Tammy & Nikolaus

Two nature lovers tied the knot at North Vancouver’s Cleveland Dam, the site of their first kiss

Jenn Best Photography
Ceremony Venue:
Cleveland Dam Field, North Vancouver
Reception Venue & Catering:
SFU Diamond Alumni Centre
Wedding Planner:
Bride’s Dress:
Isabelle’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses:
Hair & Makeup:
Megan Stretch (friend of bride)
Groom’s Outfit:
Banana Republic
Groomsmen Outfit:
Black & Lee
Wedding Paper Divas
Bride’s chef brother
Elsa Corsi (earrings)
Reid Chudley (friend of couple)
Ceremony Arbour:
Handmade by groom

Tammy Smith and Nikolaus Mertes shared their first kiss beside Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver. And eight years later, it seemed only fitting that they would tie the knot in the same park.

Both Tammy and Nikolaus grew up enjoying the great outdoors – Nikolaus a block away from Cleveland Dam, and Tammy on Vancouver Island – and the two share a passion for outdoor adventure.

“We both refresh our body, mind and spirit best while spending time in the outdoors and we really wanted that to be reflected in our West Coast themed day,” explains Tammy.

Their reception continued the rustic theme at SFU Diamond Alumni Centre in Burnaby, with its impressive backdrop of Burnaby Mountain, the North Shore mountains and Indian Arm. The casual but elegant stand-up reception was also a true reflection of the couple’s own laid-back style.

Tammy and Nikolaus give full credit to their many friends and family members who contributed their talents to their big day. Among them was their photographer, Jenn Best, who is part of the bride’s extended family; their minister who is an old friend of the bride’s; the bride’s chef brother who prepared their dessert; a sister-in-law who provided plenty of advice thanks to her past role as a hotel wedding planner; as well as a friend who did Tammy’s hair and makeup, and the bridesmaids who helped out with the various DIY details.

There was also, of course, their ring bearer, Tammy’s five-year-old nephew Owen. During the rehearsal, a grumpy Owen had refused to cooperate at all – but once the ceremony began, he amazed everyone, even offering a high-five to the officiant.

And last but not least: “We could not have had such an amazing day and party to celebrate without both of our parents’ support and help.”