Bride & Groom Can’t Leave Church After Wedding

Paul and Crystal had a wonderful wedding at one of the old downtown churches. However, they found that they could’t leave the church after the wedding.

This is another chapter of “when I think I’ve seen it all, there is always more..”

I love the opportunity to perform weddings in old churches. Many are offering their sanctuaries for rent for other events such as non-denominational weddings. The acoustics are fabulous and decor is classic. Paul and Crystal secured the beautiful First Baptist Church of Ottawa for their wedding. It is at the corner of a busy intersection of Laurier  and Elgin Streets whose entrance is right on the sidewalk.

Across the street from the church is the historic Lord Elgin Hotel where Crystal was getting ready. After a slight delay, Crystal emerged and walked across Laurier Street, stopping traffic, to get to the church.

Crystal walked down the aisle with her father and looked radiant.

The ceremony included the Chinese “Completing the Circle” ritual, and a blessing from Paul’s father. After I pronounced them married, they walked down the aisle to gorgeous organ music. I instructed the guests to follow the couple across the street to Confederation Park to take a group picture.

But…they found that they could not leave the church. The bride, groom, their 100 guests, and me, were stuck.

We had to wait until a protest march against oppression in Nicaragua passed by before we could make our way. Luckily, it was only for a few minutes before all was back to normal and things could proceed.