Make your big day a little easier with this index of advertisers and featured vendors.
CAKE & DESSERTS BENNY’S ICE CREAM
Ice cream royalty, Benny’s (the one with the dreamy turquoise food truck) does weddings, too. Amp up your cake by treating guests to the coolest dessert there is— sundae bars, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches with freshbaked cookies or a classic scoop in a homemade waffle cone. 902-523-1749 bennysicecream.ca/weddings
JUST ICED CUSTOM CAKES
Meaghan Adamski is the cake designer and artist behind Dartmouth’s Just Iced Custom Cakes. She creates stunning (and also delicious) wedding cakes with intricate designs and attention to detail, capturing the realism and beauty of flowers in her gum paste creations. 902-233-2830 justicedcustomcakes.com
NEWFOUNDLAND CHOCOLATE COMPANY
Artisanal chocolate from Canada’s east-most province is a sweet option for wedding favours, table treats, dessert or any craving in between. Check out design-your-own bars, custom chocolate boxes and more.
SMITH’S BAKERY & CAFE
The fresh-baked bread, cookies and squares woo north-enders off the side- walk and into this neighbourhood bakery on the daily, but the special occasion cakes and cupcakes are something else. Probably because they’re made using a traditional pound cake recipe that dates back to 1932. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? 2525 Agricola Street, 902-429-1393 smithsbakery.info
Treat your guests to a celebratory slurp by putting the ulitmate Nova Scotian stamp on your wedding with an oyster bar. Choose from a Taste of the Sea, Oyster Lovers or Get Me Shucked platter and get cracking on a boat load of flavour with Afishionado’s mobile oyster and raw bar. afishionado.ca
For over 25 years, Scott and Donna Colwell have been sating appetites with their locally sourced custom menus for weddings of all sizes and budgets. Customize your big day’s big meal with plenty of options from buffet to sit-down, set up stations or grill it up with a fancy backyard BBQ. But book quickly: Certainly Cinnamon is in high demand come wedding season. 3204 Barrington Street 902-423-2466 certainlycinnamon.com
CHEF INSPIRED CATERING
The first declared gourmet burger joint in the HRM (Cheese Curds) was opened by former navy chef Bill Pratt and offers, as the name says, high-end burgers and poutine. But his Chef Inspired Catering options are varied, stick to a more traditional feed or book one of the Chef Inspired food trucks to make an appearance—Halifax Donair Shop, the Habaneros Gecko Bus or the classic Cheese Curds, for poutines and gourmet dogs. chefinspired.ca/ catering, 902-446-3095
KITCHEN DOOR CATERING
Kitchen Door creates custom catering experiences for special events and weddings across HRM, Nova Scotia and beyond. Known for restaurant-quality food that uses local ingredients, and top-notch service, Kitchen Door is capable of creating menus for parties of any number of guests—from intimate backyard affairs to upwards of 500 diners. 902-832-5213, kitchendoor.ca
SCANWAY CATERING & PASTRY
Scanway is known for its incredible cakes, but you’ll find it’s just as well-loved for its catering. Providing menus
to both traditional and adventurous clients, talented chefs provide gourmet food—served or delivered—for any size event. Browse various menus online, breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, plated or buffet dinners.
UPTOWN CATERING & EVENTS
The catering arm of beloved Halifax diner The Armview, Uptown is equipped to serve everything from large corporate galas to family birthdays, and of course, wedding parties. The over 50-year-old restaurant’s culinary chops shine through with customizable food and drink menus, but also count on Uptown for decor and more. 902-579-5000, uptownhfx.com
DRINKS BENJAMIN BRIDGE VINEYARDS
Established in 1999, Benjamin Bridge has since become one of the regions most-loved vineyards. Located in the stunning Gaspereau Valley, Benjamin Bridge has become well-known for its innovative sparkling wines and its annual sell-out, Nova 7. 1842 White Rock Road, Wolfville, benjaminbridge.com
EVENT PLANNERS PINEAPPLE EVENTWORKS
A company that excels in not just event planning, but event staffing as well. Tina Lesyk’s Pineapple Eventworks can hire, train, schedule and manage bar and service staff for your big day so that you don’t have to worry about making sure things run seamlessly. 902-367-4994, pineappleworks.ca
This local florist has bloomed its way across the city, boasting five locations for its fresh, beautiful arrangements. Master florist Penny Taylor’s business brings major experience (over 110 years combined) and creativity to the table, whether you’re looking for ceremony arrangements, bridal bouquets, reception flowers, corsages or boutonnieres for the big day.
