Jamie & Melissa’s Wedding

Tying the knot in | | May 21, 2023

Our Love Story


Jamie Leonard Vanlenthe grew up in Kakabeka Falls, ON. When he graduated high school, he attended confederation college and got his advanced diploma in aviation flight management and obtained his pilot license. Jamie packed his bags and moved to Kenora where he first gained hours on float planes flying to a variety of fishing camps. He also ran a parasailing business out of Kenora. He then moved to Fiji where he once again flew float planes between the islands, which quickly became one of his favourite places. Following Fiji, Jamie got hired by the Ontario MNR and he eventually ended up flying the twin otter and CL415 water bombers out of Dryden. He bought his first house here on Rugby Lake. Jamie would work in Winnipeg flying Medevacs for the winters, which is how he met Melissa. Now Jamie flys Private jets for Air Sprint, getting the opportunity to explore all corners of North America.


Melissa Anne Russell grew up in Winnipeg, Mb. When she graduated high school, she attended University of Manitoba for two years studying sciences, eventually applying into Nursing. Melissa then made a big move and attended the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing. She had a bit of a hiccup part way through school when she broke her humerus skiing and had to take a year off. Post graduation Melissa worked in Calgary Foothills Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After living in Calgary for 5 years Melissa made the move back home. She got hired as a nurse with the Child Health Transport Team.  Which has turned into her dream job. This job is how she met Jamie.

The day we met

Some time before November 26, 2019

Jamie and Melissa first met unknowingly back when Jamie was flying float planes in Kenora. Melissa, her sister, Kalli and friends were visiting a friend in Kenora who was a pilot to go swimming and jump off his plane’s wing. Turns out Jamie was also on the dock at the same time.
Fast forward to the second time Melissa and Jamie met. November 26 2019. This was the first of many flights where Jamie was the captain of the crew that flew Melissa to her patients. It seems that every work call Melissa went on in November and December matched up perfectly with Jamie’s schedule as he continued to be her pilot on most flights. So many times that Jamie started to think he had Melissa’s number. Which one flight he found out it was a work phone number. Melissa also embarrassed herself many times in front of Jamie, including slipping on ice and almost walking into a plane wing. Melissa and Jamie started texting and talked all through Jamie’s trip to Africa.

Our first date

17 January 2020

Jamie flew Melissa to Toronto and back on a King air (~4hrs each way), this very long day was followed with their first date. A beer at Transcanada brewery. Both being very tired, they agreed to redo the first date on January 22, 2020. Melissa and Jamie went skating at the forks and loved every minute of it. Many more dates followed, and eventually they met each others families.
Dating in 2020 was unique as it was the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, thankfully Jamie lived with Melissa’s family that fall, so everyone was together during crazy times.

Bought A House

18 February 2021

Melissa and Jamie bought a house together! Over the next few months they designed it and watched it be built. Eventually moving in on September 15, 2021.
For close to the first year of their relationship Jamie and Melissa were only able to travel to Thunder Bay to visit Jamie’s family, Jamie’s house in Dryden and to the lake many times due to the pandemic. Then in Fall 2021 Melissa and Jamie were finally able to do what each of them love to do separately, together, TRAVEL! It started with a trip to Vancouver with Melissa’s family. A big trip to Iceland for 2 weeks. Followed by trips to Kimberley and Maui in spring 2022. September 2022 a trip to Albania!

The Engagement

09 June 2022

Melissa and Jamie woke up early and drove out to Falcon Lake to play a round of golf. On the 18th green, after Melissa putted out of turn, Jamie got down on one knee and asked Melissa to marry him. And of course she said “Are you serious, YES!”

Melissa and Jamie plan to continue to share their love of exploring and travelling for life.
Which is why we want you to join us in Mexico to celebrate our love and join us while we say “I do”.

Counting the days…

Schedule of Events

Main Ceremony

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

La Terraza
Dreams Jade Resort & Spa
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cocktail Hour

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dreams Jade Resort & Spa
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Wedding Reception

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Dreams Jade Resort & Spa
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico


Our Wedding Party

Kalli Russell

Maid of Honour

Kalli is Melissa’s little sister, but not by much, 15 months to the day. Kalli and Melissa grew up being best friends, playing with their American girl dolls, and making up dances and plays. They have travelled together and hope to keep that going throughout their lives. Even though they have been separated by distance many times, they are always there for each other.

Nolan Valenthe

Best Man

Nolan is Jamie’s younger cousin, Nolan and Jamie have been friends since they were young, eventually they worked together in a variety of jobs and lived together in Manitoba and then Nolan worked for Jamie when he had the parasailing business. Now living in different provinces they don’t always see each other but you wouldn’t know it when they are together.

Justine Russell


Justine is Melissa’s littlest sister. Justine was born on Melissa’s 13th birthday and she is Melissa’s mini me. They share similar looks, a love for playing all the sports, and both share a favourite number, 19! Even though she is younger Justine and Melissa have always been super close and share a special bond.

