Three. Or Is It Six?

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Six years ago today, I had my first date with a girl I had randomly met.

She was wooed by the fact that I had called her on my way to visit my grandmother. Hours later we were playing internet travel agent to book a whirlwind trip to Montreal to watch France and Italy in the World Cup Final.

They Sing Of Zidane

Three years ago today, at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, I married that girl.

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I take you to be my friend, my love, the mother of my children, and my wife.
All that I am, and all that I have, I offer to you.
I promise to cherish and respect you. To care and protect you. To comfort and encourage you.
I will laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together.
I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward, as long as we both shall live.
I am proud to marry you on this day. I choo choo choose you.
I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give.
I promise to accept you the way you are.

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The third anniversary is represented by leather. After a few years, leather has a few nicks and scratches, but it is still durable, strong, and resilient. That’s pretty much where we are.

Happy Anniversary, bebe.

Photos by Carolyn Egerszegi Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Stanley Park Wedding Photos

Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. What a venue for a wedding.

Just across the lawn from The Teahouse Restaurant lies the beautiful swath of lawn of Ferguson Point overlooking English Bay, Third Beach and the Stanley Park Seawall.

Can you think of a more perfect place to get married and take wedding photos than in Stanley Park?

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How To Do A Vancouver Wedding on a Budget: Choosing the Officiant

Be sure to check out the complete Wedding on a Budget series of posts.

Sure, you could have a friend get certified on the internet and do the ceremony for you, but Jen and I decided to turn to a professional to perform our service.

I’d love to offer many tips for searching and finding the perfect celebrant for your service, but we sort of had ours fall into our lap. Jennifer and her husband, Jordan, both perform weddings. After reading this series of blogs, Jennifer offered her services as officiant.

Here’s what we like about her: before she agreed to marry us, she wanted to meet us. A wedding is a very personal thing, so Jennifer wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page as far as goals, beliefs and ideas were concerned. We had a coffee and snack at a cafe and chatted for an hour and it was settled – Jennifer will do our ceremony.

Jennifer hands each couple a free Getting Married Kit to prepare for the wedding ceremony.

We will be writing our own service, so the kit has been handy to help us structure our own ceremony. On the list of things to do: search for some meaningful readings and write the vows.

That’s not difficult, simply google “wedding readings” and you can get hundreds of suggestions, the same goes for “wedding vows.” A mix and match of important and thoughtful passages will make up our ceremony, something along the lines of this Hindu Marriage Poem I’ve found:

You have become mine forever.
Yes, we have become partners.
I have become yours.
Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
Do not live without me.
Let us share the joys.
We are word and meaning, unite.
You are thought and I am sound.

May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
May the plants be honey-sweet for us.
May the earth be honey-sweet for us.

Looking for a celebrant? I’d recommend Jennifer and Jordan in a heartbeat.

Blogging about the wedding helped us find a celebrant, if you’re getting married you might want to try it as well to get some advice, or just look at the complete Vancouver Wedding on a Budget series to see what others have suggested.

My favourite comment list is the advice on finding a wedding photographer. (BTW, our photographer will be Carolyn from Spilled Milk Photography)

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How to do a Vancouver Wedding on a Budget: Picking a Venue

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For more tips check out the complete Vancouver Wedding on a Budget series.

You need two venues when you plan a wedding. One for the ceremony, one for the reception. The best way to save money is to pick a place that can do both or find a place where you can do one of them for free.

Initially Jen and I were planning on getting married along the Ambleside seawall. It’s a place we’ve gone for walks throughout our relationship, and it’s special to us. The District of West Vancouver has no issues with small wedding ceremonies in city parks, as long as you’re a small party and don’t get in anyone’s way.

You will, execute, with a witness, and deliver to the Parks and Community Services Administration Office, a copy of your licence agreement (i.e. the letter of permission) along with consideration in the amount of $100.00. Your letter of permission (signed licence agreement) must be available at the ceremony.
[West Vancouver]

When we started planning the wedding, we figured the ceremony would be there and then it came time to choose a place for a reception. I canvassed some photography and event planning pals and they came out with some great suggestions, but they all came out waay too expensive.


So we decided to plan a lunch wedding, instead of a dinner party. You save on menu, you save on alcohol, and since many of our guests are families with children, you don’t force them to keep their kids up past bedtime.

While we were brainstorming on venues, I kept coming back to the Sequoia Grill at the Teahouse in Stanley Park. Jen really wanted to keep everything on the North Shore, but I knew this would be the perfect place for a reception.

One day last week, Jen and I drove out and decided. That was it. Here’s the best part: we could have the wedding ceremony on the huge lawn at Ferguson Point, just across from the venue.

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The wedding and reception would be at the same place. We’d be somewhere filled with many beautiful corners to do wedding photos, and we’d be in the same place as our guests, not worrying about out of towners getting lost, or others needing rides. One place for ceremony and reception.

The City of Vancouver is a little more lenient when it comes to having weddings in city parks. Here are the rules you need to remember:

Wedding ceremonies are held at various locations throughout Stanley Park including Ferguson Point, Rose Garden (maximum 25 people), Third Beach, Devonian Harbour Park, the wooden bridge area in Ceperley Meadow, as well as Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake. (Please remember: no chairs, tents, awnings, tables, decorations, alcohol, rice or confetti and your group must be less than 50 people.) No bookings allowed in these areas.
[Vancouver Park Board]

In other words, it’s first come first served, keep it small, don’t get in anyone’s way and we won’t charge you a dime!

That’s how we picked a venue for a Vancouver Wedding on a Budget, what are your tips?

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