Siao & Gurkan first met at a salsa club on Siao’s 25th birthday party. He asked for her number that evening and they couldn’t stop texting each other for the next two weeks until they finally went on their first date (Boston Pizza + Second Cup).

As they approached their 2 year anniversary, they discussed marriage quite a bit so Siao had a feeling a proposal was in the works during their Hawaii trip. She just wasn’t sure when or where it would exactly happen. Gurkan knew he wanted to propose during this trip as well, but couldn’t find the right place or moment to officially ask Siao to be his wife.

The summit of Haleakala clearly made for the perfect moment, however, and as they watched the sunrise, away from the crowds and secluded from the hustle & bustle of the city, Gurkan proposed to Siao.

“I knew she was the one because she makes me happy and has all of the qualities I would like in a partner. She’s very loving and caring, and family-oriented. These are the most important things I was looking for and Siao compliments me perfectly.” – Gurkan

“I knew Gurkan was the one when I felt completely secure and could be 100% myself around him. He’s great with my family and that was important to me. He gets all of my quirks and accepts my flaws. I feel like we mesh really well and have the same sense of humour, which is great, because we laugh all the time together and silly things.” – Siao

Congratulations, Siao & Gurkan and thank you for having me as your photographer! I’m grateful to have spent the day alongside of you and wish you many years of happiness!

Ceremony Venue: St. Albert Botanic Park / Reception Venue: Windermere Golf & Country Club / Hair: Glasshouse Hair DesignMakeup: The Beauty NinjaDress Designer: Sophia Tolli Dress Shop: White & Ivory / Cake: Art of CakeMusicDJ Fei Production / Officiant: Wild Rose Ceremonies