Max and Felina’s friends and family always assumed that the couple would one day elope, so it came as no surprise when the couple ran off to Tofino, BC to say ‘I do’.
With their officiant, photographers Shari + Mike, and their adorable dog Hugo by their side, the couple chose Chesterman Beach along Tofino’s spectacular and rugged coast to secretly exchange their vows. Despite the rain and fog, their wedding day was relaxed, carefree, and of course, utterly romantic!
Felina & Maxwell
Tofino, British Columbia
Wedding Date: September 20, 2013
Number of Guests: 1 (Hugo, the dog)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Chesterman Beach
Wedding Getting Ready Location: Wickaninnish Inn
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We chose to elope because a traditional wedding just didn’t fit ‘us.’ We wanted to celebrate our love, but without the stress and cost that comes along with a big wedding.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
The biggest challenge we faced was keeping it a secret from our friends and family!
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
No because it was just the two of us and our dog, Hugo!
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
We had been engaged for a couple of years and our friends and family knew we weren’t interested in a big wedding. Every time we came back from a trip somewhere, they would ask if we had eloped! When we finally eloped and told them, most of them were happy and not surprised!
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
Felina: The highlight for me was seeing Max’s smile when he saw me for the first time in my dress!
Max: Seeing my beautiful wife on the beach in such a special place.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
The best part about eloping was that the whole day was so carefree! We felt so relaxed and happy, which was the best way to start our new life together!
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Do what you want and what will make you happy. Don’t worry about what others will think because you will never be able to please everyone, whether you have a small wedding or a big one!
Dress: Sue Wong (eBay)
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s suit: Ralph Lauren
Groom’s shoes: Ron White
Hair: Jessica at Salty Dolls Hair Salon
Flowers: Crab Apple Floral
Officiant: June Hanton
Photographer: Shari + Mike Photographers