Elizabeth and Justin are two avid readers who were set up on a blind date that started with dinner and ended with salsa dancing and discussions about philosophy.
Elizabeth invited Justin on her weeklong work trip to Hong Kong, and they spent their free time exploring the city’s bars, restaurants and gardens. On their last day, Justin snuck a bottle of wine into his backpack and proposed among the fountains and flamingos in Kowloon Park.
The Big Day
Even before the pandemic struck the couple had planned to hold their wedding on the acreage where Justin grew up, which allowed them flexibility to adapt to the constantly changing gathering restrictions. Justin and his dad and brother, Jordache designed and built the reception tent using tree trunks for the interior posts so guests would feel like they were dining under a forest canopy. They also custom built the bar, gift table, charcuterie boards and other décor pieces, and his mom—a potter—made each guest a chai cup inscribed with their wedding date
Justin’s favourite moment was watching Elizabeth walk through the arbour and down the aisle during their ceremony, a moment he was happy to share with their loved ones. After a perfect day of laughter and happy tears, Elizabeth says the first dance was a treasured moment.
Engagement Ring Cut
Advice from the Newlyweds
“Choose what matters most to you and find a way to stick with it, but be prepared to compromise. It really mattered to us to have our friends and families there and so, even though it wasn’t everyone we loved, we’re still so happy that so many were able to attend!”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
After creating their own wedding dreams, the newlyweds are excited to start their own wedding venue venture, opening The Olive Grove for 2021. They also hope to celebrate their honeymoon and the end of the pandemic in Hawaii with friends.