Nova Scotia Wedding from Chloe O'Brien Photography
December 6, 2012
North America
DIY InspiredVintageOutdoor Weddings

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