because I was so nervous about giving my speech.
As we wrapped up the speeches, it was time for dessert and the first dance before we all danced all night long!
The next morning Chris and I enjoyed a lie-in, listening to the ocean. Since we slept in late, we decided to go into town for breakfast and coffee. We were told we needed to try the Rhino Coffee House and it did not disappoint. I ordered a “Bro’nut'” which was essentially a breakfast sandwich on a donut. It was to die for. To finish it off, we both ordered maple bacon donuts, which sound unappetizing but taste great. As we were finishing up, we saw Karleigh and Nick across the street renting surf gear, so we decided to head to the beach and watch.
There were so many people with us at the beach, sitting and talking around the fire; meanwhile, the guys were out in the ocean making their attempts to surf. We stayed here for most of the afternoon before heading to the cabins for a hot tub and dinner.
Again, Jim and his girlfriend Shelly were nice enough to host everyone for dinner, so we all piled into their cabin to enjoy the food, alcohol and company.
It was getting late, and we had all had a long day, so we all decided to leave, but not before Karleigh and Nick pulled us aside and asked if we wanted to go for one last hot tub with them. We ended up drinking and talking with them until 1 in the morning. It really was a perfect end to a perfect weekend.
Congratulations to my best friend and her soul mate for having the most perfect wedding that emulated the two of them so well. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.