On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Jane Doucet and Craig Pothier were wed in Halifax. Their story is truly romance novel-worthy.
Jane and Craig met at their Yarmouth, N.S., high school in the mid-1980s but lost contact after moving to different provinces to attend university and then start their careers. More than two decades later, they ran into each other by chance on Quinpool Road in Halifax.
The pair scheduled a café date for December 14, 2014, at Halifax Central Library, the day after it opened its doors to the public. "We didn't want to go on opening day because we knew it would be really crowded,” says Jane.
Together, they explored the brand-new building and settled in at Pavia's fifth-floor café for tea and chocolate cupcakes. It was raining, so Craig drove Jane home, and she forgot her umbrella in his car (she swears it was unintentional!). The rest is history.
Over the next few years, Jane and Craig continued their relationship through life and career changes—and many more visits to the Library to borrow books and have tea.
On December 14, 2019—five years to the day of their first date—Jane and Craig got married in the RBC Learning Centre on the third floor of Halifax Central Library. That date also marked Central Library's fifth-birthday event, so the celebratory energy in the building was perfect—and just like on their first date, it rained!
Jane and Craig created a wedding day that was representative of the beginning, middle, and future of their relationship story. They'll always look back on it with great fondness.
Congratulations from all of us at Halifax Public Libraries, and thanks for letting us be part of your story!
All photos by Tony Bremner