A Sir Sandford Fleming Park and St Mary’s Boat Club Wedding with Lauren and Connor

A Sir Sandford Fleming Park and St Mary’s Boat Club wedding was held on a beautiful sunny day this past August. The wedding ceremony was held in the quaint white gazebo in the park while the wedding reception was held at the boat club. Lauren and Connor first met as participants at an environmental recreation center inside the Sir Sandford Fleming Park. They became friends first and grew up through that rec center. It took awhile, but they eventually realized they had mutual feelings for each other!

A wedding reception set up for a wedding at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halfax, NS.
The gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park set up for a wedding ceremony in Halifax, NS.

Advice to Newly Engaged Couples

Communication is very important, and don’t lose sight of what’s important on the wedding day!

The Wedding Prep Photos

Lauren chose to get ready in her parents home in Bedford surrounded by the girls who would be standing with her at the alter and her closest family. There was a lot of smiling and reminiscing that morning as they all got ready for the big day.

The bride's wedding rings, dress and shoes along with the wedding invitation wrapped in the ties for the tieing ceremony.
The bride has her bridal hair style created for her wedding day in Halifax, NS.
The bride gets her wedding dress laced up by her bridesmaids for her wedding day in Halifax, NS.
The groom getting ready with his groomsmen for his wedding day at the Adventure Center where they first met at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
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Connor had plans to get married in the Adventure Recreation Center where he first met Lauren which tied in very nicely with their wedding day. This is the stuff that memories are made of.

The groom getting ready with his groomsmen for his wedding day at the Adventure Center where they first met at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.

The Wedding Ceremony Photos

Lauren’s favorite part of the wedding day was walking down the aisle and making the entrance together at the venue as a married couple! It was amazing to feel the love and support from all of their friends and family. They feel very lucky to have such special people in their lives. they chose Fleming Park for their wedding ceremony as the park holds a lot of meaning to them. It is where the recreation center they first met is located. It’s also where they ran camps together. The park is beautiful with lots of forest, and nature which was very important to them. The Saint Mary’s Boat Club is a gorgeous venue right on the Northwest Arm.

The bride walks up the aisle with her mother and father during her wedding ceremony at the gazebo in Sir Sandford Park in Halifax, NS.
A wedding ceremony performed in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride hands off her beautiful bridal bouquet during her wedding ceremony at the gazebo in Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride says her wedding vows during her wedding ceremony in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The groom says his wedding vows during his wedding ceremony in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
the bride and groom during the wedding ring exchange portion of their wedding ceremony at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride places the groom's wedding ring on his finger during their wedding ceremony at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
the groom places the bride's wedding band on her finger during their wedding ceremony at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.

Lauren and Connor opted to incorporate a handfasting ceremony within their wedding ceremony and I loved the Nova Scotia tartan inclusion. Family members and wedding party members each carried a rope to the JOP who then entwined them around their hands which held each other. Very sweet moments!

The bride and groom preform a Nova Scotia style handfasting ceremony during their wedding ceremony in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom sign their marriage certificate during their wedding ceremony in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax,NS.
the bride and groom have their first kiss during their wedding ceremony in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
the bride and groom have their first kiss during their wedding ceremony in the gazebo at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom walk back down the aisle together following their gazebo style wedding ceremony at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax. NS.

The Wedding Party Photos

Lauren and Connor chose the forest surrounding the Sir Sandford Fleming Park area for their formal wedding party photos and the main park down by the water for their family formals. I must admit I was unsure at first about the forest but the images are breathtaking. Capturing formal wedding party photos in the forest was a first for me.

The bride and groom kiss during their wedding photos at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
Bride and groom pose for wedding photos in the forest at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
Bride and groom embrace during their wedding photos at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom pose for their wedding photos in the forest surrounding Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom pose for their wedding photos in the forest surrounding Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom pose with their wedding party for their wedding photos in the forest surrounding Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom pose with their wedding party for their wedding photos in the forest surrounding Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom embrace during their wedding photos in the forest surrounding Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.
The bride tries to save her groom from the boys club during their wedding photos in the forest surrounding Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, NS.

The Wedding Reception Photos

Niether Lauren or Connor are big on wedding themes, but they consider theirs theme to be on the nature and forest side of things. Nature has always been important to them, and they love spending time in it.

The bride and groom make their entrance to their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
A MC announces the wedding party during a wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride is captured smiling largely during her wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax NS.
The guests and wedding party have fun during a wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom share a kiss during their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom give their speech at the end of their wedding speeches during their reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The wedding party bursts out laughing during a wedding speech at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
the bride and groom walk table to table talking with their guests during a wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom dance for their first dance together as husband and wife during their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom dance for their first dance together as husband and wife during their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom share a kiss while they dance for their first dance together as husband and wife during their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
The bride and groom dance with their parents during their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
the father daughter and mother son dance done together during a wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.
the bride tosses her bridal bouquet during her wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.

Connor’s favorite part of their wedding day was the swing dance lessons. Lauren’s cousin, Kelsey, and their friend, Eric, have experience with swing dancing and they asked them to run the lesson. Connor found it fun, unique, popular with their guests, and it encouraged people to get up on the dance floor.

The bride and groom have swing lessons taught during their wedding reception at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.

And of course all the rage this year on the dance floor are the light sticks! I love them, love dropping the shutter speed to play with the light that reflects from them!

The wedding party, bride and groom get up on the dance floor with the guests to dance the night away at the St Mary's Boat Club in Halifax, NS.

The Covid Experience

Lauren and Connor had a smaller audience at their ceremony so that they would be able to go through with it no matter what. They decided that they did not want to postpone the wedding based on covid restrictions; instead opting to work with the restrictions as needed. Laurena and Connor found it helpful to have a day of coordinator and to communicate covid rules through their wedding website and through their MC at the reception.

Additional Links

Hair: Emma-Leigh Murphy
Makeup: Tracy Thomas
Officiant: Angela Jeffreys
Day of coordinator: Kathryn MacPhee of KM Wedding & Event Co
DJ: Peter Benson of Nitelife DJ

Additional Links

1. Check out some of my favorite wedding advise blog posts…
Planning A Nova Scotia Wedding-a 12 months timeline.
20 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue.

2. For great wedding planning ideas visit the knot and weddingwire!

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