Julia Fortier and Mike MacLeod tied the knot this past summer in quaint Chester, Nova Scotia. Julia wore the delicate and romantic Vivian Sage gown paired with Brooke top, both by Rebecca Schoneveld
, and her partner-in-crime looked dapper in his classic navy suit. We had a chance to catch up with one of our favourite brides post-wedding excitement.
How did you and Mike find the wedding planning experience?
"We had a sense of humour about the entire process. The etiquette, hype, and culture of wedding planning is not anywhere near our "comfort zone." Also, this wedding involved a lot of unknown variables, especially since our families had never met before. For extra zest, most of this wedding planning was conducted remotely. Fortunately, we had some kind family and friends on the ground in Nova Scotia who really came through for us."
"When planning we focused on what was important to us: a venue with character that gave a unique Nova Scotia experience, good local food, drinks, space for the many kids in attendance to run around, a good photographer and avoiding unnecessary fuss to keep things comfortable."
"Our wedding reception took place in a grand historic house with a spectacular view of the harbour and a large lawn for the many children to run around on. We let the venue create much of the feel of the experience and added minimal decorations. Our food was locally sourced from the main dinner to the fish and chip truck later in the evening. To create a relaxed flow for the reception, we had no assigned seating and contained speeches to a couple of short toasts. This way, guests could easily mingle and move around the entire house and patios as desired. We also incorporated family/friends wherever possible, which made the experience that much more meaningful. Our musician friends played us down the aisle and while we signed the registry, while other friends who are pastry chefs made our wedding cake. It was a delight!"
Did you have an unexpected moment during planning that threw you for a loop?
"Given the number of people we were expecting and the potential for hot and humid weather in August, it was important to have access to the water-side patios at the venue so people could cool off (especially since the building has no air conditioning). I work in the water industry and I know Nova Scotia's weather. So every bit of me said, "You know, it will likely rain for the wedding, maybe you should get a tent for the patios so we aren't all stuck inside sweltering if it is muggy and wet." But everyone advised me against the tent, assuring me it would be a beautiful day. I listened to the advice.
The day before we left for Nova Scotia for the wedding, the weather forecasted unusually warm weather with sun every day in the 10 day forecast EXCEPT our wedding day (which was supposed to be a super hot, humid day with torrential rains). This led to some urgency in finding a large enough tent that met local regulations - no small feat in the height of wedding season in rural Nova Scotia! Luckily we prevailed and we got the tents to protect guests from the intermittent heavy rains and good times were had by all!"
When asked what her favourite part of the big day was, Julia shared, "Knowing that so many loved ones were with us having a great time."
All photos were taken by Jessie Redmond