Ty­ing the knot

Yarmouth cou­ple ex­changes wed­ding vows at Tim Hor­tons

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By TINA COMEAU

Tim Hor­tons serves up the per­fect wed­ding venue as Yarmouth cou­ple re­turns to the site of their first date to ex­change vows.

What started out as a sin­gle-sin­gle at a Tim Hor­tons in Yarmouth on Sat­ur­day didn’t fin­ish that way.

Lo­cal res­i­dents Meranda Tinkham and Tom Ro­bicheau got mar­ried at the Tim Hor­tons lo­ca­tion near Wa­ter Street.

Why Tim Hor­tons?

Why not, said the cou­ple.

It was here that they had their first date and Meranda works here as a baker. The cou­ple also spends a lot of evenings hang­ing out with the cof­fee crowd here.

In case you’re won­der­ing, how­ever, the wed­ding pro­posal did not take place here with the ring stuck in­side a Tim­bit.

Still, Meranda de­cided this would be the ideal wed­ding venue.

“At first I was just jok­ing around and said let’s do it, let’s get mar­ried at Tim Hor­tons,” she said. “And then we de­cided to do it. We picked a date.”

Many would say it doesn’t get more Cana­dian than get­ting mar­ried at a Tim Hor­tons. The owner and staff were both happy and oblig­ing.

“I think it’s great,” said Mike Cook, the new owner of the Tim Hor­tons lo­ca­tions in Yarmouth. “Tim’s is a great sym­bol. Peo­ple love Tim’s, and for them to spend their spe­cial day with us, we’re over­joyed.”

For­mer owner Dave Aren­burg also at­tended the cer­e­mony.

“It’s ex­cit­ing,” he said. “A wed­ding is al­ways nice and it’s espe­cially nice be­cause she’s an em­ployee.”

The cou­ple de­lib­er­ately planned for a low-key, ca­sual wed­ding. While friends and fam­ily gath­ered, it was still busi­ness as usual at the Tim Hor­tons as the wed­ding took place. As the cou­ple ex­changed vows peo­ple still lined up to pur­chase their cof­fees, lat­tes and honey crullers.

Some peo­ple hav­ing been here ear­lier in the day and hear­ing about the wed­ding de­cided to come back to watch.

One cus­tomer, not know­ing a wed­ding was go­ing to be hap­pen­ing, asked some of the peo­ple who were wait­ing for the cer­e­mony to be­gin: “Is this where the line is?”

Ummm, not un­less you’re plan­ning on get­ting mar­ried too.

She was pointed to an­other line off to the side.

The cou­ple’s first date at Tim Hor­tons was al­most two years ago.

“I was the medium triple-triple, as usual, and she was the tea,” said Tom, show­ing once again that op­po­sites do at­tract – well, at least on the menu. Oth­er­wise the new­ly­weds say they are com­pletely com­pat­able.

“My daugh­ter says Meranda is the fe­male ver­sion of me,” the groom said.

Meranda started work­ing at the Tim Hor­tons seven months ago, where she works the 3 a.m. to noon shift. The evening be­fore the wed­ding the cou­ple ad­mit­ted get­ting mar­ried at a Tim Hor­tons is un­usual. And they ex­pected to get a lot of stares and at­ten­tion.

“They’ll be walk­ing in and say­ing, ‘What is this? What are they do­ing?’” Tom said, ad­mit­ting the idea even took him by sur­prise. “We were just go­ing to stay en­gaged for awhile and then she said, ‘I want to get mar­ried . . . at Tim Hor­tons,’ I was like, ‘Okaaayyy…’”

Af­ter the wed­ding the cou­ple drove off in an an­tique Mus­tang with a ‘Just Mar­ried’ sign in the win­dow and some Tim Hor­tons cof­fee cups dan­gling from the back.

TINA COMEAU/TrI COUNTy VAN­gUArd

Meranda Tinkham and Tom Ro­bicheau got mar­ried at a Tim Hor­tons in Yarmouth on Sat­ur­day. They had their first date there, they hang out dur­ing the evenings with the cof­fee crowd and Meranda works at the busi­ness, so they de­cided it was the per­fect...

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