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Wedding day rain didn’t ruin West Van dentist’s vows to Guess model
Rain on a wedding day is said to bring good luck for the bride and groom.
But Geoff Gillespie, a cosmetic dentist in West Vancouver, and former Guess model Ashley Diana Morris may not have thought so as they prepared to walk down the aisle.
To avoid the rain, the couple opted for the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas instead of Vancouver. But storm clouds followed and as soon as the first dance began organizers were forced to move the 80-person reception inside.
A little precipitation, however, couldn’t get these lovebirds down.
“Ashley’s vows were really special and thoughtful. Looking over at all our family and friends who had come so far to be there for our special day was really touching,” says Geoff, 34, a dentist at North Shore Smile Dentistry in Dundarave.
Rev. Ross Lockhart from West Vancouver United Church heard the couple’s vows on Nov. 9 and finally announced the anticipated moment, “You may now kiss the bride.”
The moment is featured on Entertainment Tonight and over a six-page spread in HELLO! Canada’s January edition.
The fairytale romance began when Geoff’s best friend, Bryan Henry, a Sentinel secondary grad, met Ashley at a conference in Toronto in 2010. After chatting for the afternoon, Bryan knew she was a perfect match for Geoff.
“He said that we had a ton in common and he thought she seemed like a ‘keeper,’” Geoff excitedly recalls from his dental office.
They began talking on the phone daily and soon Geoff flew to Toronto to meet his future wife.
“We talked so much that it felt like our fifth date when we actually met in 3D. I proposed last summer in the same spot where we first actually met in the Toronto airport.”
In May 2012 love led Ashley, who is now 25, to move to Vancouver to be closer to Geoff while she continued modeling internationally. Geoff, one of the youngest dentists to graduate in North America, has been practising in Dundarave for 10 years.
The newlyweds are enjoying their first months of marriage. They currently live in downtown Vancouver but plan to move to West Vancouver to raise a family.
Geoff is particularly thankful his best friend is a good matchmaker.
“It was really easy to choose a best man for the wedding! Now I am on the hunt to help find him his soulmate after he just became single.”