They were two B.C. students studying law at the University of Alberta in Edmonton when David Gedge nad Corrine Proctor first met. She’d forgotten her chequebook after paying a university bill, and he chased after her to return it, already secretly smitten by the tall redhead. Neither could have imagined, back in September 2003, that nine years later they would become husband and wife. Back then, both were dating other people, and friendship was the only option between them.But there was always something more there, they confess, looking at each other knowingly. “David had a crush on me from the beginning – it was very obvious!” laughs Corrine.I was definitely attracted to her physically,” he admits. “There was an instant connection, right away and it was just so easy to be friends.”A Saskatoon native, Corrine had grown up in Kamloops and attended UBC and the University of Victoria before heading to law school. Hailing from North Vancouver, David had attended UVic at the same time as his future wife, even parking daily in the same parking lot. But it took Edmonton, and law school, to bring the couple together.“There was always something about David,” Corrine admits. “I thought he was very handsome, with his beautiful blue eyes, and though we were friends, I always liked him a bit more than that. I knew that if there was a chance, I’d want to date him.”By their third year of law school, the friendship had moved firmly to romance. “We just gravitated towards each other,” says David. But law school came to an end, and with its finale came their first separation as David signed up for a clerkship at the Supreme Court in Vancouver, while Corrine articled in Victoria. “There were lots of ferries, float planes and weekends back and forth over the next two years,” recalls Corrine. “I really looked forward to the weekends.”Eventually, Corrine secured a Crown Counsel position in the Lower Mainland and made the move to Vancouver, allowing the couple to begin moving forward with their life together. By September 2008, the newly minted lawyers were sharing a Vancouver apartment while they focused on their careers. It would be another two years before David popped the question. “I always knew Corrine was the person I wanted to marry, but I was waiting for the right time, the right situation,” he says. “Then I realized, there is no perfect time.”In September 2010, David had a ring designed and, packing the ring and a bottle of champagne in his backpack, booked a weekend in Whistler. The weather was cold and windy the day he insisted the two of them hike up the mountain and, as David recalls, Corrine was rather unimpressed.When they reached the mountaintop, the sun came out just as David went down on one knee, ring in hand. A stunned but thrilled Corrine readily accepted, launching their two-year engagement.“We couldn’t decide what kind of wedding we wanted, or if we’d elope,” admits Corrine. Then, a year-and-a-half after David’s proposal, the two spent a weekend in Victoria, visiting the Inn at Laurel Point, where Corrine had once spent the night as a child. That same weekend, they booked the hotel as the venue for their wedding, securing all their vendors, including Vancouver wedding planner Soha Lavin of CountDown Events, within the two weeks that followed.Clearly, September has become an auspicious month for Corrine and David, and on the afternoon ofSeptember 8, 2012, they gathered on the patio at the Inn at Laurel Point with 125 family and friends to solemnize their union.“I’d been a bridesmaid eight times by the time I got married at 33,” says Corrine. “I knew what I wanted,which was for everyone to have fun and to keep things moving, so people weren’t waiting around.”As she and David posed for photos near the inn’s garden, guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio to the music of guitarist Paul Filek. Dinner, dancing and speeches followed, but the moment the couple remembers most fondly is the one where they caught sight of each other just as Corrine began walking down the aisle. “I was so excited for him to see me at that moment,” she says.“I knew she’d look incredible,” says David, admitting he got all choked up when he first laid eyes on his beautiful bride.“It’s having all your favourite people in one spot, everyone so happy for you,” Corrine continues. “I was so excited to marry Dave, to not have any doubts and to just be so sure.” The couple enjoyed a two-week honeymoon in France before returning home to start a family of their own. And as this issue of Real Weddings went to press, Corrine and David were relishing their new role as parents to their newborn son.
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