1949 Lower Water Street, Suite 200, 1595 Bedford Highway, 958 Cole Harbour Road, 668 Sackville Drive and 208 Water Street (Windsor), 902-865-9040, blossomshops.ca
KOKO MOD FLORAL DESIGN
Korayne Romanchuk creates arrangements that are anything but ordinary. Trained by a European master florist, the Dartmouth-based designer can provide beautiful, thoughtful and unique bouquets and accents to make your big day fresh, bright and unforgettable. 158 Portland Street, 902-233-6825, kokomod.com
HONEYMOON EAST COAST CLAMPING
There’s not much that’s more romantic than a camping trip—especially when there’s no work involved. East Coast Glamping provides upscale camping experiences with luxury tents, fire pits, cooking gear, beds and blankets. Check out bachelorette, honeymoon and wedding village options. 902-292-6331, eastcoastglamping.ca
INVITATIONS DIM DESIGNS
Diana Metlege’s DiM Designs specializes in affordable wedding stationery, including invitations, RSVPs, menus, place cards, programs and seating
charts. With no design or set-up fees and free consultations, you can choose from 100s of pre-designed sets, or customize.
DULY NOTED STATIONERY
The downtown letter-writer’s heaven (in a sprauncy new location) is also a pro in showstopping wedding stationery. Browse invitation albums in the store for inspiration or get their in-house designer to create a custom look just for you.
5431 Doyle Street, 902-446-5605, dulynoted.ca
JEWELLERY CHARM DIAMOND CENTRES
Founded in Dartmouth in 1972, Charm is the largest independently owned jewellery outlet in Canada, offering Canadian diamonds and a large selection of engagement rings from under $300 up through five grand.
Mic Mac Mall, 21 Mic Mac Boulevard, Dartmouth
140 Portland Street, Dartmouth Halifax Shopping Centre,
7001 Mumford Road charmdiamondcentres.com
Whether you’re looking for a Celtic knot band, something more traditional in platinum or diamond, or a personal design, Fireworks has been a destination for completely unique jewellery for nearly 40 years. From sterling to gold to diamonds and gemstones, Fireworks does repairs, restorations and custom work.
1569 Barrington Street, 902-420-1735 fireworksgallery.com
MUSIC, DJs & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ADVANCED SYSTEMS
Advanced Systems offers a selection of services including a professional DJ, commercial audio system and a something-for-everyone music library, as well as a variety of podiums, video game consoles, audiovisual systems, rentals, lighting systems, projectors, screens and monitors. 902-454-4742, advancedsystems.ca
ATLANTIC AUDIO PRO
Offering both DJ and audio visual services, as well as uplighting, Atlantic Audio Pro aims to make sure your big day (and the associated party) sound as good as possible. Projectors, lighting, fog machine, microphones, ceremony sound and a song library of over 25,000 are just a few of the details AAP has covered. 902-446-4510, atlanticaudiopro.com
TRUE NORTH DJ SERVICES
With a showroom on the Bedford Highway, True North is set up to provide DJs who put clients’ minds at ease by being clean, professional and courteous while throwing a great party. From oldies to the ’70s, dance to hip-hop, True North knows the anatomy of a killer dance party. “We share the same goal with the couple,” says True North’s Scott Rideout. “A great party, happy guests and a happy couple.
1266 Bedford Highway, 902-404-5131, truenorthdjs.com
PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS APPLEHEAD STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY
To call Applehead Studio epic is not an overstatement. This small crew of photographers is known for capturing magical moments—and drawing attention to the magic in the average mo-
ments too. “We’re capturing raw and honest moments that won’t reach their maturity date for years and nobody cares more about these photographs than we do,” says Applehead’s Liam Hennessey. appleheadstudiophotography.com
CHELLE WOOTTEN PHOTOGRAPHY
Ethereal, candid and artistic, the Chelle Wootten aesthetic is hard to miss. This wife-husband team (Chelle’s behind the photos, Adam’s behind the business) is based out of Dartmouth, and has been shooting local weddings, engagements and portraits since 2009. Check out her shots on page 37. 902-449-1139 chellewootten.com
Formerly known as Instathat, Frankly Social boasts 16 offices across the world, including Halifax. Perfect for sharing memories at special events—or the most special event, your wedding— Frankly offers live Instagram printing, meaning your guest can take home hardcopies of the moments they snap using your hashtag.
