Enamoured with their romantic West Coast surroundings, smitten tourists Justin Warger and Robin Simcoe of Malakwa B.C. decided Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Lighthouse was the perfect backdrop for a wedding. The couple invited locals to their spontaneous big day over social media and received an outpouring of support as they tied the knot alongside their son Jase under a sunny sky on Monday. (Photo - Jen McLeod )

Surrounded by coastal serenity, tourists spontaneously tie the knot in Ucluelet

“I said, jokingly, to Justin, ‘Hey, you want to get married today?’ He said, ‘Yeah!’

Robin Simcoe and Justin Warger discovered the Pacific Rim on Friday. Three days later, they were newlyweds.

Enamoured with their West Coast surroundings, and each other, the Malakwa B.C. couple celebrated their spontaneous big day at Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Lighthouse on a sunny Monday afternoon.

“On Saturday, we got rings. On Sunday, we got a dress and flowers. On Monday, as soon as Westland Insurance opened, we got a marriage license and it all came together,” Justin said.

“Monday was crazy,” Robin added. “We literally, on foot, ran all around Ucluelet and finally got our marriage license and we found flowers; it was the last bouquet.”

The pair and their son Jase were visiting Vancouver Island for the first time and romantic wheels began to turn as they felt the community’s warmth during the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Parade in Tofino Saturday morning.

“That morning, we’d had so many encounters with people just smiling and talking to us and hearing how friendly everybody was with everyone and, I think, we just really got caught up in a feeling of just happiness and that just struck us and stuck to us,” Robin said. “I said, jokingly, to Justin, ‘Hey, you want to get married today?’ He said, ‘Yeah!’ and everything just snowballed from there…I’m not even quite sure how it all became real, but we always wanted to do something simple. It felt right.”

Justin said the pair had been engaged for three years, but had never been able to settle on a spot to tie the knot until they discovered the West Coast.

“It’s probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s phenomenal out here,” he said. “The community is fantastic, but also just the whole area is fantastic. There is so much going on at once, yet it is so calm and relaxed and laid back…I can’t really describe the feeling you get out here, but it’s one of a kind.”

Justin’s parents were travelling with them and Justin said that not only were they instantly on board with the idea, they scouted out the Amphitrite Point backdrop.

“My parents had driven out there before and they said, ‘It’s an absolute perfect spot to get married.’ So we said, ‘Sure, let’s do it there.’ We actually hadn’t seen the lighthouse until we got out there to get married,” he said.

“The crazy thing about it is that we had a bunch of whales in the background too. The weather was absolutely fantastic. It was pretty surreal being out there, getting married.”

After securing officiant Judy Michaud to make their wedding official, the pair invited locals to their big day through social media and not only found a photographer willing to immortalize the moment—Jen McLeod—but also a community of new friends.

“It was amazing,” Robin said. “We started the wedding and we weren’t really sure if anybody was coming. Then, just as we got started, a group of girls came down the path and they were smiling and laughing. They ran up to us and immediately I was happy. Then, right in the middle of the wedding, a bunch of other girls came out in all different directions, all laughing, and it brought tears to my eyes. It was so joyful. I’d never met any of them, obviously, and it felt like they were all supposed to be there.”

Robin was beaming with happy memories Tuesday morning.

“It’s raining and everything is still so beautiful and happy and I’m just excited,” she said. “I don’t feel like I can even express how thankful I am to everybody that helped and those girls that came out to the wedding.”

Justin was equally enthusiastic.

“It all really came together a lot better than we thought it was going to and all the people that came out just made it so much more fantastic,” he said. “I want the local people to know that it’s a dreamland out here. It’s fantastic. Everything is a great experience. Life is so much better out here.”

The couple will return home as newlyweds on Thursday.

Just Posted

Developer plans to bring Best Western hotel to Hope

Mike Hache has big plans for 950 Old Hope Princeton Way

Four chances to see Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah in the Valley

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra brings Handels’ Messiah to Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Aldergrove

Lots of laughs at Bozzini’s holiday concert in Chilliwack

Double bill performance features rock n’ roll duo Kitty & the Rooster, cabaret musician Shirley Gnome

Hope woman ticks bodybuilding off her bucket list

Kris Lebedoff endured strict training regimen, restrictive diet and managed Type-1 diabetes to compete

Carving stolen June 2017 re-installed in front of Owl Street Cafe

Thanks to a former community member, ‘Close Encounters’ was spotted for sale on Craigslist for $4,500

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Family calls for change after death of B.C. man at St. Paul’s Hospital

Hospital beds for patients with both medical and mental-health issues are ‘very limited’: coroner

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Most Read