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

Friday the 13th, Full moon...Let's get married!

I received an email from Donovan Friday morning, June 13.
He and Tracy wanted to get married, they just decided.  And they wanted to get married....TODAY!

The excitement was over flowing through the phone line as I called Donovan.  I could hear the giggling of someone in the back ground who was beyond excited.  It was contagious.  My excitement for them started to build in the anticipation of what they would be accomplishing today.

They needed, a dress, a suit, the marriage license, a dozen other things and of course, the officiant!  Things most people spend months planning....

It really was completely spur of the moment.  I talked with Donovan a few times during the day as he ran around trying to get everything done.  But not once did his excitement falter when we talked about what was needed.  

Shawn was more than happy to take part in this Friday the 13th, full moon wedding, at Trout Lake in Burnaby.

From the pictures you would never know that this wedding was planned in less than a day.  The pictures are magnificent thanks to Donovan's friend, Darko Sikman, but what makes them fabulous are of course the Bride and Groom!

Thank you Donovan and Tracy for asking us to part of this amazing day!

Amazing Roof Top Wedding

Congrats Lisa & Troy!

A Panoramic View of the City of Kelowna...Lakes & Vineyards and Mountains. This perfect setting on the rooftop deck of HOTEL ELDORADO was fitting to this beautiful couple!

The Bride of course was the Beauty of it all, her beaming smile and grace captivated the guests and of course her Groom. 

I loved the couples choices of the readings, The Union & The Love Chapter written by a 13 year old. I encouraged Lisa & Troy to keep on dating & falling in love...to let LOVE be their choice every morning & every night.

Complete perfection...almost, I filled out the BC Registry Marriage Book in advance and silly me and wrote the grooms name as Trevor instead of Troy....the Bride took her seat to sign...looked at her signature spot and glanced to the left...looking at me she smiled and said, "Trevor....I want to make sure I'm marrying the right guy! " We had a chuckle and changed the Trevor to Troy!

Wishing you an amazing forever journey of Love Lisa & Troy!

YHM Officiant

Experiencing the Power of Love in the Midst of Grief - Lani Johnson

I've been an officiant, a celebrant and a part of weddings for many years, but this is my first season with Young, Hip & Married.  It is just fantastic to be a  part of such a cool team of people.  How lucky am I!

Even though I've been a part of many wedding ceremonies, this last weekend was a first for me.  It was a great learning experience in the power of love in the midst of grief.  

Dylen and Chris captured my heart with their story.  They have had the strength to overcome adversity and become thoughtful and true partners to each other.  It's so beautiful and inspiring.

No one would have expected that they would face adversity and hardship the few weeks before their wedding.  Dylen's Baba passed away..  Her Baba who was 
a strong, energetic and wonderful women.  I'm so moved by this family.  You may think they should postpone or change the wedding date. But they are such a beautiful example of what is possible when we hold both grief and joy in our hearts. Their Baba would have been so proud.

So on the edge of Dunderave Beach, the rain clouds parted, the sun came through, and Dylen and Chris said their vows to each other with a small group of family and friends surrounding them.  There were tears, there was joy and there was celebration as these two got married!

-Lani Johnson, Officiant, Young Hip and Married 

Facebook, matchmaking cousins and dogs = true love
Nick and Megan - May 3, 2014

Nick first met Megan at a casual birthday party and from that meeting they became facebook friends.  When Lesa and Christina, Nick's cousins, heard he was thinking of sending her a facebook message to ask her out, they quickly put a stop to that and insisted that Nick actually call their good friend Megan, they didn't realized what a great idea it really was.  

A first date is almost always daunting and who better to accompany you on a first date then your best friend and companion, your most trusted adviser, the one who will hear all the details anyway; your dog.  And off they set on a 3 1/2 hour walk, Nick, Megan and Gatsby to chaperon.

Not only did Gatsby, the pomeranian x shelty mix get to be there as Nick and Megan fell in love but, Gatsby and Scarlett, a dachshund mix, the couples other trusted companion, both accompanied the wedding party for the ceremony.

The whole ceremony was uniquely Nick and Megan, the dogs, the matchmaking cousins turned bridesmaids and Nick's mom sharing some insightful words about "how falling in Love is like owning a dog."  So many personal touches has made this a wedding full of amazing memories.

Young Hip and Married's rockin' officiant Cory loved walking this couple into marriage and always enjoys a good belly rub.....for the dog.

And like Bob Barker always reminded us, be sure to spay and neuter your pets!

Choosing Walking Sticks & Saying Vows in the Forest

Congratulations Sadira and Simon! What an awe-inspiring way to mark the beginning of your married life. Thanks for letting me be a part of it! xo - Bobbi 

Wedded Valentines on Grouse Mountain

Congratulations Kate and Chris! Being a part of your wedding story was a pure joy. 


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Classy Christmas Eve Elopement

I (Bobbi) was so delighted to marry these two with a simple exchange of vows in downtown Vancouver on Christmas Eve. 
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