Last weekend, I visited Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta and home to North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall. This mall is bigger than the Mall of America in Minneapolis, has an amusement mark, world waterpark, and 20,000 parking spaces. It seemed on Saturday, Feb 19 that all 20,000 parking spaces were being used, because people were circling like vultures to grab any. Did I mention it was -26 Celsius outside? A good friend of mine, Rodney, was getting married and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Rodney and I go way back to high school. His outlook on life and sense of adventure helped shaped who I am today. The fact that he found someone else to share his life with is amazing and I wanted to meet female Rodney.
Megan Rogers held her own. She has an independent adventurous spirit, very caring, but still able to take care of herself. One story that resonated with me was how she adapts to getting sleep if the groom becomes anxious in the middle of the night. She puts in ear plugs and a sleeping mask. This girl knows how to prioritize!
Rodney and Megan had an action packed wedding weekend. They wanted to participate in the Silver Skate Festival, swim at the world water park in West Edmonton Mall and compete in the Edmonton Winter Triathlon. However, this weekend was not just about them. It was about giving opportunities to have everyone they cared about to finally meet and get to know one another. There was nothing more cathartic than meeting the wedding party in your Speedos.
Despite the cool temperatures, Edmontonians embraced winter and not everything was left to the imagination.
The highlight would be a simple wedding ceremony held outside at a gazebo near their home. The local newspaper caught their wedding plans and enshrined it on the front page. It was a fantastic celebration of love and inclusiveness, a weekend worth remembering.