Today is the first day of the A to Z Challenge and I will start with a visit to Allan Gardens in Toronto.
In 1983, Gilles and I were preparing for an October wedding. Between the two of us, we didn’t have much of anything and our wedding was planned on a shoestring budget. By September, one of the last details outstanding revolved around our wedding photos. We had asked a friend to act as photographer and all we needed was a location.
Since we lived downtown, our wedding was planned close to our Toronto apartment. Down the street from the small church where we would be married was Allan Gardens – one of the oldest parks in Toronto.
The crown jewel of Allan Gardens was – and still is – a conservatory built in 1910 with a cast-iron and glass dome.
The month before our wedding, we went to the park and scouted out various locations for outdoor pictures.
Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out as planned. The warm and dry weather we had been experiencing all summer and into the fall finally decided to turn.
It poured rain on our wedding day and in our infinite wisdom, it didn’t occur to us to have a backup plan for that possibility. The end result was a panicked last-minute decision to take our photos inside the hotel where our reception was planned … not the beautiful outdoor keepsakes we had hoped to have.
It turns out that this September 1983 pre-wedding visit would be our last one to Allan Gardens – at least until this past winter when I finally made a return trip. I discovered that the outdoor gardens had been dramatically changed over the past 30+ years. The fountains were gone and the entrance leading up to the Palm House has been modified.
It seems I will need to return in the summer … hopefully to find some of the warm beauty and magic that attracted us to the gardens so many years ago.
I promised cookies to everyone who was kind enough to visit me this month. Thank you so much for coming. Please help yourself to an Almond cookie to celebrate the letter A.