Shai Bregman and Michelle Bishen grew up a few blocks apart from one another. They attended the same summer camp, elementary school and university, and their apartment windows once even faced each other. But somehow, the two never actually met. It wasn’t until they were both single and ready to meet that special someone, that they eventually connected — online. Shai was in Edmonton at the time completing his residency and Michelle was in Vancouver completing her own degree in psychology. After a last-minute scheduling mix-up, Shai decided to take a long weekend off to fly to Vancouver and finally meet Michelle in person. Let's just say it must have been a pretty good first meeting. They were engaged just five months later — and the rest is history. Or not quite, since they still had to plan their wedding day. Their wedding was magical, says Michelle, and she wouldn’t change a thing about it. Shai’s father, a rabbi, officiated the ceremony, and his words, blessings and genuine emotion didn't leave a dry eye in the house. Family formed a part of every element that day, with Shai’s mother having handmade the chuppah, and every item from the candlesticks to the wine glasses passed down from someone special in their families. After the ceremony, Michelle and Shai headed to their favourite place in Vancouver, Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island, for their elegant reception. Accompanied by live music, the pair made their grand entrance via Aquabus as guests waved and clapped from the restaurant patio. As the sun began to set and candles were lit, one of the couple's dearest friends and a talented artist sang "At Last" for their first dance as newlyweds. Almost immediately, recalls Michelle, their romantic evening turned into a dance party — and kicked off the beginning of their wonderful future together.
Photographer Butter Studios | Ceremony Venue Temple Sholom | Reception Venue Bridges Restaurant | Day-of Coordination Fluent Productions | Transportation The Vancouver Trolley Company | Bride’s Dress Alvina Valenta from Bisou Bridal | Bride’s Shoes Manolo Blahnik from Holt Renfrew | Maid of Honour Dress BCBG | Cake Ganache Patisserie | Candy Bar Frankie's Candy Bar