Nika & Matt

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Wedding Album - —Al­li­son Saun­ders

“It ba­si­cally played out like, we met one night and ended up talk­ing on the phone un­til 4 or 5 in the morn­ing,” says Nika Booker-McVey, think­ing back to the 15-year-old ver­sions of her­self and now-hus­band Matt Booker-McVey.

Even though they didn’t have their first date un­til 17, that close con­nec­tion had been im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore whether they were dat­ing or not. “We just kept find­ing our­selves go­ing back to each other over the course of six years,” she says, “and even­tu­ally just de­cided stop fight­ing this fate.” Which is when the pair de­cided they should prob­a­bly just tie the knot. With the hope of a small­ish, non-tra­di­tional, in­ti­mate wedding, Nika and Matt—a law and PhD stu­dent, re­spec­tively—found the time in their busy lives to plan what was an ef­fort­lessly aes­thet­i­cally stun­ning day at the Boscawen Inn in Lunen­burg, where Nika wore a tai­lored ver­sion of her mother’s wedding dress and guests de­liv­ered show-stop­ping, tear-jerk­ing speeches. “I knew who needed to be there and that was the most im­por­tant thing for me,” she says of her 70 guests, who stood in the inn’s par­lour as the pair were mar­ried. “When I came down the stairs af­ter the brides­maids had gone down, ev­ery­one had made this path­way for me and they were all look­ing at me, and parted to make an aisle. It wasn’t some­thing we’d pre-planned,” says Nika. “My dad even said, ‘It looked like you were float­ing on air.’”

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Evan McMaster

HAIR Melissa Dal­ley, Dime Sa­lon

WEDDING & RE­CEP­TION VENUE Boscawen Inn

CAKE City Girl Cakes

DRESS Vin­tage top, bot­tom mod­i­fied by Luxe Bridal

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