Newlyweds Ellie McIver and Wilmer Carcamo of South Sound tied the knot before 30 of their closest friends and family in a beach ceremony held at the Tiki Beach.
The couple wed on Feb. 28.
It was thanks to an introduction by their mutual friend, Meli, that the couple met for the first time. Ellie, originally from Northumberland, England, is a veterinary nurse and Wilmer, originally from La Ceiba, Honduras, is an assistant store manager.
Weeks after meeting, they found themselves messaging each other and making plans to meet again. When they did, the place just so happened to be where they first met, Royal Palms.
According to the groom, meeting that second time was where the magic started.
The groom said that day he found the most amazing, beautiful and unique woman in the world, who made every day an adventure teeming with joy and love.
After eight months together, Ellie ventured out to Spain to attend a friend’s wedding for a few weeks.
It was during her absence abroad that Wilmer realized that Ellie was the one.
Eager for her return, “Like kids wait for Christmas Day to open their gifts,” Wilmer made plans to propose to Ellie on the beach at Royal Palms, exactly one year after they met.
Ellie, completely unaware of his intent, came down with a migraine and foiled his plans.
Wilmer, however, was not to be deterred.
He eventually found his moment, got down on one knee and proposed to Ellie – she was in her pajamas. The couple went on to celebrate their engagement over pizza.
Choosing to go light on her wedding day, Ellie wore a linen skirt and sequined top as her wedding dress.
Wilmer was met at the altar by Ellie, who was given away by her father, Fred McIver.
Wilmer said his favorite portion of the wedding was listening to his wife-to-be recite her vows in Spanish, whereas for Ellie, having all her friends and family present was unforgettable. Having let her husband choose the wedding rings, which she did not see until the day, was also one of Ellie’s favorite things that happened.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds enjoyed salsa dancing and motorcycle riding, with a reception at The Wharf.
The wedding planners included friends Jessica Manson, Lisa Hunter, Courtney Peddle and Alison Thorburn. The ceremony was organized by Simply Weddings.