NEW GLASGOW, N.S. — Peter MacKay is sharing a moment of his recent intimate wedding with the public.
The Defence Minister has posted a photograph of him and his new bride leaving an oceanside chapel in Mexico on his public Facebook page.
The picture, captioned “Our Wedding Photograph,” shows a beaming MacKay holding hands with his wife, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, as they descend the stone steps of the chapel in which they were married on Wednesday.
Afshin-Jam, who holds a bouquet of white long-stemmed lilies in her left hand, is wearing a sleek white gown with a subtle lace trim and simple pearl jewelry.
The couple is being showered with white rose petals as they emerge from the private, civil ceremony.
The photograph garnered more than 145 comments within 7 hours of being posted online.
MacKay has told his hometown newspaper, the New Glasgow News, that the decision to marry in Mexico was a mutual one between him and his wife.
“We were married by local Rev. Glen Matheson of New Glasgow, in a beautiful, quaint, traditional hillside chapel overlooking the ocean,” the 46-year-old Central Nova MP told the newspaper. “Our families and loved ones took part in the service.”
Afshin-Jam, 32, is a former Miss World Canada and garnered widespread attention in 2003 for her successful campaign to stop the killing of an Iranian teenage girl sentenced to death for killing one of three men trying to rape her and her niece.
Afshin-Jam was born in Iran, but fled Tehran with her family following the 1979 Islamic revolution and immigrated to North Vancouver, B.C.