Tying the Knot

One of the most common compliments we get is how personalized and creative we make the ceremony.  We have gone up to glaciers in helicopters, hiked up mountains, worn costumes all to make couples' ceremonies just what they want.

This month our officiant Randy Hamm married Shawn and Gail on a twilight wedding cruise.  When it came time to tie the knot, they literally tied a fisherman's knot together aboard the ship.

Congratulations to the Bishops!


Love in the trees

Our officiant, Lani Brunn, made dreams come true under the trees of Pacific Spirit Park this summer!

Here she is with Ashley and Dave who left everyone in tears as they shared their vows with each other.  

The gorgeous set up was done by Filosophi, a Vancouver based wedding and event planning company that we love working with!   

Congratulations Ashley and Dave!


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Let the photographer do the work!

Imagine yourself at your own wedding, looking at the passionate eyes of your loved one as you exchange your vows. At a split second, you turn to look at your audience, and you see that all of them, family and friends looking at you through their phones. Their arms raised to head-level, faces are covered up by their latest iPhone cover. Ugh! You hired a fabulous photographer - you don’t want this! In fact, it gets worse!

After you receive your wedding ceremony photos from your photographer, all the shots of your guests reveal them staring at their beloved devices. Your friends may be smiling, but not at you, they are smiling at their phone screens.

Well, this is the trend these days! Weddings are being over documented by amateurs with phones! Even if you have already hired a photographer to capture the moments of the event, you can be assured that everybody has a camera with them and not only are they watching the wedding through their device, they are updating their social media world about the entire event. You’ve invited guests to witness your beautiful ceremony, not take average photos on their iPhone. You want your guests full attention!

The best wedding ceremony is one that is characterized by solemnity and this can only be achieved if the guests try their best to be present in the event. Sadly, our devices often do the opposite of our intention. We think they will help us capture the moment, but instead we lose the moment all together! Of course there are things that legitimately distract us, like children or the need to find some kleenex, but you want guests that are not just physically there but are also emotionally ready to indulge themselves on the sanctity of the event.  

What can you do to contribute to the solemnity of an important wedding ceremony? Keep in mind that a wedding ceremony is a fleeting event. Despite the length of time and effort many take to plan their wedding, it doesn’t last forever. Therefore, it would be best to encourage your guests to be emotionally and physically present, rather than focusing on what their tiny screen can do.  By encouraging your guests to put their devices away during your ceremony, the you are also inviting your guests to more fully enjoy the moment with you.

In some instances, a hyper- documented ceremony might be preferred by some couples. For example, if the wedding is under a tight budget, couples may simply skip on the use of professional photography, and depend on the photographs from the guests. But generally couples want their guests focused on them and leave the photos to the professionals.

If you are searching for a more intimate moment with your guests, then a solemn and device-free wedding may be perfect for you. You can either announce this request before hand, or have the message passed on to your audience on your wedding day; the purpose stays the same, that is, to create a more memorable moment on your special day.  Feel free to ask your officiant to make this announcement for you! We can do the dirty work of asking people to keep their iPhones in the pockets and purses. After all, there will be plenty of time for selfies at the reception!

Looking for an unconventional wedding reading?

Love is Like a Bottle of Gin by the Magnetic Fields

It makes you blind, it does you in
It makes you think you’re pretty tough
It makes you prone to crime and sin
It makes you say things off the cuff
It’s very small and made of glass
and grossly over-advertised
It turns a genius to an ass
and makes a fool think he is wise
It could make you regret your birth
or turn cartwheels in your best suit
It costs a lot more than it’s worth
and yet there is no substitute
They keep it on a higher shelf
the older and more pure it grows
It has no color in itself
but it can make you see rainbows
You can find it on the Bowery
or you can find it at Elaine’s
It makes your words more flowery
It makes the sun shine, makes it rain
You just get out what they put in
and they never put in enough
Love is like a bottle of gin
but a bottle of gin is not like love.

You can hear the original version of this song here.


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, rooty, 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 and rooty because of the lack of snow, she managed to make it to the site with minimal dirt on her dress.  After about 90 mins 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 mountainesque scene. We got settled and chose the perfect spot for Eric and Fion 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 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 weddingbells.ca 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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