Simone Kennedy


Simone is Melissa’s longest friend, been friends for 29 years! They grew up as next door neighbours and best friends, going to school from kindergarten to grade 12 together. They went from playing on the front yard and riding their bikes in their Barney tshirts to playing on many of the same sports teams. Even though they live far apart they always look forward to the visits in the summers at the lake and family dinners at Christmas.

Flora Tolaj


Flora is Melissa’s best friend. They started working together 4 years ago and clicked instantly. It’s not very frequent that someone gets to work alongside their best friend in a team of 2, RN And RT. Melissa and flora travelled with their partners to Albania and Kosovo together in fall 2022 and can’t wait to share more adventures together.

Kyle Anseeuw


Kyle is Jamie’s friend. With Jamie living all over the place over the years, Kyle has always been the friend that was around the winnipeg area when Jamie was there. Started off with years of partying and now has led to more going for breakfast and Kyle helping with all the yard projects on Jamie and Melissa’s new house. With Jamie having to repay the favor to Kyle and Rickie with their new home.

Eric Lejeune


Eric is Jamie’s childhood friend. Living just down the road as kids, Jamie and Eric would ride their bikes to school everyday they could. As they got older this evolved to driving to high school and eventually going on a few trips together and being a must stop visit whenever Jamie is in Thunder bay

Carter Russell


Carter is Jamie’s soon to be brother in law and Melissa’s little brother. Jamie has stepped into the brotherly role of helping Carter work on boat motors he’s wrecked, helping him with house Reno’s, and cabin Reno’s. Carter and Jamie have enjoyed travelling together with the family and having beers on the dock at the cabin.

Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.


Travel Info


Assigned Lead Consultant: Juphell Falcis

Phone: 204-988-8441


To schedule a call with your lead agent, please use the following link:

 ***ATTENTION: Due to the pending requests the Final Payment Due Date has been extended to MARCH 18, 2023***

We are working with our travel partners on everyone’s pending requests and will send out a confirmation email with an updated detailed invoice as soon as everything is confirmed.  Thank you for your patience. 


Hotel Link: Dreams Jade Resort & Spa



Flight Information:

17MAY AC266 Winnipeg Toronto 1640 2004

18MAY AC1810 Toronto Cancun 0830 1130

25MAY AC1811 Cancun Toronto 1230 1725

25MAY AC271 Toronto Winnipeg 2045 2221

Category: Junior Suite Tropical View Double-AI

SGL $2299.00

DBL $1579.00

TPL $1569.00

CHD (3-12) $769.00

CHD (2) $209.00

+ $480.61 Taxes per person

+ $205.00 Winnipeg Connector (S Class)


Flight Information:

18MAY AC1510 Thunder Bay Toronto 0515 0655

18MAY AC1810 Toronto Cancun 0830 1130

25MAY AC1811 Cancun Toronto 1230 1725

25MAY AC1515 Toronto Thunder Bay 2055 2243

Category: Junior Suite Tropical View Double-AI

SGL $2299.00

DBL $1579.00

TPL $1569.00

CHD (3-12) $769.00

CHD (2) $209.00

+ $480.61 Taxes per person

+ $195.00 Thunder Bay Connector (S Class)

Room Upgrades Available:

*Rates and availability will be provided upon request as we are not holding extra space for upgrades at this time.

  • Junior Suite Oceanview – AI
  • Junior Suite Oceanfront – AI
  • Preferred Club Suite Oceanview – AI
  • Preferred Club Suite Oceanfront – AI

Experience The Preferred Club

Private Club Lounge

  • Personalized check-in and check-out
  • Daily breakfast service
  • Afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres
  • Exquisite desserts and premium liquors
  • Access to Preferred Club lounge and adults-only pool

Preferred Status & Amenities

  • Preferred Club suites in premium locations
  • Upgraded mini-bar
  • Upgraded bath amenities
  • Complimentary computer access in the Club lounge

Exclusive Privileges

  • Personal concierge service
  • Access to exclusive dining option for daily à la carte breakfast at Capers restaurant

Other departure cities and durations pricing details will be provided upon request.

For Overnight Hotel information the bride & groom have booked a room block at the Double Tree by Hilton Toronto Airport.

Please click on the following link for further information and to secure a room:

Double Tree by Hilton Toronto Airport


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*Allianz Global Assistance information can be provided upon request – we offer regular all-inclusive travel insurance as well as Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage.  CFAR insurance coverage can only be purchased at time of deposit or before any cancellation penalties apply.

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Initial Deposit Due: $250.00 per person (NON-REFUNDABLE)

50 seats/25 rooms are held until the release date of DECEMBER 19, 2022

(26 Winnipeg/24 Thunder Bay)

Final Payment Due: MARCH 18, 2023

Local Departure Taxes:

Not included. If applicable, passengers must pay locally per destination


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Melissa and Jamie’s Destination Wedding

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