I’ve been to a wedding or two in the past with a bit of a theme, but it was always something the couple and their guests were aware of. Beth and Jeff had a theme to their wedding, but it was more subtle. That theme was Beer Pong. Yup, you read correctly. I might be pushing it to call it a theme, but when the Bride and her bridesmaids play it while they’re getting ready, and the kissing game during the reception is based on Beer Pong, then I am calling it a theme. And why not? It’s a lot of fun, and the kids at the wedding were getting their first taste of what it’s like to enter post-secondary education by gaining a valuable social skill.
When I arrived at the Westin to meet up with Beth, I walked into a beautiful room with a long table against the wall. I didn’t think much of it until they pulled it to the middle of the room, popped a bottle or two of champagne and proceeded to get serious. I had never actually played beer pong before, but I did take a few shots, and it’s the kind of thing that’s right up my alley. I should stay away though, I tend to get competitive.
The girls were so relaxed that it didn’t even seem like Beth was about to walk down the aisle. Jeff on the other hand, was a bit more nervous, but I was told he’s the emotional type. However, he was rocking the Montreal Canadiens cuff links, so he gets points for bringing his favourite hockey team into his wedding day (despite the Calgary Flames coloured bridesmaid dresses, sorry, I had to point that out).
The ceremony was held at Pier 21, and we left right after the ceremony for photos. Beth and Jeff had a bus for us to get around the city, and we made use of a couple of locations including the Public Gardens, Keith’s Brewery, and Cabin Coffee. Cabin Coffee is owned by Beth’s parents and is this cute, rustic, little place, which smelled delicious.
After our photos wrapped up, we made our way back to Pier 21. When we got inside, we found everyone mingling about as the cocktail hour was coming to a close. At the bar, there were yellow and white striped straws (matching the colours) with little flags for guests to write their names on, that way you’d never be unsure which drink was yours. We also saw the guestbook setup. They had a Polaroid camera for everyone to take a photo of themselves and stick it in an album with their name below it. It’s a cool idea because it not only gives you the name of everyone who came to your wedding, but what they wore.
Entering the main hall, you could see the yellow and white everywhere, and it looked awesome. The beer pong table was setup and ready to go in front of the stage and head table, and it was put to good use. Speeches went on throughout the dinner, but one speech stood out in particular. Kelli, Beth’s maid of honour, rapped the Fresh Prince song with the lyrics switched out to the story of Beth and Jeff. It was surprisingly good and funny. None of the others giving speeches stood a chance after that, and that set us up for the rest of the night where everyone dance, drank, and laughed. Here’s just a glimpse into their day.