Love is within the air in Gimli, Man.
Daria and Anton Intiuk simply tied the knot on the seashore and the couple is the speak of the city, about 90 km north of Winnipeg.
The newlyweds moved to Gimli in Might, after fleeing their dwelling in Kyiv earlier this 12 months because of the battle with Russia. Since then, they have been welcomed by the city, who banded collectively to assist manage the marriage.
“It is a fantastic place for a marriage,” Daria, 22, stated Saturday. “I believe it is a a lot lovely place. The perfect that we will have.”
The Intiuks have been the primary of about 47 Ukrainians who selected to settle in Gimli after arriving in Winnipeg.
“We love this place,” stated Anton, 32.
Daria agreed. It is superb “from the primary day … we’re feeling like we’re in an excellent massive household,” she stated.
The couple has been collectively for about two years and met at their work at a TV station in Kyiv, the place Anton was a producer and Daria was a TV journalist.
They received engaged in April in Paris after fleeing their dwelling in Kyiv.
As soon as they moved to Gimli, the couple have been employed instantly at Chudds Nook, a fuel station, auto dealership and powersports store. Daria is a shift supervisor/cashier on the fuel station and Anton does upkeep and repairs within the RV division of the enterprise.
As they settled into issues, they determined they needed to get married.
Numerous native companies and residents banded collectively to make Saturday a big day, stated Kevin Chudd, the vice-president of Chudds Nook.
Anders Kuusselka donated his time to take skilled pictures, a DJ performed Ukrainian music and Chudd’s spouse, Katherine Durkin-Chudd, officiated the marriage.
The entire marriage ceremony was deliberate in 10 days and all the pieces together with the flowers, marriage ceremony cake and lodge area have been all donated so the couple would have a picture-perfect day.
“It makes you proud to stay in Gimli, pleased with the volunteerism, pleased with the enterprise neighborhood and pleased with seeing folks working collectively,” stated Chudd, who took care of the marriage dinner.
Daria was close to tears with pleasure.
“I am making an attempt to not cry as a result of now I’ve a phenomenal husband for all my life,” she stated.
The couple, who’re following the battle carefully, want to have a few of their household nonetheless in Ukraine transfer to Canada.
The Intiuks plan to have youngsters and stated they’d like to start out a enterprise in Gimli at some point, maybe promoting the Ukrainian meals that is been a success with the city’s residents.
“Perhaps we’ll construct our perogies empire and borsch empire,” Anton stated with fun.
They’re each grateful for the nice and cozy welcome they’ve acquired.
Daria stated they’re grateful to all of the Canadians who’ve been useful.
“It is essential if you lose your regular life and also you attempt to construct a brand new life,” she stated, noting the native residents have been very supportive.
Anton agreed and known as Gimli their second dwelling.
About 30 folks have been on the marriage ceremony. Romanna Klymkiw, a volunteer within the dormitory the place the couple stayed after they first arrived in Gimli, was among the many friends.
“It is our first Gimli Ukrainian marriage ceremony and I am certain there’s going to be many extra,” Klymkiw stated.