Beach engagements are uber romantic, aren’t they? The lighting is always perfect, there’s that calming feel you get from hearing the waves, and if you bring a blanket and some mini bites for a picnic, you’re golden. Photographer, Lani Elias captured every bit of that beachy romance in Mike & Judy’s engagement shoot with the styling help of Ashley Nicole, and pretty florals by Bloom.
Their love story…
Every great love story begins somewhere. But our story started first in Vancouver and now our love has took us to 3 different cities and 3 different countries!
Many people ask us, “so how long have you guys been together?”. Mike and I always look at each other and giggle and respond “more than 1/3 of our lives”! We truly believe that fate has brought us to find each other but it has also truly kept us together. Mike and I both met through mutual friends at the University of British Columbia. We realized we lived in dorms together and since then, we were inseparable. Being new to Vancouver and both away from our families during college, we depended on each other. We explored Vancouver, learned to love the rain and enjoyed all the outdoors activities that B.C had to offer. We both knew that one day we will make Vancouver our permanent home!
Due to our differences in career paths; me getting accepted to medical school in London, England, and Mike continuing his studies in Accounting at UBC, we had to inevitably live apart from each other after 4 years of dating. Mike helped me move to London, England and eventually to Chicago, IL for my final years in Medical school. Our long distance relationship was difficult, however, it was our love and fate that truly kept our relationship strong. Finally, 5 years has passed and Mike and I moved to Winnipeg MB for my residency program at the University of Manitoba. We were finally reunited and able to start another chapter in our lives. After 10 years of realizing that we couldn’t live without each other, we are finally tying the knot! We will be getting married in Vancouver B.C where all our family and friends will be there to celebrate our special day.