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