At exactly 12 minutes after 12 p.m. on the twelfth day of the twelfth month of 2012, Anna Chekhman and J.K. Choi walked down the aisle of the wedding chapel at the North York Civic Centre.
It was 26-year-old Chekhman who picked the 12-12-12 date for the nuptials and then, for added luck, waited until 12:12 before she let the ceremony begin.
A more go-with-the-flow guy, 25-year-old Choi was content to agree with whatever made his bride happy.
“He asked, ‘When do you want to get married?’ and I said ‘Dec. 12 on 2012.’ It was my little joke,” said the new Mrs. Choi, who grew up in the area of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue.
“It’s just because it’s kind of like a comfort thing. It can’t be bad. It’s a little bit more special. It’s the last chance (to have a wedding on a day with repeating numbers). There’s no 13th month.”
Choi, from Korea, said his new wife can be superstitious, something that doesn’t bother him in the least.
“I’m not at all,” he added.
The couple, who live in Downsview, met at a bar about two years ago.
It was love at first sight.
She is talkative, always smiling and bright, qualities that appealed immediately to Choi.
He is tall, skinny and a good listener. That combination was so attractive to Chekhman that she dumped her then-boyfriend and began dating Choi.
“I just imagined the man in my life exactly like him,” she said.
About a dozen friends and family gathered in the chapel to witness the wedding and clapped when Rev. Leonard A. Tarnowski declared the couple husband and wife.
“I think this is a very unique day, a very beautiful day,” Tarnowski told The Mirror following the service.
“The couple is absolutely lovely. It’s an honour to do the service for them.”
Chekhman is taking the last name of her husband, who is a personal trainer.
“Mr. and Mrs. Choi, I like that,” said the graphic designer.
The couple is planning to honeymoon sometime in the future in Korea.