Wedding and birthday blending at Maple Ridge bash

A young couple with deep roots in Maple Ridge are set to tie the knot Saturday in Memorial Peace Park.

Eric Zimmer / Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times
June 11, 2014 04:58 PM

Amanda Rohl and Alex Angus, who are getting married on Saturday at the bandstand birthday bash, have played in several bands in Maple Ridge.

A spur-of-the-moment suggestion from a friend has resulted in a unique wedding ceremony happening in Maple Ridge Saturday.
Originally, Alex Angus and Amanda Rohl were supposed to get married in 2015 at a venue in New Westminster.
Instead, the pair will wed this weekend in downtown Haney’s Memorial Peace Park.
And though it’s not uncommon for wedding plans to change, it’s the location of the ceremony and the reason behind it that’s different.
Angus and Rohl will say their “I do’s” at the Maple Ridge bandstand, during the Envision Financial’s Bandstand 20th Birthday Bash this weekend.
They currently reside in New Westminster, but Rohl and Angus were both raised in Maple Ridge and describe the bandstand and the area around it as “home.”
“We’ve both been part of a lot of community bands, and we both played at that bandstand for years and years,” said Angus, who turns 22 in October.
“We both did swimming, we were always around the leisure centre, and we were both part of the Maple Ridge Concert Band, (MRCB)” elaborated Rohl, 25.
She said that growing up, she and Angus “never really connected.” But, after high school, they both joined a community choir in Coquitlam, and “that’s where we kind of hit it off.”
As for getting married at the bandstand, Rohl and Angus can thank a friend for that suggestion.
“It was actually really funny,” said Rohl.
She explained that “literally on the day” they had decided on a venue for 2015, a friend from the MRCB suggested getting married at the bandstand as part of the birthday bash.
“We were both, like, ‘that’s actually perfect’,” Rohl recalled.
Of course, getting married in a park means that even though the ceremony is very personal, it will be a very public event.
Rohl said the official guest list is about 110 people – “130 if you include the band” – but also said that pretty much anyone can come.
Though the marriage is an official one, ‘we are kind of thought of as an act,” said Rohl.
“Pretty much anyone I’ve talked to, who I haven’t been able to officially invite to the wedding, I’ve told to just come to the bandstand at 3 p.m.,” she explained.
Getting married doesn’t put their music schedule on hold, however.
“Our band life is ridiculous right now,” said Rohl.
“I’m playing with the Bruce James Orchestra, and they’re actually playing at the bandstand from 7 to 8, and then doing our reception,” she explained.
Angus is involved with the Golden Ears Jazz band, a group that will take the stage right after the pair wrap up their nuptials.
Rohl plays the saxophone and sings, while Angus plays the trumpet, trombone, and sings as well.
Both agreed that other than the chance to create music, it’s the closeness of her and fellow musicians that keeps her involved with concert bands, and it’s what she loves the most.
“It’s just a neat thing,” said Rohl.
“I’m playing with the Bruce James Orchestra, and they’re actually playing at the bandstand from 7 to 8, and then doing our reception,” she explained.
Angus is involved with the Golden Ears Jazz band, a group that will take the stage right after the pair wrap up their nuptials.
Rohl plays the saxophone and sings, while Angus plays the trumpet, trombone, and sings as well.
Both agreed that other than the chance to create music, it’s the closeness of her and fellow musicians that keeps her involved with concert bands, and it’s what she loves the most.
“It’s just a neat thing,” said Rohl.
For more on the bandstand birthday bash events this weekend, visit www.mrcb.ca.


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