I met Melissa a few years ago when we were working together in an office in Halifax. She was in the desk next to me and she was pretty much the nicest person ever, we got along right away. I heard all about this Nick guy she was dating, but I had never met him. I ended up leaving the job to focus on my photography and she transferred out West. I was thrilled when Melissa contacted me about shooting her wedding at the Tangled Garden in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. It was going to be a small family affair on Canada Day. The ceremony was going to be early which would allow them all to go out and enjoy Canada Day in Nova Scotia.
I met up with Nick first and learned that he was just as Melissa had described him. What an amazing person he is as well. Down a few rooms, Melissa was getting ready and I dropped in to see her just after Nick was all set. It was the first time I had seen her in about 5 years. She was cracking jokes just as I remembered, it was great to see her, and to see her so happy to be getting married to Nick.
The ceremony was a few minutes down the road and I left a couple minutes ahead of Melissa to get there first. When I parked my car, I saw the tent set up and it was beautiful. Apparently the Tangled Garden took the reins on the decor and went for it, and nailed it. It is probably the nicest looking setup I have seen. I took some photos and went to the ceremony location.
The ceremony was short and not without laughs. The band played and walked toward the tent as everyone followed for the brunch reception. It felt like no time at all before the reception was ending and we were heading to the little tea house for some home made ice cream. It was served in tea cups, so pretty much my daughter’s dream dessert. We started photos after ice cream and took our sweet time as it was bloody hot and sunny, and none of us were too keen on getting sweaty. Before the afternoon was over, we were all heading our separate ways to catch some fireworks later that evening. Pretty smart of Melissa and Nick to be able to celebrate each anniversary with fireworks for the rest of their lives.
Here’s a look at their wonderful wedding day;