An internet meme was circulating a while back that seemed to resonate with a lot of people. The author of the meme announced that everything important in life that he or she had ever learned was learned before the 3rd grade. People seemed to love the simplicity of it. We learned how to share, how to make friends, how to hug, how to talk how to poop in a toilet (most of the time). The meme bugged me because I figured that if you haven’t learned anything important since 3rd grade, then it’s probably about time for an update. Sure, it be nice if everything was just awesome because we both love pizza and movies with monsters? But it doesn’t work like that (right?). The world is much more complicated. In fact, at the time, if I were in a mood and you were within earshot, I’d often go on tirades about how continuous learning is so important and blah blah blah. I was that guy.
So then like, a long time after that, we meet Matt and Megan. We talked about their plans to get married and Matt said that he liked my Darth Vader shirt and so we were instantly friends and it was sort of like being in the sandbox again and maybe it is all that simple after all.
Months pass. Life re-complicates. Then the dark, horrible, 2015 ice-hell of a winter passes. Then somehow it’s June 12th already and we’re driving to Matt and Megan’s wedding. It’s also my birthday. Megan wishes me a happy birthday within moments of seeing me. Later she gets her entire bridal party of 20 people to sing me happy birthday. Later still, during speeches at reception, they ask all her wedding guests to sing me happy birthday! This is THEIR wedding day! *lump in throat*
This is the kind of people Matt and Megan are. Matt loves to help children and that’s what he does with his life. You can see and feel the connection he has with children. Megan is an advocate for mental health and so all the wedding favours were donations to the Mental Health Association of Nova Scotia. There’s something brilliant about this, isn’t there? I’m trying to describe it as best I can, but you’ll see who they are through the pictures….I mean, as soon as we walked in the door to Megan’s home on the wedding day, flowers were arriving, make-up was being applied, dresses were being steamed, hair was being sprayed, combed, straightened, curled, and sprayed again. The house was full and vibrant but amid all the moving parts, Megan was not too busy to make us feel like special guests (!). Matt was the same. After he included me in all of his pre-wedding shenanigans, he pointed at me with a crooked grin and hollered, “you’re one of us now!”. He meant it to sound ominous I think, but I was felt welcomed. I’m smiling as I write this.
It was during the reception speeches that I got to learn even more about Megan and Matt. One of the stories that really got me was a story of very young Megan. Probably grade 3 Megan, and somebody told grade 3 Megan that her two aunts, who were (and are) married, were living in sin, and should repent. And Megan, with her youthful sense of justice, was all lit up with fire inside and was suddenly and bravely advocating equal rights and acceptance. Her two aunts told this story while they cried and smiled proudly.
It’s probably obvious by now but I’ll say that this was a wedding that was tons of fun and it sucker-punched us right in the feels, over and over.
Here are a few of our favourite moments of their day.
Venue: Hatfield Farms
Headpiece: Oh Dina!
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Liana LeBlanc at Uptown Salon and Spa Inc.
Cupcakes: Wendy Swanson
Makeup: Ashleigh Macisaac
Flowers: The Flower Shop