Mar­ried last sum­mer but to­gether for over a decade, Kayla and Riad Thomeh can’t stop smil­ing as they re­count the de­tails of their big day. “Our wed­ding was re­ally per­son­al­ized, very you and me,” Kayla says as Riad beams at her.

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Their one-of-a-kind day had per­son­al­ity in­fused into ev­ery de­tail: They said “I do” on the ocean-fac­ing pa­tio of Shin­ing Wa­ters Marine and en­tered the re­cep­tion on a boat that had Le­banese, Cana­dian and Nova Sco­tian flags. Fire­works crowned the evening, be­cause “fire­works are just ro­man­tic. I al­ways wanted that,” Kayla says. A Le­banese drum­mer got the re­cep­tion party started and, as the boat ap­proached, theme music from Pi­rates of the Caribbean played.

“Le­banese cul­ture is big and when it comes to wed­dings, it’s re­ally big. And I’m just Cana­dian and we do wed­dings kinda small. So we had to fig­ure out how to do some­thing that was both of our styles with­out be­ing too much of one,” Kayla starts. “In Le­banese [wed­dings] there’s a cel­e­bra­tory sound the women would do, like a yell,” Riad says, “It’s a known thing in Le­banese cul­ture, you make this sound, and the MC ac­tu­ally got her grandma to do it.” “She did it per­fectly! She never done it be­fore in her life,” Kayla adds.

Guests par­tied so hard the cou­ple are still be­ing told how fun their big day was. “It had been fore­cast­ing rain for days lead­ing up to our wed­ding, and that morn­ing it was rain­ing in Hal­i­fax. I left with my grooms­men, driv­ing to­wards St. Mar­garets Bay, and lit­er­ally as we ap­proached, the clouds parted into blue sky,” Road re­mem­bers as Kayla’s hand inches to­wards his. It was a sign, it seems, of the smooth sail­ing and sunny days ahead.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Ash + Rich, Ap­ple­head Stu­dio

—Mor­gan Mullin

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