Island wedding a dream come true

Karen Wells
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Simple pleasures add up to beautiful wedding day

NOTRE DAME BAY — Two high school sweethearts began their married lives together in a special way on Aug. 2.

Heather Brace (now Heather Locke) of Lewisporte and Adrian Locke of Glovertown shared their love for each other in a wedding ceremony held on an island in Notre Dame Bay that is close to Heather’s heart.

Heather Locke taking the plunge – literally. See related photos in the slideshow section of the Pilot website.

The family has a tradition 50 years in the making of spending summers on the island where memories were made and cherished. One day she even hopes to call the island getaway home.

“This has always been my dream,” Heather said. “I have always said I wanted to get married at my cabin. I had just hoped that everyone else was on board with my crazy idea.”



Heather and Adrian met while they were still in high school in 2006. They were both attending a career fair in Gander in October and by December they were dating.

After graduating in 2008 Adrian joined the military and was sent to Borden, Ontario for basic training. Heather wasn’t far behind. She attended school in Barrie while Adrian finished his training. They now live in Alberta.

Their engagement is a story in itself. On Nov. 7, 2012 the couple was in Doha, Qatar visiting Heather’s parents, Shawn and Stephanie. It was at “The Torch” building in the 360 Restaurant that he popped the question. Her answer of course was “Yes”.

Heather had the idea of a beach/cabin wedding on her mind. When they visited Newfoundland during the summer of 2013 she approached her family with the wedding idea to see if they were on board.

“Everyone thought it was a good idea at first, but the more we talked about the logistics of the wedding, the more people second-guessed the idea,” the new bride said.

Geographic location: Gander, Newfoundland, Alberta Ontario Barrie Doha Qatar Canada

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