First comes love, then skips mar­riage

Why cel­e­brat­ing 10 years to­gether with an out-of-this-world an­niver­sary party in­stead of a wed­ding felt more like us.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Advice - BY LAURA A. HAWKINS

It was lust at first sight. Freshly 20 years old and out of a re­la­tion­ship, I locked eyes with Brett from across a crowded bar.

I won’t tell you that I knew at that mo­ment he was my soul­mate, but I can tell you that it was the be­gin­ning of an ad­ven­ture that we’ve had the priv­i­lege of shar­ing for 10 years.

Grow­ing up with some­one in this way, there’s a lot you learn about your­self, one an­other and your col­lec­tive place in the world—and some­thing we dis­cov­ered along the way is that “we,” as an en­tity, were a bit dif­fer­ent.

Laura Hawkins and her part­ner Brett don’t want a story that’s like ev­ery­one else’s. ALEXA CUDE

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