Lunch time Fairytale

Mary Ann and Dominic’s love story and wedding was so sweet and so beautiful.  A big thank you to both of them, for inviting me into their story and the most precious day filled with lavender and lace!

A bit about thier Love Story...

Once in a while, in the middle of ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.  Mary Ann and Dominic met in the lunch room at work. As her eyes rested and her food heated, she looked up. Dominic was sitting on the chair in front of her and said 'hello". That’s where it began...  Mary Ann asked Dominic out on their first date.  Their first date was a delicious test.  Does Dominic love the food that Mary Ann does?  How about delicious Filipino food?  This was not a problem for her new man.  He loved it.

And Mary Ann won Dominic’s heart too.  She won it with trust.  She saw in him the good man that he is.  And he knew that she was a woman worth pursuing.  

This is where their love began.  And their love has continued to grow and change and deepen as they have moved towards their wedding day.  Marriage is not a perfect beginning. It’s not a clean slate. Marriage is a process. Marriage is growth. Marriage is a bold step into an unknown future. It is risking who we are for the sake of who we can be.

Congratulations Mary Ann and Dominic!  You truly are delightful together, and I just know that you will continue to bring beauty to each other and each day that you spend together.

Lots of love,


Photos by Roxana Albusel Photography


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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Young, Hip & Married & The Rise of Divorcée Parties

by Bobbi Salkeld

We at Young, Hip & Married think it can be better than this.*  

I (Bobbi) came across this Globe & Mail article - “Breakout blowouts: How the divorce party is coming on strong for young divorcées” -  floating around in Facebookland a while back.  And I gotta say, it bummed me out.  

As officiants, we meet oodles of couples in the glow of love.  It’s hard to believe that anything can stop love like that - love that’s poised to say “I do” no matter what comes our way.  

So what happens?  Does life just happen?  Are we all just careening for an inevitable end to love when it comes to marriage?  

Light a match?
Burn a dress?
Drink yourself out of that shitty feeling of failure?  

Or, can we dare to say “hold on!”  Hold on to your “I do.”

Life is going to be so much harder than we think.  So much harder.  But I think we can do this.  We can do this alone** or we can do this together.  

There is a book of prayer that says the union of two people is “for their mutual joy, for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity.”   

The promises we make on a wedding day aren’t for happiness alone, they are for

If you need help getting along, please get it.  
If you need to remember who you are again, you can do that.
If you need space to breathe and time to heal, oh my God,
do that.

We’re gonna stay pretty optimistic about love over here at Young, Hip & Married, keeping love alive in big and little ways, and celebrating our couples all summer long, for the love of it.  

Happy 2014 wedding season, everyone!  We’re doing this.  


* Response note, to be clear: No one should be stuck in a relationship that is abusive in any way.  Getting out of that is important and to be marked, and yes, celebrated.  

** Stay tuned for the fall launch of our blog The Lonely Officiant, by yours truly.  

Mike and Ashley - May 31, 2014

Shawn had the amazing opportunity to officiate for Mike and Ashley's May 31st wedding at the beautiful Steamworks Brewery in Gastown, Vancouver.

Congratulations Mike and Ashley, you two are an amazing couple and we all wish you a life time of happiness together. 

The amazing photography was done by Sarah and Graeme.

Graeme and Sarah

John and Hazel - June 28, 2014

Cory had the amazing opportunity to officiate John and Hazel's Rockin' Wedding at The Museum of Vancouver.  John and Hazel took the opportunity to really make their ceremony unique and meaningful for them.

John and Hazel included Handfasting as part of their ceremony.  Handfasting is a historical term for 'bethrol' or 'wedding'.  Handfasting has a long and beautiful history.
The best man, also named John, performed an ancient handfasting ceremony, while Leslie, the maid of honor did a reading about handfasting.

John and Hazel, along with their children, Risa and Cole poured sand from four individual containers into a frame to signify the unity of the family.  What an amazing idea to include their kids and have a lasting memory to keep in their house to remind them that they are united.

The couple included so many personal touches in their unique wedding, the handfasting, the sand frame, Hazel even made all the dresses, shawls and handkerchiefs.  It's such an honor to be able to be a part of such an amazing ceremony.

Thank you John and Hazel for really working with Cory to make this wedding true to the two of you.   And allowing Young Hip and Married to be part of your wedding day.

To find out more about handfasting and if it's something you would like to include your ceremony, visit,


Elizabeth + Derek = Stolen Kisses

Normally I don't get this teary eyed during a wedding ceremony, but on this blustery day, under a big old tree on the edge of the ocean, there was not a dry eye as Elizabeth and Derek spoke the most sweet words of love to each other.

The ceremony was a surprise for their families.  You see, Elizabeth is from Australia, and when her parents decided to come for a visit, it seemed to be the perfect time for a ceremony!  So, with a few of their family surrounding them, it was an honor to officiate this special moment.

Congratulations Elizabeth and Derek!  We wish you many more stolen lunch room kisses and a lifetime of love.

<3  Lani
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