Don't you just love weddings? I do. Perhaps it's because I didn't have a big wedding myself. We ran off to Yuma to get married. My friends ran off too, but not to Yuma.

The beautiful island of Victoria, B.C., was the scene of the wedding of Rene Fox and Beverly Harn in June. The happy couple spent their honeymoon on a seven-day cruise from Boston to Montreal on Holland America's Olivia Cruise, along with 1,400 others.

My daughter and I attended the wedding reception for Beverly and Rene, who are good friends and golfing buddies. They didn't have a big wedding, but they sure made up for it with the reception.

The reception was held at the Tri-City Country Club, overlooking the magnificent golf course, where friends and family gathered to celebrate the happy couple's marriage.

As we entered the reception hall, the first thing that drew our attention was the beautiful bride, Beverly, in a lovely floor length, navy blue strapless two-piece dress, and Rene in her tailored, black Armani Tuxedo. What a lovely couple they were standing arm in arm receiving their guests.

When we first arrived everyone was milling around talking in little groups, as the buffet was replenished. The buffet table was filled with a beautiful array of finger-food that surpassed anything I have ever seen.

Now, you know how I love good food and the buffet table was loaded with canapes, hors d'oeuvres, and small bowls of crab bisque, topped with a puff pastry crust that made your stomach cry out for more.

I have never eaten caviar, but this was my day to try it. Thin sliced French bread topped with smoked salmon, a sprig of rosemary, and a tiny peak of caviar, was my introduction to the delicacy. It was sensational. I couldn't get enough of it. I wanted to taste the caviar's delicate flavor over and over, so I ended up going back three or four times.

There was another treat waiting for the guests, shrimp on the half shell, swimming in reduced lime juice that titillated the palette. And if you like Brie cheese, you would have been in heaven.

The fruit kabobs of pineapple, banana, and a variety of melons, were just what the doctor ordered to clean your palette for more of the delicious delicacies.

The food was not only delicious, but presented with an artistic flare. The waiters kept the buffet table filled with the wonderful delicacies enticing the guests back to the buffet many times. It was an epicurean delight.

Bev and Rene have a vast wine collection, so I knew there would be a never ending flow of good wine and an open bar for those who enjoy something a little stronger.

After the first hour of sampling the delectable buffet, enjoying the wine, and chatting with friends, the music began. Rene and Bev had the first dance, and then everyone joined the girls on the dance floor to get down and boogie the night away to everything from the golden oldies to today's popular songs. It was great fun.

Throughout the evening the happy couple mingled with their guests, spending time with each one.

I've never had such a great time. This wedding reception will go down in my memory book as the best one I've ever attended. I wish Rene and Beverly many years of happiness together.

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Betty Kuhn of Boardman can be contacted at bkuhn_1@msn.com

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