Kentville, NS/5:50 p.m./August 16, 2014
"Husband!” she calls out. “Where's my husband? I need a hand."
From boyfriend for 10 years and fiancé for two — finally, he becomes a husband.
Though it was official two hours prior, there was no opportunity to recognize revised titles – not while at the altar, not while signing papers, not while interacting with guests outside the Aldershot, Nova Scotia, church and not during family photos at the wharf.
Instead, it came when Jennifer needed help — and a hand to hold.
When does someone become a husband or a wife?
Officially, it’s when they’re pronounced as such, but how long does that take to sink in?
It didn’t take long for Jennifer Taylor to use Chad’s new title, but it wasn’t because she felt a significant change in their relationship.
For Jennifer, there was no shift.
“It doesn’t really feel any different,” she tries to explain. “But now I can call him my husband instead of my boyfriend.
“I feel more grown up.”
They were already a family before today; clear through their easy interaction, their playfulness with each other and their seven-year-old son.
Even their honesty as the day’s chaos begins to show and they’re pulled in all different directions.
Marriage only put it on paper — and offered up a new way to ask to hold a hand.
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