30 hours in T O R O N T O !
on August 30 we headed to Toronto early in the morning for our friends’ wedding! we were supposed to have gone a day earlier, giving us a free 24 hours to explore a new city. alas, the universe had other plans and we rescheduled our flight because of our moving issues (which we’ve all heard enough about by now)!
our friend Jen Liu has lived in Toronto for almost 4 years now. She was a dear friend of ours in nyc and was in our Redeemer Community Group for almost 2 years before she moved north. we’ve gotten to see her a few times when she’s come back to nyc but it was awesome to get to see her on her own turf. we didn’t have a ton of time before the wedding but she biked over to our hotel for lunch and it was a great time of catching up with her. she’s so fun and has such an adventurous spirit. we love you, Jen!
our hotel was across the street from the museum of modern art (below) which had a crazy cool facade, and right next to it is University of Toronto which was really gorgeous.
Adrian and Audrey’s wedding was lots of fun! It was held in the Intercontinental Hotel, which is also where we stayed, so it was also really convenient since we didn’t have much time after arriving and we didn’t know our way around the city. we didn’t have to wander very far :)
Audrey looked beautiful and Adrian was as goofy as ever. We can say that because he’s one of our closest friends. It was SO GOOD to be able to witness their marriage. Even after such a crazy few days beforehand and having to cut our trip short — we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
During the cocktail hour they played a bunch of funny games, including a trivia game that featured questions and/or photos about all the guests. Whoever won the most received fun little prizes like candy bars. I thought that was a cute idea. The question about Clif and me was “Which couple here has promised to name their first child Adrian?” Of course we’ve always joked about that but chances are slim it will actually happen, ha!
oh, and here’s a few blurry iPhone photos :) i should not complain though, it’s always nice when someone else offers to take a photo of you!
they had the BEST wedding band we’d ever heard. they were called Nova Sounds and apparently are famous throughout Toronto. Adrian had told us the music would be awesome and it did not disappoint. We had a great time out on the dance floor.
They also had a photo booth because of course! We took this opportunity to represent Canada on behalf of Adrian and Audrey :)
the following morning we got to join the newlyweds and out of town guests for a brunch at the hotel. again, we didn’t travel very far for that. we didn’t get to explore Toronto at all, which was a bummer for us because we love discovering new cities. We will just have to come back. However, on our way back to the airport we did do a little snooping around the U of Toronto campus. here is their football field. it’s funny because I definitely don’t associate Canada with football.
we flew a small airline called Porter that only flies to NYC, Chicago and a few other places. they have their own dedicated airport called Billy Bishop and it’s right across the bay from center city. here’s a panoramic shot from the airport ferry. the ferry is the only way to get from the main part of the city to the airport. it was pretty unique and the Toronto skyline is quite cute, i think.
all in all, successful trip. what an honor to see our dear friends get married. we’ll just have to return to Toronto one day soon!