Rob Hyde and Ashlee Turatus celebrate their wedding Halloween night.

Rob Hyde and Ashlee Turatus celebrate their wedding Halloween night.

A special Halloween wedding

Peter and Betty Turatus are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashlee Turatus, to Rob Hyde on Oct. 31, 2014.

Peter and Betty Turatus are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashlee Turatus, to Rob Hyde on Oct. 31, 2014.

Yes, that was Halloween.

This was just another event for the Turatus women, with the planning which began a year ago.

They started with unique coffin invitations that Guillaume Bayle, Ashlee’s Rotary Exchange “brother” created.

The hunt for the dress was an adventure, for the bride couldn’t decide if the dress should go with the theme or be traditionally timeless.

Crystal, Ashlee’s sister, helped with the search and had to listen to all the things that Ashlee didn’t want in a dress.

In the end the perfect dress was found by Ashlee’s godmother and aunt, Shirley.  The discussion of the theme went between Halloween and Star Wars.

Rob chose Halloween and Ashlee incorporated Star Wars throughout the night, starting with the ceremony.

The Turatus’ ladies held countless craft nights with aunts, honorary aunts and good friends, where the decorations came to life as mummies, pumpkins and ghosts.

After endless craft nights it was time to decorate the Thompson Rivers University gym into a Halloween fantasy.

Ghosts were hung, forests appeared with air, and a candy cave for all was created as well as a play-land for the children.

For it was to be a family affair.

The ceremony was held at the Free Evangelical Church on 11th Avenue where Pastor (Bubba) Dan Smith officiated.

Bubba brought jokes into the ceremony which made people laugh.

The bride and groom walked down aisle to Heavy Metal Cannon in D and left to the Star Wars Theme song.

Ashlee’s brother Matt and Rob’s brother-in-law, Rowan, held Lightsabers at the end of the hall for the bridal party to walk under.

Now for the party.

To sum it up, the father-of-the-bride gave the shortest four-worded speech in the history of wedding speeches but made up for it in his choice of the father/daughter dance.

A presentation by Rob’s aunt Kathy was given from Grandma Hyde as she couldn’t attend. She sent herself in a picture with a variety of Halloween poses.

Rob’s godfather, Ken presented him with a Haida Gwaii symbol necklace from his heritage.

Rob’s sister, Marcie, gave an awesome speech roasting the groom with anecdotes of what their future children will be called in school.

Guests travelled for the event from Alberta, Prince George, Kamloops, various cities on the Coast, Nanaimo and Haida Gwaii and Rotary exchange student Guillaume Bayle even skyped in for the ceremony from France.

As in any event that the Turatus family hosts, there are endless friends and family members who help to make the event happen.

Without you all the day would not have been successful as it was.

A special thank you to Dale, Pepper, Bonnie and the Lamberts. Also thank you to Randy Gertzen of Adventure Charters for the shuttle bus and the safe ride home for our guests. Lynden Grosso for providing the awesome music.

Brenda at Taylor Made Cakes and Sweets for the fantastic Halloween/Star Wars wedding cake and cupcakes and the Williams Lake Rotary Club for all the fantastic food.

And Jana Roller for the beautiful official photos.

The family would like to thank every single one of these people for all the hard work they did to help make this day special for Rob and Ashlee.

Submitted by the Turatus family.


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