Sarah + Tim

a canadian, american and calico living in perfect harmony

Sarah and Tim: An Online Love Story October 4, 2009

Photo c/o Yaletown Wedding Gallery

Photo c/o Yaletown Wedding Gallery

Tim and I just celebrated our fourth anniversary at the beginning of September.  Here is a little insight to how Sarah and Tim became Sarah and Tim.  You may be surprised.

One August night in 2001, I was invited by a friend to go to with her, a chat room specifically for people of our faith.  After a few minutes online, I started chatting with Tim.  At the time I was living in Vancouver and he was in Portland.  We soon found we were the same age, shared similar interests and got along quite well.  We ended up chatting for four hours that night, exchanged email addresses and started emailing, chatting and racking up crazy phone bills on a regular basis.   Because of the distance between us, we had the opportunity to develop a strong friendship that was an excellent foundation for what was to come.

New Years 2002, Tim and his band came to party and we finally met.  The chemistry was there and shortly thereafter, we began dating officially.  We took turns coming to visit back and forth (luckily there is only a six hour drive between Vancouver and Portland) and then that summer Tim received his call to serve in the Chile Santiago North mission.

The last time we saw each other before Tim's mission, July 2002

The last time we saw each other before Tim's mission, July 2002

I was devastated.  Of course I wanted to support Tim but knew I was going to miss him while he was gone.  Tim asked me not to wait for him, and I wasn’t planning on it.  While I dated up a storm while Tim was away, the feelings I had for Tim (and vice versa) didn’t go away.

That said, I had skipped out writing Tim for the last six months of his mission and Tim thought I’d gotten married by that point.

At the end of his mission, we talked and were both a little indifferent of our relationship.  He decided to come visit before leaving for school at BYU the fall of 2004 and before we knew it, we were exactly where we left off.  Tim wanted me to come to Utah, to which I responded something like “over my dead body” (fate has a cruel sense of irony) and we decided to call it quits.  We both thought it would be forever, but in February of 2005, I called Tim to tell him I still had feelings for him.  He was dating another girl at the time, but before I knew it, he had broken up after mulling over our conversation.  Tim told me that he had been comparing me to every girl he dated at BYU and none of them had measured up.

Our engagement photo by Stephanie

Our engagement photo by Stephanie

By spring of 2005, Tim had planned a roadtrip with his school friends to Vancouver and we had several days together.  At the time I was planning to serve a mission for our church and he was fully supportive of the idea.  But by June, the thought of putting our relationship on hold for a mission was hard to swallow.  We started talking about getting married and were engaged soon afterwards.

How did Tim propose?  We were at the Seattle Temple and he says to me, “Maybe we can go ring shopping this weekend!” and I’m thinking, “You don’t already have the ring?”  As we”re sitting in the parking lot, then he pops this gorgeous diamond on me and asks me to marry him.  I said yes, of course.

sarah-and-tim-online-love-story-ringOne stressful summer engagement and two receptions later, we were married in the Cardston, Alberta temple and then rode off into the sunset.  It was perfect.

So there you have it.  I met the love of my life on the internet.  How is that for God bringing two compatible people together that may have never met otherwise?  It’s beyond chance and makes me immensely grateful.

How did you meet your husband/wife/partner?


Third Anniversary August 30, 2008

This Monday, Tim and I will celebrate our third anniversary! It’s hard to believe that three years have really gone by – Tim really is the easiest person to be married to. Our anniversary typically falls on or around the Labor Day long weekend – sweet deal.

At our wedding reception in Vancouver, I surprised Tim by singing for him a beautiful song by Sarah McLachlan called Push. At the end of the song, my voice started to break and I couldn’t make it through without crying. Tim came and sat next to me for moral support as I finished the song. The lyrics are just as true today as they were then:

Everytime I look at you the world just melts away
All my troubles, all my fears dissolve in your affection
You see me at my weakest but you take me as I am
When I fall you offer me a softer place to land
You stay the course, you hold the line, keep it all together
You’re the one true thing I know I can believe in
You’re all the things that I desire, you save me, you complete me
You’re the one true thing I know I can believe
I get mad so easy but you give me room to breathe
No matter I say or do cuz you’re too good to fight about it
Even when I have to push just to see how far you’ll go
You won’t stoop down to battle but you never turn to go
Your love is just the antedote when nothing else can cure me
There are times I can’t decide when I can’t tell up from down
you make me feel less crazy when otherwise I’d drown
When you pick me up and brush me off and tell me I’m okay
Sometimes that’s just what we need to get us through the day
You stay the course, you hold the line, keep it all together
You’re the one true thing I know I can believe in
You’re all the things that I desire, you save me, you complete me
You’re the one true thing I know I can believe

Here are some fond memories photos captured by our dear friends & honorary family members, Charlie Ward Shin and Jennifer Wood, from our wedding reception in Portland:

Top photo care of Sandra Leung of Yaletown Photography.


Rob and Stacy’s Wedding July 13, 2008

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Last week, we drove to San Francisco for our good friends’ Rob Arao and Stacy Evanson’s wedding. We have known Rob for years, ever since he was baptized in Vancouver. He moved to Utah within the last year, having felt like he should be there. After going through several bad relationships, he hit the jackpot with Stacy. They both have such tender hearts and are a perfect match! They were married at the Oakland temple.

Stacy lived in Oakland for several years and before she’d even met Rob, knew exactly where she would have her wedding reception – a beautiful place at the top of a mountain called the Brazilian Room. We had the honor of sitting at the table next to theirs with Rob’s aweome family from Canada – we were the proud Canadian Corner! (Tim being an honorary Canadian of course)

After the ring exchange, Stacy had prepared some beautiful thoughts to share with Rob which moved him to tears.

Rob’s father had some excellent marriage advice for the new couple, including “falling in love many times – with the same person.”


blue bijou at bridal extravaganza April 1, 2008

Sarah’s jewelry company, blue bijou, is going to be featured at the upcoming Bridal Extravaganza on Saturday, April 5th in Sandy, Utah (for more details and awesome promos, visit the blue bijou blog!). Our friends at Black Door Floral will be providing floral arrangements for our booth – #82 by the fashion show, if you were wondering!


Should you know anyone engaged to be married, please extend the invitation to them to join blue bijou at the Bridal Extravaganza this weekend. It’s a great opportunity to meet vendors in one place and see the latest wedding fashions in an afternoon. We look forward to seeing you at the Bridal Extravaganza!


Wedding Pictures March 7, 2008

Just posted some of our lovely wedding photos on the blue bijou blog – check them out!

Here’s a teaser for ya…


Beautiful photography care of Yaletown Wedding Gallery, taken at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, Canada.  Oh the greenery…  When watching Martian Child this past past week (HIGHLY recommend it!), I knew it was filmed in Vancouver just by the lush greenery.  You could feel the moisture in the soil and humidity in the air just by looking at it.  That’s me – a true Vancouverite.