Prepare to be inspired by this Annapolis Valley barn wedding —and the bride whose creative vision, and DIY skills, made it all happen.
Deepashri Cleare (née Pushkarna) has an aspirational level of organization. As she settles into her cafe seat, colour-coded notebook in hand, it feels like sitting in front of a stylish Pinterest board of life hacks in human form.
It’s little surprise, then, that when it came time for Deepashri to marry Renaldo Francisco Cleare—the biggest step in a well-paced romantic journey that swelled over three years—she was downright methodical about getting to “I do.” The soon-to-be Mrs. Cleare kept a wedding blog, cheerstothecleares.com, where she’d muse over big decisions as they floated to the top of her to-do list: Should she have a separate, shorter reception dress or stick with one gown all night? Were close-toed shoes the right finish for her look?
“I initially thought it’d be really fun to track the progress of my hair care before the wedding and then I thought, ‘I want to take it deeper than that and just track the process of the wedding as a whole’,” she says. “It became a great way to keep everyone close and I loved planning our wedding. My last post will be our honeymoon and then I’m going to print all the posts off and make them into a book so I always have the memories of the amazing year I had wedding planning.”
Deepashri credits the blogging with helping the wedding be a total fairytale, from the bouquets of roses to the hundreds of flameless tea lights flickering on every available surface. The outdoor ceremony, followed by a reception in a nearby barn, featured love quotes at the end of each pew and a perfectly cloudless sky. When the two first met, Deepashri remembers, “I had a midriff outfit on and he touched my back; I literally had the knee buckling and everything.” How perfect that such a love-at-first-sight became a happily-ever-after, too.
“I literally had the knee buckling and everything.”
Dress: David’s Bridal
Decor: Party Central, New Minas
Cake: Cathy MacDonald, New Minas
Caterer: Cocoa Pesto, Windsor
Hair: Emma Atwell
Makeup: Carlee Adamski
DJ/Music: Evolution Sounds Entertainment
Wedding Venue: Healy Events + Weddings, Kentville
Flowers: My Mother’s Bloomers
Photographer: Trevor Allen