May 4, 2018

Riverway Golf Course Wedding: Derek and Christina

These right here are two of my favourite people in the entire world. Like they get extra long hugs with a little wiggle favourite people.

I met Derek 13 years ago at UFV. He was on the men’s volleyball team and I was on the women’s team. Him and Marco hit it off as friends, and everyone who knew Derek loved him. He is just seriously one of the most darn loveable people I’ve ever met. He’s like a 7 year old boy in a grown man’s body. He has this passionate love of life, and when you talk to him, he genuinely listens and remembers and wants to know more about you and your life. He’s so positive, and anyone who spends 5 minutes talking to the guy, walks away happier. The memories me and Marco have with Derek are ones we will cherish forever, they’re ones we bring up often and often wish we could go back and relive them! From drinking out of a mixing bowl at a party, to being a groomsman in Marco’s wedding party, to so many Sunpeaks trips and pool parties!

For the last few years, I’ve been SO fortunate to have Derek as my physiotherapist too!! He’s amazing at his job and I am so bummed he made the good decision to move his practice closer to where he lives. I guess an hours drive to work wasn’t worth it ;) I miss our twice a month catch up chats!! I say it’s time for a double dinner date now that I’m on the topic! ;)

The volleyball crew is a tight knit family, and us girls team was always a bit “protective” of the guys, always very curious about who their girlfriends were, and we always worried they’d never be good enough. Then we met Christina. And we fell in love with her just as much as we all loved Derek. She’s STUNNING, and has this big, gorgeous, warmhearted, loveable, bold personality. She’s quick to smile and laugh, not afraid to speak her mind and opinions and has a zest for life that rivals Derek’s. Put them together and they’re magic. Seriously, the cuddling, kissing, hugging and laughing….it’s just magic.

They’ve travelled the world together, adventured together more than just about any other couple I know and decided to base their entire wedding on their travels together. Each table was named after a place they’ve visited together, with a photo of the two of them in that place. Their seating chart was a map of the world and that venue was so darn full of love!

Not only was it full of love but it was filled with beautiful, well dressed people.  I have never seen a more trendy group of guests! Every single girl that walked by I would say “Ohhhhh I LOVE her dress!” And they could all dance! Their energy on the dance floor was phenomenal!!

It was a stunning wedding and it meant SO much to both me and Marco to get to be a part of it right from getting ready!! We loved getting to hang out with you both and witness the first look. I cried. Seriously the love you two have for each other is so inspiring! :)

We love you two so much!!

*The STUNNING wood arbor was made by a fellow UFV alumni volleyball player Garth! Check out his work on Instagram @woolandwooddesign



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