The Big Wedding Day

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Um... you do realize the whole stick mimicry thing only works when you're in foliage, right?

The wedding day is finally here! I woke up around 6:30 am again and the morning was overcast and cool. I went to the porch in time to see a rain storm sweep through the valley – it was beautiful, and it left patches of steam rising from the rainforest after it passed.

There were a few bird watchers in attendance this morning, and with their assistance I got to view a toucan and a parrot. I can begin to understand why people fall in love with bird watching; there’s nothing like seeing a bird in the wild – a tame bird or one in a zoo isn’t the same. A walking stick also decided to put in an appearance, and reminded me there’s a lot more to this rainforest than the birds.

I enjoy meeting new people when I travel, so I invited Sofia and her son Sander to join us for breakfast.

Dun composing her speech for the reception.
They are from Sweden and were enjoying a three-week holiday in both Trinidad and Tobago. Sander is 14 and a wildlife photographer, and one of the places he most wanted to visit was Asa Wright. His interest in wildlife photography was inspired several years before by a Northern Cardinal, a species commonly found throughout the eastern United States. A couple from New Zealand joined us at our table and we had a nice discussion. After breakfast we went off to prepare for the wedding; it’s always amazing to see how different people you usually see in a casual atmosphere look when they don formal clothes. 

The weather was perfect during the ceremony and for the rest of the afternoon. The wedding cake was black cake, which as I understand it consists of fruit soaked in rum and then baked into a cake that’s then soaked in rum. It’s then frosted so it looks like a typical cake. I resisted the temptation to touch a lit match to it just to see if it would burn. 

I can tell you that the rainforest is no place to wear a suit. About halfway through the reception the bridal party changed into cooler garb, and I did as well. The reception ended around 7 pm, and we spent the rest of the evening talking and relaxing.

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Um... you do realize the whole sti…
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Dun composing her speech for the r…
Dun composing her speech for the …
Nick and me being glamorous.
Nick and me being glamorous.
Don donning his tie.
Don donning his tie.
The ripped sleeves makes the ringb…
The ripped sleeves makes the ring…
The groomsmen wanted to carry beer…
The groomsmen wanted to carry bee…
The site where the wedding will oc…
The site where the wedding will o…
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I took this from my usher post by…
The groomsmen making their way to …
The groomsmen making their way to…
The minister was amusing.
The minister was amusing.
The happy couple.
The happy couple.
Trinidadian women have plumage alm…
Trinidadian women have plumage al…
Some cute kid in a peach dress.
Some cute kid in a peach dress.
This young lady almost did a face …
This young lady almost did a face…
Paul and Sue.  Arent they cute?
Paul and Sue. Aren't they cute?
This was the first time most of us…
This was the first time most of u…
The wedding cake was black cake.…
The wedding cake was 'black cake'…
Kent was moved by Duns wedding to…
Kent was moved by Dun's wedding t…
Relaxing in the sitting room after…
Relaxing in the sitting room afte…
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