Michelle and Joel, where to to start, let’s start with Joel, as that is where I started my day. When I met up with the guys they were about to start rehearsing, and I don’t mean speeches. There was to be a surprise for Michelle later in the night, and the guys were making sure they did their part correctly, but more on that later.
One thing I noticed was that there were a bunch of framed cartoon-like pictures around. They were all the same image and the characters in the picture were quite obviously Joel and the groomsmen. This is where I learned that Joel was an awesome animator. That’s a career I wanted when I was a kid and thought was really cool (still do), but I had no talent for it, Joel is definitely talented. The next thing I noticed was that each of the groomsmen was wearing a different pin on their suspenders. These pins helped me to identify the groomsmen throughout the day, at least to some extent. I often find it difficult to remember the names of all the members of a wedding party, so I come up with nicknames, and at times I would call the groomsmen not by their names, but rather their pin character. We did a few shots together and the guys took a few shots on the basketball court as well, before I made my way over to the girls.
Michelle and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the Gingerbread House in Wolfville and all looked stunning when I arrived. Michelle seemed to me to be quiet and reserved, the opposite of how I would describe Joel after meeting him, but both of them were great people, that was obvious right away. Michelle’s girls were very helpful and took care to make sure everything was going as planned, they even helped ensure the room they were getting in was clean, which is a big plus for me. We took care of a few photos and before we knew it, it was time to head to the waterfront park for the ceremony.
Wolfville was of course jam packed with it being the last weekend of the summer, so it was a bit of a surprise to me that the park was almost exclusively guests for the wedding, as I was expecting a bunch of onlookers. The ceremony started pretty much right on time and was short and sweet, and after a few photos at the park, we made our way to the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University, for some family and wedding party photos.
The reception was at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market, not a place you typically think of as a wedding venue, but cool nonetheless. As you approached the entrance to the Market, you got your first glimpse of Joel’s artistic talents with the sign telling guests where to go. Inside there were other indicators as well, including the canvases for guests to draw their own pictures, the chalk portraits of Joel and Michelle at the bar, etc.. When you’re an artistic person, you’re likely friends with others who share your passions, so it comes as no surprise that Michelle and Joel have friends who can draw like Joel can. This leads us to the kissing game Michelle and Joel came up with. They had guests draw a picture of them kissing, and then Michelle and Joel had to mimic the drawing in their kiss. Not only did this generate some fun throughout the dinner for everyone, but it also resulted in Michelle and Joel collecting a stack of hand drawn mementos from their wedding day, and some of them were amazingly drawn.
When it came to the speeches, there were a couple of highlights from the wedding party. Firstly, the groomsmen Mike and Mike, made us all laugh with their stories and slideshow. The bridesmaids however, they had a bigger surprise to come at the end of their speech as they stepped out from behind the podium and started to dance. This choreographed dance gained new members as the rest of the wedding party joined in while Michelle and Joel sat with a front row seat. Just when it seemed like all the surprise participants had joined in, up popped Joel to finish the dance with everyone else.
The conclusion of the first dance filled up the dance floor which wasn’t too far off of when I left for the night. As I left I could see some people dancing, some enjoying the photobooth, and a lot of good conversation. I can only imagine the stories that were being told throughout the night. Whatever happened, you can be sure that everyone had fun. Here’s a little look at Michelle and Joel’s wedding in Wolfville.