After a few days of helping out in Saskatchewan we were on our way to Winnipeg for Donny and Marika's wedding. First of all we stopped for a visit with Natasha's Grandma Ewert in Drake. She served us raisin toast, cheese and coffee.
Natasha and her grandma have a visit in the garden planted for Natasha's grandma's 100th birthday by her children. It's a lovely spot to sit and visit. After leaving Drake we drove to Winnipeg. For the first few nights we stayed at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). The highlight of that was finding a small local bakery a few blocks away where we could buy fresh baked goods for breakfast every day. Yum, yum :)
One day we spent at Marika's parents' house trying to be as helpful as we could. This meant that Natasha attempted to make bows for the ends of the pews and Dave worked on the wedding program. We enjoyed getting to know Marika's parents better and being able to spend some time with Donny and Marika before everyone else arrived.
Donny insisted that everyone eat at Chicken Delight for lunch one day. This is a restaurant which Donny really likes as they serve really good chicken. It might just be a Winnipeg thing. They also serve pizza. As you can see, we are really happy to be eating here!
Later that day Marika asked some of us to come to the parliament buildings so she could get some ideas for pictures there on the day of the wedding. We took advantage of the room in front of the fountain to practice some of the moves we learned in our wedding dance class!
After we got that out of our system we took direction from Marika as to some shots she wanted to try to see if they might work the day of the wedding.
Thursday night was Marika's bachelorette party. Marika's maid of honour, Jodi, and another one of her bridesmaids, Melanie, did most of the planning for it. It was the first bachelorette party Natasha had ever been to and, in her opinion, it rocked! We started off with drinks and desserts at Dessert Sinsations. Then we got to ride in a limo. Natasha recognizes that this is an awful picture but it is the only documentation of her in the limo so here it is:
The limo dropped us off at a dance studio where we got a bellydancing lesson. It was loads of fun. Then the instructor did a couple of professional dances for us. Don't we look like we're having fun?!
Once the bellydancing was over we headed to a martini bar. They served awesome martinis and we spent a couple of hours there... toasting Marika, of course!
The whole group of us (except for Marika's sister, Moni) who had an excellent evening of celebrating Marika and her upcoming marriage. We really need to do it again sometime, girls :)
Friday afternoon we headed out to Bridges Golf Course, where the reception was to be held to decorate. The place looked beautiful when we were done.