Sarah and Elle met in a typically modern way...online - although both of them were very wary of the e-method and so they struck up a conversation (or 10) before actually going on their first date. Elle challenged Sarah to 'surprise her’ for their first meeting - and Sarah succeeded in taking Elle to the one of the most iconic views atop Cypress Mountain in Vancouver. Numerous jokes were made about Sarah being a potential axe murderer taking her into the woods - but a much sweeter chord was struck by the end of the night when they talked for hours on end.
A series of rather serendipitous events led to them to moving in together - and rather reluctantly at first - only to discover that they were truly perfectly matched in ways that neither of them had ever expected. (It's funny how these things work out, isn't it?) Throughout their time together, more than a few tests have been thrown in their direction - and without fail, the trials only proved that iron sharpens iron.
On September 5th, Sarah once again surprised Elle by collecting the efforts of their close friends (many of whom are in their wedding party!) to pull off a proposal. Sarah took her into the old growth forest of Sproat Lake, off of a secluded beach, and into a circle of candles that lit up the area in a way that felt truly magical - it was perfect! There, Sarah asked Elle to be her wife (on one knee even!) - and although slightly taken off guard - Elle said 'yes'. From there, they returned to the houseboat, filled with their friends who had champagne and some great cheers to share! It was an incredible day.
Elle and Sarah’s wedding was on September 3rd, 2016 at the Permanent, one of Vancouver’s iconic Heritage Buildings located in Gastown. They stumbled upon the venue and the moment they walked in, they knew it was for them. The classic art deco floors, vaulted stain glass ceiling and 16 foot heritage bar are just a few of the special features that caught their eye. The Permanent was built in 1907 and was a bank before recently being converted into an event space, the building’s original vault is still in place. The pair live in a heritage walk-up in central Vancouver and it was only fitting to match their classic style in this venue.
Sarah and Elle feel that Sara Rogers captured the picturesque nature of the proposal site perfectly, while back home at West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park. It feels like one of many amazing memories to come - and both brides feel so lucky to have such stunning photos to highlight their joy in finding each other.