So when Theresa and I were initially planning our wedding years ago, we went through every different type of wedding (big, small, church, beach, etc etc etc) and would inevitably end up in an argument because T’s family is big and mine is tiny, or the cost was crazy, or we couldn’t agree on some important detail and so on. For a while, talking about the wedding just meant arguing – which is strange because we don’t normally disagree that much. One day we were watching an episode of ‘The Office’, specifically Jim & Pam’s wedding, and in it the couple were having such a hard time that they ran away and eloped before returning to their friends for the party. I turned to Theresa and said “Let’s do that”. She agreed and from that moment on we stopped fighting about the wedding, a big weight was lifted off our shoulders and planning began to get fun.
And how did Jim & Pam get married?
On a boat in Niagara falls.
So that was our plan for a really long time – elope in Canada, not tell anyone and just run away. But of course plans change, gay marriage went through for New York (where we were going to honeymoon) and we thought it might be a little lonely by ourselves. So that is why we invited our immediate family and best mates. On the night of our perfect Wedding Day, Theresa surprised me with this – for years she had been saving her per diems (daily food allowance) from work tours to secretly pay for a couple of extras on this trip beginning with a quick detour to where our plans all started!
Wednesday we hopped on a plane to Toronto and Theresa drove us (on the wrong side of the road!) to Niagara and today, after a quick shopping run to find a cheap waterproof camera (thanks Target), we made that trip! “Does that mean there are photos of you both in ridiculous ponchos?” I hear you ask? Yes, yes it does.
Also, see that little boat at the bottom of the falls?
That’s where we went. This is what that looked like inside the haze…
It felt like being caught in a huge heavy downpour. We got drenched. Most people ran undercover, we decided to embrace it and had the best time!
We also made friends with the Captain and got a free second journey! He was a great guy although I doubt he would have been as awesome as our celebrant Annie!
Niagara itself isn’t much to write home about, mostly casinos and ridiculous tourist traps but the Falls make the trip so worth it! Today we head into Toronto for 1 night with a short visit with the Kempthorne’s before we are back to our scheduled programming: Boston!
PS – Yes, I did mention there were two surprise additions from Theresa (despite her agreeing to have no surprises on this trip). You’ll have to wait for the other one!
PPS – Happy International Stage Managers Day Friends!! Here is a double rainbow in your honour: