Jul 25, 2012

Weekend in the Mountains: Part 2

With the college gang reunited in Golden, BC it didn't take long for the old dynamic to fall back into place.  Daunean, Tyson, Sam, Jeanette, and I all lived in College West residence at the University of Regina, and because of that we are bonded for life by the suffering and hardships that we endured there.  That, and we all seem to appreciate stupid jokes and alcohol, so it's clear the universe wants us to be together.

On Saturday, July 21, it was finally time for Tyson and Kristi's wedding. I met up with Daunean and Ian for lunch before joining Sam, Jeanette, and Jen at the Golden Eagle Express Gondola. In addition to the very scenic surroundings at the Kicking Horse Resort, the ride up the mountain provided more impressive views. Sam made the mistake of hinting at her fear of heights, which only fueled a series of jokes about gondola related accidents. You could say we were all in good spirits.

At the top of the mountain it was noticeably colder, but the views were worth it.  From our seats on the terrace at Eagle's Eye we were able to see the peaks of Banff, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks.  Not a bad setting for a wedding (or a photographer for that matter).

Tyson and Kristi soon made their way down the aisle and sealed the deal with a kiss. I managed to capture and edit a few minutes of really nice footage of the event.

Not long after we were back at the base of the mountain hanging out in the suite at the Mountaineer Lodge and having drinks. We were ready for the reception.

The night from there on was a blur of random conversations, dancing, playing with the photo booth, snacking, drinking, and haphazard picture taking. It was exactly what I think we were all hoping it would be. Everything seemed to go off without a hitch, and the energy was high.

The next morning, a bit hungover, I was rushing to checkout by 11 and get back on the road. Everyone was in between other plans and so things seemed to end as abruptly as they began. The jury is still out on who will be getting married next year to continue our annual reunion, however I'd be cool if we just forced an excuse for a party. Vegas is always nice.

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