Five years after Brendal Davis met Scott Townsend at The Lower Deck, they were camping in Pugwash when he surprised her on the trail by getting down on one knee and presenting her with a ring engraved with the landscape around them. When they were planning their wedding they wanted to make it as personal as possible. “We wanted to capture everything we believe in and love,” says Brendal. “Nature, sustainability, friends and family, poetry, music and good food!” Along with the handmade flower crowns, beautiful ceremony on the water and an impromptu poetry contest for their guests, the couple had an even bigger surprise to celebrate. They planned to announce they were having a baby during the speeches, but instead Scott sat Brendal down for one more surprise. He played a video of their favourite band Hey Rosetta’s lead singer Tim Baker sharing the news for them—and counting Scott into a rendition of the couple’s favourite song “Welcome.” “It was the most magical moment of my life,” says Brendal. “I will never forget this, ever.” The reception was decorated with shells from the Pugwash beach and the walls adorned with lyrics from their favourite songs, but the showstopper by far was the one-of-a-kind Australian wedding dress of vintage lace made by hand. It was the quintessential Nova Scotian wedding with a beautiful message. “Whatever you do, don’t stress out, and don’t expect a perfect wedding or day,” says Brendal. “It’s not about that. It’s about you marrying the love of your life, about celebrating with friends and family in this most special moment. There is a lot of marketing pressure for women to have a ‘Particular kind of day.’ Ladies, it’s whatever you want it to be.”
Humble Burdock Farms. Seasonal flowers hand-selected by owner Amanda Muis and then assembled by the maid of honour.
Lost in Paris, Australia (lostinparis.com.au)
Lindsay Duncan, Eldie Photography
Make Merry Events
Duly Noted Stationery
Second Paradise Farms
Brendal & Scott