Stephanie & Joel Strugnell

Stephanie & Joel Strugnell

MARRIED OCTOBER 1ST, 2016

When you know, you know! That was the feeling Joel and I had after our very first date. Two small town kids, who attended high school in the same town, but who had never met - until our passion for fitness and health lead us to cross paths at the Stratford GoodLife. Only ever exchanging hellos at the gym, it wasn’t until mutual friends introduced us to each other at a local pub when we took the next step. We talked for what felt like hours, leaving our friends to entertain themselves. As the conversation continued to flow, I was feeling confident and happy about our first real encounter, and assumed Joel felt the same. But when he left to catch his ride and didn’t so much as ask for my phone number, I was left with a surprising reality check.

Ashton & Matt Staffen

Ashton & Matt Staffen

MARRIED SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2016

Our love story began as an office romance, back when we were both working for a large Canadian retailer. I was finishing up my university degree and only in the office part-time, when Matt first started in my department. I would admire his ‘goldie locks’ from afar, and we would smile at each other in passing, since I wasn’t in the office too often through the week. When I began working full-time hours a few months later, overlapping tasks would encourage our email exchanges, and Matt finally mustered up the courage to ask me out. At the time, I was freshly out of a long-term relationship, and not looking for love. However, when Matt insisted that, being new to the city, he was simply looking to make more friends in the area, I thought that a friendly outing wouldn’t hurt. Of course, in actuality, he intended to sweep me off my feet – and that’s exactly what he did! It only took one conversation to convince both of us that there was something incredibly special about each other; and we’ve been inseparable ever since!

Tiffany & Jordan Mandigo

Tiffany & Jordan Mandigo

MARRIED AUGUST 20TH, 2016

Our story began back in December 2011 at an ugly Christmas sweater party. Not wearing an ugly sweater, Jordan came to the party with my best friend and her husband, who had mentioned to him that there was someone at the party they wanted him to meet (me!). At the time, he was living in Calgary, but was home for the Christmas holidays. Following the party, we interacted every day by texts, long distance phone calls, and trips back and forth between Calgary and Ontario – and our relationship continued to grow. Finally, in August 2012, Jordan made the move back to Ontario and we bought our first home together.

Barbara & Leonard Adams

Barbara & Leonard Adams

MARRIED JULY 16TH, 2016

Len and I met at a lounge in downtown Toronto, one night in April 2013. We joke that our eyes met across the crowd, but really it was above the crowd, seeing as we’re both so tall!  As we were leaving the lounge that night, he asked me for my number, and promptly sent me a text that said “nice to finally meet you”. Even though I wondered if Len was just really good at pickup lines, when he asked me to go out with him the next day, I agreed. And as it turns out, we really hit it off. We found out that we lived in the same area of the City, which made it so easy for us to begin to spend a lot of time together. It was quite the whirlwind romance, and a lot of the fun getting to know each other while also enjoying our city.

Danielle & Dan Bialas

Danielle & Dan Bialas

MARRIED JUNE 11TH, 2016

They say ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder’ and this is how I would describe how our love story began. Dan and I originally met in high school, but it wasn’t until after we returned home from college when we really connected. In 2010, we started unofficially ‘dating’ for a few months, and then I took off to live in Australia for a year. We kept in touch throughout the early months of my trip, and sure enough, Dan ended up flying halfway across the world to visit me for a few weeks during the Christmas holidays. When I returned home from Australia later that year, we picked things up right where we left them.

Kira & Tristan Hughes

Kira & Tristan Hughes

MARRIED MAY 21ST, 2016

Grade seven was when it all began. That’s when Tristan and I met for the first time. I quickly fell for his cute face, sporty style, and spiky hair. Tristan probably couldn’t have told you my name, but when my friend asked him out for me, he agreed to take me on a movie date. However, when date night came around, Tristan brought a friend on our date – so needless to say, there was no date number two (at least not for a while).

Robin & Michael McCurdy

Robin & Michael McCurdy

MARRIED JANUARY 9TH, 2016

Michael and I were high school sweethearts.  Our love story began at the age of sixteen, when we met playing for our school’s tennis team.  Michael was really good at tennis, and took it very seriously.  Me on the other hand, I really only joined as an excuse to miss some school and hang out with friends!  My friend Lauren and I would sit and chat on the sidelines as Michael practiced, which probably annoyed him to no end. Despite the fact that I didn’t take tennis as seriously as he did, we became good friends throughout the season and started hanging out together outside of school.

Alicia & Sean Eagle

Alicia & Sean Eagle

MARRIED OCTOBER 2ND, 2015

Sean and I met at a pub one night while I was out for a friend’s birthday.  I was standing at the bar when he walked over, trying to be all smooth and charming, and asked to buy me a drink.  When I told him I’d have a Tom Collins, the bartender wasn’t quite sure how to make it, and to be honest, neither was I! And that’s where our story started.

Kristen & Brian Hogervorst

Kristen & Brian Hogervorst

MARRIED AUGUST 15TH, 2015

Sometimes things just happen for a reason. That’s how Brian and I like to think of how our paths crossed.

I grew up in Vancouver, B.C, spending the majority of my childhood in the mountains and lush green forests. Brian grew up thousands of kilometers away, in the flat countryside of Ailsa Craig, Ontario. At that time, the idea of our paths crossing was one in a million. However, when my Dad’s job required him to move our family to Ontario, it was a decision that would bring me a little closer to Brian. And then when Brian and I both decided to attend Brock University, not yet knowing each other, our paths started connecting even more. It was when a mutual friend of ours at Brock introduced us to each other when our lives would entwine. At the time, neither of us was looking to get into a serious relationship, but something changed when we met each other — it felt right!

Lauren & Killian Sharp

Lauren & Killian Sharp

MARRIED APRIL 11TH, 2015

We’ve all seen movies portraying the most perfect fairy tales, and although they are magical and touching, we can’t help but sometimes think that stories like these are unrealistic and basically not how love really works. I was one of those people who thought that real life fairy tales didn’t exist, but mine and Killian’s love story has been nothing short of just that.