For anyone who follows us on Instagram, you might have seen that I recently turned 40. I’m lucky enough to be married to a woman who wanted to make sure that I had a special and memorable time, which I truly did. We had the VIP meal at EnVie (oh. my. god. Do it!) and then went up to Cape Breton and stayed in a Mongolian Yert, gazing at stars in a hot tub, hunting for treasures along the shore, napping in the middle of the day. Wedding season is an intense time for Rae and I, which made it even more luxurious to step away from technology and social obligations for a couple of days. It was, among other things, a time to slow down and get reflective. I won’t bore you with the thoughts I gathered, except to say that I’m really grateful to be where I am right now–even if my beard is going grey. A large part of my gratitude I owe to Rae, for insisting on joy more often than I do, for being a creature that is so difficult to understand that I’ve had to become more open, for being a creature so delightful that I want to understand her. None of this is meant to imply that her and I don’t have our blow-ups. We do. Sometimes it’s totally ugly and painful and stupid. And I think this is what weddings are for. We’re all flawed, and we’re all very hard to love sometimes. I know I’m hotheaded and sometimes so outrageously self-righteous that I’m a bore. So what do you do? A good solution is you find somebody who makes you want to try harder, and then you try harder, you work to understand and be understood and sometimes you succeed, and when you’re confident enough, you gather all your friends and family around and make a commitment to stick around–even when it feels like maybe things would be easier if you just lived by yourself in the forest. You make a promise in public, in a ceremonial format, because relationships are hard and they’re worth it, and a little pomp and circumstance seems to help make them stick.
Then we went back home, from Mongolian Yert to Halifax apartment, from thinking about marriage to editing this wedding. This wedding is beautiful, as you’ll see, and was a pleasure to come home to. It’s one that I’m so happy to have had a small part in, to document a day that was as fun and touching as it was, and as meaningful as it was to E & W.
Rae and I are on a quest now to see W perform. He’s an incredible musician who we’ve heard play mostly online. BUT! He’s playing at the Halifax Jazz Festival this year (July 14th), and we’ll see him there.
Special thanks to Katie MacLeod for doing an amazing job assisting us photograph this wedding, and for being awesome.
We hope you enjoy some of our favourite moments.
Special thanks to Katie MacLeod Photography for assisting on this wedding.
Venue: Saint Mary’s boat club
Catering: Cocoa Pesto
Make up: Chantelle Brown
Hair: Dime Salon
Band: Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound
Florist: Barefoot Blooms