21Jun '14

A deep breath with Sarai and Glenn at their Long Beach Lodge wedding

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Choosing what to share for this wedding was no easy task . I have so many favourite images, and moments. Pulling into Tofino always feels familiar, there is a comforting deep breath I take as we enter that last stretch of wavy road, and heading there to do what I love, and join the celebration of Sarai and Glenn, felt like such a blessing. I drove into Long Beach Lodge with a huge smile, and the energy to run down the beach.

These two met in medical school. After gazing at each other from afar throughout the year, their profession, once he wrote them both a letter of recommendation to the same programs across the country, made the fated introduction. It turned out they had more then that in common and a shared interest in the outdoors, coffee and  tasty chocolate and food kept them on the road to getting to know each other.

Long Beach Lodge was a natural fit for Sarai and Glenn to gather with their closest friends and family, many who came from great distances. The day started with some surfing, (and Glenn even had a bump on his head to show for it,) and then retreating to their adorable cabins to sink into the ritual of preparing for the ceremony.

There isn’t many spots more beautiful then luxurious and warm Long Beach Lodge Great Room to exchange vows, you are surrounding by post and beams, with the ocean crashing in the background – you can feel the nature.  As guests stood around them, and tears were shared, Sarai and Glenn gifted their guests a meaningful ceremony including a rope tying ceremony.

Following, guests mingled on the oceanfront deck, enjoying custom cocktails, before Sarai and Glenn snuck away to share some private words with each other and to create some photographs. The evening culminated in a fabulous party, with delicious food, meaningful speeches, and chairs, yes, chairs, up in the air.

It was perfect… like a long satisfying deep breath that you know will stay with you.

Location: Long Beach Lodge Resort

Hair and makeup: Salty Dolls Hair Salon

Favors:  Crackers Unlimited 

Dress: The Brides’ Project  (a Toronto store that sells the dresses to benefit cancer charities)

Florals: Crab Apple Floral and designed by Penny Stewart, mother of the bride
Thank you to my assistant:  Corrie Howard