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Model Sarah Easler tries out a little number intended for those brides planning a tropical beach wedding.

Vancouver spring brides fret not. Just because you live in one of Canada’s wettest cities doesn’t mean you have to deal with frizzy hair, rained-out venues and muddy skirt hems.

The lure of warm, sunny skies enticed Nadine Langevin and her husband, Ron Langevin, to get married on the beach in Maui, Hawaii.

"We actually didn’t even take any family with us or friends," said Langevin, 31, who got married last Oct. 8. "We felt it was about us.

"When you’re there on the beach with the waves, the sound, it was beautiful," she said, adding it was stress-free because the co-ordinator handled all the details.

When they returned to British Columbia they celebrated with friends and family.

Lurdes Balfour, creative director at Absolute Weddings and Honeymoons, said destination weddings are often economical because the ceremony is smaller.

Absolute is one of 200 exhibitors that will be at the 2008 Wedding Fair at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, which starts tomorrow.


  • Many destination brides look for shorter, strapless sundresses that are less formal and bulky than traditional gowns — some even wear bikinis!

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