Mariah and Mark unexpectedly found love by way of their best friends. The young couple met in their late teenage years and haven’t looked back since.
When the time came to propose, Mark threw Mariah for a loop. He didn’t propose on their trip to Hawaii, where family and friends thought he would propose—instead, Mark took Mariah to Elk Island Nation Park shortly after their return. The couple enjoyed a lovely walk that, unbeknownst to Mariah, was about to get even better. On their way back to the car Mark asked Mariah if she would drive home. Mariah replied with a firm “no” only to renounce her decision when Mark asked again. Without hesitation, he tossed her the keys, which had a special attachment—Mariah’s dream ring! Over the moon excited, the two spent the drive home planning their future.
The Big Day
A relaxed, airy outdoor wedding was always a mutual vision that came to life in Mark’s parents’ backyard. Aside from hosting the ceremony and reception on family property, other personal elements included the celebration of Mark’s Persian culture by exchanging vows on a Persian rug and Mariah wearing her grandmother’s vintage wedding ring that she admired since she was a little girl. The big day was stress free leaving the blissful couple with many sweet memories to treasure forever.
Mariah: “Sitting with Mark at our sweetheart table and looking around at everyone we love! The moments right after the ceremony were surreal.”
Mark: “Marrying my wife and the delicious food.”
Engagement Ring Cut
‘Take Care’ – Beach House
Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)
Father-Daughter: ‘You Are My Sunshine’ – Johnny Cash
Advice from the Newlyweds
“Get a wedding planner! Seriously… even if you are organized and have flawless style, wedding planners (especially my wedding planner) are magical. They help relieve stress before the wedding day and definitely on the wedding day itself. And don’t sweat the small stuff. If you and your fiancé are arguing, you need to take a step back and look at what really matters – the actual wedding! not the designer shoes you’ve been dying to purchase for your big day.”
Camping on Vancouver Island