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Whimsical Woodland Wedding


On September 10th, 2011 Christel and Gregory got married and they did so in a fashion only two such odd and interesting creatures could have dreamt up.

The ceremony took place in a chapel at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I got all gussied up.

The bride arrived with a backpack in tow (pictured below as she shared a sweet moment with mum before events got underway).

When I boldly inquired what on earth her satchel could be for, she simply responded: what else would I carry my Kierkegaard in? What a mystery my Christel is!

I soon understood, however, when the reverend cited Kierkegaard at the end of the ceremony…

Marriage is and remains the most important voyage of discovery a human being undertakes.

Weeping ensued. On to the reception.

As previously mentioned the theme of the wedding was cryptozoology (otherwise known as  the study of “hidden animals” or mythological creatures). Thus upon entering the garden reception, we were greeted with a table full of mythical creature bait. Apparently the Kraken likes salt beef and the Loch Ness Monster is partial to shortbread.

We were also greeted with tables full of fresh salads, grilled chicken and salmon.



My plate was full to the brim with greens, cous cous, mango chutney and salmon. Local Nova Scotia white wine a dreamy addition.  

The dessert tables were carefully guarded by creatures of all sorts. 

Guests ate their meals in the garden and made visitations to the princess on her thrown of choice…

My offering to the happy couple…in keeping with all things mythological creature based.

Early morning flight was SO worth it. I left this glorious day one happy (very choked up) lady.
Congratulations to Christel and her blushing groom. 😉
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  • Reply Stephanie @ Aspiring September 13, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Congratulations :D!!!

  • Reply Tricia Bain September 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

    What a special, mystical friend you have in Christel! Just put a permanent smile on my face as I purused through your thoughts and pics.

  • Reply lostandfoundinaustin September 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Ok, I totally teared up when I read the Kierkegaard quote. So perfect.

  • Reply shawnaelizabeth May 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm


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