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Nova Scotia Wedding from Chloe O’Brien Photography

Now, this is a wedding with depth. I’ve looked through this gallery quite a few times and I am still finding more and more lovely details in every photograph from Chloe O’Brien Photography. The Louisbourg Playhouse, the bouquets from Lotherington’s Flowers, and that darling cake from Mimi’s Cakes and Bakes all made for a wedding so full of love and beauty. Click here for every detail.

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From the Bride… Colin yelled his proposal to me over the roar of an airplane engine in August 2011. I said “yes” at 10,000 feet in the air, and we jumped with my new ring snugly on my finger! We set the date for August 25, giving us a whole year to make plans. We discussed the kind of wedding we both wanted and nailed down a few of the main details together. After that, Colin was happy to hand over the brainstorming to me, and I was happy to hand over the “chores,” such as emailing, researching and inquiring, to my patient fiancé! During that year I used Evernote and Style Me Pretty constantly, finding inspiration and tweaking ideas to make them my own. When I went shopping for a wedding dress, I tried “the one” on first and then none after could compare. It was the dress that actually inspired my love of lace and its presence in our wedding.

We really wanted our day to be a collaboration of special elements of our past, with as many details as we could fit in. I’ve always had a fascination with “the olden days” and my grandparents’ lives and stories. I raided my beloved grandparents’ attic and barn, pulling out furniture and props that we are now using in our home! We also kept our eyes open at yard sales and second-hand shops for old vases, books, and furniture. Our families were convinced we would be making a big trip to the landfill after the wedding, but I know a treasure when I find one! When planning the formalities of our day, we decided to drop any traditions that didn’t mean something to us. This actually made our decisions easier because we didn’t have to do something “just because.” The ceremony was special; my father married us, and we wrote our own vows and surprised each other with them. Instead of a best man and maid of honor, Colin had four “men of honor” stand with him, and I had nine “ladies of honor,” sisters and friends, stand with me. Colin found our ceremony venue, the Louisbourg Playhouse, online, and after seeing it in person, we fell in love with the theatre seating around the stage. We knew we wanted a relaxed reception where people could sit around and chat, so we booked a summer camp and turned it into a venue! Our caterer put on a big BBQ, and the food was amazing! Instead of assigned seating, we set up tables inside, placed some smaller tables on the lawn and spread blankets on the ground for people to eat picnic-style.

We are both very close to our families, and they were a huge part of the preparations. My dad and others spent hours cleaning up the camp property, creating our photo booth, constructing the multi-directional arrow and fixing up old furniture. For our invitations, we sent our guests a picture of us holding up a sign with our website address on it. When they arrived on the site there was a video of us holding up signs with all the details. (The video was lovingly shot by my younger brother.) ;) All the invitations, envelopes and programs were hand-made, were all put together by hand, the ceremony backdrop was cut and strung together, and even the aisle-runner was specially created by my sisters to fit into the Playhouse aisle! My talented friend Katie, of Polka Dot Soup, made all of the boutonnières, corsages and bunting signs and helped me plan the decor. She put everything together at the ceremony and reception sites, allowing me to relax and leave it in her capable hands. We are so thankful for the help from family and friends to pull everything together leading up to and on the big day. We were also very lucky to have my friend Chloe O’Brien photograph our wedding incredibly, and Joey MacDonald did an excellent job capturing our day on video! I remember stopping and looking around at various points in the day and thinking, “This is just what I pictured, except better!” Now that it’s all over, I think back to our wedding and thank the Lord for how smoothly everything went. No, it wasn’t perfect – it never can be!  But it was our day — the day we were surrounded by our favorite people as we became husband and wife — and that is really all that matters!

Wedding Photography: Chloe O’Brien Photography / Ceremony: Louisbourg Playhouse in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia / Bouquets: Lotherington’s Flowers / Décor & Boutonnieres: Katie MacLennan of Polka Dot Soup / Wedding Cinematography: Ultra Videography / Catering: TR-Y-O Custom Catering / Wedding Cake: Mimi’s Cakes and Bakes / Wedding Dress: Winchester’s / Bride’s Shoes: Le Chateau / Bride’s Veil: Light in the Box / Hair + Makeup: Revive Hair Studio / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sears / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Payless / Men’s Attire: Tip Top Tailors + Gap / Groom’s Shoes: Call It Spring

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Circus Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot by Chloe O’Brien Photography

This circus-inspired wedding photo shoot by  Chloe O’Brien Photography has me wanting to shout my love and adoration from the tippity top of the big tent!  If you are a circus-loving, vintage-admiring, DIY-digging bride or groom you are going to seriously fall in love with all the pretty inspiration packed into this entire shoot.  And all of it so easy to recreate!  We love that!  See every last detail in the full gallery!

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From Chloe O’Brien PhotographyThis one is all about the power of DIY! With the shoot, I wanted to create almost all of the elements myself using a weapon every bride should be armed with: Pinterest. The color orange and vintage details were my starting point, and from there I wanted to use a combination of each with gold accents to tell the story of the contemporary circus bride and groom in a historic local setting. I had a wonderful creative team here in Halifax who were generous enough to contribute time and products to the shoot, and from there I filled in the details.

