“We al­ways kind of knew we’d get mar­ried,” says Kim­berly Martell of her child­hood friend, high school sweet­heart and now hus­band, Bobby.

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The cou­ple—who got to­gether in grade 12 and stuck it out through their un­der­grads at St. FX—were stand­ing in Grand Pa­rade when they of­fi­cially de­cided to get hitched, and they pulled off the ul­ti­mate bash about a year later on New Year’s Eve. “I wanted some­thing re­ally east coast and lo­cal, and Christ­mas is a big time for my fam­ily, a lot of them are in town,” says Kim­berly. “And we just wanted a big party. We wanted the feel­ing of hav­ing ev­ery­one packed in, like night at the Lower Deck.” They set­tled on a cer­e­mony in the Brew­ery Mar­ket’s court­yard, and a re­cep­tion (or as she puts it, “rager”) in the neigh­bour­ing Red Stag, and in­vited 180 of their clos­est folks, and a badass band, to join in on the fes­tiv­i­ties. It was more per­fect than they ever could have imag­ined, and to­tally stress-free. “I hon­estly think it was be­cause of who I had in­volved, that’s what made it feel spe­cial—our dec­o­ra­tor, our pho­tog­ra­pher, the Red Stag—I put a lot of thought into who was go­ing to be there, I picked peo­ple who were chill.” From an ul­tra-adorable first look, to the count­down to 2018, their first year as Mr. and Mrs. Martell, the good vibes and good times kept rolling, which al­lowed the bride and groom to fo­cus on what mat­tered. “I re­ally wanted to be present in the day, we just re­ally wanted ev­ery­one to have a great time,” says Kim­berly. “It was im­por­tant to chat with ev­ery­one, I feel like I made a con­nec­tion with ev­ery­one that came.”

—Al­li­son Saun­ders

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