There’s no love song sweeter than Hay­ley Giles and Macken­zie Hepditch’s.

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The pair met while adding their voices to Hal­i­fax’s Xara Choral Theatre, and were friends at first, but the “when you know, you know” cliche even­tu­ally came knock­ing. “It’s sort of part of my comin­gout story, I’d only dated men to that point—but I knew 100 per­cent I wanted to be with Hay­ley,” says Macken­zie, look­ing back. The cou­ple ca­su­ally chat­ted about ty­ing the knot, but a “re­ally ro­man­tic” scavenger hunt around Dal­housie cam­pus—which led Hay­ley to Macken­zie at the end— sealed the deal. The mi­nor de­tails of wed­ding plan­ning were just that, mi­nor: They wanted to get mar­ried at Hay­ley’s par­ents’ farm in River John with all of their loved ones in at­ten­dance, and the rest “just wasn’t that im­por­tant,” she says, adding that their sis­ters and mothers stepped in with lo­gis­ti­cal help. Time slowed down on the hot and muggy late sum­mer day, where the brides’ besties were dressed in a sea of deep pur­ples and warm wines, the food ran out and goats were among the dis­tin­guished guests. “There was some­thing about just get­ting up and promis­ing to love each other for­ever in front of ev­ery­one that’s im­por­tant in your life,” says Hay­ley. “It was kind of like, we’re al­lowed to—so let’s just do it now, that’s been the thing I’ve learned af­ter com­ing out,” adds Macken­zie. “The more peo­ple see it, peo­ple get­ting mar­ried and be­ing them­selves, that’s the only way the gen­eral cul­ture can change.”

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Syd­ney MacLen­nan

—Al­li­son Saun­ders

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