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Rich in tradition 

Joy & James | Married July 23, 2011

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Most people probably think of running as a solo sport, but for Joy Tayona and James Gosselin it turned out to be perfect for pairs. Their relationship blossomed in Toronto, when after regularly crossing paths at endurance events, Joy finally made the move and asked James out. Years later, he returned the romantic gesture and popped the question by writing in the sand “Baby, will you marry me?” as the couple beach-combed in Cavendish. Their big day brought them back to Halifax, Joy’s hometown, for a sunny, summery day when the streets were more packed than usual. “It was Pride Day and the parade was scheduled to pass,” recalls Joy. ”I walked out of the hotel, ready to go the church, and all of a sudden people started to clap and cheer when they noticed me in my wedding dress.” The ceremony brought together close friends and family, highlighting Joy’s Filipino background by incorporating traditional candle, veil and cord ceremonies. And the traditions didn’t stop there. The reception crossed two things off the couple’s must have list: good food and dance-worthy music. After the elegant Lord Nelson dinner had settled and guests had waltzed themselves hungry during the bride’s traditional money dance, late-night homemade Filipino food (complements of Joy’s mom) ensured that guests left with full bellies, and hearts.


Dress Bridal Fashion Fraire (Toronto) Shoes Feet First Hair Brian Hart BH2 Salon Suit Harry Rosen Venue Canadian Martyrs Parish and The Lord Nelson Hotel Caterer The Lord Nelson Hotel Cake Scanway Catering & Pastry Shop Favours Rocky’s Original | Filipino Marinade Flowers Bulk hydrangeas from Costco DJ Atlantic Audiopro Invitations DIY
Number of guests 95


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