It was all over the news, Nova Scotia Braces for Hurricane Arthur. We woke up Saturday morning not knowing what to expect. Ears glued to the radio, we listened to the ever-increasing list of communities without power. As we drove to the Prince George Hotel, we wondered if this would be a wedding by candlelight.

But all the worry was for naught. It was as though the Universe was giving Ashley and Brian a nod. A hey-you-guys-are-awesome-and-I-wouldn’t-dare-rain-on-your-parade. A storm raged in other parts of the province but as Ashley and Brian promised to love, cherish and honour one another for the rest of their days, the sun shone and the sky was blue over Halifax. A little bit of wind certainly didn’t keep this gracious, stylish, fun-loving couple from throwing a fabulous party for their dearest family and friends. Thanks so much you two for allowing us to be a part of your special day!

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When Rob asked me to do an extended family photo shoot, I said of course! No problem! Then he said, there are a lot of us. I smiled, said okay, and didn’t think of it again. Until I showed up at Oma Kate’s home in Pictou and whoa… there were a lot of people! Rob certainly wasn’t kidding!

This was the photo shoot that almost didn’t happen. One sister was due to have a baby at any moment. One brother had been in a car accident and was on crutches. And then, to top it off, Oma Kate herself broke an ankle and was hobbling around on crutches too! But family members had arrived from all over the globe (as far as Vancouver and China!) and who knew when the lot of them would be together again? I guess one thing you learn growing up with 6 siblings and wrangling a gaggle of grandchildren is how to roll with the punches. And that’s exactly what we did. A perfect opportunity seized on a balmy July evening. What an awesome crew!

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