This is Mimi and Ted. They’re a pretty amazing couple as you’ll see shortly from their Manning Park engagement photos. This story goes back almost 10 years ago to 2007 after the three of us were cut from our provincial ultimate frisbee team. We sat there, wondering what was next for us. With ultimate frisbee being a relatively new sport back then, there was only one provincial team. Wanting to play at nationals that year, and having it be our last eligible year, an idea came to mind. Deciding on the spot, we decided to make our own team. The problem… we only had 5 players. The idea to create another team to the outside community was laughed at, but that only gave us more drive to succeed. From then on, our team Misfit was created.
That year we qualified for nationals but didn’t attend, due to the shortage of people. Although, our dream was slightly crushed, that summer was nothing short of amazing. 1 year later, what I thought was done and over with, was only the beginning of bigger things. A group of kids who were in the same boat asked if Misfit was happening again. With the direction from Mimi and Ted, the program grew to almost 6 teams every year with almost 300 players. Although 2008 would result in a second to last place finish, it wasn’t until 2016 when I got to witness these two lift a championship in Edmonton after beating the #1 seed BC All Stars! To see these two be committed year after year, giving up their summer, speaks volumes of these two AMAZING people. They’re always genuine, caring and the most optimistic people! You can’t help but smile being around these two.
Over that summer in 2007, the amount of hours on the phone, planning, recruiting, talking, strategizing, created this friendship, that has now lasted just over 10 years. For Mimi and Ted, it created more than a friendship as these two will be finally tying the knot in October! Never, ever would I have imagined 10 years ago, sitting in the park after being cut from our provincial team, would I have dared to think that I would be shooting their Manning Park engagement (or their Iceland Proposal). 11 years later here we are…
The scenic drive to Manning Park, was beautiful! Arriving just before the sunset, we started off by the lake where we were also greeted by ground squirrels who stole the show, just for a short time. Mimi and Ted mentioned how awkward they can get in front of cameras. The best remedy to awkward posing, is having fun, a few bad jokes ( which Ted has lots of), and contagious laughter and smiles. Finishing up our time by the lake we headed to the lookout point, where we caught the sunset. The sunset was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, and there was no one else, I would’ve rather spent it with than these two. As their wedding approaches in October, I can’t wait to be a part of this long journey that all started from a frisbee.