We’re always so delighted to see weddings between two designers, such as this stunner sent to us from Blue Window Creative. Bride Sarah is a graphic designer, groom Trent is an architect, and their conjoined style is infused with a modern sensibility and fresh perspective. Sarah set to work three months prior to the wedding, crafting ceramic bud vases as favors for all of her guests — love!
From the bride, Sarah: Trent and I first met in high school 13 years ago. Trent proposed at a beautiful B&B in the south of France (in our secret south of France location) so we really wanted to capture elements of our French travels. Great space, food, wine, music, dancing and of course an amazing photographer! Family & friends are very important to us and we wanted to make sure it was a celebration for everyone. We chose to have a cocktail style reception so that guests could mingle, eat & socialize. Design is also important to Trent and I – Trent owns his own architectural business H:M:S Design Inc. and I am a graphic designer & co-owner of the graphic design company Phlo Design Inc.
We knew that we didn’t want the colour scheme to be the main focus so we chose a black, white & gold palette. The entire wedding planning was a creative process and the details were very important – everything from designing the invitations to starting over three months before the wedding to hand make our favours. Pottery has been a hobby of mine for many years and I wanted to create a personal touch by making over 70 porcelain bud vases. The bottom was stamped with our initials & our wedding date.
We knew that we wanted to get married outside but still have an intimate atmosphere. We chose Ferguson Point in Stanley Park which overlooks the beautiful Vancouver English Bay. The drive through the park to the point is beautiful and we wanted all of our out of town guests to experience its beauty. When choosing our reception venue we had a very clear picture of what the ideal location would be like. We wanted the food to be amazing, the architecture & space to be dynamic.
Our reception venue was the MARKET by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel. The architecture and interior finishes were beautiful so we chose to use minimal decoration. The two ceremony flower arrangements were placed on the dessert table & a few small vintage medicine bottles with flowers were placed on the tables. To create drama and height for the guest book/favour table we had an arrangement of maple branches to create visual interest. We ordered candles from Coqui Coqui a boutique hotel & perfumery in Tulum, Mexico. The staff at the Shangri-La were wonderful, professional & worked with us to help create our vision over 9 months leading up to the wedding day.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start planning right away to give yourself time to enjoy the process. Start a wedding binder to keep everything organized! Try to enjoy all of the small moments as the day unfolds. Remember that it is a celebration of the love you share for one another.
Bride’s Processional: “La Vie en Rose,” Edith Piaf
Signing of the Register: Amelie soundtrack
Announcement of the Couple/Reception Entrance Song: “Je Chante,” Charles Trenet
First Dance: “Hold You in my Arms,” Ray LaMontagne
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Father/Daughter Dance: “J’Attendrai,” Jean Sablon
Wedding Vendors (Vancouver, BC):
Ceremony Location: Ferguson Point, Stanley Park / Reception Venue: The Market by Jean-Georges at Shangri-La Hotel / Wedding Photographer: Blue Window Creative / Day-of Coordination: Fast Hospitality Event Services / Wedding Flowers: Divine Vines / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang “Evelyn” / Wedding Shoes: Prada / Makeup: Fay Von Schroeder / Hair: Brent Assenheimer / Groom’s Suit and Pocket Square: Canali / Groom’s Shirt: Etro / Groom’s Shoes and Tie: Gucci / Groomsmen’s Suits: Hugo Boss / Ceremony Music: Francois Laberge / DJ: Siegel Entertainment Ltd. / Macarons: Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie / Wedding Invitations: Phlo Design Inc. / Videographer: Burning Pages Productions Ltd.