Outdoor Dreamy Forest Wedding

Love At First Swipe

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 24, 2021

It was love at first swipe. While James was already a Tinder aficionado, Jovi was reluctant to join but succumbed to the peer pressure of her girlfriends, and she is so grateful she did. They hit it off immediately, with having so much in common right off the bat, the ease of the connection made for a relationship that moved in fast forward.

The Proposal

A few years into their relationship, Jovi decided to embark on pursuing her passion of dental hygiene. She was accepted into a school in Vancouver, which meant they would spend just under two years apart. The distance was a true testament to the strength of their relationship and it was during this time that James knew Jovi was the one. During one of her semester breaks from school, they took a short trip to Yellowknife, NT, where Jovi is from, so James could meet Jovi’s family and childhood friends for the first time. Jovi had mentioned to James several times that she wanted him to see Cameron Falls, a short hike up to a waterfall where Jovi had spent time with friends growing up. One evening James was insistent on heading to the waterfalls, asked a friend of Jovi’s to borrow her truck and they made the drive. On the drive down a long dirt road with no cell service, they got lost. There was a construction worker on the road who they asked for directions, unfortunately he told them to go the wrong way. Jovi, now irritated, frustrated, and disorientated by having zero recollection of where they could be, she made James turn around, begging him to try again another day. James, however was insistent that they go that evening. Now annoyed, Jovi obliged. Miraculously she managed to get one bar of cell service and called one of her best friends asking for directions.

Finally, they see the sign “Cameron Falls” and made their journey to the waterfalls. They walked up to a flat rock where Jovi used to hang out with her friends when James propped his phone up on his backpack, for which, Jovi thought, would be for some self-timer photos, turns out he had pressed record. He turned around and got down on one knee and the rest is history! Jovi was completely surprised, and if you know Jovi, you know she absolutely hates surprises, but this was one she would let slide!

The Big Day

The couple wanted an outdoor dreamy forest tented wedding and Elk Island Retreat was the perfect venue. The couple knew the owners of the retreat, which it made it no brainer decision. It met all of their expectations. The grounds are truly unique with tipi’s, yurts, geodomes and cabins.

Jovi wanted to incorporate something from her Persian background. She had her cousins and her cousins husband perform a song during dinner with a traditional Persian instrument, the Persian santur. It was truly a highlight of the evening and was so special.

Favourite Moments

Jovi’s favourite moment(s) were when her cousins and her cousin’s husband musical performance with the traditional Persian instrument, the santur. It was a beautiful love song and tugged on her heart strings. This performance coupled with the speeches were a highlight for her, full of belly, head-tilt, laughs and tears of pure joy and sentiment. A moment she will remember forever.

Jame’s favourite moment was seeing Jovi walk down the aisle for the first time surrounded by their closest family and friends in what would be the first gathering of that size since the pandemic started. To see everyone all together, in one place, celebrating his and Jovi’s love was something he will cherish for a lifetime.

Engagement Ring Cut


First Dance

 “Open”- Rhye

Advice from the Newlyweds

  • Hire a wedding planner and a day of coordinator. The couple hired a good friend of theirs to be their day of coordinator, and she saved the day. She tied up loose ends, dealt with any little issues that arose on the day of and kept the couple completely in the dark, which is KEY!
  • Delegate! Don’t be afraid to reach out to family and friends for help, that’s what they’re there for!
  • Savour every moment, take little breaks with one another and appreciate the present moment.
  • Check Facebook Marketplace and Facebook wedding groups in your area for decor, you will save a TON of money and you will be surprised with what you can find. Not to mention, re-selling everything once the wedding is over!
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff-things that you may notice are insignificant, and 99% of the time the guests are oblivious to any hiccups that arise. Let it go, relax, and have FUN!!!

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Settling into married life, enjoying this time as newlyweds, and eventually starting a family together. Embarking on the next chapter in our lives and just slaying life together!”


TBD (hopefully Spain & Morocco)


Number of Guests: 100 | Ceremony Venue: Elk Island Retreat | Reception Venue: Elk Island Retreat | Marriage Officiant: Trevor Palaschuk (friend) | Wedding Planning + Design: Bride | Day of Coordinator: Carmen Jeannotte (friend) | Cake: Brianne Gabrielle Cakes | Catering: A Cappella Catering | Desserts: Birdhouse Bakeshop, The Art of Cake | Photographer: Janine Rose Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Knotwood Rentals | Stationery: Etsy | Music (DJ or Live): Girls Club DJ’s | Video/Cinema: Om Story Telling | Bridal Gown Designer: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Asos & Other | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: The Bay, Etsy, Zara | Bridal Hair Stylist: Reanne Bachand Hair | Jeweler (Bride): Ferkos Fine Jewelry & Brilliant Earth | Jeweler (Groom): Paris Jewelers


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