Aaron Dahl was looking in vain for the perfect tie for his upcoming wedding when he finally saw her – on television.
It was April 15, and the tie in question – a shimmering Arctic blue with a fine geometric pattern – was worn by experienced journalist Ian Hanomansing, who hosted the CBC show. National That night.
“It was startling. I was looking for a blue tie, something that would fit my wife’s wedding dress, but it was just impossible to find the right color,” Dahl said. “I saw the tie and I’m thinking, that’s the tie I want.”
Dahl, who had never met Hanomansing, decided to send him a direct message on Twitter and ask about the neckerchief. The message moderator’s response came immediately.
“He replied immediately and said, ‘Hey, congratulations, send me the address and I’ll send you a tie.’
I was detained last weekend. A great part of the story? After DM @ianhanomansing to see where he had taken the tie he was wearing in his night broadcast on April 15, he continued and mailed it to me with a thoughtful postcard. I can’t think of a Canadian step anymore. @CBC @CBCVancouver pic.twitter.com/gYUjiWpUOR
Dahl, who owns Not Your Father’s Barber at Ottawa’s ByWard Market, did as instructed, then “somehow forgot.” About a week later, he opened the mailbox and there was a tie, neatly folded into a padded envelope, along with a message from Hanomansing.
“He wrote a really nice postcard to congratulate us, wish us all the best and hoped that the tie had done its job that day,” Dahl said.
It was nice and such a contrast to what often attracts attention on Twitter.– Ian Hanomansing, co-organizer of The National
On May 21, Dahl was wearing a tie when he and Brenna Fraser made their vows during an intimate ceremony at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, NS. in Italy by Kiton.
“Actually, it was perfect and it looked exactly what I thought,” Dahl said.
Vancouver-based Hanomansing said he had been dealing with a lot of negative news on Twitter when he received Dahl’s original question.
“In the middle, I read Aaron’s very simple and polite request: I could let him know where I got his tie. I impulsively thought, why not just send it to him?” Hanomansing said.
“I haven’t mentioned it to anyone, because why would I do that? But his kind thank-you note had so many positive responses, reactions. It was nice and it’s such a contrast to what often attracts attention on Twitter.”
Dahl said he got a lot of compliments on his tie, and said the story of how he got it became popular in the family.
“It was really nice,” he said.
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