Rachael and Mike met on a Toronto dating site before beginning a long-distance relationship. Mike, a firefighter, and Rachael, a 911 dispatcher, knew they were meant to be, and after seven months of long distance they bought a house together in Sarnia and moved in.
A year after moving in together, Mike took Rachael on a duck hunting trip. Sitting together in the brush, Rachael said, “Mike surprised me when he got down on one knee in a pond and asked me to marry him!” Mike did not drop the ring.
When it came to planning, the biggest hurdle was whether to have a small and intimate affair or go all out with a big 100+ person wedding. Rachael explained, “We went back and forth about [it]… but ended up going for [the big wedding] and it was the best choice for us in the end. Our wedding was a blast!”
Their Big Day
The biggest stress on Rachael’s big day was walking down the aisle with all eyes on her. In the end though, Rachel, “just kept my focus on Mike and it ended up being a really special moment for us.”
Mike was also nervous about Rachael’s entrance into the church in the handmade dress Rachael had commissioned for the first time. In the end, Mike doesn’t even remember what her dress looks like, just that Rachael looked so beautiful and happy.
During the ceremony, the couple used an oathing stone as a unique memento. Rachael told us, “This is a stone you find in a place that is special to you. You hold the stone together as you say your vows and keep it in a special place.”
As for the couple’s favourite part of the day? Having all their friends and family to celebrate with them. “It’s probably the only time everyone special to us will all be under one roof.”
Advice for Couples
Their advice for anyone planning their wedding? “Just keep your ideas and your partner’s ideas in mind… It is a special day for both of you and the wedding should reflect both of you.”