AN ART­FUL PAIR­ING

Sa­mara Shuter and Emily Krouse met on­line, be­fore swipe right was a thing

Annex Post - - CONTENTS - By Nikki Gill

How painter Sa­mara Shuter found her per­fect part­ner

Sa­mara Shuter is best known for her larger-than-life paint­ings of head­less men wear­ing ev­ery­thing from tai­lored suits to mo­tor­cy­cle jack­ets. Her most re­cent show­case, ti­tled Rhythm + Treble, took place Nov. 18 at the Spoke Club. Back in her film in­dus­try days, she met Emily Krouse, and the two were mar­ried in 2015. Here they dish on how they met, their pro­posal and their wed­ding.

How they met

Sa­mara: On­line, be­fore it was cool. It was 10 years ago, be­fore the iPhone, be­fore swipe right was a thing. Emily was liv­ing in Florida be­tween her sec­ond and third year of univer­sity, about to move to D.C. for an in­tern­ship on Capi­tol Hill. I was liv­ing at home in Toronto work­ing in the film in­dus­try. We had both re­cently joined a dat­ing web­site called Tan­gowire, and when I joined, I saw Emily was a “new pro­file” on the home­page.

The first date

Emily: Since we met on­line, our first of­fi­cial date was also the first time we ever met, so it was re­ally ex­cit­ing. Sam flew to Washington, D.C., to meet me in per­son. We spent the week­end to­gether. It felt like we had known each other for years. It was so nat­u­ral and or­ganic, even though we had only been chat­ting on­line, on the phone and via Face­book video mes­sen­ger, but there was an im­me­di­ate com­fort with each other.

The courtship

Sa­mara: We did long dis­tance for six years (five and a half of which were be­fore we were en­gaged), and so a lot of our courtship was mem­o­rable since we didn’t see each other that of­ten.

The pro­posal

Emily: It was my last se­mes­ter of law school, and I was in des­per­ate need of a va­ca­tion, so when spring break rolled around I was thrilled to be head­ing to Sam’s fam­ily’s coun­try house north of Mon­treal for a week. We spent our first night up north with our best friends, who of course knew Sam’s plan, but I was to­tally obliv­i­ous. I begged them to come back the fol­low­ing week­end to hang with us since we’d still be up there, and they lived in Mon­treal, but they said they couldn’t. (They couldn’t be­cause they would be in Toronto for our sur­prise en­gage­ment party.) A cou­ple of days later, Sam wanted to go on a walk (un­usual for her). I didn’t feel like it be­cause it was driz­zling, but she in­sisted. She wanted to spray-paint our ini­tials on a rock. Af­ter an hour of walk­ing, we found a large rock up an em­bank­ment. We climbed (and fell) but made our way to the rock. She started to spray-paint, and I wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion. When she said she was done, she looked at me and then looked at the rock. From her red spray paint and the rain, it looked like the rock was bleed­ing, but I could sort of make out, “Will you marry me?” I thought she was jok­ing. We had been fake propos­ing to each other since our first year to­gether. But I could tell from the look on her face that she was se­ri­ous. She pulled a small black box out of her jacket and got down on one knee in the snow. We were both flooded and over­come with emo­tions that nei­ther of us can tell you who said what af­ter that.

The wed­ding

Emily: We were mar­ried on Aug. 15, 2015, (eight years and one day af­ter we met on­line) with 155 guests at Sec­ond Floor Events on King West. I wore the Eden dress by Tru­velle, and Sam bought a sam­ple sale dress that a close friend of ours cut and re­worked into Sam’s ideal dress.

The en­ter­tain­ment

Sa­mara: We had Choir! Choir! Choir! play three songs dur­ing the cer­e­mony: “Land­slide” by Fleet­wood Mac as our fam­i­lies walked down the aisle, “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jack­son as we walked and “We Found Love” by Ri­hanna af­ter we were mar­ried and walk­ing back up the aisle. It was amaz­ing, they did the best job, and they were a com­plete sur­prise to our guests and fam­i­lies.

The food

Emily: We had Toben Food by De­sign do a fully cus­tom menu for us. We wanted a Greek/Moroc­can/Is­raeli fam­ilystyle meal, and Toben and his team de­liv­ered ten­fold. The food was fan­tas­tic, the ser­vice was per­fect, and we heard from so many guests that it was the best food they had ever had at a wed­ding.

The hon­ey­moon

Sa­mara: A year later we went to Greece for 10 days. We went to Athens, Mykonos, Paros and San­torini. We can’t rec­om­mend that trip enough.

Krouse (left) and Shuter were mar­ried on Aug. 15, 2015, eight years and one day af­ter they met

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