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My lovely cousin Chelsea married the love of her life, Dakota, at Newlands Golf Club. I blogged about parts of it before in my column on UrbanMoms.ca but I wanted to share some more photos and stories from the big day. We got stuck in traffic and had some other drama on the way and missed the ceremony.

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My mom was sweet enough to text photos of the ceremony as it occurred. We got to the reception in time and had a blast. The decorating was lovely. It all looked so pretty.

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We were very well fed and the beverages flowed. I realized a dress is basically a fancy substitute for turkey eating pants.

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I had such a great time with my beautiful family. They were so silly. That’s my favourite part of family weddings – getting to be silly with the people I love. Life is too serious a lot of the time. It’s so nice to just forget about it for a while and focus on young love and hope of the future.

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Something that brought us to tears were the speeches and the dances. It was emotional and beautiful and perfect. They were also pretty funny. I was so thankful to bear witness to the celebration of their marriage.

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I really wanted to dance, but my partner was at times reluctant and I had no choice but to take matters into my own hands. One simply doesn’t say no to a Zumba girl when her jam is playing.

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We had a lovely time thanks to the staff at Newlands and our gracious hosts, Mr. and Mrs. O’Dell. I wish them every happiness in their life together. Their love was shining as brightly as the twinkling lights that adorned the reception hall.

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I’m so thankful for time spent dancing, eating, drinking, celebrating, and even making a little music together. I can’t wait until the next family wedding for more fun, quality time with these two.

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