Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion wedding | A + H

A + H were married on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion in a ceremony that celebrated the bringing together not only of two people—but also two cultures.

These dear ones met in 2017 in Turkey, where they were both serving in full-time ministry. A mutual friend introduced them and it wasn’t long before they began to see the Lord’s hand in how they’d been brought together. With the blessing of both sets of parents, A (who is American) and H (who is Persian) pursued a dating relationship with the knowledge and hope that marriage would follow.

When H asked A’s dad for her hand in marriage, A’s dad said yes with one caveat: that H ask for her hand with an engagement ring, as is the North American custom. To honour his future father-in-law’s request, H took an extra job as a security guard to be able to save up for a ring.

Once he had purchased the ring for his beloved, H waited for the right time to ask A to marry him. The right time, it turned out, was during a baptism ceremony their church was holding. After the baptisms, in front of the congregation, H announced that he had something to ask A. There was a lot of excitement, since most people had figured out this day was coming. To a chorus of cheers and dancing, A said YES. (You should see the video…such a sweet, sweet moment!)

Ahead of the ceremony, the couple—who now call Vancouver home—kicked off their day with a first look and portraits. Though the weatherman had been calling for rain in the week ahead of their wedding day, the sun came out instead! So perfect! Then it was time to head to the ceremony, which was conducted in English and Farsi, thanks to Pastor Steve and Pastor Hormoz.

As A + H were pronounced husband and wife, the guests let out cheers of joy! Lots of love in the room…lots of love. Their reception kicked off with the cake cutting and Father/Daughter Mother/Son dances, then after dinner we snuck A + H out for a few golden hour photos. Right after the First Dance, it was time to get the party started and the dance floor was full, full, full of guests dancing to a mix of Persian music and Top-40 songs. As I said, the merging of two cultures!

A + H, it was my absolute JOY to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for having me along. And thank you to our second photographer, Jacey Sharp, for the referral! Blessings to you both…can’t wait to see where God will lead you next!

Vendor team:

Photographer: Wendy Lees Photo | Bride’s dress: Vatana Watters, sold by Brides for a Cause | Bride’s shoes – Naturalizer | Groom’s attire – Moore’s, Steve Madden | Flowers – Najoua Jebari (a lady of many talents!) | Caterer – Titi Homemade Foods | Cake – Minoo Bakery | Rings – Roberto Bravo and Arctic Fame

Oh hi, there! It’s not often I remember to get my photo taken with my couple but I’m so glad I did this day!

Love love love the Golden Hour…the light was simply perfect.

Loved the elegant simplicity of A’s stunning gown and headpiece. Perfection.

A’s beautiful ring…

Let the dancing begin!



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