We would like to congratulate Samantha and Paul Turenne on their recent wedding! During the September long weekend, Aikens was closed down as Pit & Julie, Pat & Janelle, and Gerry & Lorraine were all invited to be a part of Paul and Sam's wedding. The wedding took place over the entire long weekend, with the bulk of the participants there on Saturday for the Hindu ceremony and again on Sunday evening for the traditional reception. Friday and Monday were days reserved for family members only with gatherings.
For our longtime guests, you will remember Paul as dockhand and laborer at Aikens for many years in the 90's. He was a big part of the effort to get all those logs for the Great Gray Owl among other contributions. His father Bernie is forever remembered as "Big Molly" at Aikens, and his name now graces our bar. Even though Paul hasn't been a fulltime employee for the past decade, he has still had a part in every Aikens season since 1989. Although he is not here often during our main season anymore when the guests are here, he does help us out a lot for the opening and closing of the lodge each season. It was very special for all of us all to be able to share in his special day.
The Aikens gang was quite involved during the ceremonies. Pat was his usually witty self as MC for the reception on Sunday night. Pit was asked to be the "Protector of the Bride" during the wedding ceremony on Saturday. And, although Pit was not officially scheduled to speak on Sunday, he was able to overtake the podium in a bloodless coup with 20 of Paul's closest buddies and deliver a stinging roast to the groom.
Congratulations to the newlyweds! Hope you enjoy that Spanish honeymoon