"Our Story"

During the summer of 2014, amidst the bustling atmosphere of a conference in Baltimore National Harbor, destiny wove a serendipitous encounter between Victor and Thachary (Tack). A connection sparked, and even after the conference, we found ourselves staying in touch despite the geographical distance that soon separated us. Fate intervened as Victor made the cross-country move from Pennsylvania to Seattle just before Thanksgiving in 2014, and what began as a friendship blossomed into a romantic journey.

Tack jokingly claims that he “imported” Victor from another state since the love story unfolded, overcoming the initial challenges of timing and distance. In 2019, Tack asked Victor to marry him on an beautiful sunset beach in Puerto Vallarta. Although we were filled with excitement to begin planning the wedding, it was unfortunately delayed by the unexpected arrival of the global pandemic in 2020. 

Undeterred, we decided to patiently wait until 2024, ensuring that our dream wedding would take place in the enchanting setting of Victoria, Canada. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all for being a part of the celebration of our enduring love, a testament to the belief that some stories are simply meant to be written in the stars.

Travel and Lodging Logistics

Travel Arrangements

Victoria Airport ( YYJ) – A few airlines fly directly into Victoria, including Alaska, Air Canada and WestJet.

If flying into Seattle*, the following ferries provide service to Victoria: 

Coho Ferry – leaves from Port Angeles, WA, (90 minutes north of Seattle) four times each day (8:20 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) $146 roundtrip for driver and vehicle and $44 for each additional passenger. 

The Clipper Ferry – this foot ferry (no vehicles) leaves from downtown Seattle each morning at 8 a.m. Approximately $200 roundtrip per person.

If flying into Vancouver or driving up to the border from Seattle, the following ferry provides service to Victoria: 

BC Ferry – leaves regularly from Vancouver to Victoria. $164.70 roundtrip for driver and vehicle and $37 for each additional passenger (Canadian Dollars).

If flying directly to Victoria from Seattle: 

Alaska  – offers direct flights to Victoria, Canada, but they are a bit pricey. Approximately $300 roundtrip per person from Seattle.

Kenmore Air – Year-round service to the Victoria Seaplane Terminal in inner harbor from either Kenmore Air Harbor (12 miles north of downtown Seattle) or Lake Union in Seattle. Approximately $400 roundtrip per person from Seattle.

 * We will be arranging car pools for those of you flying into Seattle on the evening of Friday, June 21. We will also be car pooling to the ferries on Saturday morning. 

Hotel Accommodations

Oak Bay Beach Hotel – The wedding will be held here, but the rooms are costly. Nightly rate: $400-600. If that doesn’t scare you away, click here to reserve rooms.  

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites – Classy suites with kitchens, located in downtown Victoria. Nightly rate: $211*. 

Huntingdon Manor and Pendray Inn – Very nice hotel and B&B located just across from the Clipper and Coho Ferry. Nightly rate: $199*. 

Best Western Hotels – Budget friendly hotels near downtown and inner harbor. Nightly rate: $202*. 

Oswego Hotel – Modern suites with kitchens, located in downtown Victoria. Nightly rate: $185*. 

Quality Inn – Budget downtown hotel. Nightly rate: $134*.

Days Inn on the Harbour – Fun hotel with a pub near the ferries. Nightly rate: $191*. 

Hotel Grand Pacific – Spiffy hotel near the ferries. Nightly rate: $226*. 

Marriott Inner Harbour – Upscale hotel downtown. Nightly rate: $228*.

Strathcona Hotel Budget hotel a bit farther into downtown, but includes a very lively pub. Nightly rate: $190*. 

Embassy Inn – Decent hotel w/ breakfast. Nightly rate: $211*. 

* Prices are as of 12/8/23 on Travelocity.

Update: Wedding Reception

There has been a change to the  wedding reception location. It will now be held at the Oak Bay Hotel -Executive Room (just right of the hotel lobby) from 4-6 p.m. shortly after the wedding ceremony. 

Please join us there after the post-wedding cocktail hour at 3 p.m. for dinner, dancing and more festivities. 


Oak Bay Hotel - Executive Room

In lieu of wedding gifts, we would prefer gift cards. Our favorite places to shop are listed below: 

Home Depot  
Ashley Home Furnishings
Old Cannery
Trader Joes
Tractor Supply
Best Buy
Basically, any home improvement or furnishing stores

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If you have questions as you book your itineraries, please feel free to contact either Victor (victordevans@yahoo.com) or Tack (tvanks@gmail.com) for additional information, tips and advice on your travel arrangements.