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Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Boy asks girl on date. Girl asks boy on date. They share conversations while gazing into each other's eyes. They laugh. They hold hands. They begin to fall in love. Coupledom. Boy realizes he fell in love and asks girl for her hand in marriage. She says "Yes". Dress fittings. Tux measurements. Marriage band purchasing. "I do". First dance. Wedding cake cutting. Lots of precious moments shared.
Weddings bring out the best in everyone. If you weren't feeling the love before, you are enraptured with all the wedding festivities: church rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and the reception to close the celebrations off. As a result, you begin to fall in love as you watch two people commit themselves to each other. The last few weeks have been a haze; but even more so for the bride and groom. July 31st, 2015 marked the day that I witnessed [amongst friends and family] my big brother get married to my beautiful new sister - Erin Zindoga (née MacDonald). Friends and family watched on as these two beautiful souls intertwined and became one against the backdrop of Summerside, PEI.
As a woman who upholds the sanctity of love and marriage, it was a privilege to be able to be one of two Master of Ceremonies (MC) at their wedding reception. It was a proud moment to be able to introduce Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Zindoga to the wedding guests and of course, assist in ushering in this beautiful new couple on their new found journey as husband and wife with their entrance dance (ma steps).
When it comes to weddings, most people don't get a chance to sit and think because everything is so overwhelming with the planning leading up to the big day. The pressure faced by the bride and groom is just so intense because they want to ensure everything runs smoothly and that everyone has a great time. I can only imagine the pressures faced, but I do have a better understanding now as I got a chance to sneak in some quality time with my sister-in-law before the big day to find out about all the ins-and-outs about planning a wedding -  and more importantly, a wedding on a budget! Baring in mind that everyone's wedding is so different, and we live in the 21st century, I absolutely jumped at the chance to talk to Erin and get some answers about this wedding planning business because one day it will be me!
Peep the interview below and of course, take your time perusing over the beautiful wedding pictures taken by Jacinta Photography!

Where: The Commodore Ballroom When: August 31, 2015 DAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYAANNNNNNNNGGGGGGG!!! Vocals on point and he isn't half-bad to look at! LOL. Miguel graced Vancouver with his presence as part of his promotional tour...

Where: Rogers Arena When: August 22, 2015 This show though ...*sigh*. It was on. Then it was postponed. Then Paper Rain Performances (the company putting not the show) declared bankruptcy. Then it was cancelled. DEVASTATED. Then it was back on ... but only for those who had purchased VIP tickets *smh...what?!* Then Jon Bon Jovi saved the day because integrity matters and the concert was back on in partnership with Rogers Area and Tourism Vancouver!!! There was no way he could let Vancouver down. After all, Bon Jovi did record their hit album Slippery When Wet in '86. While it would have been nice to have been outside in Stanley Park and having the #BeautifulBritishColumbia as the backdrop for this glorious event, the fact that the show went on was all I cared about! So as it happened, and it would really only ever happen to me, I ended up with 2 shows - BACK 2 BACK!! My evening with Jon Bon Jovi who was on my bucket list but now crossed out, and the lovely Miguel! What are the chances??!! But, despite this double conundrum, both shows had to go on and I would be damned if I missed either [yes my coin was a sunk cost but listen!!! I take how I spend my coin very seriously and live shows are a priority sometimes!] But alas, my first show and ultimate must-see was on at 8PM SHARP! (be there or be left out), and Miguel was on at 10PM. Both venues close enough to walk that once Jon Bon Jovi called it a night, I dashed to the next venue for my 2nd show. Thank you Vancouver for being so easy to navigate and having everything within walking distance! :) And most importantly, thank you artists for going on at your scheduled time!