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I am Natalie's better half, her favourite sister, and I am often referred to as the travelling hippie - my name is Patrice!
I have known Natalie for 27 glorious years! My all time dream came true when my little sister, Natalie, was born! All I wished for at the sweet age of 6 was for a sister!
Natty, you have made every occasion for our family, like Xmas, that much more special, as your adorable youth keeps us all young and on our toes!
They say you can't choose your family, luckily for me I wouldn't want it any other way. Not only do I have Natalie in my life as a friend but cousin too!
Although living on the opposite sides of the country for most of our lives, we always found a way back together; whether that meant family vacations or me invading her space to live with her for a summer (what happens at 204, stays at 204).
The best thing about our relationship is that it always has a way of picking up where we left off no matter the time in between.
"Together forever and never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart".
My Name is Ashlee and I love Nicolas Cage, Horror Movies & Pizza.
When I first met Natalie I was afraid one if not two of these vices would frighten her away, but lucky for me, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
We met in the summer of 2015, or the summer of love as I now call it; and although we have yet to watch a scary movie together, and likely never will, our friendship has developed into one I couldn’t imagine living without.
I met Natalie when we were both awkward pre-teens starting grade 7 at a new school. Her honesty, silliness, kindness, and genuine humble personality caused me to immediately want to be friends with her.
Over the years I was able to experience Natalie coming out of her shell; her hilarious mannerisms and humour were infectious, and her unwavering loyalty and support for close friends was especially strong.
While we spent our university years on opposite sides of the country, Alanas a pretty amazing experience to come back together as roomies when we were both living in Calgary. Living together in our 20’s gave us both the gym buddy we needed, a room mate to watch cheesy TV shows with, relationship and emotional support, a drinking buddy not only for the nights on the town but also the dance parties in the kitchen.
I am awesome.
I don't know these two, they offered me a $90 and hot chocolate
Ever since I knew I was going to propose to Natalie, I had a plan on how I wanted to do it, that always kept coming to the top of the list. I wanted to recreate one of our most special dates, our second date.
This plan came together in the end beautifully but the day started out rough.
I woke up with a really awful migraine that had be feeling rather ill. This could very likely had been caused by the fact the ring was a day late in showing up. It was arriving in the morning and I had a difficult time not thinking about it while going to sleep.
I can’t keep secrets from Natalie at all, so I was madly panicking inside as I had no idea how the packaging was going to look and how to make up a lie about what it was. Not knowing the look of the package this was a game time decision. Luckily, she believed it was lights for my truck which I had been talking about and she was in the shower so I quickly hid it.
I immediately tore into the package as she left for her 2 hour massage. Perfect lots of time to put together the plan of all plans. I already had the card options for the date ready to go. During our second date I provided Natalie option cards throughout the night to pick the next activity in our adventurous date. This time the options were pretty limited… “Will You Marry Me?” was simply option 1 and option 2.
Excellent! Headache is dissipating and my level of anxiety of pulling this off in such a short time starts to take effect!
I had about 90 minutes until she was done her massage. I run out for New Years Eve supplies and just caught the future in-laws at home to have chat about my intentions and “The Plan”.
The execution of the plan was really going to be the tough part of the night. Ring… Check! Cards… Check! Right… Pack up the skates for our night down on the lagoon at Prince’s Island Park.
Okay, one detail that I have missed… it’s pretty cold out… challenge 1. Challenge 2, the decoy of going to zoo lights failed as after her massage we realized zoo lights are closing in, oh, 30 minutes. Then she mentions how cold it is out… one would say the feeling that came to me suddenly was some mild panic. I bring up the idea of going skating. The reaction to this was not filled with excitement, from the fact it was cold and she just had a massage for 2 hours. I leveraged the fact she gave me grief about date nights recently. It worked! She agreed to go skating. Before she could change her mind on this we got ready and left the house.
This was not an easy drive. Ring in pocket and filled with excitement and fear she will think something is up… I play it as cool as I can. I couldn’t tell you a single thing we talked about until we were out of the truck and walking to the ice. To distract from the cold I start “The Plan”. I initiate conversation about our second date and where we are now compared to then. Reflecting out that date and how I actually went out skating twice before so I wouldn’t fall.
We get our skates on and it’s definitely cold, but I know what’s coming so I keep her talking about random things to fill time until “The Moment”.
Suddenly the last people leave the ice. Snow is falling. Music playing. Spot lights shining.
I stop her from skating and say I have a surprise! I have option cards for what we do next, just like our second date!
