This day was amazingly special. Ryan was the best man at our wedding. For years he was our upstairs neighbour and he and my, now, husband were inseparable. As such, I cannot express my happiness for these two. I’ll never forget that night, just as the year 2012 had started when Ryan came home talking non-stop about a german girl that he had met at a work party. Although they couldn’t know it, both their lives would change forever. Kerstin, a globe-trotter and free spirit was a good match for the travel-loving, steady man that is Ryan. They challenge each other, provide balance and face, together, life in the urban centre of Vancouver.
Now, as Kerstin is from Germany, Ryan from Australia, and their lives were in Vancouver, they decided that, rather than dear ones go to the expense and trouble of travelled to see them wed, they would instead have three weddings. One in each country. This brings me to their special day. The Vancouver wedding was the first celebration, held on a beautifully sunny and warm day in August.
Everything about the day had a “meant to be” feeling about it. On the way back from getting the bride’s hair done, we ran into a dear friend on her way to meet us at the hotel where we were joined by two more girls – one of whom just happens to be a makeup artist, Brandi of Spa Haven. After makeup, the three girls help Kerstin into her dress. Oh, her dress. The first one she tried on and which had fitted perfectly then and there. The gown was a thing of beauty, elegance and class and this bride-to-be looks drop-dead gorgeous.
The sweet and intimate ceremony was held at the heritage Barclay Manor – a short walk from their residence and the hotel. Kerstin walked down the isle by herself and the whole thing was filled with ear-to-ear smiles, giggles and laughter. Afterwards, the guests were ushered away and I had the bride and groom to myself for a few hours, generously chauffeured by another friend. The portrait part of the day was just as wonderful as their engagement session. Kerstin and Ryan had eyes only for each other, barely noticed all the hoots and whistles the two of them got as we wandered Gastown looking for the best locations and light.
We joined the party back at Adesso Bistro for food drink and celebration, before everyone headed down to Coal Harbour for more drink, music and dancing. It was one of the more special nights of my life, and I couldn’t be happier for these two who will soon be heading down to Australia for their third and final wedding celebration. I know that it will be as extraordinary and joy-filled as this one was.