Ali­son & Eli­man

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Engaged - —Mor­gan Mullin

Their friends knew from the start that Ali­son Shears and Eli­man Ca­mara were meant to be—and it didn’t take long for the now-en­gaged cou­ple to see it, too. The pair met at a group hang­out on Canada Day (“Our friends re­ally wanted me to meet her,” he says), with the hol­i­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties soon stretch­ing into a marathon date that ended with a walk from the Alder­ney ferry to down­town Hal­i­fax.

“I def­i­nitely no­ticed some­thing dif­fer­ent about him—he was just, open,” Al­li­son re­calls of the first en­counter. “He said he would call and he did.” Fast-for­ward four years (one and a half of which was long-dis­tance) and the cou­ple were once again alone to­gether in a crowd of friends: This time, it was a cham­pagne-soaked re­cep­tion, wel­com­ing them home from a fancy din­ner where, over dessert, Eli­man asked the big ques­tion. “We rely on our friends—they’re our fam­ily out here,” Al­li­son ex­plains, as the Hal­i­faxbased duo cur­rently re­sides in Cal­gary. The pair will re­turn to Nova Sco­tia for their nup­tials, as well as host a cel­e­bra­tion in Eli­man’s na­tive Gam­bia. Ob­vi­ously, both oc­ca­sions will start and end sur­rounded by friends.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Evan Mc­Mas­ter

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