Holding their nuptials where they fell in love, Shaun Alexander and Tanya Magee were wed between two car dealerships on Saturday.
Their vows were exchanged between Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC Brandon, where Alexander works, and Murray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Westman, where Magee is employed.
The newlyweds met approximately seven years ago when Magee started work as an office administrator at Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC Brandon, where Alexander served as a used car technician.
The two soon found themselves taking their lunch breaks together and bonded over common interests, such as their shared love of automobiles.
Magee also now admits to having spied on Alexander throughout their workdays, with his work station situated directly outside of her office window.
The two became fast friends and by 2012 started dating. Their engagement a year and a half ago prompted their co-workers to nudge them in the direction of getting married at the dealership.
Magee had recently shifted her employment to the dealership next door, where co-workers urged the couple to hold their nuptials between the two dealerships.
Although the idea didn’t take off immediately, it grew on them.
"I’ve been into cars since I was 12 years old, working with my dad and being in the car industry," Magee said, adding that with automobiles a shared passion, "we figured the biggest day of our life should be involved in the car industry as well."
Alexander said that with the people they work with being like a "second family" to both of them, an additional personal element was added to the wedding’s locale.
With tiny wrenches as boutineers, pistons and connection rods as centrepieces and the names of cars on tables instead of table numbers, the automotive theme ran deep through Saturday’s wedding.
Rather than light unity candles, the two each held an oil jug they mixed as one as a symbolic gesture of their two lives coming together as one.
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