Nora & John

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This August wedding was excuse to show off Nova Scotia and celebrate true love with friends, family, food and fun.

There was no proposal story for Nora Tennessen and John Northrup. No sliding of a shiny band over an outstretched finger. No ceremonial walk down the aisle, where Nora—as she and John say almost simultaneously—“have been handed off like some sort of prize.”

But don’t for a second think that this means there was no romance. From the fluid lines of Nora’s 1920s-style dress to the creeping floral wallpaper of the B&B where the bride prepared, romance bloomed in all the aesthetics. And it was also in the couple’s eyes and hands: Standing at the ceremony, they manage to be a world of two in front of a crowd of friends and family.

The outdoor affair felt beautifully Nova Scotian with snippets of blue ocean peeking out behind tree lines, while the reception and dance are housed in a cherry-red barn. Living in New York, Nora and John treated it as a destination wedding (even though they were returning to where she grew up). “We were telling people where to go to make sure they really could experience the province,” Nora adds. It was, in part, about sharing a place they love with the people they love.

But of course it wasn’t just an excuse to recommend scenic drives around the Cabot Trail. “We were like, why are we doing this? We could easily go to city hall,” says Nora. “Marriage is an institution that has an ugly history, but we want to spend out lives together. We want to celebrate that in front of all the people we love, and we wanted to have good food and lots of wine and beer and a really good dance party.”

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Topher & Rae Studios
Topher & Rae Studios
Topher & Rae Studios
Topher & Rae Studios

Wedding Details

Date: August 13, 2016
Dress: BHLDN
Suit: Bindle & Keep
Rings: Catbird Jewelry
Cake: Kransekake by Scanway
Caterer: Certainly Cinnamon
Makeup: Naphtali Carleton
Music: Big Fish
Photographer: Topher & Rae Photography
Wedding planner: Claudia Habib
Venue: Hubbard’s Barn
Flowers: Humble Burdock
Flower Crown: Oh! Dina
Accommodations: Surf Side Inn

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Topher & Rae Studios
Topher & Rae Studios

“Marriage is an institution that has an ugly history, but we want to spend our lives together. We want to celebrate that in front of all the people we love.” —Nora Tennessen

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