Melissa and Joel's wedding was a whirlwind of beautiful locations. Getting ready at one of the Chipman Hill Suites properties, a beautiful backyard ceremony, pictures around uptown (my favourite place in the world), and a reception at the beautiful UNB Grand Hall. All of the spots they chose have great connections to the history of Saint John, which seems like an appropriate thing. They've made Saint John the place where this chapter in their story begins and it was lovely to feel like it was fitting into the story of the city as a whole. The whole day was fantastic but the thing I think I loved the most was the way Melissa and Joel treated their guests. Melissa positively lit up whenever anyone arrived. And Joel has that rare gift of zeroing his attention right to the person he's speaking with. It was clear that they not only care deeply for each other but also the friends and family that surrounded them as they got married. The day was also a bit of a treat for me too because it turned out that there were seven of us from my high school graduating class there (and a couple of friends from even further back). It was great to see everyone and catch up a little bit on these last (gulp) 14 years that have passed.
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