Bradford & Kendra, Love Commanders

Posted by Talia Tanaka on March 25, 2013 0 Comments

Let us introduce our newest addition to the Love Commanders series, Bradford and Kendra! Newlyweds as of last February, Bradford and Kendra proudly wear their Love Medals and graciously share their story with us. Bradford is wearing his Strength Love Medal, perfectly complemented by his amazing bow tie! Kendra is 'pretty in purple' with her Affinity necklace and custom bronze & mustard Bravery Love Medal.......oh, and Oscar!

LM: What was your first impression of each other?

Kendra: Obviously I thought he was very handsome. He was also very easy to talk to, quick-witted and very charming. Even from our very first short conversation I could tell we had complementary personalities. 

Bradford: I was captivated, she had so much panache I couldn't turn my attention to anyone else or look away. I was in love.

LM: Kendra, what's the most romantic thing Bradford has done for you?

It's hard to think of one thing, because Bradford is a very romantic person in a non-conventional way. He does the usual things like flowers and chocolates but he is especially good at coming up with creative things to do for me to show he cares. For instance, he proposed to me in the same spot he first asked me to be his girlfriend and to take a chance on our relationship and move out to Vancouver so we could be together, which was very romantic. But I think the most romantic thing he has done is buy me a ticket home to Winnipeg for my birthday the first year I had moved here, even though I know he would have liked to spend the weekend with me. He did it because he knew I was homesick and he wanted me to be able to see my family. He even got a hold of all of my family and good friends to let them know I was coming so that they could plan a party for me, and he kept it a secret right until the last minute.

LM: Who is Oscar? Tell us about him....

Oscar is our pet French Bulldog. He's 3 now. He's our little baby. He might be the most spoiled dog in the world. He's definitely the king of our household. He has his own chair in the living room, he sleeps in our bed, gets to share our pillows, and will cry if he is not the centre of attention at all times. He can be a handful but he has the most personality of any dog we have ever met and can't imagine him not being a part of our family. 

LM: What are your pet names for each other?

Bradford: I call her monkey, but I also call the dog monkey or monkey man, so I guess we are not big on pet names.

Kendra: Or we are, since he literally calls me a pet name.

LM: What do you feel makes your relationship work?

It works primarily because we love each other so much. Secondarily it works because we try to accept the ways we are different and compromise on issues where our views may differ, which is admittedly not easy. But we have become better at it as our relationship has grown. Instead we focus on the many ways we make each other happy and support each other. And we make each other laugh!

LM: What do you love about each other? What drives you nuts?

Kendra: I love that Bradford is so generous with his love, so protective of me, that he makes himself so available and that he lets me know that I am a priority in his life. Bradford makes me feel loved and that makes it so easy to love him without insecurity. He gives me more than I could have ever thought to want. 

It drives me nuts that he is so stubborn! I think most of our fights stem from that, because we are both stubborn people, and we butt heads.

Bradford: I love how honest and genuine she is. I love that she is such an amazing sister and daughter and would do anything for her family...and now wife, I feel so lucky to know that she will do anything for me. 

It drives me nuts that she is so stubborn, said the pot!

LM: What does love mean to each of you? How would you define it?

Kendra: Love is so hard to define, and there are so many different kinds of love. All the people in my life who I love, I couldn't or wouldn't want to live without. So I guess I define love as a feeling so strong that you can't imagine your life without that person. But I would also define love as caring about a person so much that you would put their wellbeing before your own. It means unselfishly wanting the best for another person. Most parents love their children this way, but it is truly special when you find a partner that you feel this way about.

Bradford: I think real love means being truly unselfish and putting someone else first. No matter what happens, even if they make you angry or upset you can't imagine being apart from them. Love is an action not a a feeling. I think I would define love as appreciating all the goodness in another person.

LM: Well put!! 

Thank you Bradford and Kendra!

Love & Light

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Love Medals & Daily Secret Prize Winner!

