I first met Alicia and Evan near the end of last year when we met up for some engagement photos at the Halifax waterfront. It was just before Christmas and they were in town visiting for the holidays. We became better acquainted and I could see the difference now on their wedding day.
I met up with Alicia at Evan’s parents’ house where she was getting ready with Evan’s plethora of sisters. Her mother helped her get the dress on until she got to the top where she discovered a missing eyelet. In came Evan’s mother to the rescue with a needle and thread. Despite the setback, we made it to the church in Dartmouth with plenty of time to spare. Evan and his groomsmen were there and ready as well. In other words, this was a rare wedding where everything was running ahead of schedule. I would say it was because Evan’s in the military, but it’s probably more because Alicia didn’t want to be late and started getting ready early.
The minister for the ceremony was the most jovial minister I’ve ever seen and passionate too. He was a pleasure to listen to. We made our way to downtown Halifax for photos. We started off by the waterfront right where the Harbour Hopper boards, so we took the opportunity to do something very Haligonian, and took a photo in front of it. From there we went to Grand Parade. We even found a purple picnic table to compliment the purple bridesmaids dresses which worked well for us for photos. Just before we left that location, a Mooseheads game finished and a rush of people took over the streets. With that came a ton of congratulations from random people on our walk back to the cars.
The reception was held at Juno Tower and the Ward Room at CFB Stadacona. The cocktail hour was way up on the 12th floor so we went outside on the balcony for a couple of photos with the MacDonald bridge in the background. I took a photo and then looked at Alicia. She must have read my mind, because before I could say anything, she asked what I thought. I said “it’s alright, but I’m a bit worried about your veil” as it was rather windy and it didn’t look in all the way. Sure enough, just as the words left my lips, the veil took off. I chased it to the best of my abilities with a bag over my shoulder and camera in hand, but I couldn’t quite reach it as it sailed over the railing. Watching it fly, we saw Alicia’s father getting out of his car, and we yelled to him. He couldn’t understand us, but it didn’t matter as Evan’s dad was sent down the elevator and knew what was going on, and followed our directions to retrieve the veil which had luckily landed on the ground, and not on a roof or tree top. We decided at that point to head back inside to finish up our photos, only to come back at around 10:00 for a couple shots of Evan and Alicia with the lights in behind.
The dinner was in the Ward Room, and everything was done up beautifully. No detail was missed, from the monogrammed table runners, to the custom wine bottle labels. There was even a Yoda groom’s cake for Evan, which matched his Star Wars cufflinks of course. From dinner, we went downstairs for the dance where live music was waiting for us. Alicia and Evan were great to work with and their families were a lot of fun to be around. Without further adieu, here’s a look at Alicia and Evan’s wedding day in Halifax.