The reason we went to Jamaica last week was for a wedding. Even with this much build-up, the event itself stuck out in a week of memories. It was at 5pm, after a day of lounging around the resort but being careful not to overdo it. We got ourselves free of sand, dressed up and headed to the beach to fill in chairs draped with white flowing cloth.
It was a romantic, casual but beautiful affair full of nice details, from the maid of honour singing as her best friend made her way down the aisle, to the gentle crashing of the ocean, and the handmade fans and bubbles. After sitting in the chair for a bit, we moved and stood under a tree to give Baby J some shade and had a great vantage point to see the exchanging of vows, and hear the soft words amid misty eyes and genuine grins.
We may have morphed from the rowdy group of people who had been partying all week, a jumble of people shifting from the bar to the pool, spilling beer and shouting at friends, into a bunch of smiling faces, shining with love and respect for the couple who brought us all together and included us all in their love on their special day.
After the ceremony, we drifted over the sand, posing for family photos in the golden sun, chatting and joking around, watching Baby J try to lift a rock the size of his head and carry it around. One of the bridesmaids splashed around in the ocean with him, letting him go ankle deep and picking him up – she was totally soaked for the photos after, but didn’t seem to mind one bit.
After the cake was cut, we headed back towards our room, letting Baby J wander the halls a bit (he liked yelling ah! to hear the echo) and changing him into his jammies, then found our table at the reception, held at one of the on-site gourmet restaurants. We sat with the groom’s mother and a few friends, people we hadn’t gotten a chance to spend much time with, and enjoyed the meal together – there was creamy wild asparagus soup that may have been the best soup I’ve ever had. We took turns rocking the little guy to sleep in his stroller, and then had the night ahead to eat, and drink, socialize, and dance.
At the midpoint of the week, it was nice to have the wedding, then a few days left to finish the relaxation on our vacation in Jamaica!