Mandi and Jamie eloped last week. I knew that this was going to happen as Mandi did not want to see me hurt by her choice, and allowed me time to get used to the fact that I would not be there to see the ceremony. They told their family members and closest friends and explained why they had made this decision. Both kids are quiet, and the thoughts of a huge ceremony, the throngs of people and the expense was more than they felt they wanted to handle. What they wanted was a quiet, private ceremony and a vacation afterwards.
They chose Niagara Falls as Jamie had never been there before, and Mandi had fond memories of visiting there when she was younger, and, of course Niagara Falls is well known for romantic escapes. They were married in a lovely ceremony on January 18th and stayed at The Sheraton on the Falls.
Mandi called me afterward and shared pictures of the occasion. There was a delivery to their room of chocolate dipped strawberries and Sparkling water. Their room was absolutely gorgeous, overlooking the Falls.
Thanks to the help of my daughter-in-law, Tinah, who arranged the reservation of the room and the incidentals...(like the strawberries and sparkling water)...I felt as if I had truly been a part of the occasion. Thank you, Tinah.
The highlight of their "ma-cation" was a trip to a magic show... a gift from good friends, Ben and Cassandra.
Those small little details that make a wedding so special and complete, were arranged by Katherine...her Maid of Honour. Thank you so much, Katherine.
A reception on Feb 20th will allow us all the opportunity to congratulate this couple in person, but until then... "Congratulations, Mandi and Jamie, and best wishes for a long and happy life together.