Lidia & Ben

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Lidia Si­moes Thomas and her now hus­band Ben Thomas al­ways kind of knew they wanted to get mar­ried. The pair of the­atre buffs met at Aca­dia al­most five years ago—she was the stage man­ager and he was the lead ac­tor—but their ro­man­tic plot twist didn’t take place un­til af­ter clos­ing night. “He said I love you af­ter two weeks and I make fun of him for it to this day,” she says about their hard, fast fall to cou­ple­dom. Af­ter years of dat­ing, Ben popped the ques­tion at a play­ground near Lake Banook—“his voice was shak­ing and I cried,” she says—a nod to a swing set at Wolfville School where he both asked Lidia to be his girl­friend and later sur­prised her with a prom­ise ring. The plan­ning process was speedy; with her fam­ily hail­ing from Por­tu­gal and his from On­tario, they plot­ted the wed­ding around vis­i­tors, set­tling on a date just eight months later. “One of my big things was re­ally mak­ing guests com­fort­able, I wanted it to be a ca­sual af­fair,” says Lidia, of the ma­jorly DIY’d sum­mer soiree, which took place—co­in­ci­den­tally—on her birth­day on the lawn at Pug­wash’s na­tional his­toric site, Thinkers Lodge. Guests drank ciders and snacked in the sun af­ter the cer­e­mony, ate din­ner at the nearby Lob­ster Fac­tory and danced the night away in the char­ac­ter-filled venue. It was fam­ily-filled, burst­ing with love and—de­spite the stress of do­ing it all them­selves—seem­ingly seam­less. “This re­la­tion­ship is kind of the one that makes you think, ‘Oh there is a God,’” says Lidia. “We’re best friends as well as mar­ried. It works and it’s al­ways worked.”

—AS

VENUE Thinkers Lodge Na­tional His­toric Site, Pug­wash

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