Real Wedding: Natalie & Cid
Natalie & Cid
July 3, 2011
By Denise Oliveira
Cid looked striking in her black suit and hot pink tie as she walked down the aisle with her mom and dad. Forty-five minutes later, Natalie walked down with her dad. The wait was worth it: Natalie’s hair looked gorgeous.
“I knew I was going to wear a dress,” Natalie said. “But Cid is not into dresses at all.” All their friends said they’d have to buy a men’s suit and alter it, but after extensive searching, the couple found a tailor to make Cid’s suit.
Natalie did most of the wedding planning, typically narrowing each element down to three choices for Cid to pick from. Everything, from the choice of venue to the color scheme, had a personal meaning for them. Natalie’s parents were also married at the Strathmere, a lovely refurnished barn that offers lodging on premises – which made it easy for the party to last late into the night, long after Natalie and Cid left at 1 am.
Hot pink was the dominant color – it’s Natalie’s favorite. “I gave her the chance to pick another color,” Natalie explained. Their centerpieces, made by Natalie’s aunt, included pink rocks that the couple collected from the beach in New Brunswick, on a visit to Cid’s family. They also distributed salt water taffy, a New Brunswick favorite.
Butterflies, chosen because they symbolize ‘new life,’ adorned the hot pink cake and the outdoor lanterns. The two ladies punched out those butterflies over the course of a year. In fact, most of their wedding was DIY, but not the photography. “That was the one thing I wasn’t willing to cave on cost-wise, because I knew that once the party was over, that’s all we’d have left.”
Cid and Natalie did not exchange typical vows. With their mothers as their witnesses, a Justice of the Peace led them in a hand-fasting ceremony where he would ask the couple a series of questions, and with each answer he would tie a knot over the long piece of fabric covering their hands. “Do you promise not to make her cry?” he asked. “No,” was the answer. But “do you promise to try to make it better?” “Yes.” They were charged to never undo the knot that bound them.
There was one part of the wedding that Natalie did not previously discuss with her hockey fanatic fiancée: a surprise Toronto Maple Leafs hockey puck wedding cake. When the cake was brought out, Natalie faked a melt down, saying it was the wrong cake.
Cid felt terrible about the mix up, but at the same time she wanted to keep it, because she loved it. When Natalie revealed that it was in fact theirs (in addition to the hot pink cake), they decided to freeze it until the Leafs win the Cup.
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About The Writer
Denise Oliveira is a journalist in love with love stories. She is the co-founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and believes that sharing personal stories is a powerful way to create and deepen relationships. She blogs for Huffington Post Weddings and can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter or Facebook.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.