Posted by Talia Tanaka on July 12, 2012 0 Comments

Love Medals was recently honoured to be featured on the Vancouver Daily Secret, Secret #89. We teamed up with the Daily Secret to give away a sterling silver Heart lapel pin to a lucky winner. Brooke Takhar was the happy contest winner and it turns out Brooke is a talented writer and bloggist, Missteenussr.

Brooke graciously sent us photos and a specially written piece for Love Medals! Grandma, Mom, and adorable daughter, wear their Heart lapel pin with pride.

LOVE MEDAL by Brooke Takhar

They say you can wear your heart on your sleeve, but how about your lapel?

After I was lucky enough to win a Love Medal (thank you Talia & Vancouver Secret), I waited patiently by the mailbox.

Opening the luxe packaging alone was a lovely process. A bow was unfurled, a lid lightly lifted and soft swaths of fabric turned upside down to reveal...a wee beauty.

Even though I fell hard and fast in love with this pretty pin, I had to share. Wouldn't you?

Doesn't the best gift inspire you to give?

Three generations proudly pinned with a tiny daub of love.

A Love Medal.


Thank you Brooke!

love T :)

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Salute the ones you Love!

Posted by Talia Tanaka on July 03, 2012 0 Comments

We've had some very touching stories come back to us from various military families; from a husband who just completed his tour of duty and returned home with a Love Medal for his wife, to a veteran widow wearing a Love Medal in honour of her late husband. 

We even have a special story to share all the way from Switzerland! Heather and Greg just celebrated their 10th anniversary. Greg is in the Swiss Military. He lives in the barracks during the week, and the family is reunited on the weekends.

Heather presented her husband with our Star Collar Insignia in sterling silver. She told us, "We have a running promise that someday he will have stars - as in general stars. But as a great husband and father, I want to give them to him earlier." Greg now wears them under his uniform as a special weapon of love and support from his family. 

As a touching post Father's Day feature and as a new couple in our Love Commanders series, we asked Heather and Greg to share with us their story....

LM: When and how did you meet?

Heather: We met at a Cinco de Mayo party being held at the US mission Marine Detachment House. 

LM: Who made the first move?

Heather: A mutual American friend of ours introduced us. I had no interest in meeting a Swiss person as that might have required me to speak French. So in a truly rude fashion, I waved my hand and said "I do not speak French". Luckily, Greg had had a beer or two and was feeling 'brave'. He put his hands on his hips and said, "Well, I speak English". That was the beginning of an evening filled with talking and playing pool. I ended up getting his email and followed up with a dinner invite. My husband is actually more of an introvert, so for him to 'stand up' to me, an extrovert, was a big move. Thank goodness he did, as it changed our lives forever.

Greg: Heather by email. 

*LM (Gotta love the strong silent type ;))

LM: What do you love about each other?

Greg: The fact that we can be ourselves and not play any games of what we 'should be'.

Heather: My husband is probably one of the most thoughtful, caring, honest, respectful and good hearted men I know. He is my role model and my inspiration. He brings out the best in me - gives me support and confidence when life is challenging, whether it be work or family related. I also love the fact that he is Swiss. Being in a multi-cultural marriage definitely brings an added dimension to our lives.

LM: Heather, please tell us the story behind awarding your husband the Love Medals Stars collar insignia.

Heather: My husband has worked so hard the last years to achieve his career goals, not made easy by the fact that he is away from his family during the week and was in Kosovo the first year of our son's life. Work has been particularly challenging the last year and he was studying hard for the third session of his General Staff course, which is a gruelling couple of weeks filled with non-stop exams and projects. Morale was low and I wanted my husband to remember that even if things seemed impossible, I believed in him. He arrived home late Friday afternoon and as he stood in the doorway, I announced that I had something special to award him; in recognition of his role as a husband, father and outstanding army officer, I presented him with his "stars". It was a proud moment. When he went to sleep that night, he put them by his bedside table, in the box, and fell asleep looking at them.

