Odette & Cal

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Wedding Album - AS

“I went t o ch urch and she was in the choir, look­ing gor­geous as usual. It was love at first sight,” he says. “I joined to get closer to her.” But the tim­ing wasn’t i deal—he was a bout f in­ish h is de­gree and was mov­ing back to his home in Ber­muda—so it was good­bye un­til five years later, w hen a n out -of-the-blue F ace­book mes­sage from Odette the cat­a­lyst for a long dis­tance re­la­tion­ship.

In early 2017, af­ter two years of trav­el­ling back and f orth and f alling dee per des pite the s pace b etween them, C al s howed up back in Hal­i­fax, unan­nounced, and popped the ques­tion to Odette in front of all of her friends as their song, “Un­con­di­tional Love,” played. “All of the ex­penses and time miss­ing each other, the love brought us through and it all worked out,” he says of their jour­ney to man and wife.

Fam­ily a nd c ul­ture were t he most i mpor­tant de­tails for the pair as they planned their stun­ning spring wed­ding in Bed­ford. They en­lis ted help fr om wed­ding plan­ner Fal­lon Jones and de­signer Cathy Akinkunmi to help the vi­sion take shape.

“I w an­ted som ething r eally tr adi­tional, I never pic­tured my­self in a white gown,” says Odette. “I’m ac­tu­ally away from home and I w an­ted t o f eel c lose t o h ome, a nd close to my cul­ture on that spe­cial day.” She brought in cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for the cou­ple and their bridal par­ties from Ghana and Cameroon, h ired Bu­rundi d rum­mers for the re­cep­tion and planned a dance that she and her brides­maids would perform at the cer­e­mony. The evening was en­er­getic, en­chant­ing and un­for­get­table.

“It was jus t so em otional,” s ays Ode tte. “Hav­ing e very­one t ogether cele brat­ing u s and hav­ing fun—we’re all busy and spe­cial oc­ca­sions ar e th e tim e when y ou g et a ll your sis­ters and fam­ily to­gether. It was just such a joy­ous mo­ment.”—

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Steph MacKinnon Pho­tog­ra­phy

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