From The Bride:
My husband, Avi, and I have actually known each other forever. He grew up playing hockey with my brother, we actually went to the same camp for a few summers, and even had a few of the same friends. We never really spoke until about seven years ago when we re-connected through a mutual friend. I was living away for school at the time and was home in Montreal for the summer, when our mutual friend invited me and some girlfriends over to Avi’s pool one night. Avi made me laugh more then anyone I had ever met and I knew I just wanted to spend as much time with him as possible. I was even dating someone else that summer, but immediately after that night, I broke it off so I could spend all my time with Avi before going back to school. Two months into our long-distance dating, I had a horrible night and was overly stressed at school, so Avi dropped everything and drove to surprise me because he didn’t want me to be alone. I called my mom the next morning and told her I knew I was going to marry him. After about four years of being in a long-distance relationship, I finished school and moved home. Shortly after moved into together, and Avi proposed on June 5, 2015, by re-creating our first date, a caricature in Old Montreal. We decided to get married on June 6, 2016, a year later. Avi always wanted a traditional venue for the wedding and I wanted something modern, so together we found the perfect venue – a newly renovated synagogue near my parents’ home. The chapel where the ceremony took place was practically unchanged since it was built, but the rest of the synagogue had been revamped with huge glass doors, dark stained floors, numerous chandeliers and white lacquered furniture. Avi let me and my mother take the reigns with the details of our special day, and it turned out perfectly. After almost seven years together we are so happy to finally be married. We even started our own family already by rescuing a puppy on our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos last month, and cannot wait to start this next chapter of our lives as husband and wife.