Newlyweds Riley and Dave hit the jackpot when it came to their ceremony venue — not only were they able to exchange vows with toes in the sand, but they also managed to get some incredible portraits in front of a secret waterfall on the property. Add in some watercolor details and an agate-inspired wedding cake and you’ve got serious happiness all around! Thank you to Rivkah Photography and Raspberry Flowers for your work here.
My smile gets a little wider any time we get to share some special tropical inspo, and this styled shoot from Kat Willson, Filosophi Events, and Celsia Florist ticks all our boxes. While the Pacific Northwest may be known for darker hues and natural rocky beauty, this team of vendors chose to inject some serious fun, color, and tropical influence for a look that leaves us totally inspired.
Black attire, heaps of burgundy, and an always-needed dose of warm colors is what makes this rich wedding inspiration from the lens of INGAVEDYAN weddings + fashion so sublime. Nestled in the forest and with sky-high trees all around, this wedding design and fashion style is for the bride who’s daring to push the dark color limits and would even step into (and fashionably rock) a black wedding dress. Wild Rose Flowers‘ creations only added to the mix, with deep-hued blooms in all shades of red, grabbing attention. From the cake display to the tablescape with flashes of gold, we’re enamored with this wedding inspiration!
Floral Design and Decor
Face Mesh, Ring, and Cross
This editorial shot by Hayley Rae Photography hits all the marks for a pinning recipe. It’s whimsical, mid-century mod, it’s geometric and the color palette this Vancouver wedding team chose is just heavenly. Cahoots Creative Happenings took the vision and ran with it, with florals by The Flower Factory. We will leave it to event stylists from Spotlight Events to take it from here!
From the event planner and producer, Spotlight Events: This mid-century geometric-inspired wedding styled shoot was a fun, creative expression from a group of Vancouver, BC’s top wedding professional. The shoot incorporated an intimate ceremony set-up, tablescape, cake display, lounge and a beautiful real life bride and groom! The concept was to showcase the geometric trend in an energetic and classy style.
Paige Petriw of Spotlight Events (producer and visionary of the shoot) chose the geo theme and a colour pallet of mint, teal, white and gold, and happily gave free creative rein to each vendor involved to showcase their talents fabulously. Cahoots Creative Happenings (designer) built so many of the elements from scratch and brought the mid-century inspiration to the overall design. The ceremony backdrop and geo chandelier over the tablescape were all crafted out of paper by the Cahoots Creative team. The newly renovated Stanley Park Pavilion was the perfect venue to provide an elegant and clean backdrop for the design. The two-piece dress from Pure Magnolia with tulle ballgown skirt and sequin top was the perfect fun and bubbly attire for the bride, combined with the groom’s pop of colour bow tie from Beaux.
Jasmine Hoffman and her team provided hair and makeup for the bride creating a laid back glam look. The flowers by The Flower Factory were modern and classic at the same time. The three tiered cake created by The Cake and the Giraffe was stunning with a marble base and water colour painted teal on top. The hexagon detail in gold and teal brought in the energetic geo theme. The stationery was hand-crafted by Kait Creative to add the perfect final touch to the design. Rentals from A&B Partytime Rentals and Loungeworks brought style to the essential elements, including chairs and linens. Everything was captured beautifully by the talented Hayley Rae Photography (photography) and Premier Love (videography).
See the behind the scenes video of the shoot from Premier Love here:
Planning and Production
Decor and Design
Groom's Bow Tie
Bright and bold colors and fruity inspiration are at the heart of this gorgeous Denise Lin styled shoot. Wanting to evoke warmth and joy, D’Love Affair Weddings & Events heralded in the yummiest tropical-style hues and, along with the floral stylings from Sunflower Florist, made sure to use every possible citrus fruit imaginable. With it, they paired the sunny colors with berry-toned pomegranate place settings that added some lovely depth to this summery editorial.
From the event planner, D’Love Affair Weddings & Events: Photographed by Denise Lin Photography and styled by D’Love Affair Weddings & Events with vintage decor from Past Pieces, this editorial shoot was filled with bright, fruity details. Staged at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver, the duo teamed up to create a refreshing decor inspiration with a palette of vibrant citrus colors. Nothing looks fresher for a summer wedding than a combination of soft peach, bright orange and cream hues! The beautiful tablescape, topped with multiple floral arrangements by Sunflower Florist, was inspired completely by summer citrus. Lemons, limes and oranges were placed on the table to add a splash of color. With the use of a clean calligraphy style script on handmade paper, CoConibs Calligraphy designed a custom stationery suite that complimented the tablescape perfectly. The pomegranate place cards with gold calligraphy also add a nice rustic vibe to the overall theme. The Sweet Alley crafted a stunning three-tier marbled cake with white chocolate drizzle and bright-colored blooms, as well as mini cakes and cupcakes to match.
