JULY 11, 2015

Wedding Bells (East) - - DETAILS DIY -

FROM MICHELLE: When I was 14 and Michael was 16, he moved to Cal­gary to play ju­nior hockey for the Cal­gary Hit­men. Michael was bil­leted with my aunt and un­cle. Our fam­ily is very close, and we have fam­ily din­ners ev­ery Sun­day. For the first year, we avoided eye con­tact. We fi­nally built up the courage to start talk­ing to each other, and we haven’t gone a day with­out talk­ing since. The arch at our cer­e­mony was one of our favourite de­tails. I ex­plained what I was hop­ing for to my un­cle, then he and my aunt made it hap­pen. They kept it a sur­prise, so it was amaz­ing see­ing the re­sult. The flo­ral ar­range­ment by Janie added an el­e­gant touch to the arch. Our wed­ding song was “Come Away with Me” by No­rah Jones. With Michael now an NHL hockey player for the Ari­zona Coy­otes, we have had to up­root our lives. His ca­reer path is full of un­cer­tainty, so the lyrics “come away with me” re­ally spoke to us—our love will al­ways be our home. Dur­ing the re­cep­tion, we did open mic in­stead of glass clink­ing. Our favourite story came from my aunt and un­cle. When I was 15, Mike was prac­tis­ing his au­to­graph, so ap­par­ently I prac­tised mine, too. They showed our guests a sheet of pa­per with Mike’s au­to­graph, and there was “Michelle Stone” in my writ­ing. It was funny to hear I had planned on be­com­ing Michelle Stone since I was 15.

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