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Congratulations to Leana and Daniel on winning
our Destination Weddings Photo Contest from
Volume 4 Issue 1.
No punch or kick could distract Leana and Daniel
from each other’s gaze when they met through
mutual friends at a UFC event years ago. This
Ukrainian-born gal and Irish-Italian-Canadian mix
were intimately blended together when they
became best friends, and later lovers.
“It was an interesting ride and definitely very
challenging at times, but we made it,” Leana
recounts their journey.
Their common love of animals, especially dogs,
travelling, and leading healthy lives kept their
relationship strong, and Leana believes that this
quote describes their partnership to a tee, “A great
relationship isn’t when two perfect people come
together, it’s when two imperfect people learn to
love and treasure each other and don’t give up.”
On the snow-capped peak of Vancouver’s Grouse
Mountain, Daniel and Leana enjoyed a day of
snow shoeing followed by a dinner at the renowned
Observatory Restaurant overlooking Capilano Lake
and the glittering lights of Vancouver.
“The most amazing view of Vancouver, the sunset,
and a box on the table with my amazing custom
ring that he chose. I was speechless and in tears
with happiness! It felt like a dream,” she remembers.
It was from that day on that the couple knew they
wanted to exchange their vows with a destination
wedding, since Daniel’s family lived all over
Canada. The happy couple thought this would be
the perfect way to introduce their families for the
first time – and it came at an ideal time when Daniel
and Leana desperately needed a vacation.
A joyous union
With “message in a bottle” invitations, Daniel and
Leana joined their families in a beach celebration
at Paradisus Punta Cana on spectacular Bavaro
Beach in the Dominican Republic.
“We were very pleased with everything [at the
beachfront resort]. The destination wedding was
the best idea and choice we ever made! It was so
much easier on us, and it was just perfect to spend
Real Weddings
Paradisus Punta Cana resort photographer.
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