MOLLY ILSE PHOTOGRAPHY
Since quitting her job to shoot photos full-time, Molly’s been criss-crossing the country, shooting happy couples in their most candid moments. Though based in Moncton, New Brunswick she’s happy to follow you and your love story anywhere. See her work on page 19. mollyilsephotography.com
NORTH BY EAST PHOTOGRAPHY
Portrait, corporate and wedding photographer Ryan Williams says, “Even if you take yourself too seriously, I’ll bring out your most genuine candid-self. It’s kind of like a super-power.” See his work on page 31. nxephotography.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANA AND NICOLA SWEENEY
A Halifax-based husband-and-wife photography team, the Sweeney’s provide a laid back and fun environment for their portraiture and photojournalism. Packages always include DVDs of all of the high resolution photos from your day plus a link to a slideshow of photos so that family and friends can share in your joy.
STEFAN DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHY
With over 10 years’ experience of portrait and wedding photography under his belt, Stefan Davidson loves to provide couples with those creative and classic images that last a lifetime, and with a critical eye for composition and colour, you’ll end up with such a great selection that it’ll be hard to decide which ones to frame. See for yourself on page 23.
RACHAEL SHRUM PHOTOGRAPHY
Since 2012, NSCAD grad and editorial photographer Rachael Shrum has been capturing local wedding days moment by magical moment. Observant and passionate about storytelling, her work weaves visual narratives with the aim of helping couples preserve their love story for years to come. 902-430-7967, rachaelshrum.com
TOPHER AND RAE STUDIOS
Topher & Rae Moule want to authentically document your wedding in an artistic way. Using a mix of photojournalism and relaxed portraiture, they enjoy connecting with their clients to visually capture their love stories. 902-880-3601, topherandrae.com
REGISTRIES, GIFTS & FAVOURS AMOS PEWTER
Great gifts available from the Mahone Bay-based pewter specialists, now with a location on the Halifax waterfront. Check it out for wedding gifts, including cake set servers, picture frames, wine goblets, handcrafted jewellery and home decor.
589 Main Street, Mahone Bay 800-565-3369, amospewter.com
NOVA SCOTIAN CRYSTAL
An exquisite gift that’s truly Nova Scotian, these waterfront crystal makers—the only mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal makers in North America—have a registry, showroom and online store for your gift-choosing needs.
5080 George Street, 902-977-2797 novascotiancrystal.com
France-born chocolatier Julien Rousseau-Dumarcet brings Halifax handmade chocolates, gourmet bars, fresh macarons and a crazy good hot chocolate—all the sweetest additions to your wedding day details.
1277 Hollis Street, 902-802-6463, rousseauchocolatier.ca
SPA & FITNESS STUDIO IN ESSENCE
Serious full body workouts come in the form of pilates, aerial circus, pole sport and acrobatic dance. There’s room for everyone here, from the intrigued to super-fit. The studio is an ideal bachelorette destination—think burlesque, pole dance and aerial silks— but Studio In Essence can also set up off-site. 1535 Dresden Row, Suite 201, 902-405-5500, studioinessence.com
TENTS & RENTALS LITTLE FOOT YURTS
People love yurts as a reception venue or a cool outdoor space that provides a unique, elegant and sustainable alternative to vinyl tents. These handmade wooden-framed tents add a rustic aesthetic to you celebration and don’t leak or blow around. 1459 White Rock Road, Wolfville, 902-670-4556, lfy.ca
MAKE MERRY EVENTS
Make Merry Events offers a rich array of beautiful, new, vintage and custommade specialty decor rentals. Owners Krista Comeau and Jillian Demmons curate collections designed to add personal and historic character and unique alternatives.
WOW FACTOR EVENT DESIGN AND DECOR RENTALS
WOW Factor, a Glow Parties company, has dialed in on decor items like lighting, furniture, draping, candleware, vaseware, linens, chair covers and even florals. This combined with Glow Parties’ theme props makes way for unlimited opportunities.
3600 Strawberry Hill, 902-443-4569 glowparties.ca
TRANSPORTATION SWEETHEART LIMOUSINE
Whether you need a ride for your bachelor/ette party or for the big day, Sweetheart will provide a solid and satisfying service. The wedding packages include a complimentary bottle of champagne, ice water, red carpet, Just Married signs and decoration and a chauffeur.
Make Merry Events.