Young Hip and Married Welcomes Jane, our newest officiant!

I’m not sure how this all started, but I've been officiating the weddings of friends and
family for almost 15 years. But this year I've joined a group of fabulous officiants and
will be doing the weddings of perfect strangers! It’s a new adventure and one that I’m
thrilled to begin. Here is how it officially started:

Shawn called asking if I was available to do a wedding Sunday morning (it was
Thursday). “It’s an elopement near Mt. Seymour.” Eager to officially get started with
Young Hip & Married, I said, “Sure! Send me the details.”  And then he added, “So,
the couple wants to do a 45 minute hike to the wedding site - are you ok with that?”  I
knew the forecast for the weekend:  after two weeks of miserable rain, I would be
hiking to a wedding ceremony on the most beautiful day of the year! “Sure, I’ll hike” -
but (in typical Jane fashion) I began to wonder, what does one wear when hiking to a
wedding site?

After a brief chat with the couple, it was determined I should definitely wearing hiking
boots because this was going to be a muddy, root-ridden, potentially icy hike. “But
we are going to wear our wedding clothes! Fiona is wearing her wedding dress, long
underwear and hiking boots!”  “Uh, ok?”  I attempted to look fancy while hiking by
wearing all black.

I headed up to Seymour and quickly spotted a few people gathered around a big
bouquet of sunflowers in the busy, snow-less parking lot.  Anne-Marie was snapping
photos of the prep work as we tried to figure out a way to get the flowers and snacks
(read: beautiful picnic) to the site. The trail was busy with onlookers applauding
Fiona’s efforts to hike in her wedding dress! Although the trail was very washed out
because of the lack of snow, she managed to make it to the site with minimal dirt on
her dress.  After about 90 minutes of hiking (with stops for photos) we made it to the
most spectacular spot for a wedding.

The options for the backdrop included an ocean and entire city view or a
mountainous scene. We got settled and chose the perfect spot for Eric and Fiona to
recite their beautiful, personally crafted vows, exchange rings and first wedded kiss.

There is something about handwritten vows that bring an element of surprise to the
ceremony. They wrote the vows separately and revealed them in the moment. Their
friends, who were instrumental in their meeting, joined me in witnessing a simple yet
profound moment of love. We all relaxed in the sun between a variety of photo
shoots and then headed back down the trail.

I was so thankful to be able to help this lovely couple (who I later found out live just a
few blocks from me!) have their perfect mountain top experience! I’m looking forward
to joining more couples on their big day in my first wedding season with Young, Hip
& Married


Kiyomi & Tim's September 6th, 2014 Wedding

Our Vancouver Island officiant, Mike, had an amazing opportunity to marry Kiyomi and Tim on September 6th, 2014.  It was a truly beautiful setting for an absolutely amazing couple, who are now both from New Zealand.  Kiyomi grew up in Canada, spending the summers at the Alders, where they celebrated their amazing day.

This wedding was so beautiful in the details, that featured it.  You can click here to see more amazing pictures and details about this fabulous couple.

Julia, from Ameris photography out did herself in capturing the wonder and beauty of the day.  Seeing the smallest details and capturing them.  She shared her experience, you can read that here.

Thank you Kiyomi and Tim for including Young Hip and Married in your amazing day!

Free Wedding and Vow Renewals in Vancouver FEb 14th 2015

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Lunch time Fairytale

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Hunter and Xylia - August 28, 2014



August has been aLOVEmazing.

I've married best-friends, quick-connections, slow-builds, big-dreamers, and faithful-partners.   These couples are as wonderfully different from one another as my dresses are the same.

I think all I want to say with this post is thank you, to these young hip lovers, now married and so hopeful.

Every time I stand up there with you, in front of your most beloved guests, I am renewed in love.  This means more to me than you'll ever know.

Thank you for welcoming me into your story and into your ceremony space.




Congratulations to our officiant Mike and his family!

Our Vancouver Island Officiant Mike Bidell has recently welcomed a new addition to his family!

Everyone one at Young Hip and Married sends their warmest Congratulations!

Welcome Mirabell Kindness Bidell!


Rethinking the First Fight Box

I've seen a post floating around the internet about a First Fight box.  The idea is that at your wedding ceremony you put a love letter to each other and a bottle of wine in a box and nail it shut to be opened when you have first fight.   The opening and reading of the letters are to be a reminder of your love for each other.  And also creating a nice moment in your wedding ceremony.

When I first read the article I thought it was a really sweet idea.  But once I thought about it, I realized if I had a first fight box at my wedding, we would have cracked that sucker open 3 days after our wedding!

You see we married 6 days before Christmas and put off our Seattle honeymoon until the new year.   But we stayed at a bed and breakfast to at least have a bit of something special after the wedding.  I made sure to book a romantic place with a hot tub.  However, my amazing husband did not pay attention to the owner when he explained how to work the hot tub lid.  And after being at the B&B for a few hours, we were finished using the hot tub and my husband went to replace the lid, breaking a one of kind art sculpture in the process.  I was angry and mortified.  I hid in the closet and let him deal with the owners calling off the balcony to see if everything was alright.  I was fuming, how could he have done that!  Now we had to pay for this art piece with money we didn't have!  Enter our first fight.  However, one piece of advice we were given and without realizing  it we put it into practice, was to fight naked.  So the the fight didn't last long to say the least.  Now we can laugh about it, but wow was I mad at the time.

So as I was thinking about this first fight box I thought it should be revamped.  Rather do an anniversary box. Write a love letter to each other leading up to your wedding then with a bottle of wine, nail the box closed.  Then on your first anniversary you open the box, read the letters while enjoying your wine.  It's like a built in little date.  But don't let it end there, each year add a new letter to the box with the others and a new bottle of wine.  I would have loved to have 10 love letters chronicling our love last December on my 10th anniversary.

Rather then focus on something that is negative, like a fight, which is bound to happen when two people are doing life together as a team.  Put the focus on the positive your yearly anniversary.

Lani's big day!

We love weddings and we LOVE our officiants!
Any chance to brag about them, we will take it!

If you have had the chance to meet our Lani, you know she has an amazing zest for life and she has worked with many of our couples to make their wedding days amazing and one of a kind.
Today is her day!  
She's counted down, arranged her officiant, bought the dress, picked her flowers and lost plenty of sleep over the excitement of it all.
Today we are so thrilled to be able to wish our very own Lani a HUGE Congrats on her wedding!
Lani we love you and so happy for you!
I can't wait to be able to post YOUR wedding pictures!

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