An intimate celebration of life and love in Truro.
Like many modern love stories, Joyce Desplanque and Sue Bent’s started with a conversation online. But it only took one face-to-face date—and many coffees—for them to realize it was the real deal in real life.
“Sue was living in Pictou County and working in Truro. I was in Dartmouth. We decided to meet a place that was central, and we wound up talking for three or four hours,” says Joyce. “We sort of fell for each other quickly.” Thanks to that instant connection, and a love for animals (Sue had four dogs, four cats, a parrot and two horses at the time), the pair soon wound up renting a house together and eventually, while on vacation, decided to get married.
Joyce bought Sue an engagement ring for Christmas, Sue had her grandmother’s ring repurposed in a custom design for Joyce and together they bought bands in Mexico. The summer leading up to their vows was a difficult one—the couple took compassionate care leave to be with Joyce’s mother, who passed away just weeks before the wedding.
“She had an invitation to go to the wedding and give me away. My mom knew that I was happy and she knew that I had found the woman of my dreams and she wished us all the best,” says Joyce. Both she and Sue wore rose corsages, and a single white rose at the gazebo represented her mother. “It was just a glorious day. I couldn’t have envisioned any other kind of day,” says Joyce. “Some people spend a lifetime looking for love and happiness, and for us it was instantaneous.”
“Some people spend a lifetime finding love and happiness, and for us it was instantaneous.” —Joyce Desplanque