Yay 😀 We’re getting married!

We are honoured and privileged to have been surrounded by you – our friends, family and community – as we declared our love and commitment to each other on August 8th, 2014 in Crescent Beach.

Thank you for celebrating with us at the ceremony and at Elgin Hall!

When?

Our Ceremony took place at
2:00pm on Friday August 8th, 2014 

Where?

Ivy Lodge
The Home of Sarah’s Mom, Jane Jamieson

2604 O’Hara Lane
Crescent Beach
Surrey BC V4A 3E3

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We got married under the big tree!

We’re getting married under the big tree!

Wedding Slideshow

Or see it bigger right on YouTube: http://youtu.be/davE8sEzTfg

Sarah put a ton of work into curating the awesome photos we got back from Brendon Purdy, our amazing photographer, in order to produce a slideshow of the day. We hope you like it! 🙂

Our Story

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Our moms in Grade 1

Long before Chris or Sarah was in the picture, their grandmas were playing bridge together and their moms were going to school together! This picture is of Sarah’s mom Jane and Chris’ mom Peggy in Grade 1 together. Can you pick them out? 🙂

September 6th
Peggy and Jane in Grade 1
1956

Our History with the Hall

Our reception is at a heritage hall in the South Surrey/White Rock area where Chris’ mom used to highland dance when she was a wee lass!

January 6th
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2005

The first picture Chris took of Sarah

We met on December 30th, 2005 at a New Year’s Eve Eve party thrown by Dave MacKenzie, our good friend, and man of honour, at the legendary Oxford House. Chris took this picture in the midst of  pressuring Sarah to eat a bit of cookie dipped in dill cream cheese. It probably took Chris another 4 years to really appreciate that Sarah eating dairy and wheat was not in his best interest!

December 30th
Sarah eats dill dip
2006

Finishing our time at UBC

When we met, we were both in the final year of our second degree programs at UBC. Chris was finishing up his thesis, and Sarah was studying way too much philosophy. One of the first trees we bonded over was the upside down tree at UBC. Sarah, being the type to attend orientation events, had learned about it when she started at UBC in 2000. Chris, being less inclined to participate, learned about the magical tree from Sarah. ♥

April 14th
Upside Down Tree

She’ll never live it down…

There was a group of us there. None of us can remember the context of the conversation. BUT no one forgets these words Sarah said.

 

June 1st

"Chris is a genius!"

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The beginning of our Rad Pumpkins

In 2006 we decided to play a rather morbid joke on Sarah’s man of honour, Dave. He had come home after a summer away to find two crows dead in the fireplace of his house. He threw a Halloween party that year (again at the legendary Oxford House), so we decided to carve a pumpkin with two crows on it and set it up in his fireplace when he wasn’t looking.

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2008

Sarah starts snowboarding

Snowboarding has been a long-time passion for Chris, and when he took Sarah out for the first  time, he was nervous that she wouldn’t like it. As you can see from the pictures of our first trip, his fears were unfounded in the end.

January 14th

From Fear to Fun

In the summer of 2007, Chris and Sarah took a trip out to Nelson to visit Chris’ mom. A little East of Nelson is a little artist town named Crawford Bay. We spent some time looking around the galleries, and Sarah discovered a particular affinity for a painting by artist Ted Wallace, titled “From Fear to Fun.”

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January 31st
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2010

2010 Hockey Gold

The 2010 Men’s Hockey Gold at the Vancouver Olympics was a great event in the Yakison’s household.

February 28th

Peace & Quiet

Our best (and only) combo Halloween costume.

October 31st
2011

Our First Photo Shoot

In the Spring of 2011, we jumped on the Groupon Photo Shoot bandwagon. We only got one image in the deal, but we kind of got two because after all these years, we are still on their website!

May 10th

Alien Zombies

A few years ago we had to protect the world from an Alien Zombie invasion. Luckily we had some help from our friends.

September 19th
Alien Zombies
2012

Party 1-30!

