I do, I do, I do


Matthew Savey-LeBlanc, left, and Emily Charest are getting hitched on a special day, a weekday, and one of the last coincidental dates of the century.
— Angele Cano/NNSL photo

A Hay River couple has decided to tie the knot on a special day from a numbers point of view.They are tying the knot today, Dec. 12, 2012. In other words, the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year.

Emily Charest and Matthew Savey-LeBlanc said they picked the date because it’s one of the last significant dates of the century with three consecutive identical numbers.

In addition, they’re getting married at 12 noon. That’s four 12s.

We just thought it would be unique,” said Charest, a life-long Hay River resident. “We wanted to elope, but we knew that might make our families upset.”

The couple is lucky because they were able to grab a venue, partly because they don’t have a hefty population to contend with and they’re getting married on a weekday in winter. Venues across the country are heavily scheduled for Dec. 12 and forums are abuzz about how much in advance some couples had to book, some as much as one year and more.

Even in little Hay River there are three other couples, and one former resident couple, tying the knot on the same day.

Even though much of Savey-LeBlanc’s family isn’t able to attend because they can’t travel north from Alberta for a weekday wedding, the couple will still have around 80 guests for their special day.

On Dec. 6, the couple sat down to talk about their wedding plans, most of which are being overseen by Charest’s mother, Jan McNeely, and also about how they met.

Glancing at each other lovingly across the table, they spoke shyly of how they got together briefly in high school – both went to Diamond Jenness Secondary School – and how the stars aligned for them to reunite several years later, this time for keeps. They’ve now been together for two and a half years.

She changed her Facebook status to single,” said Savey-LeBlanc. “So I started talking to her again.”

While some might take the 12/12/12 date as auspicious, Charest and Savey-LeBlanc just wanted to pick a date they would remember and maybe as a chance to get a warm anniversary holiday amid the long, cold winter.

They also had to be cognisant of Savey-LeBlanc’s scheduled time-off from his job at Ekati diamond mine. 

Aside from being one the last special dates in this century, this month marks the end of the more than 5,000-year-old Mayan calendar. Many speculate that Dec. 21 will either herald an apocalypse or a spiritual rebirth for the Earth – both hypotheses that modern scientists scorn as utter hooey.

Charest and Savey-LeBlanc agree.

I’m not superstitious at all,” said Charest.

And neither is Charest’s maid-of honour.

If the world does end, well, they’ll be together – for nine days. But I don’t think anything’s going to go wacky,” said Kori Bourne, adding of the wedding on the special date, “It’s definitely something everyone’s going to remember for sure.”

— Angele Cano