Event Planning and Styling
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cake and Desserts
I hope you’re ready for a burst of color, because you’re about to get it from this styled shoot by Caroline Ross Photography, Umbrella Events, and Green With Envy. The team dreamt of a Kate Spade-meets-the-outdoors theme, and we love how they were able to bring nods to nature indoors. Top it all off with a delicious looking dessert table, and we’re all set!
From the event designer, Umbrella Events: This is our stylized session from Vancouver, Canada, with a theme of Kate Spade in the woods. We used a lot of different vendors for this shoot and everyone was really enthusiastic about the Kate Spade theme. We wanted stripes and hot pinks along with a woodsy theme, and used gold animals and a beautiful hanging wreath to bring the outdoors in!
If any shoot could make us head for the coast, it’s this one photographed by Christine Pienaar Photography. Christine recently took part in a Christie Graham workshop, where a team of talented photographers captured gorgeous portraits accentuated beautifully with flowers by Garden Party Flowers. This is coastal romance at its finest.
From the photographer, Christine Pienaar Photography: With fall fast approaching the coast of Vancouver, this styled bohemian bridal look brings the perfect inspiration for brides who are swooning over long sleeved gowns. Just because the air is a little cooler and crisper, doesn’t mean couples need to hide away from a beautiful coastal setting. This shoot was brought together by the inspiration of the beautiful Rosa Clara long sleeve flared lace gown and deep blues of the west coast. With bohemian touch in mind, the brides fishtail braid ties in a romantic touch to go with the grooms sophisticated checkered suit. With a center piece to swoon over for days, the frame is not complete without the stunning scenery of the coastal rocks and evergreens.
Hair and Makeup
We’re heading down South for today’s styled shoot, a dreamy wedding scene in shades of peach. Christine Williams, Peach Tree & Co., and A Unique Boutique put together a photo shoot that blends East and West Coast styles effortlessly, using vintage rentals and a chic wedding gown with sequin accents to tie everything together beautifully.
From the event designer, Genessa of Peach Tree & Co.: I call two places my home — Vancouver and Atlanta, Georgia where my dad lives and where I grew up. For the last few years I have worked with one of the top wedding planning companies here in Vancouver, Dream Group Productions. However, I have always dreamed of owning my own planning company specializing in Southern Weddings, Decor Styling, and DIY. Last fall I ventured on my own and created Peach Tree & Co. I wanted to have a company that connected the West Coast with the South ushering brides down to the South to create Dreamy Plantation weddings, or Brides from the South wanting the West Coast beauty for their wedding. I always knew I wanted to plan and style lavish Charleston soirees, intimate weddings on Myrtle Beach, or magical Savannah weddings.
With this in mind, I created and styled this style shoot to bring the whimsy and ethereal qualities of Southern Weddings to West Coast brides and vendors. I created the concept of the calligraphy design, and place settings, with distressed edges. I wanted the dessert bar to be rustic with delicate details such as lace, and the vanity displaying the desserts. I wanted a open farm time with a floral runner and mismatched china patterns, and pink coupe glasses.
A garden wedding is a treat any time of the year, though it certainly shines best when surrounded by blooming flowers and great agricultural details, like in this shoot from Simply Rose Photography, Weddings by Journey, and Greenstems. Deep purple and gold come together to make a rich color palette, which serves as a perfect contrast to the bride’s wispy and romantic wedding gown!
From the photographer, Rose of Simply Rose Photography: The main inspiration for this shoot was a deep purple colour combined with some rustic food elements like artichokes, berries and grapes. The concept was developed by myself to include some rich tones that would be offset by an outdoor garden location that could be fitting any time of the year. Gold was added as a small accent in some of the decor and the cake.The scene starts off with the elegant tablescape of gold charger plates with gold-trimmed china along with a matching set of cutlery. A menu card with a small greenery sprig completes the place setting simply yet elegantly. Each setting has two glasses; one purple tall-stemmed goblet and a smaller vintage drinking glass. The floral runner was designed with the purple theme in mind as well as pulling together some the savory components in the charcuterie platters for an organic and rustic but elevated centerpiece. Interspersed throughout the runner are tall mercury candlesticks and smaller gold goblets of flower arrangements. Everything was set on a heavy charred oak table with matching benches and purple seating pillows for each setting.
The table was shot in two segments; one with the simple place setting and one with personal charcuterie platters and a signature drink, both designed by Railtown Catering. They worked with the colour palette to create a savory component to the shoot that meshed well with the organic feel of the florals and surroundings. The artisan antipasto platters featured Italian and Spanish meats such as salamis, prosciutto and mortadella, imported cheeses, marinated, grilled and chilled Mediterranean vegetables with raw vegetables and a house made sourdough. The signature drink (The Winter Wedding specialty cocktail) comprised of local wallflower gin, creme de cassis, fresh pressed beet and apple juice, rose water, nectar and topped with a sparking rose wine.
