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An Intimate Seaside Ceremony On Sambro Island, Nova Scotia


Erin and Alex had spent 16 months preparing their dream wedding, but with the uncertainty of COVID-19 looming, the two had to switch their big day plans. “My future mother-in-law forwarded an article about an elopement opportunity being offered in Nova Scotia with Julie K Events where a helicopter takes you to a private island to get married,” Erin explains. “At first it was just a passing thought, but then it really started to take hold and we were all-in very quickly.”

With the vast majority of guests living outside the Atlantic provinces, the two kept their wedding chic and intimate with 8 guests attending the ceremony on Sambro Island (home to the Sambro Lighthouse which is the oldest surviving lighthouse in North America) and 15 joining them for their reception at Eliot & Vine. “There ceremony occurred on a beautiful section of rock overlooking the sea. My dad walked me down a granite aisle with the sound of the waves and wind around us,” Erin reminisces. “Alex and I shared our vows, said I do, and signed the papers with much laughter and a few happy tears, sometimes simultaneously.”

To complete their magical day, the two stayed behind, while guests headed to the mainland, to take advantage of the beautiful scenery for additional photo opportunities. With their helicopter acting as their chauffeur, the newlyweds flew over the iconic Peggy’s Cove and landed on a small island called Shut In Island. “There was a geocache on this island, which we both signed with the phrase ‘on our wedding day’,” the two conclude. “This was a first for both of us, something else to cross off the bucket list on such an amazing day.”

Erin & Alex, September 12, 2020, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of Mosy Photography.

Bridal gown:
Essense of Australia
Ceremony venue: Sambro Island
Reception venue: Eliot & Vine
Hair: Cara MacInnis
Makeup: Selena Marchand  
Helicopter: Vision Air Service
Officiant: Meghan Patterson 
Florals: Barefoot Blooms
Catering: Certainly Cinnamon Catering 
Wedding Planner: Julie K Scott, Julie K Events

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