ASHLEY BURSEY and MITCHELL BERNARD
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.