Ash­ley & Holly

Ash­ley Han­cock and Holly Rankin weren’t re­ally look­ing for each other when they met via a mu­tual friend but hey, tim­ing isn’t al­ways per­fect.

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“As soon as Holly walked in I started tex­ting my friend Aimee ‘Who is this girl?’ and Holly was tex­ting her the same thing,” says Ash­ley of the night she was in­tro­duced to her now wife, back in 2011. “We lit­er­ally spent for­ever to­gether af­ter that.” Af­ter pass­ing some true tests of pa­tience and love that so­lid­i­fied they were in it for the long haul (like Ash­ley nurs­ing Holly back to health af­ter she broke not one, but both of her feet) Holly popped the ques­tion in a per­fectly im­per­fect mo­ment. “It rained that day,” she says, forc­ing her to ki­bosh her orig­i­nal plans and pro­pose to a hangry Ash­ley in their car be­fore get­ting out and tak­ing a (damp) knee out­side to make it of­fi­cial. The cou­ple, who cel­e­brated their en­gage­ment with match­ing tat­toos in­stead of rings, wanted to use their wed­ding as a way to show off their shared home— the An­napo­lis Val­ley—to the peo­ple they loved. They picked sun­flow­ers for the cer­e­mony at the nearby Dakeyne Farms, said vows on the Wolfville water­front with red mud of the Mi­nas Basin and Cape Blo­mi­don as a back­drop, and ate, drank and danced at the Wolfville Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, where they asked ev­ery guest to re­quest a song for an op­ti­mal sound­track. “There was so much love and close­ness,” says Ash­ley of the day’s over­all vibe. “It felt im­promptu,” Holly adds. “We didn’t prac­tice a dance. We didn’t prac­tice a kiss. But ev­ery­thing was just per­fect.”

—Al­li­son Saun­ders

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