Odette & Cal
“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.”—