‘We wanted to pick a memorable day.’ These just-married couples took the leap of faith on Feb. 29

‘We wanted to pick a memorable day.’ These just-married couples took the leap of faith on Feb. 29

For Rachel Bosley and Lee Sabastian, taking the leap on Feb. 29 meant embracing the uniqueness of a special date.

“We just though it was unusual, non-traditional in a sense,” said Bosley, a 33-year old marketing manager for a tech firm in Toronto who married Sabastian, a 35-year-old zoning examiner on Saturday, Leap Year Day.

The couple, who met three years ago online, “and just connected,” may decide to mark their wedding anniversary next March 1, or have a really big celebration every four years, she said, adding that family and friends have all been supportive of their choice of wedding date.

Leap Day, which typically comes once every four years, fell on a Monday the last time around. But this year’s timing has made the occasion a draw for couples looking for an out-of-the-ordinary wedding, with one small chapel in Las Vegas telling British newspaper the Observer that it has more than 70 weddings and vow renewal ceremonies scheduled for Saturday alone.

Lee Sebastian and Rachel Bosley share their first kiss as a married couple in front of their friends at City Hall on Saturday. They picked Leap Year Day because 'we just though it was unusual, non-traditional in a sense,' said Bosley.

Practically speaking, wedding experts say tying the knot in February offers the chance for winter travel and venue discounts.

Saturday was booked solid at the civic wedding chambers in Toronto but officials say that’s per usual with the 23 couples coming through for the half-hour ceremony in line with any given Saturday throughout the year.

Some of the couples who were married Saturday said they chose the date specifically — noting that last time the 29th of February fell on a Saturday was nearly 30 years ago.

Among them was Priscilla Chataika-Smyth of Toronto and Calgary’s Tristan Smyth, whose parents travelled from Alberta for the ceremony.

The 20-something couple had originally planned on getting married on Halloween but decided Leap Day would be far more interesting.

“We wanted to pick a memorable day, something we wouldn’t forget. We wanted something a little different because we’re definitely not typical,” Priscilla said. “Or maybe it’s just because we’re lazy, we only wanted to celebrate every four years.”

Her husband agreed, saying the couple may go on a big trip in 2024 to mark the occasion.

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Tristan Smyth and Priscilla Chataika-Smyth share a kiss after getting married on Leap Year Day.
Michael Lewis is a Toronto-based reporter covering business. Follow him on Twitter: @MLewisStar

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