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An en­gage­ment story

When Krista Lane and Jen­nifer Sparle got to­gether, mar­riage was far from their minds. “On our first date, Jen told me that she didn’t be­lieve in mar­riage,” re­calls Krista, laugh­ing.

Mean­while, Krista had pre­vi­ously been mar­ried and was un­sure about tak­ing the plunge again. “Com­ing out of a mar­riage, I was feel­ing cau­tious, and I cer­tainly got the feel­ing that she was cau­tious as well,” says Krista.

“There were some walls to break down on both of our ends, but I think that in­stant con­nec­tion that we had al­lowed us to spend the time to break down those walls to­gether.”

Although both women are health­care pro­fes­sion­als—Krista is a para­medic and Jen­nifer’s a nurse—they didn’t cross paths at work. They both swiped right on Tin­der and had their first date at the end of Hal­i­fax Pride, con­ven­ing un­der a tree on Ci­tadel Hill dur­ing the fes­ti­val’s clos­ing night party three years ago.

Krista and Jen­nifer’s rea­sons for get­ting hitched are as prac­ti­cal as they are ro­man­tic. The cou­ple co-par­ent their son, Os­car, but “the laws are such that I have no le­gal claim to my child,” says Jen­nifer. “It was a very emo­tional con­ver­sa­tion and the con­clu­sion was we need to get mar­ried.”

Krista and Jen­nifer plan to marry in De­cem­ber 2018. It will be a small cer­e­mony, with Os­car stand­ing as the best man. “He’s not your typ­i­cal six-year-old. He re­ally loves to dress up,” says Krista. Os­car’s suit will match hers.

And the lo­ca­tion? That tree un­der which they shared their first date.

—RD

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