LM: Greg, what was it like to receive this special gift?

Greg: It was wonderful. My wife found meaning beyond the stars, not only for the Army.

LM: Heather, truth, do you like seeing your husband in uniform? Does it help keep the 'spark' alive? ;)

Heather: I love uniforms - I wanted to be an airline hostess just to wear the uniform. So for me, there is nothing more 'hot' than seeing my husband walk through the gate in his uniform on the weekend. He looks so handsome and 'manly'.

*LM (Amen to that!)

LM: What does love mean to you? How would you define it?

Greg: Respect for each other and to fulfill the needs of your loved one.

Heather: Upon reflection, my definition of love has changed as I have gotten older and become a wife and mother. At this moment in time, it is about caring, respect, fulfillment, happiness, commitment and passion. One thing that has not changed, whenever I look at my husband, my heart still melts and I still see 'stars'.

♥ ♥ ♥

Oh, we just love it!! Thank you Greg and Heather for sharing with us. Please keep us posted on when Greg becomes General! 


-T :)

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Tara & Eric, Love Commanders

Posted by Talia Tanaka on April 24, 2012 0 Comments

It is a great joy for us to introduce Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan as part of our growing Love Commanders: Couples Series. Tara and Eric are not only partners as dedicated parents to two beautiful children, they are also business partners at Two Story Productions, an award-winning boutique film and video production company. Tara and Eric are very supportive of what we do here at Love Medals, and we would like to honour them with this special feature. 

Tara is wearing her Treasure and Unity necklaces, as well as her Affinity bracelet.

Eric is wearing his Bravery Love Medal and Star pin. 

*Heart Cloud provided by Mother Nature. Just happened to be there when we looked up after the photo shoot....

The Story

LM: When and how did you meet?

Tara: We met June 6, 2002 at a restaurant in Yaletown. I approached him to be in a music video, he thought I was indirectly asking him out. Maybe I was subconsciously, but I no joke, it was all business!

LM: Who made the first move and how?

Eric: A few weeks later I saw her at another restaurant. She appeared to be on some kind of awkward date. I invited myself to join them. It was very Alpha of me to do. I ended up being in the music video, then we started dating.

LM: What was your first impression of each other?

Eric: She had an intensity about her that was extremely attractive. The restaurant where I worked was a bit of a meat-market so I was used to hot women hitting on me. But there was a business-like quality to her question "Are you a model?" that suggested there was more there. I was right, she cast me in the starring role in her life!

Tara: I thought he was very handsome! It was very effortless for us to talk. He made me laugh and he also seemed familiar. 

LM: Why do you feel you have a successful relationship?

Tara: Lots has happened in a decade. In sum, we are truly a good team. We work together at everything we do. We co-parent, we are a creative duo who run a business, we manage our home together, and most importantly we genuinely enjoy each others' company. We move forward each day, together. We are good communicators and constantly strive for balance and harmony. Raising kids and working together = needing support. Without our families and our nanny, Hester, our relationship at this stage in our lives would not be as successful as it is. We are very grateful. Oh, and we laugh a lot and try not to take it all too seriously. 

LM: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a couple? Why?

Eric: We're constantly creating and re-creating a lifestyle that works for us. We have two children (Wilfred, 3 years old and Paris, 6 months) at the centre of our universe. We've built a successful business in a highly competitive industry. We commute one block to our studio so we're always close to the kids. We get to create and invent and play at work all day. We're blessed.

LM: What do you love about each other? What could you do without?

Eric: I'm amazed by her capacity to learn and adapt and grow. And her tenacity. She's showed me a new level of perseverance. What could I do without? Ah, but she's perfect!

Tara: I love Eric. Plain and simple. I guess I could do without his noisy electric toothbrush, but then again, I should learn to tune it out. So, that's more about me than him.

LM: Who said 'I love you' first? Give us the details!

Tara: I don't recall who spoke these words first. The love was there from the beginning and it continues to evolve and grow.

