It’s rare that a bride meets her groom on a plane ride across the country. But that’s exactly what happened to these two. It was a fateful moment that they’ll never forget.

Ellen recounts her story in third person, referring to herself as 13C and Marshall as 13A. It’s sweet. It’s their very personal story wrapped up in a few simple numbers and letters.

I remember when these two first met. I was working with Ellen at the time. She told their amazing story just after she returned from her trip to Winnipeg for Christmas. We were at a lunch, shortly before I went on mat leave, and I told her that I was rooting for her and 13A.

With this kind of beginning you knew their wedding day would be different. Like their meeting, there day was incredibly intimate, with the closest of friends and family cheering them on.

Getting married on the beach and retiring to the Sylvia Hotel was incredibly meaningful to both of them. But Marshall shared that it was such a surreal feeling to share his day with his wife at the Sylvia Hotel.

You see, he has strong memories of his father and the Sylvia Hotel – his father had passed away when he was just 13. It seemed like fate again had touched their lives, as Ellen, while booking, had no idea that Marshall’s parents had loved the Sylvia Hotel.

Ellen’s dress was stunning, and Marshall arrived in the same suit jacket that he was wearing on the day that they met.

Vows were exchanged. And a few tears fell. It was a gorgeous ceremony.

Marshall, having spent much of the last few years living in California, was chilled. So, we went inside to capture a few portraits in front of beautiful window light.

Spontaneously, they invited me to stay for dinner and I agreed. We ran out for a few sunset shots on the beach before the sun fell too far. I gave Ellen my boots, as her heels would have sunk. I wore my socks – which seemed doable right up until moment where Ellen handed back my boots. I stepped forward and right into a puddle. Lol. All worth it for the shots we got 😉

The dinner was lovely. And the company was amazing. Ellen and Marshall’s close group had me in stitches with laughter all night long.

While neither of their parents were there physically, they were there in spirit. Each was honoured in their own way. And I loved how Ellen included her new mother-in-law by calling her the minute her vows were done, it was incredibly heartwarming.

Intimate weddings are amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the big ones too. But there’s a different atmosphere that I just can’t get enough of.

If you’re planning an elopement or a simple ceremony, get in touch to chat about intimate wedding photography coverage.

Flowers: Kim Cook

Hair & Make Up: Blended by Amber

Dress: Blush Bridal, Yaletown, Venus Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta

Reception/ Dinner Venue: Sylvia Hotel 

Cake: True Confections

Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Invitations: Handmade by Ellen

Rings: Hers Simon Imports, Winnipeg; His SIBA

English Bay Beach Wedding Photography
Sylvia Hotel