Intimate Stanley Park forest wedding

Intimate wedding in Stanley Park: Roya + Karim

Roya and Karim invited us back for their second intimate wedding in Stanley Park! We’re usually not in the business of repeat customers, lol, but this couple had two wedding ceremonies! The first one, which you can see here, involved just the two of them (and us) ;). And they decided to do it again, with a select group of family and friends that flew in from all over the world!

While we were on the same trail in Stanley Park, the Lovers Trail (how appropriate!), they opted for a different ceremony spot. I loved how, while the environment was similar, the ceremony had its own unique vibe.

This time, the couple incorporated a beautiful tradition: a ring warming ceremony. With this ritual, every guest holds the rings and ‘infuses’ them with their wish for the couple. I think it’s a wonderful gesture that can add a very personal touch to your wedding ceremony. And on an energetic level, your wedding bands receive extra good vibes :).

A special side note: Karim designed Roya’s engagement ring himself. It includes a diamond that his family passes on between generations. I was so impressed, that I’m even sharing a ring shot (which I don’t often do, hehe).

I also can’t say enough good things about Karim’s two nephews, who were extremely polite, friendly and considerate. Whenever Roya had to move, they helped her out with carrying the train of her wedding dress.

After the wedding ceremony, Roya and Karim had opted to skip on the couple photos, which they had already covered during their previous wedding ceremony. Instead, it was all about having heartful, candid moments, having fun, and of course some beautiful family portraits.

Finally, Roya gave the bouquet toss and the cake cutting her own special twist (you’ll see!). This was definitely a first ‘group cake cut’ for us 🙂

Roya and Karim, thank you so much for having us again!

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Stanley Park wedding Vendors:

Wedding Dress: Karoline Lang Bridal

Hair and makeup: Pink Lime Vancouver

Flowers: Celsia Floral

Reception location: The Teahouse in Stanley Park

Officiant: Verna Magee Shepherd

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