Andreas & Hendrika Russell
Tell us how you met the love of your life?
We met on hinge (dating app). When he first saw my profile he thought I was too basic and did not swipe right. I saw his and was apprehensive too, but I swiped right and then he thought he may give it a chance!
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
I knew pretty soon that I loved this man, and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. We started dating at the end of May, and I told him that I wanted to marry him by July.
Tell us about the proposal.
We had been talking about marriage for a long time, but we wanted to respect my brother and his fiancé who were getting married in January. We did not want to outshine them, so we would wait until after they were married to tell the world that we were going to get married. We love playing games together and betting silly things on the games that we play. One day he really wanted me to shave my legs, so we bet on it. If he won, I would shave my legs. If I won, he would have to propose to me by the end of January (little did I know that he had been planning it on my birthday at the end of January anyways). As you may be able to guess, he lost and I was very happy. 2x he fake proposed to me to psyche me out. Once when we were in his room and the other time when we were on our way to a spa day. But then on my birthday on January 28th, he picked me up from work and took me to the coffee shop where we had our first date. Then he took me to one of my favorite restaurants. The whole time I was guessing it might happen today, but I was also thinking that it may be too obvious and expected to do it on this day, as I knew he wanted it to be a surprise. But I did notice that he was a little sweaty. He then took me to the escape room where we had our 2nd date, and by the time we got into the escape room I had completely forgotten about the idea of the proposal, I was so set on getting out in time. The last clue in the escape room opened this bookcase in the wall that leads into a small room. The first thing I saw was pictures of us and I was so confused. In this split second, I remember looking back at him and it was rare that I would see him smile this big. I turned back and I saw candles and a box with a ring. He stepped towards it and grabbed the ring and got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes and then hugged him for a very long time before I realized I should probably let him put the wedding ring on my finger.
Explain to us how you found Wear Your Love?
I had found a dream dress years ago, but it was much too expensive. So I was on the hunt for a similar one that was more affordable. I found the Wear Your Love website soon after.
When did you know you had found your perfect dress?
Once I found the website, I fell in love with the Jade dress right away, I just wanted the back to be a little lower, so I shot over a message. They said they could do it and I was sold!
What went through your mind when the Wear Your Love box arrived at your doorstep, and you pulled out your dress for the first time?
I was so excited when I got the box with the wedding dress! I waited until my mom was there to open it with her, and it was a very special moment. I did not expect the dress to be so soft and comfortable, it's literally the most comfortable dress I own!
What is the name of the dress you purchased?
What was your wedding theme or style?
We had a small ceremony in the woods due to COVID-19.
Let's show your wedding venue some love! What is the name of the wedding venue you chose and why did you choose them for your special day?
We chose to get married at a local park because of the social distancing rules that were in place because of COVID-19.
What was on your wedding soundtrack playlist, aisle, reception, and first dance?
We played Evangeline by Josh Garrels.
Tell us your favorite moment from your wedding?
Even though our wedding was not what we hoped it would be, it was spontaneous, beautiful, and intimate. We were planning on getting married in May, but once COVID hit we had to mourn that our wedding was not going to be like we planned it. But then there was nothing holding us back from getting married! We are still planning on celebrating our marriage once the government allows us to have large gatherings again.
Tell us who was involved in your special day? (Example. Hair, Make-up, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner)Add all social media information, so each person gets the credit they deserve.
All we had was a photographer @dani_buckle. She did such a wonderful job and we are so happy with how the photos turned out. I will recommend her to any bride getting married in Vancouver!
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for anyone planning a wedding?
Don't let the unexpected take away your joy.
How would you rate your overall experience with Wear Your Love?
5 out of 5 stars
So happy and excited for the shared life you’ve got ahead. Congratulations and best wedding wishes!
Hendrika is wearing the Jade dress, with custom unlined sleeves, ivory lining color, and the full train option.