I met Cindy + Dustin just a couple months before their wedding. In our meeting, I learned they had booked everything but were having some challenges bringing it all together. As we sipped our coffees and talked about the day, I could feel the couple’s energy change from nervous to confident, happy and relieved.

Through the planning process, I helped the couple bring all the components of the big day together. It was clear that family and friends were a large part of their day.

The day was filled with laughter, love and happy tears. This wedding had one of the best dancing crews I’ve ever seen and the music was awesome!

I also had the privilege to work with some amazing photographers – wife and wife team: Sandy and Monica of Oren & Jones Photography. There was a large list of group pictures we directed together after the ceremony and we did it in record time.

My top five favourite moments of Cindy + Dustins wedding:

  1. Groom, Dustin walking down the aisle with his baby girl Naya
  2. The reception grand entrance where Dustin threw a “fishing line” and Cindy shimmied her way up to her now husband
  3. The large group dance that all the family members and friends knew
  4. The Man of Honour speech where he quoted TLC’s “No Scrubs”
  5. The money dance! Wiki link

Getting ready


Cindy + Dustin got married at their family church in Surrey, Our lady of the Good Counsel. Here I got to witness and help with a traditional Filipino catholic ceremony.

Here is a fantastic link describing the ceremony: Filipino Ceremony Traditions 


These photos were taken place in Richmond on the dyke near the airport. The photographer was blessed with natural light and gorgeous views.


The bride and groom held the reception at Riverside Banquet Halls in Richmond, BC which could accommodate their 200 guests. The venue provided tables, chairs, food, rentals and a bar space. Tip: you can supply your own alcoholic beverages as long as you provide the license for the venue.

Chivari Chairs were supplied by Vancouver Chivari Chairs.

Kind words from the couple: 

We hired Tarina 3 months before our wedding it was the best decision we made during our whole planning process! She went above and beyond what we expected of her and helped alleviate so much stress on our part. She was so knowledgeable about all the tiny details that we would have never thought about and we would have completely missed, if it wasn’t for her. Unfortunately, we faced obstacles with all our vendors and Tarina was the only person involved in our wedding planning that we had absolutely NO issues with. She was professional, reliable, and available to answer our many questions. Our wedding day went by smoothly all thanks to Tarina. We couldn’t have done it without her!! We have so many great things to say about her and we honestly can’t thank her enough. Thank you thank you thank you!!!


Planning & Coordinating: Coastal Fern Weddings

Photographer: Oren & Jones Photography

Hair and Makeup: Glam & Gold Beauty Bar 

Decor: Rose Chair Decor

DJ: Canadian DJ

Limo: Silverlady Limo

Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Reception: Riverside Banquet Halls 

Chivari Chairs: Vancouver Chivari Chairs