Time slows to a crawl. I hold out both hands and ask her to pick what we do next. Little did she know what was about to happen.
Card opens… Ring comes out… Knee goes down… Tears and happiness fill the air. The magical moment I had imagined turned out better than I could have ever hoped.
A regular Friday night turned into something magical for me on December 30th, 2016.
Since the end of the year was just around the corner, I wanted to use up the last of my benefits and coincidentally booked myself a massage at 6:00 pm on that Friday night. After it was finished, I picked up some pizza for us to enjoy and thought that I would be coming home to an evening of movie watching and red wine.
When I got back, Aaron nonchalantly suggested that we do something different and go out and enjoy Zoo Lights or perhaps skating downtown at Prince's Island Park. At first, I was like heck no (as it was close to minus twenty outside) and I had just gotten home from a massage! But, I had just given him heck about planning date nights earlier in the week, so I reluctantly agreed and got myself ready to go.
We missed out on Zoo Lights because of timing, so the plan was to go downtown and skate under the Christmas lights at Princess Island Park. This is a very special spot for us, as Aaron took me here to go skating as well on our second date (that he planned)!
It is kind of funny how everything works, because when we got there, we had the entire place to ourselves… The Christmas lights were still lit, the view of downtown was beautiful and it started to snow that fluffy snow globe snow… everything was perfect.
We skated around for a couple of hours and reminisced about our relationship and how far we have come from that second date. Aaron was acting super lovey dovey, but I just attributed it to where we were and what that spot meant to us. At this point, I did not think that the night was anything but a romantic evening out with my partner in crime.
But, before I knew it… things changed! Aaron stopped skating and told me that we were going back in time and honoring our second date.
The date that he planned in early January of 2014 was a “choose your own adventure date.” Each activity throughout the night was determined by me blindly picking between two secret options.
Fast forward to us skating downtown, Aaron told me to pick a hand (so that our next activity would be chosen).
I cannot remember if I picked left or right, but I opened up a slip of paper that asked “will you marry me”.
Our story starts with a smile…
That is step one on eHarmony for finding your perfect match . Yes, we met online and could not imagine it happening any other way.
After getting to know each other a little bit, we decided that our first date would be at a comedy show. All it took was one awkward wave (Aaron), Natalie pummeling Aaron with questions throughout the entire show to avoid any uncomfortable silence, a decision to go watch Hunger games and then sitting in Aaron’s truck for four hours after the movie to know that this was something special.
This happened in January 2014 and the rest is history.
The biggest thing that we love and appreciate about our relationship is how much fun we have together. Whether it is making delicious breakfasts in the morning, going to the nearest waterpark, playing with Mulligan, cheering for opposite teams at a Flames game, pizza night Fridays, game nights, family dinners or a quick prank – there is a ton of laughter and happiness in our house.
I was raised on a farm, outside the town of Carstairs, where I begin my life journey.
I was born and raised in Calgary and to this day remain a faithful Flames fan.
As the youngest of four siblings, it was definitely a crazy and adventurous ride growing up in Team 204. My family has helped shape me into the person that I am today and I am extremely grateful for their continued love, support and life lessons.
Brent – Thank you for showing me how resilience and determination will prevail
Kirk – Thank you for being an example of how to lead with kindness and humility
Patrice – Thank you for continuously inspiring me and showing me the beauty that comes with living in the moment
Mom and Dad – Thank you for everything that you have done to support me and my dreams coming true. Your sacrifices, unconditional love, emotional support, parental chats, home cooked meals and endless nights around the dining room table mean the world to me.
I am a hopeless romantic and have been dreaming about my wedding day since I first started watching Disney movies. Just like Christmas, the countdown is officially on for Aaron and I’s big day!
Until then, you can find me working out, watching reality tv, enjoying a glass of red wine and engulfing myself in Pinterest for inspiration.
Natalie and Aaron launch their personal wedsite at riddlenye.wedsite.com.
Family and Friends,
Welcome to the central portal of Wedding Awesomeness!!
We are really excited and grateful to celebrate our marriage surrounded by all of our favorite people this New Year’s Eve.
We have created this website as a fun and special way for friends and family to be involved in the wedding festivities. You can read about how we met, our story, the proposal and who we have chosen to stand with us on our big day!!
There is also information about the rehearsal party on December 30th; ceremony and reception details for December 31st; and how to RSVP to each of these events.
someone comes into your life,
takes your heart by surprise,
your life forever.
Thank you for sharing in our joy.
See you soon!
Natalie and Aaron