The other week I went to Halifax, my Maritime homeland, to visit family and friends, and find a suitably-Nova Scotian venue in which to get married. Between strolls along the waterfront to take in the Tall Ships Festival and a particularly indulgent and memorable meal at my favorite waterfront restaurant, The Bicycle Thief, I determined that there certainly is no shortage of oceanside, romantically foggy venues, and one in particular stood out: Oceanstone Resort on the province's South Shore. And you don't have to take my word for it; Elle Canada named Oceanstone one of the top wedding destinations for 2012.
Lizzie Moore, who recently bought the property with her family, has spearheaded significant renovations to take the naturally beautiful space a step further into serious wedding venue (and beautiful seaside resort) territory—including a full overhaul of the cottages, suites, and rooms, an addition to the main lodge, a complete gutting of the restaurant, and additional landscaping and exterior touches. Finally, they added five new suites to the resort. Upcoming projects include adding a spa and fitness center.
There was something luxurious yet rustic about the space; the kind of warm, authentic rusticity that comes from being true to your location and not trying too hard. Natural materials, soft, muted colors (from fresh flowers to soft throws), grandly lived-in Restoration Hardware sofas, and lots of spectacular views of the water made me feel instantly relaxed and more in-tune with my natural surroundings.
I'm still working on putting together my idea of the "perfect" wedding, but it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that Oceanstone is a gorgeous option—and not a bad place to simply spend a relaxing weekend "away from it all" either (yet still less than an hour from the relative hustle and bustle of Halifax). Whether I go back to Oceanstone to exchange vows or simply share a glass of wine with friends and family, I know I'll be back.