ASH­LEY BURSEY and MITCHELL BERNARD

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AU­GUST 26, 2017 FROM ASH­LEY: I’m from St. John’s, New­found­land, and Mitchell is from Tig­nish, Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and our wed­ding took place in New­found­land. Guests in­cluded friends and fam­ily from both prov­inces and across the coun­try. We wanted the wed­ding to be a celebration of our roots so we in­cor­po­rated a lot of lo­cal el­e­ments, such as cho­co­late bars bear­ing New­found­land and P.E.I. say­ings like “some shockin’ good,” and Mitchell’s socks had the of­fi­cial P.E.I. flower, a lady’s slip­per, on them. It was in­cred­i­ble to bring so many peo­ple to New­found­land for the first time and see them ex­pe­ri­ence the province and cul­ture. We had a screech-in for 26 guests. It was amaz­ing to wel­come them to New­found­land and in­vite them to be­come “hon­orary New­found­lan­ders.” This in­volved each per­son tak­ing a shot of rum, eat­ing some “New­fie steak” (a piece of bologna) and say­ing, “Long may your big jib draw,” which es­sen­tially means “live long and pros­per.” I hired Skip­per Dickie from the Royal Or­der of New­found­land, and he had ev­ery­one in ab­so­lute stitches. Mitchell and I love to eat, so we wanted to make sure ev­ery­one was very well fed. We served New­found­land hors d’oeu­vres, in­clud­ing cod bites and tou­tons with mo­lasses (a tra­di­tional New­found­land pan­cake), as well as cake and dough­nuts, which were a huge hit. I’ll never for­get our first look on the cliffs of Cape Spear. My veil ac­tu­ally blew off in the wind and was caught by the videog­ra­pher! The wind was so in­cred­i­bly strong it al­most knocked us off the cliff, but it was an epic first look—it was im­por­tant to do it in a place that meant a lot to us. We wanted that pri­vate mo­ment to­gether, just us two. My dress was an im­por­tant de­tail. My sis­ter and mom trav­elled to Toronto, where Mitchell and I live, to help me find it. When I tried on the dress in the first store I was un­sure, but I tried it on in the sec­ond store with­out re­al­iz­ing it was the same dress and de­cided it was the one! My mother then re­vealed that when my grand­mother passed she left money for me to buy my dress, so it was a gift from her, which was truly spe­cial.

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