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THE IITH DIVE

Taking an upsetting event and turning it into an example of going the extra mile to make sure love is never lost, Emerson Bruns and Nik Quaife shared with Sarah McKenna Barry the inspiration for their wedding theme - ‘The 11th Dive’ Photo by Allen Kiely.

In spring 2010, Emerson encouraged Nik to join him for a midnight swim in the ocean during a long weekend break in Eleuthera - an island in the Bahamas. As Nik waved his hands beneath the surface of the sea, a ring his mother Pat had given to him slipped off his finger and sunk into the water below. Despite his best efforts, a distraught Nik was unable to locate the precious item.

A day later the couple returned to the same spot, determined to find the ring, but they knew the odds were against them. Still, they persisted. Over the course of the day, the couple took ten dives, all to no avail, before they returned to the shore. But, when he noticed the current drifting towards their right, Nik decided to give it one last chance and head slightly in that direction. As he submerged himself in the water, he saw a glimmer on the sand. There it was.

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Welcome to our ninth annual Wedding Issue! In this issue, we look at the full spectrum of marriage, from proposals, to the ceremony and beyond. Four couples let us in on their wedding journey and all the planning and dreaming that goes into creating the perfect day, while long-term married pairings give the lowdown on how to keep a relationship strong. For those not into all this wedding malarkey, there’s a couple perfectly happy not to walk down the aisle. On the culture side, we have a pair of interviews with two wonderful musical acts - the iconic Indigo Girls and the thrilling Cub Sport. We discuss the cold facts that families of same-sex parents aren’t as equal as their straight counterparts, and that our family in the North still battle for the right to love. Our cover image is by the artist Joe Caslin. He speaks inside about art as activism and the power of solidarity, something that our whole community can very much agree with. The North Is Next.