When Court­ney Zyl­stra met Stephanie Bar­ber, it was far from love at first sight.

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“We met work­ing at a gro­cery store in Elmira, On­tario,” re­calls Court­ney. “I was in univer­sity and she was in col­lege, and she hated my guts.” That didn’t last, though. The two be­came best friends, then pen pals when Court­ney moved to Nova Sco­tia. “And then we fell in love.” Court­ney and Stephanie are both in Nova Sco­tia now and have been for sev­eral years. Stephanie’s first “pro­posal”— when she asked Court­ney to be her girl­friend—took place af­ter scavenger hunt she’d ar­ranged in Point Pleas­ant Park. Af­ter a cou­ple years of dat­ing, Stephanie asked Court­ney to be her wife in their liv­ing room.

Orig­i­nally, the plan was to elope, “just ’cause our fam­i­lies weren’t to­tally on board from the be­gin­ning,” ex­plains Court­ney. “Then some stuff changed for us and thank­fully ev­ery­body came to­gether.”

The spur-of-the-mo­ment cer­e­mony took place at Point Pleas­ant, where their ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship be­gan, on the date of their an­niver­sary. Court­ney and Stephanie said their vows in front of 12 guests, as well as their two chi­huahuas. “Our lit­tle guy Bru­tus walked Steph down the aisle and I walked with Penny.”

Fol­low­ing the nup­tials, Court­ney and Stephanie went to Port City Tat­too Stu­dio for match­ing ink. Stephanie can’t usu­ally wear a ring due to her job as a mas­sage ther­a­pist, so the cou­ple both got “Mrs.” tat­tooed on their ring fin­gers. “It was prob­a­bly our favourite part,” says Court­ney, “be­cause it was truly just the two of us at that point.”

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Chelle Woot­ten Pho­tog­ra­phy

—Re­becca Ding­well

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