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When Brent Morris, 38, woke up on New Year’s Day, 2018, he had a match on Tinder.

Though the information architect designs apps for a living, dating apps were something of a mystery to him. As he went to respond, he fumbled his phone and accidentally sent an animated heart.

“I was like, ‘Oh, god! My introductory message is a love-you heart!’” he says. “I had to double back and be like, ‘I didn’t mean to do that.’” He punctuated the awkward introduction with a GIF of a dog trying to drive a car that read, “I have no idea what I’m doing.”

On her end, Brandy Morris, 42, was charmed (though they share a last name, Brandy jokes, “we’ve checked it all out and we share only the name, no DNA”). The visual artist, coach and speaker had recently committed to being more fully herself in her relationships. As she chatted with Brent, she found her quirks clicked naturally with his (she even loved his puppet shows). The couple began spending every Wednesday and weekend together, taking turns travelling between Brent’s place in Etobicoke and Brandy’s in Hamilton.

Brandy calls 2018 “the year of contrasts.” The couple had only been dating for a couple of months when her father fell ill. It was at the hospital that Brent first met Brandy’s extended family as they made preparations for her father to pass. “Right away Brent knew when to play supportive boyfriend, and when to be like, ‘I’m not in this family, I should shut up,’” Brandy says through tears. “Everyone fell in love with Brent at that time.”

When her father passed away, Brent was by her side for support. “At the funeral, people were asking when we were going to get married,” she says. “I was like, ‘I am at my father’s funeral, just calm down!’” Though they may not have wanted to discuss it right then, they soon knew they wanted to make a commitment to be together forever.

In November 2019, Brent proposed over brunch at the Ancaster Mill. The neighbouring table flagged down a waiter and said, “Those people need champagne, STAT.”

They set a wedding date for Oct. 24, 2020, but, as it became apparent COVID-19 would complicate a fall wedding, they made the bold decision to not delay the occasion but, rather, move it up to Aug. 30 to allow for an outdoor ceremony. That gave them just 90 days to plan.

Brent walks down the aisle with his mother, Linda Hengs Morris.

Fifty guests were able to attend the wedding at a friend’s farm in Caledonia, Ont.

For her dress, Brandy had a gown custom-made by Toronto bridal designer Lisa Van Hattem. “One of the things that was important to me was not tenting myself or covering up more than a lot of slimmer brides would,” she says. “I didn’t want the experience of, ‘Let’s see what four plus-size options we have for you in the back.’ I didn’t want to deal with a bunch of people making me feel like my fatness was preventing me from being a beautiful bride.”

Her crown by Toronto’s Blair Nadeau Bridal Adornments was also designed to flaunt her natural beauty. “No one was going to recurl my hair into more perfect curls,” she says. “I wore my natural hair. I wanted to feel as much myself as I possibly could. She custom designed (the crown), because I wanted to get it through my curls.”

Brandy's father passed away before Brandy and Brent were engaged.

The finishing touch on her bridal look on the big day was her father’s varsity jacket from his days working at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which she draped over her shoulders as she walked down the aisle, the next-best thing to having her father give her away himself. Brent helped her take the jacket off and lay it on an empty chair with white roses, a show of remembrance for her father and her Nana, who had passed the same year.

Shortly after their wedding, COVID cases spiked again, making gatherings such as their wedding impossible. Brent calls the day, “the best thing in 2020.” Now, Brent says life with Brandy has changed him for the better.

“She’s so real and compassionate and has such empathy for people,” he says. She loves and lives out loud and isn’t afraid to be herself. That’s how I wanted to be, so maybe I will hang around her and it will rub off on me.”

The wedding party is ready for the after party.

The details

Where they met: Tinder

Bride walked down the aisle to: “Simply the Best” by Noah Reid (as featured in Schitt’s Creek)



Catering: Jonny Blonde

Bartending: Double Trouble Bartending

Dress: Original made by Lisa Van Hattem

Event planner and decor: Plum Stream Events

Videography: Wide Angle Media

Officiate: Alyson Joy

Photography: Zekar Photography

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