Eric: I honestly don't recall either. Our relationship was such an easy progression that whenever it happened and whoever said it first, it must have felt natural.

LM: What does love mean to each of you? How would you define it?

Tara: Love is enough to get you through anything. Love is having an open heart, being mindful and listening carefully to what your loved ones are saying. Love is living in the moment and capturing the beauty and joy in the everyday. The more love you give, the more love you get back. Love is everything. 

Eric: Love is an ideal. Poets and philosophers call it The Universal Law. In practical terms, it's patience, kindness, acceptance, non-judging, rejoicing. In my life, it's where we start and end each and everyday. 

Thank you so much Tara and Eric! 

We wish you continued success both in business and life. xo

-T :)

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Dalia & Mineo, Love Commanders

Posted by Talia Tanaka on February 29, 2012 2 Comments

We are extremely proud to post our first 'Love Commanders: Couples' blog post featuring Dalia and Mineo (my parents!) This is where we have the great pleasure of acknowledging and honouring couples who make it work, through thick and thin. We find them inspirational and we hope you do too!

Dalia and Mineo recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary! I love you guys :)

Mineo is wearing his sterling silver LM Star Pin and Dalia is wearing her Conquerer Love Medal.

The Story

LM: When and how did you meet?

Dalia:  We met in Jerusalem, Israel (where I'm from) in 1974. A group of 20 Canadian students from the UBC School of Architecture came to our design school on an exchange program.

Mineo: We met on February 7th, 1975 in her apartment sitting next to her boyfriend.

(my parents can never agree on anything. lol)

LM: Who made the first move and how?

Dalia: I had a welcoming party for the Canadian students. Mineo arrived with 2 bottles of wine, one in each hand. When I opened the door he took me in his arms and I have to admit it felt quite good!

Mineo: I made the first move. Gave her a hug and it felt good! 

(well they agree on that!)

LM: What was your first impression of each other?

Dalia: I had never seen an Asian person in real life before, only in the movies and in books. When I was nine, I read 'The Good Earth' by Pearl S. Buck and fell in love with the Asian man on the cover. I'd fall asleep with the book by my pillow. When I saw Mineo for the first time, I thought to myslef, "It's him!" Mineo was so different from everyone else. He wore polyester pants, suspenders and working boots. His shiny black hair was parted in the middle and cascaded over his shoulders down to his chest. I have never seen anyone like him since. 

Mineo: Kind of cute. Giggly. And needed help with her English.

LM: Why do you feel you have a successful relationship?

Dalia: We agree that we don't agree on anything except food.

Mineo: Because I love and respect her.

LM: Who wears the pants in your relationship?

Dalia: I think we take turns although I think he takes more tuns than I do :)

Mineo: Sometimes me. Sometimes Dalia. Most of the time Dalia.

LM: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a couple? and why?

Dalia: Our daughters. They are beautiful, smart and very strong women. As a couple we learned to help each other in critical times. We started with only a few dollars and are now looking forward to our retirement full of fun and play.

Mineo: The daughters. Both bright, talented, good looking and athletic.

LM: What do you love about each other? What could you do without?

Dalia: I love Mineo's intelligence, his care for the family and his devotion to me. I could do without his procrastination!

Mineo: I love her great sense of humour, her good heart and I can do without her stubbornness.

LM: Who said 'I love you' first?

Dalia: It must have been him.

Mineo: It wasn't me.

LM: What does love mean to each of you? How would you define it?

Dalia: Love is stability, security, sharing, building a home together, supportive, encouraging, being honest and telling the truth even when the truth hurts.

Mineo: Love means everything to me. It is the ultimate human force in the Universe. Even after you die, you have already loved and nothing ever can change it.

(Dad! Kleenex please!!!) 

Thank you mom and dad for everything :) xo


Please email us at if you would like to suggest honouring a special couple for our 'Love Commanders: Couples' series :)

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