September 27, 2016
We met Rachel on Instagram. The power of social media can be a beautiful thing. Especially when you get the chance to meet a couple like Rachel and Jay.
We showed up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and drove out into the country. There we found tons of beautiful land covered with RVS, Tents, and tons of friends and family. When you are as kind as these two, you have LOTS of friends. We walked around until we found Rachel, who greeted us with a big smile and a bear hug. She introduced us to a few people and showed us our prospector tent where we’d be sleeping that night. To say that we had amazing sleep during that week is an understatement. Coming from hot Mississippi humidity and sleeping outside in the beautiful Canadian breeze was absolutely perfect. We toured the land and watched as games were played and yummy food was eaten.
The next morning we woke up early in hopes of not missing anything. There was very little noise so we made our way to a local store in town to hunt down some coffee and snacks. When we got back we found Jay where he spends most of his time, with his babies/sled dogs. He was preparing to set up the tent where he and Rachel would sleep the night of their wedding, out by the dogs. He put his heart and soul into fixing up a romantic oasis for the two of them.
We split up for awhile as the two prepared for their ceremony. They both had their own ways of winding down and enjoying their time. Jay shot a few cans with his groomsmens, while Rachel laughed with her bridesmaids.
The rain started to pour but it didn’t phase this crew. They were ready for anything and enjoying themselves was all that mattered. They made it through the ceremony without getting soaked. Then it really poured. We had a blast holding umbrellas over family members while the other took photos. Rachel and Jay held each other amongst the trees and ran through their beautiful field.
And man what a reception. We’ve never seen people get so creative and have so much fun! We actually went to sleep before the night ended, these people knew how to party. They crashed around 4:30 am! Yet, they were up bright and early the next day cooking breakfast for all of their guests.
We have never met such loving and beautiful people as we did in Canada. We are SO blessed to have shared in their weekend. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to go back and take our kiddos!