Real Maritime Weddings: Susanne & Douglas in Cape Breton, NS

This beautiful, classic Nova Scotia wedding comes courtesy of photographer Michelle Doucette. I knew that Susanne & Douglas were the perfect couple to launch the new Maritime Weddings when I read this:

“We wanted a fun, casual wedding. We are both natural improvisors so we didn’t begin with any particular theme or colour palate – we just found things we liked and went from there. When people asked us what the theme of our wedding was, our answer was “to get married?.” In all honestly we didn’t know that weddings had to have a theme! (I’m not the kind of person who has been crafting my dream wedding since I was a little girl).”

Perfect. I loved everything Susanne wrote about her wedding, so take it away!:

We woke to a grey morning, after a night of stormy weather and huge crashing waves, but by noon the sun came out and the weather was stunning. After getting ready separately, Doug came to see me and we shared a quiet moment before the whirlwind day. After a few hours of photos, we got hitched at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Cape Breton. The wedding took place in the art studio, which was decorated in crisp white, like a blank canvas, with only a few pops of yellow sunflowers.

My father (donning the tux he wore at his own wedding) walked me down the aisle, to the tune that my parents had at their own wedding, this version played by our good friend Tim Crofts. After the ceremony, we enjoyed some bubbly outdoors on the grassy field behind the centre. Dinner was a BBQ, buffet style, with Local Source, who dished up a delicious, locally inspired meal. Following dinner the sunset took centre stage – it was so captivating we delayed the toasts so everyone could take it in together. For dessert we enjoyed beautiful cupcakes made by the Dancing Goat Bakery, then speeches and toasts got everyone laughing, crying and clapping along to the beat (to demonstrate Doug’s drummerly commitment to the moment). After a couple of slow dances to Chet Baker (for Doug) and Elvis (for my dad) we danced the night away, with the children’s freestyle moves keeping everyone entertained. ‘At the end of the road’ Doug and I shared one last dance after everyone had gone home (or went searching for after party). 

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Real Maritime Weddings: Evan & Laura in New Glasgow, NS

Photographer Shari Tucker, who shot Evan & Laura’s wedding, writes: “Evan and Laura have both graduated from university music programs, so singing was a huge part of their wedding day. The ceremony and reception were filled with beautiful voices of friends and family…”

Maritime Weddings in New Glasgow, NS
Maritime Weddings in New Glasgow, NS
Maritime Weddings in New Glasgow, NS
Maritime Weddings in New Glasgow, NS

Ceremony: Trinity United Church, New Glasgow, NS // Reception: Camp Geddie near Merigomish, NS // Flowers: Zelda’s Flower Studio, New Glasgow, NS // Hair: Bryden Bond, True Colors Salon, Trenton, NS // Catering: Joanne Russell // Pork BBQ: Tom Peterson // Photography: Shari Tucker.

Music Notes from Amy: The Inverary Inn in Cape Breton

Just played a lovely wedding at The Inverary Inn in Cape Breton: great couple, great venue.
 
Melissa & Karsten’s Music Selections:
 
 
Prelude: Pop including Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz etc.
Bridesmaid’s Processional: Prelude from Cello Suite #1 – Bach
Bride’s Processional: Canon in D – Pachelbel
Signing of the Registry: Arioso – Bach
Recessional: Wedding March – Mendelssohn
 
Reception: Jazz and Celtic

Real Maritime Weddings: Ramsay & Rachel in Halifax, NS

Tartan, tulle and thunderstorms were all present at Rachel & Ramsay’s wedding in Halifax, Nova Scotia last month. It might have been raining outside St. Mary’s Boat Club that day – but the warmth of family and friends kept things cozy indoors. Photographs by Danijela Weddings.
 
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Maritime Weddings in Halifax, NS
Maritime Weddings in Halifax, NS
Maritime Weddings in Halifax, NS
 
Venue: Saint Mary’s Boat Club // Catering: Certainly Cinnamon // Make Up: Lauralee MacNeil // Hair: Thumpers Salon (Paul) // Décor Design: (Bride) Rachel Jolly // Day of Coordination/Décor Set-Up – Jackie Casey of Signature Events // Photography: Danijela Weddings.

Real Maritime Weddings: Jenn & Dave at Liscombe Lodge, NS

Liscombe Lodge is a secluded, rustic getaway for a wedding set on the shores of a tranquil river on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Jenn & Dave were married there this spring and braved a bit of gentle rain for photos by Nova Scotia wedding photographer Shari Tucker.

Maritime Weddings at Liscombe Lodge, NS
Maritime Weddings at Liscombe Lodge, NS
Maritime Weddings at Liscombe Lodge, NS
Maritime Weddings at Liscombe Lodge, NS
 
Venue: Liscombe Lodge // Flowers: Quaint Ways // Photographer: Shari Tucker // Hair: Joy Josey // Music: Guitarist Amy Brandon // DJ: Rock with Bruce.

Wedding Venues with a Water View: Halifax, Nova Scotia

A little sampling of some wedding venues with water views near Halifax, Nova Scotia:

An Eco-Wedding Venue: Windhorse Farm

Windhorse Farm seems to be many (good) things rolled into one: farm, lodge, plant nursery, event venue and a peaceful retreat that is focused on sustainable and joyful living.

Located in New Germany on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, it has accommodations for up to 50 guests, catering facilities that can serve organic, vegan dishes and beautiful gardens to be married in. Just check out these photos by Jeff Cooke Photography!