Zac + Monikah: proposal story + planning a wedding as a vendor

edmonton engagement story

our friends at Zokah Productions are engaged! it has been a pleasure getting to know these two – they are always full of smiles and passion for what they do. i always enjoy their wedding highlight videos, but when i saw their personal video of their trip to the Philippines, complete with Zac’s proposal, it may have brought a tear to my eye….

it’s my pleasure to share this rad couple’s proposal story and video, as well as a bit of their experience planning a wedding while working in the industry. enjoy!

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‘Zac and I got engaged in June of 2014. It was a pretty romantic proposal. We were in the Philippines to photograph and film two weddings. We took a couple of weeks off for an adventure in the beautiful country afterwards. I’ve always dreamed of venturing through rice terrace fields and so that is what we did! We drove for 8 hours from Manila to reach Banaue, Ifugao. Banaue is the only town that you can reach by road in rice terraces…after that you are walking. The next day we hiked, along with two of our good friends, for two and a half more hours through the most spectacular landscapes of lush rain forest, secluded mountain villages, and, of course, rice terraces. At the end of our hike we were at the Tappiya Falls, which are massive and powerful. The scene was near magical. We were on a little bed of rocks in front of a massive waterfall. Finally, this is when Zac went down on one knee and proposed to me. I was exhausted, elated, and very surprised! I said yes and now here we are back in chilly Edmonton planning our wedding, all while running our photography and video business. This makes life very busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!


Before I started working in the wedding industry I had been to a grand total of two weddings! One being my parents when I was very young and one as a maid of honour in a 30-person wedding. Needless to say, I didn’t have much of an idea what a traditional wedding consisted of. Throughout my work I have now seen so many kinds of weddings from non-religious to Catholic to Indian. What I have realized is that every wedding is very different but one thing is always the same: it is the union of two people who love each other very much. Who are honoured and excited to dedicate their lives to one another.

In realizing that a wedding is only about love and dedication, I have not been stressed or overwhelmed while planning our wedding. Many people have said to us “it must be so difficult to plan your own wedding since you have seen so many weddings… now you will want yours to be the best of the best!” In fact, in almost all aspects, we have found it to be exactly the opposite.

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engagement photos

above three images by Retrospekt Design.

Being a professional in the wedding industry has made it so much easier to plan our wedding. We are not letting the little things stress us out. Zac and I want to leave room throughout our day to relax and not let the day zoom by us! It is so common for the brides and grooms we work with to tell us how they don’t remember half of what happened during their wedding (thank goodness for photography and video!).

I can see how planning a wedding can be overwhelming. You have a long list of things to do and literally thousands of vendors to chose between for things like catering, photographers, videographers, DJ’s, party favours, cake, décor, your colours, and the list goes on! At the end of the day those just things, a wedding is a wedding. In the end all that matters is how much we love each other and that we are excited for the rest of our lives together!’

this post was written by Monikah Wiseman of Zokah Productions – visit Zokah’s website here, or go say hi on Facebook or Twitter

got a proposal story you’d love to share? get in touch! we’d love to hear from you.