Some­times, the tra­di­tional choice is also the most per­sonal. Case in point? Erica and Storm Gould’s 250-seater Catholic wed­ding mass.

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The cel­e­bra­tion didn’t skimp on time-hon­oured de­tails, with the cou­ple choos­ing the classic bible read­ing about when Gabriel vis­ited Mary. “When she says ‘Let it be done ac­cord­ing to your word’—it’s very cliche catholic girl here but…we ap­plied that to our re­la­tion­ship, Storm and I,” Erica ex­plains.

“It was re­ally beau­ti­ful for ev­ery­one in our life to ex­pe­ri­ence [our faith] be­cause we don’t re­ally al­ways get to say it,” Erica says. The cou­ple, who got en­gaged on a sunny day at their spe­cial, se­cret out­door prayer spot, dated for three-ish years be­fore pledg­ing their love be­fore god and fam­ily. “We first met through Twit­ter, ac­tu­ally. I kinda had the hots for him so I slid into his DMs,” Erica says with a laugh.

Be­fore the 50-minute cer­e­mony that pro­nounced them part­ners for life, Erica spent the morn­ing with an­other tra­di­tion, be­ing apart from the groom and sur­rounded by her dear­est pals at the Lord Nel­son Ho­tel (where the re­cep­tion was also hosted). “All these friends come from all dif­fer­ent parts of my life. It was re­ally fun for me be­cause I had all my favourite peo­ple in the same room as we got ready to­gether,” she re­mem­bers. “The ma­jor­ity of our con­gre­ga­tion was from Cape Bre­ton and ev­ery­one came to Hal­i­fax for us. It was the first time ever I felt so ap­pre­ci­ated. I never re­ally re­al­ized how much I’m loved by all our fam­i­lies and friends,” Erica con­tin­ues. “What re­ally made it less stress­ful for me was the sup­port of all the peo­ple around us. We had so many peo­ple be­hind us who wanted it to work out.”

—Mor­gan Mullin

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