In 2012, Sarah turned 30 and the Crescent beach house (Ivy Lodge) turned 100 – a party was in order! This video is a short promotional – and educational – clip that Sarah, Chris, and Dave made for the party we affectionately refer to as Party One-Thirty.

January 28th

New York City!

The fall of 2012 found us in New York City to see a play written by Chris’ childhood friend Adam Bradley (and directed by our friend Noah Drew). The play, MiddleMan, was inspired by the writing in Chris’ thesis. It was very special for both of us to see it.

November 11th
2013

30×30

Participating in the the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Challenge in May 2013 was a life-changing experience for us. We (re)fell deeply in love with the woods.

May 1st

Site A97

The 30×30 Challenge got us gung ho about getting out in the woods. This trip to site A97 was our first full-fledged camping trip. The first of many!

Site A63

Our camping trip to Golden Ears last August. The campfire ban put a damper on things, but friends lent us THE Yukon Legend (aka portable propane fire pit) and it saved the trip.

August 24th
2014

Party Co-op!

The tradition of the Party Co-op began in the Winter of 2014! This video was one of a few that we made to promote the event. We had a lot of fun riffing on “The More We Get Toque-gether” variations of this song, which is why we are all wearing toques! 🙂

January 1st

Cheat Funeral

Chris’ car, nicknamed “The Cheat” after the Homestar Runner decal that came with it, died one day after nine years of faithful service. Using a medley from “How I Met Your Mother,” Chris and Sarah plan a funeral to honour the passing of the car. Dave is invited. He brings recording equipment. And the funeral becomes a music video shoot. The Cheat would have loved it.

– Video and write-up by Dave MacKenzie

January 11th

We got engaged!

On Tuesday, January 14th, Sarah got home from work just before 10pm. She was talking to our friend Dave on the phone as she approached our apartment door. When she opened the door, saw the candles and the pictures and the writing, and heard Chris playing the guitar, she suddenly said, “I have to go!”

Chris nervously replied from the living room, “Are you talking to me?”

Luckily, she wasn’t. ♥

January 14th

Real-time photos from our wedding

We’re going to try Capsule for photo sharing. You can download it for free to your phone or device, or you can share your photos on instagram with the tag #XVTNP

July 27th

We got married ♥

Thank you everyone for your love, laughter, and support. ♥

August 8th
Married!

Ceremony & Reception

Our Ceremony at Ivy Lodge

We got married under the big tree on the grounds of one of Crescent Beach’s oldest buildings, Ivy Lodge.

Ivy Lodge turned 100 in 2012 and is currently home to Sarah’s mom, Jane. The house has been home to a lot of people over the years – including us! Sarah’s grandparents lived in the house when she was growing up, and her brother Mike just recently moved out. When we lived there in 2007, we came to love the big tree in the front yard – a home to eagles, herons and other important spirits – and have always said that if we got married, we would love to do so under the tree. This tree is especially meaningful because the ashes of Sarah’s grandparents rest beneath it.

Even if you haven’t lived at Ivy Lodge, many of you have probably spent a lot of time in the comfort of its walls. We were honoured to have you gather with us there once again!

Inspired by a beautiful wedding we attended last summer, our ceremony began with separate gatherings of the women and men, a time for sharing advice, well-wishes, stories, and wisdom. Following the gatherings, the men and women came together under the tree for the official marriage ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony, we enjoyed taking a group photo of everyone under the tree.

Our Reception at Elgin Hall

Festivities took place at Elgin Hall. Built in 1923, Elgin Hall’s rich wood paneling saw a young Peggy Yakimov, mother of the groom, perform the highland sword dance. Come have a yummy dinner, see pictures of Sarah and Chris, and help them dance into their first morning as a married pair.

We decorated the stage at Elgin Hall with a pup tent, dangling hearts and a christmas light camp fire in honour of the proposal story. Thanks to some key help, we had dance music through the night, kicked off by our choreographed flash mob first dance. 🙂