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flowers
Mazel tov to yet another friend who has joined the league of married folk! The union took place in Kleinburg, which I didn’t know even existed, just 40 minutes outside of the city, at the McMichael Canadian Art Museum (it houses iconic collections such as the Group of Seven).

I love going to weddings of different faiths and seeing the unique traditions and rituals. A few things I learned:

  • it’s common for Jewish weddings to take place on Sundays because Saturday is a holy day of rest
  • the bride and groom are not supposed to see each other the week before the wedding and then during the day of, the groom needs to check that the bride is indeed her (as per a reference to a biblical tale)
  • 18 is considered a lucky number, meaning long life
  • the ceremony takes place under a ‘chuppah’, a canopy, meaning the home they will build together
  • the groom promises to sell the shirt of his back to provide for the wife (I found this part funny…only because it was so bluntly put!)

totem pole - mcmichael canadian art collection
(an intersection of cultures: a totem pole which depicting a frog surfing the web – not pictured!)

flowers, table settings
(note that only the top tier of the cake is real! so genius!)

under the chuppah
(happily ever after!)

HUZZAH!

three generations
(me, my mom, my mom’s mom – can you tell we’re related? *wink*)

Last weekend, my cousin got married (I tell you, it’s wedding season!). It was a lovely small, family affair that took place in downtown Toronto.

The ceremony took place at The Toronto Wedding Chapel, which I didn’t even know existed. When I hear “wedding chapel” I think of crazy folks who get hitched at an Elvis themed room but it was a beautiful, tasteful, bright space.
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While I was in Cincinnati for my cousin’s wedding, I had a little bit of time to explore the city. Sadly, there isn’t much to do in Cincinnati!

When I got there on Saturday morning, I met a lot of family members and we went out for lunch in Kentucky at Newport on the levee, which is just over the Ohio river, about 5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. There, we grabbed a bite to eat, at Brothers. One of their signature dishes was Beer Battered Cheese Curds so we had as an appetizer to share. Not terribly impressive. (Can’t beat the real cheese curds of Quebec!)

The day after the wedding, the family met for brunch and then set off for Chicago to get back to work. I had some time to kill before my flight early the next morning so my day was spent shopping (because there was nothing else to do on a Sunday afternoon!) and wandering.

My hotel was right next to Fountain Square, which is probably one of the most happening places in city. There was a Cinco de Mayo celebration going on, with lively Mexican music, dance, food, and lots of activities, including a llama petting zoo!

cinco de mayo fountain square
llama
I sampled a seafood ceviche, accompanied by a tall glass of pineapple juice. My cousins and I also shared a churro.

seafood ceviche
I then hit up a Macy’s and a TJ Maxx and score some great deals on workout clothes, a curling iron, and jeans! And finally, met up with my cousin and new cousin-in-law for dinner. But not before we ate more cupcakes and drank more champagne!

I’m at that age where it seems like everyone around me is getting married! I have about four weddings to go to this year and know many others who are getting hitched!

My first wedding of the year was my cousin, Michael’s, on May 7th, 2011. My dad’s brother (my uncle), and aunt, and two cousins live in Chicago. While I see my uncle almost every year, rarely do I see my cousins. The last time we saw each other was when we were all still teenagers, over a decade ago, at our grandfather’s funeral. After so long, it was so nice to reconnect.

The wedding took place in Cincinnati at the Taft Museum of Art and it was such a lovely affair!

Warning: lots of photos!

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