Jess & Shauna | The Coast Halifax

Jess & Shauna

Married August 23, 2014

Jess & Shauna
Michael and Juli Waterbury

Love is blind to lobster-style sunburns and high fashion aircasts, or at least it was for Jess Healy and Shauna Neary.

The two met while coaching at a hockey camp in 2005, and instantly connected despite any injuries or rosy cheeks. After living in Halifax and Houston then Halifax again, and growing their fur family to include two pups (Roxy and Lily) they decided to make it official and tie the knot. They chose Jess’ family farm in the valley, though it hadn’t been used for years, as the perfect spot to celebrate. “The venue seemed very fitting because my grandmother was incredibly supportive of Shauna and I,” says Jess. “The whole family put a lot of effort into the farm. We spent several days laying a new floor in the barn itself and my parents spent most of the month prior to the wedding on the property working on the grounds.” Family and friends gathered in the valley a week prior to the big day to chip in with last-minute work, making sure not only all the details were in order, but that it was a true collaborative effort. On the sunny August day, when all the sod had been laid, and the lights had been hung, Jess and Shauna had a quiet first look to themselves, meeting for an emotional moment before sharing their vows with their loved ones in the yard. “Seeing all of our family and friends walking toward the large oak tree where we had our ceremony,” says Jess, “we both arrived at the farm feeling incredibly loved and supported—a feeling that carried out throughout the whole day.”


Dress Chester & Felicity (Jess) Always and Forever (Shauna)
Makeup Family friend, Kathy Dewar
Jewellery Fireworks Gallery
Rings Allyson Simmie, Blandford, NS via Fireworks Gallery
Venue Healy Farm, Kentville
Caterer Paul Thimot
Cake Darren Poirier, Wrap So D
Honeymoon plans Headed to France/Switzerland in March to go skiing
Number of guests 200