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Diggers Corner: The best surprises are often found in the most unexpected places
for Smoky River Express
Every now and again I like to feature one of my travelling experiences in my opinion column.
The great thing about travelling is you go beyond what you are used to in every day life and it is amazing how this can affect your perception of life.
Banff two weeks ago was a great invitation to winter and it was further accented by a wedding of two friends of mine.
Frozen rivers below green pine trees encasing the small bustling town were watched over by serene snow-capped mountains, creating an enchanting environment for the romantic occasion.
However, the true magic of the weekend took place in the small church where a young couple that surprised everyone by being together in the first place (even themselves) tied the knot.
While at college, I would return to Calgary from Vancouver every year in the summer and visit the two people, always to find their relationship had progressed.
First they were dating, than they were living together and this summer, wedding plans.
Four years after the couple got together after braving the often perilous winter highways to Banff, a small group of friends and family got together to see the two get married.
The ceremony, like the couple, was simple and did not feel like a long affair but it was filled with love and esthetic attention.
But, at the reception dinner, it was the speech that truly surprised me.
The speech was given by a long-time friend of the groom who had everyone completely entranced with the intimate description of the married couples' time together.
It was incredible to see such eloquence delivered by a person who often comes off as a blue-collared working man you would rather go drinking with than listen to their opinion of a relationship.
Few people in the room saw this touching rendition coming.
It goes to show peoples' actions that come as a surprise to others can end up being spectacular.
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