I did not enjoy planning my wedding. You would think with how long Max and I dated, that I'd have a scrapbook with my chosen colors, the type of dress I wanted, the flowers, food, you name it, and that all we'd have to do was reserve the venue and we'd be good to go. I didn't. I guess the options were just too overwhelming and I was (am) an unhealthy combination of easygoing yet picky….mixed in with a whooooole lot of indecisiveness.
A few months before the wedding, my future sister-in-laws and I were on a walk in Waterton, trying to make some decisions about the upcoming event. There was a lot of back and forth about all the options, the things we'd seen, the things that would make it memorable, and after pulling teeth to get me to tell them what I wanted, Jasmine said something that really changed the way I thought about the wedding. She said, "So, if there were no limitations, what would your dream be for your wedding weekend?" It sounds simple enough, but I hadn't been thinking of it in that way up to that moment, and it really made all the difference. The ideas started to flow and for the first time since our engagement, I was beginning to get really, really excited.
One of the ideas we came up with that day on the walk was to take the family and friends on a boat ride the day before the wedding. It was the perfect way to give our visitors a sample of our home in Waterton without killing them on a strenuous hike (which we learned the previous summer was not the best idea--sorry, dad). We also thought it would be fun to get both sides of the family together before the wedding to break the ice and give them a chance to connect with each other in a casual setting. So, complete with a wiener feast before boarding, we loaded our guests onto the Miss Waterton and cruised down the lake, chatting, laughing and otherwise disrupting our poor tour guides. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the weekend.