Our favorite weddings all have one thing in common – a couple with a deep and abiding love, love that transcends “right now”, growing in depth and understanding over time.
There are a few other things that make the perfect wedding, in our opinion, and strong attachments to family and friends is one of those. In the end, the decor, the location, the details don’t matter as much as the people who have asked us to be there on that day.
Because that’s what it’s all about, right? A wedding is about two people formalizing a bond that already exists. A wedding is about two people choosing those closest to them to witness this public commitment to each other.
Anita and Sam are the kind of people who remind us why we love weddings and why being part of a wedding is such a gift to us.
And so, on a Tuesday in June, we loaded the car and began the drive to Tofino, BC. It was our first time there, which is surprising given it’s not that far away. Both Steve and I were excited to finally get there, and we weren’t disappointed. As we pulled into Middle Beach Lodge, I was taken with the greenery and misty ocean view that surrounded us – it reminded me of the cottage we had growing up, perched much like this little town, on the edge of perfection.
The place was chosen for its importance to Anita and Sam – and that made it extra special to us. They made a wedding day full of personal touches, heart felt words and embraces, and joy all while surrounded by their extra guest – the location.
Here are just a few of our favorite images:
Sam played (he hadn’t done so in years) to walk Anita down the “aisle”.
Sam’s sister and mother both spoke directly with Anita and Sam during the ceremony – a great idea!
Though it was an emotionally charged ceremony, I simply loved how happy Sam and Anita were, and how they infused laughter and humour into an otherwise serious moment (like the rings).
This is one of my personal favorites from the day – Steve was perched way up high to get this one and it’s breathtaking:
After photos, we all headed down to “the Wick” for dinner. Here are just a few images:
We also want to give a huge shout out to Sheila at Rare Earth Wedding Event Production – she did a fantastic job of keeping us all on track. We’re looking forward to working with her again next year!