Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings
By Mike Butler
Not many people know this but I actually got married TWICE last year. Itâ€™s funny to say and only carries so much truth to it, but itâ€™s a great story. On July 14, I got married at the Acadia Chapel. It was amazing and everybody knows about it. And then a few months later, my husband and I were asked to be part of a promotional photo shoot for East Coast Pop Up Weddings, and we went through the ceremonial motions again with our friend Justice of the Peace Sarah Anderson. Sarah is a wonderful person with a exceptional business, and Iâ€™m so excited to share it with you. Are you in the midst of planning a wedding or know of someone getting ready to create their perfect day? Well, take a read and make East Coast Pop Up Weddings part of the discussion.
Sarah has been living in Wolfville for almost ten years. Her husband is from Wolfville and they both knew this is where they wanted to be to start a family and build a life for themselves. Sarah went to university in Halifax, but often spent time in the Valley as a child. She knew deep down that she always wanted to settle here, and she got her wish!
Sarah is a teacher by trade, but became a justice of the peace (JP) two years ago when she saw that the province was looking to fill the need for more JPs in the area. She says, â€œI was often asked to speak at weddings or act as emcee, and it is something I really enjoyed, so when I saw this opportunity come up, I jumped at it. And I really love officiating weddings. You get to take part in such a momentous occasion, one of the happiest days of peopleâ€™s lives. During my first summer officiating weddings, I saw a need for people looking to get married in a more informal way. I would sometimes receive calls from people who would be in the Valley for the weekend and were looking to get married. Iâ€™ve had people call and tell me theyâ€™re engaged, want to get married at the end of the week, and can I suggest a pretty spot in the area. I definitely saw a niche market in people looking for smaller, unique, and more spontaneous wedding celebrations.â€
Thatâ€™s when Sarah launched East Coast Pop Up Weddings. Itâ€™s a wedding service for people who want to have something more relaxed or spur of the moment. They offer three wedding packages, for groups of 2-20 people, and they provide everything. Yes folks, you read that correctly: EVERYTHING! Thereâ€™s nothing better (and I know from experience) than a stress-free, no-hassle day of wedded bliss!
As Sarah puts it, â€œyou choose the location and weâ€™ll show up with everything you need to make it a party (the cake, the photography, the flowers, the officiant (obviously), and our cute little wedding bike, an old-fashioned ice cream bike outfitted with a cooler which is stuffed with bubbly: shuck oysters over it, use it as a cake table, the possibilities are endless! This takes a lot of the stress out of wedding planning. Basically, find a place you love. This could be your favourite coffee shop, orchard, brewery, or just a space where you both feel awesome together, and let us know. Weâ€™ll make sure to get permission and show up with all the goods, so you can literally show up, get married, and move on to your next adventure together as newlyweds.â€
Doesnâ€™t that sound amazing? Well, getting in touch for the perfect event is only a click and a bit of research away. You can get in touch with East Coast Pop-Up Weddings through their website at eastcoastpopupweddings.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram @eastcoastpopupweddings or Facebook: East Coast Pop Up Weddings.
For my husband and I, the East Coast Pop Up Wedding experience was filled with laughs, fun, and good cheer. We had had our perfect day that we had planned ourselves but within seconds of meeting Sarah and seeing her process (and the results) we were impressed! You will be as well!
Photo Credit: Chelle Wootten