Locate Nova Scotia’s Fundy Shore on a satellite photo. Then shift your focus slightly to the south until you find the community of Annapolis Royal. Now follow the Annapolis River to the east as it winds through Moschelle, Granville Centre, Roundhill, Belleisle, Upper Granville, Bridgetown, Paradise . . .
With each bend, with each meander there appears an increase in the amount of farm land along either bank. The patchwork of fields, orchards and pastures intensifies as you pass Kentville, New Minas, Wolfville and the roots of the Cornwallis River before reaching a peak as you near the shores of the Minas Basin. Every shade of green imaginable with a dash of red soil for character. Nestled within that crescendo, alongside the old highway is Lightfoot & Wolfville. Another shade of green from the air, but so much more once you’re on the ground.
Row after row of vines, almost fluorescent in the afternoon sun. Then the coneflowers and lavender humming with the sound of bees. Behind those lie the main hall - home to the Barrel Cellar and the Tidal Loft. To the right lies their Marquee Tent. All of this is new, but it feels established. Cemented. Rooted. History runs deep on this site, from past generations of the Lightfoot family to the Planters and Acadians that preceded them.
Being a new venue means there aren’t many wedding photos posted. No expectations. A blank slate. A sandbox to explore. As a wedding photographer I love that, and this was a fun one. From the natural light pouring into the loft to the soft glow of the chandeliers in the cellar. Following the lines of the exposed beam architecture while taking in the scent of wood fired pizza margherita. Losing yourself in the vines or enjoying the view of Kingsport, Medford, Blomidon and beyond - the venue isn’t lacking in detail or character.
White roses exchanged in front of family and friends. Congratulatory hugs and the occasional tear. A celebratory feast punctuated by laughter over stories relived and a first dance that set the tone for the remainder of the reception. Thank you friends, it was a beautiful day in the Valley. It was a beautiful day for a wedding at this winery.