There was no shortage of elegance or glamour in Erin and Matt's Iona, Nova Scotia wedding. From the sparkly bridesmaid dresses and elaborate bouquets to the hand-built wooden arbour and the breathing views of the Bras d'Or Lakes, this wedding was absolutely perfect.

Love Story

Matt and I are both from Sydney, NS and first met back in junior high. Although we did not attend junior high together, we had some mutual friends. It wasn't until university that we really became close.

Matt attended Dalhousie University and I attended Cape Breton University. Matt spent his summer months in Sydney and we spent many days together at the beach and evenings at bungalows.  

It wasn't until that following Christmas break that we realized how much we cared for one another and had our first official date. After Matt returned back to Halifax, we spent every other weekend travelling back and forth to visit one another until I eventually moved to "the big city". 

Proposal

December 27, 2015 was a busy day for us. We both had family parties, I had my annual girl's Christmas party, and we were both going to a dance in the evening.  After leaving his family party, Matt being the calm, cool, collected person he is, said to his friend, "We have to make a pit stop. I'm going to propose to Erin." Matt had not told anyone about proposing until the evening it was happening. He first asked my father for his blessing earlier in the evening and then made a plan with one of my friends to lure me outside of the girl's party at a certain time.  As I turned around, he was down on one knee while 15+ of my closest girlfriends looked on.  It was such a magical moment and we had such a great evening celebrating with friends. 

Inspiration                                   

Anyone that knows me well knows that I am drawn to sparkly things. Therefore, I wanted to incorporate some sparkle into my bridesmaids dresses and decorations. Being a summer wedding, I chose light/soft colours. I didn't have a particular theme, but wanted it to be elegant and glamorous, yet natural at the same time. 

Personal Details 

My husband, Matt, designed and built the wooden arbor we were married under. He loves being busy and working on projects.  It is now set up at the end of our driveway and we are always reminded of that joyful moment of being married under it.

Favourite Moment

I thought about this question long and hard. There were so many wonderful moments it is hard to narrow down just one.

Being in Iona on my wedding day was very special to me, as it is one of my favourite places to be. It was so nice to be able to share the beautiful scenery with all of my closest friends and family.

There was a moment after the supper Matt and I were behind the hall having pictures taken while the sun was setting. It was a surreal moment for me. We had such a wonderful day and dancing in the sunset was the icing on the cake.

Advice

Do not stress. What will be, will be. Someone told me a wedding day is like a train going down a set of tracks- there is no stopping it. Once I heard that I thought to myself 'that's so true.' No matter what happens it'll be the best day of your life. Do not stress about the small things because no one else will notice. Live in the moment and have the time of your life with your closest family and friends surrounding you.