Cape Breton Wedding Photographer Dustin Hall – Jen & Brad in Baddeck

I first heard from Jen a few weeks prior to the Atlantic Wedding Showcase in January.  She told me about her wedding in Baddeck and I immediately wanted to shoot it.  Luckily for me, she was coming to Halifax for the wedding show and she could stop by my booth to meet me.  From the way she talked about her wedding and her fiance Brad, I knew it was going to be good.

It’s months later and the Natal day weekend (for readers in Ontario, that’s the same as the Civic holiday in August) and I’m driving up to Baddeck with Robyn and the puppies for a nice long weekend.  Apparently it was the hottest weekend of the year and thankfully that came with some nice sunshine.  Robyn and I walked around the town the day before the wedding and came up with some photo ideas and locations.  It wasn’t until the next day that we realized that we’d both gotten sun burns.  Robyn, being a redhead was much worse than me of course.

I met Brad for the first time at the rehearsal that same night and he’s one of those guys you can tell straight off is a good guy.  I was joking with him and his and Jen’s families almost immediately.

On Saturday, August 4th, the wedding day, I started off with Jen and her Maid of Honour ( her sister) at the salon, a small place just outside of town with someone they’ve known for years.  I heard some pretty interesting stories about Jen and Brad’s relationship, some details I saw again when I met up with Brad and his Best Woman (his sister).  Jen had made up a scrapbook for Brad with a lot of details from their years together, a lot of work had clearly been done and Brad’s face lit up when he looked through it.

Brad had a surprise for Jen as well and I brought it over to Jen’s grandmother’s house where she was getting dressed.  He got her the pearl necklace you’ll see her wearing in all the photos below.  Jen hadn’t planned on wearing a necklace, so it was a perfect gift.

The ceremony was held atop the roof of the Alexander Graham Bell Museum with the Bras d’Or lake in the background.  After the ceremony, we made our way around town a bit for photos in Brad’s father’s Vintage Bentley, stopping at a little dock owned by Brad’s sister, the statues of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife, and the old Post Office.  The reception was held at the curling club.  I must say, I was very impressed with how the girls at Elegant Productions had transformed the space.  You don’t expect much from a typically bland curling club, but it looked fantastic after they were done with it.

I thought it was clever that instead of a typical guest book, they had 3 stacks of Jenga blocks and asked everyone to write a message on a block and put it in the jar.  I had Robyn write our note (she’s way neater than I am) and she drew a little camera on it with our well wishes.

There were a couple emotional and funny speeches said and then the party got started, Cape Breton style.  The music was all live and I heard some songs I had never heard before, but I liked, and the dancing continued on until the band had to shut down (and then a bit after that too).  I love weddings with live music, it’s too bad more people don’t do it.

I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, I know I did (especially after they opened the big door at the curling club and let the cool air in).  Here are a few (alright, a lot of) photos from their amazing wedding day.  Congratulations Jen and Brad!


Diamond and fingerprint wedding rings - amazingBride Jen relaxing before the weddingBride Jen getting makeup doneBride Jen getting readyBradI donJen Writing up some cards before makeupBradJenBrideBride Jen and her grandmotherJen at GrandmaAlexander Graham Bell Museum, BaddeckBaddeck, Nova Scotia lighthousePersonalized water bottles for Jen and BradFan for the guests on a hot dayJen and her dad walking down the aisleGroom BradJen and her dad walking down the aisleAlexander Graham Bell Museum Wedding BaddeckJen and Brad during the ceremonyJen and Brad Kiss walking up the aislePhoto of every guest at the wedding, Baddeck, Cape Breton, NSBaddeck Nova Scotia Wedding PhotographerFamily photo, MacDonaldWedding Party walk, beautiful lightGroom BradHalifax Wedding Photographer Dustin HallCape Breton Wedding Photographer Dustin HallBridal Bouquet, yellow flowersBride and groom walking on dock, Nova ScotiaBride and groom at the end of a dockBrad dipping Jen, not in the water thoughNova Scotia Weddings, groom in KiltBride and groom in a little fishing hutBoat on Bras dJen and Brad kiss in the back of a BentleyWedding Party with awesome vintage BentleyAt the old Post Office in Baddeck, Nova ScotiaAt the old Post Office in Baddeck, Nova ScotiaJen wrapped herself in her veilThe girls walking in Cape Breton, WeddingHalifax Best Wedding PhotographerWedding shoes, Groom in Kilt, Bride in DressUnique Jenga Guest BookBradWedding cupcake on personalized napkinBaddeck Curling club weddingBaddeck Curling ClubMuskoka chairs and a bench, so coolFirst dance as husband and wifeBrad and Jen talking with firendsWedding Rings woth jenga blocksGotta love how happy Brad is in the wigJen and Brad during the wedding speechesJen and Brad in motion on the Dance floorJen and Brad in motion on the Dance floorThe party gets goingJen and some of her girls in the photo boothBrad brought his stuffed puppy, awwwWedding guitarist, Baddeck, Nova ScotiaJen and her Dad share a dancesome of JenThe M.C. busting a move or twoBrad dancing with a little oneJen and her Mom on a yellow benchsorry ladies, BradBrad...Violinist, Cape Breton WeddingsSiblings dancing, WeddingJen and her friend having a laugh, wedding receptionCape Breton wedding receptionJenLate night Guest book (Jenga) signingBrad, pointing at somethingSquare dancing, I thinkJen and Brad on the dance floorBride and Groom in front of vintage Bentley

Paul Harvey - Great shots! Good job.

suzanne - where was the lighthouse pic taken.. how do i reach that exact spot…
also the rustic boat house pics where is this spot
getting married in baddeck and looking for great photo spots.

Lem Lynch - Great photos! Love the long-exposure dancing shots.

Alan Mooney - Beautiful. Love the movement in the dance shots. Well done.

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