Although Peggy and Aaron Flynn had met years earlier and even shared a ton of mutual friends, the two didn’t formally meet until February 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. But, as Peggy says, it was her best friend Sandi who thought that they would be an ideal couple. “After several parties secretly planned to have us meet up at potlucks, surprise birthday parties and going out for some appetizers with friends, it wasn’t long before Aaron asked me out for our first one on one date.” Peggy remembers thinking immediately that Aaron was different and by different, she knew he was the one!
Two years later, the couple was vacationing at Disney with their families when Aaron popped the question. “Aaron proposed to me at Disney while watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It was a fairy tale proposal that blew me away.”
As the Halifax-based couple began planning their wedding, Sydney, Nova Scotia, the couple’s hometown, became the clear front-runner. They set the date for December 17, 2016, and worked with Robert MacLean to plan an elegant yet effortless wedding. Anita Clemens was there to capture every moment of this couple’s white winter inspired celebration-read on to see how it all came together!
The bride looked picture-perfect in her Stella York wedding dress, which just so happened to be one of only a few that she had tried on. “This one just jumped out at me saying this is it,” she says. “I was fortunate enough to have an amazing experience at Chester & Felicity in Halifax, Nova Scotia and bought my dream gown.” It combined everything she wanted. Lace, fitted and with an amazing detailed train. She finished her look with Badgley Mischka stilettos that perfectly matched the metallic color palette and equally-gorgeous jewelry.
Aaron matched his bride’s formality in a tailored Calvin Klein suit. With a simple black tie and silver vest and pocket square, he totally nailed the couple’s effortless vision.
The couple chose to have a December wedding so that it would be easy for travel for everyone and likely not run into bad weather, but they were treated to a huge storm just one day before their wedding. “My bridesmaid was stuck 5 hours away, a best man was stuck 5 hours away along with 20 of our closest friends and family. Being the amazing friends and family that they are, they all drove home from Halifax to Cape Breton (usually a 4-5 hour drive) which took them all about 7-8 hours driving through white-out conditions and traveling 40 km/hr on the highways( normally 110km/hr). Almost everyone had made it home come late Friday evening,” the bride says. “After a few tears and a big glass of wine, I crashed and slept for a few hours before the big day. Waking up on Dec 17th, I went downstairs at my parents’ home to find the most magical backdrop that one could imagine for a white winter wedding.”
“Our pictures were taken at my in-laws backyard. Within hours the snow-covered branches were bare, the streets were clear and the magic was gone. I feel that we were blessed with the moment in time. A dream come true. As I didn’t expect to have any snow for my wedding day, turns out I couldn’t have planned for a better outcome.”
Peggy and Aaron were able to share their first look in the bridal suite, and then rounded up their wedding party for formal portraits. Bridesmaids wore silver-hued Vera Wang gowns with halter necklines. Like Peggy, each bridesmaid carried a silver-toned bouquet with a mix of roses, eucalyptus and greenery. Aaron’s groomsmen looked sharp in their suits.
The ceremony was held at The Highland Art Theatre in Sydney. The couple’s team decorated the stage with gold sequin linens draped over tables with a dramatic matching backdrop. As beautiful as the venue itself was, the real focal point was the couple who stood center stage as they exchanged their vows.
Inside, a mix of different tables with gold sequin linens and a long head table filled the room. Modern arrangements adorned each table, while snowflake ornaments on each place setting served as their wedding favors for guests.
Peggy and Aaron’s two-tiered wedding cake was gorgeous: layers of delicious cake topped with buttercream and decorated with a festive cake topper.
The newlyweds celebrated well into the night with their 240 guests to a live local band known as High Society and the Privateers. “Start planning early and pick away at it,” Peggy advises future couples. “Take a minute to sit back and take it all in. The day flies by and it will honestly be the most amazing day of your life!”
Ceremony Venue: The Highland Arts Theatre | Reception Venue & Catering: Centre 200 | Cake: Sarah Burke | Bride’s Wedding Dress: Stella York from Chester & Felicity | Shoes: Badgley Mischka from The Bay | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Earrings: Le Chateau | Necklace: Swarovski | Hair: Kori White | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein from Moore’s Clothing | Flowers: MacKillop’s Flowers | Stationery: Vista Print | Decor: Robert MacLean | Music: High Society and The Privateers | Transportation: Carabin’s Bus Company | Photographer: Anita Clemens Photography