We met on Bumble and hit it off instantly. We were both going through some medical challenges and the beginning of dating felt very much like COVID quarantine. We spent so much time together that was low key, which was great for getting to know each other.
On our first holiday season after starting to date, we went up to David’s family cottage. There was so much snow. We went snowshoeing and adventured far away to someone else’s property where they had a bench that overlooked the lake. We created a tradition, snowshoeing or hiking back to “the bench”. Holiday season 2019, we did the same thing and when we were at the bench David proposed. It was so magical to have this special place with so many memories. We told our families and the planning was a big stir. We had always wanted a wedding in the woods or up north, but when our big families came together, it was not a possibility. We were originally planned to have a big fat Jewish wedding at the Toronto Reference Library on August 30, 2020.
A few weeks after fully planning the wedding, COVID hit. We were playing with the date and the vendors, and we just never felt settled that the new date wouldn’t just be a moving target. So at the beginning of the summer, we thought, how about having a small 30 person wedding at the Cottage. We started feverishly planning and made sure that no matter what if we had to make the list smaller due to increasing restrictions, we could. We had an amazing live stream for our family and friends to join in on the ceremony, and planned to release a video to watch after.
When we decided to get married at the cottage, we knew we had to have pictures at “the bench”. So we wrote a note to the owners of the cottage telling them our story and how we had been “trespassing” for years and how it had become part of our tradition. We asked if we could take photos there on the day of, and they were SO EXCITED to be part of our story and our day.
The week leading up to the wedding it was cold and raining every single day leading up to, the actual day and the week after. The forecast was right, except for the actual wedding day, which was the most beautiful day in September. The sun was shining, our immediate family and bridal parties were with us to celebrate. It was so magical.
My dress was so beautiful, it fit like a glove and was not what I had originally picked. I originally wanted #4817 or another one from that collection – but it was more structured for a black tie library wedding. I needed something that was beautiful, comfortable and just flowed in the woods. It was so light and effortlessly beautiful, I could just be myself.
Thank you for making my dream dress for the best day of 2020.