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Megan Cunningham and Steve Pollard from Cornwall were married New Year’s Eve at the Fairholm Inn in Charlottetown.
Megan Cunningham and Steve Pollard shared an extra special kiss when they rang in the new year this year — it was their first kiss as a married couple.
They planned their wedding for New Year’s Eve to take advantage of the holiday season, when friends and family would be home and when everyone is in the mood to celebrate.
“New Year’s Eve is such a special, fun, magical night and everyone likes to party anyway, so it just kind adds to our wedding to make it on a special day,” Cunningham said in a recent interview.
The couple, who live in Cornwall with their two children, held their wedding at the Fairholm Inn in Charlottetown.
The glittering Christmas decorations already displayed for the holidays helped them to cut costs on décor.
They also enjoyed the more intimate atmosphere the historic venue provided.
“We wanted it to be like a formal house party because this place just speaks for itself,” Cunningham said.
“We wanted people to be able to walk through the whole place, enjoy themselves and have some Prince Edward Island-style food. Like a 1920s, black tie house party.”
While there are many benefits to holding a wedding during the holidays, there are also a number of challenges.
Busy stores, Christmas preparations and annual holiday gatherings and traditions can wreak havoc with wedding planning.
Cunningham said the best advice she would have for anyone getting married over the holidays is to keep the wedding from becoming just another thing to strike off a to-do list.
“You’ve got to try to keep it all in perspective,” she said.
Speaking to The Guardian before the wedding, both bride and groom were excited to soon be exchanging their wedding vows.
“You finally get to show your commitment to the person you love in front of all your friends and family,” Pollard said.
“I just can’t wait.”