Armed with burlap, soft creamy tulle, days of combing thrift stores for vintage broaches and buttons, a funky printed orange cotton blend from a local fabric store and the inspiration of the internet, I went to work. I chopped two table runners, hot glued and sewed little bags with pretty gold buttons, and wrapped a tall glass vase with the burlap. The burlap bags became fun entertainment favors, if you will, of gold, spray-painted monkeys-in-a-barrel. The table runners served to cover the main table and the tasty bar of sweet & salty treats. The orange printed fabric was cut down to the section that was all a gorgeous antique vibrant orange and became a hand-sewn DIY bow tie for the “groom”and the handle ribbon wrap of the “bride’s” bouquet to tie in both elements. Hot glue was quickly becoming my best friend.The bridal bouquet — you guessed it — was DIY. Hand-sewn satin roses, tufts of unfinished ivory linen and an abundance of vintage buttons and brooches for a long-lasting keepsake. The description tags, menus and name cards were inspired by the lovely invitation Duly Noted created but again were DIY. The name card holders were another DIY project — plastic circus animal toys spray-painted gold. An antique typewriter, hand-carved elephants, vintage frames, old top hat and antique dishes served to bring all the decor together. The cake was a masterpiece by Misty with a DIY spray-painted cake topper. Here in the Canadian Atlantic, the sea is ever prominent and so the menu was oysters, lobster and a red velvet cheesecake dessert to highlight famed local cuisine. To not let “the circus” overpower the beauty of the models and and the roughness of some of the DIY elements, more subtle indicators, such as the magic act of pulling the bunny out of the hat, were added as opposed to bright tents and an in-your-face theme. The typography, popcorn, peanuts and candy apples touched on this as well. Of course to finish off the wedding of the circus bride and groom, you need to have your first dance with the circus slowly moving around you. Enter performers from Atlantic Cirque.

Photography: Chloe O’Brien Photography / Venue: The Dalhousie University Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada / Floral Design, Favors, Table Runners + Bow Tie: DIY / Invitations: Duly Noted Stationery / Wedding Cake: Mimi’s Cakes & Bakes / Cheesecake: Sweet Hereafter / Circus Performers: Atlantic Cirque / Rentals: MacFarlands / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee via Winchester’s Bridal & Formals / Shoes: Steve Madden / Suit: Moores / Hair + Makeup: Meg Ryan

Muir Murray Estate Winery Wedding by Jeff Cooke Photography

This couple’s love story is just a romantic comedy waiting to happen. You will want to take a little gander at the bride’s description below, trust me. When the stars finally aligned for this cute as can be couple to get married – their wedding was just as darling as the story that brought them together. Jeff Cooke Photography was there to document the start of the next fabulous chapter of their life, and he filled the full gallery of images with enough to keep you swimming in lovely all day!

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From the Bride…Our story is a long and complicated one! We met in the summer 1989 when Erica was just 8 years old and Tyler was only 9 years old.  Our parents had mutual friends who felt that all three families would get along well and suggested that we go camping together at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick.  What followed was many years of friendship between the three families, with regular trips, visits, and activities planned together.  In the early years of those Bent-Harris-Doucette events, Erica and Tyler effectively ignored each other, while Erica played with the girls and Tyler spent time with the boys.  It wasn’t until the summer of 1992, after the Harris’ moved to Ontario, that Erica and Tyler began to notice one another.

The next few summer and spring time visits, Tyler and Erica became increasingly interested in one another. The summer of 1995 was really when our love began to grow.  Erica’s parents had rented a cottage along Amherst Shore, Nova Scotia and were spending 2 weeks there.  Both families came to the cottage for a few days and in those few days, a lot developed!  We both left heavy hearted and it would take another few years before we would meet or be in contact again. In 1998, Tyler came to Ottawa on the train on his own for his March break and stayed with the Harris family.  Tyler was in his final year of high school, while Erica had 2 more years to go.  With Tyler heading off to university in the fall, we decided that it was not time to begin “going steady.”  We kept in more regular contact over the next two years, with phone calls, family visits, and eventually emails.  Finally, in the spring of 2000, Tyler came up again by train to Ottawa to visit his friend who was studying there.  Tyler was in his second year of university, while Erica was finishing up her final year of high school and making plans for her future studies.

It was this trip that finally sealed the deal and saw us as an official couple within a month of the visit.  From 2000 to 2005, we had a long-distance relationship.  Erica studied at Trent University and Queen’s University in Ontario, while Tyler studied at Carleton University in Ottawa and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, as well as working in Ottawa for Foreign Affairs and then in politics.  It was an exciting time in our relationship and young lives, but it was also very challenging.  We saw each other at least once a month and spent our summers together.  From 2005 to 2008, we settled into life in Ottawa, with Tyler continuing his work in politics and eventually moving into the private sector and Erica working as a teacher.  In 2008, we embarked on our most recent adventure together, moving overseas to live and work.  The two will be moving to London this summer after the wedding.

Wedding Photography: Jeff Cooke Photography / Location + Wine: Muir Murray Estate Winery / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Cecile Brautmode / Bride’s Shoes: Cinzia Valle / Tuxedos: T.M. Lewin / Bouquets + Boutonnieres: Pulsifers Flowers and Foliage / All Other Flowers: Groom’s Mother / DJ: Jesse Kemp / Beer: Sea Level Brewing Company / Arbor: Groom’s Father / Invitations: Laura Mensinga / Wedding Cake: LaVerne Dowell / Details: DIY