Bride, Groom, 9 Kids and Lots of Pink – Oh My!

I love getting away from the city to do weddings in the country. Getting away from the glitz of a city wedding and finding folks who focus on what’s important. Focusing on their love, love of family and of friends.

Notre-Dame de la Salette is about a little more than an hour’s drive north of Ottawa. It is a quiet country community nestled in the hills of the Outaouais Valley; part of the Canadian shield. The official population is just over 750 people. Arriving into the village, I was on a dirt road and had lost cell phone signal. There is one store that is a convenience/ grocery/ liquor outlet. I found the school where the wedding was being held. The pink balloons gave it away.

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I gazed at the vehicles in the parking lot. The DJ had a pickup truck! Yep – I was in the country.

DJ Truck

I entered the school and made my way to the cafeteria where the ceremony and reception were to be held. As I rounded the corner I was struck with a sea of pink!

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They had put a lot of effort in decorating the drab school cafeteria into a joyous atmosphere ready for a big celebration; pink lanterns, pink tablecloths, pink cake, pink gift table.

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Signing table

All that pink prepared me for what was to come. Brigitte, Robert and their blended family of 9 kids arrived – in pink of course! I got them to pose for a picture just before the entrance. You can add Brigitte’s dad and sister and Robert’s brother in the sea of pink.

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They choreographed an entrance dance to kick off the ceremony. It was wonderful how everyone participated. Robert ended up with a hole in his pants from the slide – but it was worth it.

Finally all settled – we started the ceremony. I was surrounded by the 9 kids as I delivered my words. Each of the kids had a message of love to their parents. There wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t touched my this precious outpouring of emotion. Brigitte and Robert decided on a unity sand ritual to mix their lives together – with pink sand of course.

I declared them married and off the went down the aisle, sprinkled with confetti. Her mischevious dad dumped a bunch down the back of Robert’s shirt as he went by!

Confetti

As the party started, I said my goodbyes to Brigitte and Robert and left the school. I stopped at the little convenience store to buy a can of pop. There were a few people at the cashier. They looked at me and figured I was from out of town ( I was the only one with a suit and tie on at the ceremony). “Did she say yes?” asked the cashier. “Of course,” I replied, “It was a beautiful ceremony.” She paused and reflected, “Brigitte and Robert are good people.”

There are no secrets in a little village like Notre-Dame de la Salette. Everyone knows everyone. Everyone knew that Brigitte and Robert were getting married and it was a good thing. It is easy to become enthralled with the glitz and preparations for a wedding. I find it is small weddings like Brigitte and Robert’s that bring things into focus. A wedding is about love, family and friends. A wedding is a joyous occasion that brings communities together.

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