The goal for the bridal styling was simple while incorporating some of the purple palette without being too overpowering. The bride’s (model’s name was Anjani Varma) Ellebay gown (Gabrielle) was just the right amount of appeal suitable for a garden wedding so we kept her hair loose and the jewelry minimal to earrings, a bracelet and a ring from Gorjana. A skinny belt was added to accessorize the dress. The groom (model’s name was Owen Unruh, represented by Charles Stuart International) showcased a suit from Topman that featured a bit of purple in the suit jacket and it was paired with a purple tie for a little pop of colour. The bouquet was loose, organic and asymmetrical with quicksand roses, purple anenomes, artichokes, tulips, proteas and a host of greenery from maidenferns to olive foliage.
The final component of the shoot was the cake and savory display located in a stone hearth featuring a beautiful assortment of purple and green edibles along with a larger version of the charcuterie platter as well as the signature cocktail. Here, the golden plum concept comes together in the cake and decor items along with the garden element of the stone backdrop. The colours are rich and inviting. Some floral branches lean towards the cake, mimicking the shape of the arch. For the final few shots, the top tier of the cake was cut to reveal a bit of complimentary colour inside.
Wedding Belt + Earrings
Hair + Makeup
Signature Drink + Charcuterie
We’ve seen our fair share of bohemian inspiration mixed with bright colors (which will always hold a special place in our hearts), but today’s styled shoot from Kim James Photography, Lele Chan, and Celsia Floral takes on the boho look with a neutral color palette we just can’t resist. Ivories and taupes commingle with gold and blush pink for a look that’s purely elegant and awfully inspiring!
From the photographer, Kim James Photography: In March I had the pleasure of joining a fabulous group of other talented photographers for the Boheme Workshop in Vancouver, BC. It was hosted at the Historic Hycroft Manor. The incredible architecture combined with the beautiful decor made for a photographer’s dream shoot. The workshop was put on by Vasia Weddings and Artiese Studios. They had a amazing vision and brought it to life. They hand picked a long list of incredible vendors to be a part of the workshop.
Concept + Styling
Veils + Hair Accessories
Hair + Makeup
Cane Back Chairs + Cove Chair
Chargers + Glassware
Plates, Rugs + Decor
Wedding Stationery + Calligraphy
When you have a pet as cute as Robyn and Dave’s French Bulldog Lola, you just can’t fight the urge to include her in your wedding day. Christie Graham Photography, Smitten Events, and Delovely Creative were more than happy to accommodate Lola’s presence both in the wedding day itself and in the event decor, from the place cards to the dessert bar to the actual ceremony!
From the event planners, Smitten Events: Robyn & Dave love their French Bulldog, Lola, just about as much as they love each other. When it came to planning the decor elements for their wedding at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar in Vancouver, BC, they made sure that Lola was well represented. Images of French Bulldog’s adorned signage, took the form of place cards, looked regal on wine bottles and even guarded the sweets tables as statuettes. Add to this element Robyn’s love for all things black, gold and polka-dotted, and their elegant, intimate wedding came together in a beautiful way.
Robyn, who is a wedding planner with Smitten Events, worked tirelessly to ensure that every little detail of their wedding celebration was not only special for her and Dave, but for their 65 guests. A circle ceremony in the courtyard under a canopy of cafe lights, family style tables done up in black and gold polka dots, vintage brass vessels filled with jewel toned florals and tons of candlelight made their wedding extraordinary for friends and family. Guests enjoyed custom cocktails and dined on a gourmet, four-course meal, then were treated to an epic sweets table which included Robyn’s Mom’s homemade apple pies among the selection of favourite desserts. Candies were displayed artfully on a vintage bar cart and the couple’s last name, Lemon, was recognized with details like lemon candy favours and a sparkly marquee sign. It’s hard to pick just one favourite element of Robyn & Dave’s wedding but perhaps the sweetest was the way they included Lola. Not only was Lola’s image a common theme, Lola herself marched proudly down the aisle as part of the processional and stood by as Robyn & Dave said, “I Do!”
Gold Flatware and Chargers
We’ve seen it so many times now that it’s pretty much a given — Delovely Creative just knows how to create gorgeous events. This modern tropical wedding inspiration shoot brings beach-y styling to an industrial setting, for a styled shoot that ends up being nothing short of honest to goodness perfection with the added help of Blush Wedding Photography!
From the photographer, Kristy of Blush Wedding Photography: Our shoot idea explored romantic meets tropical with hints of geometric styling. When the term “romantic” is used, often vintage elements come to mind, so the goal of this shoot was to infuse ethereal romance with modern, off beat style. The team wanted to pull from the current geometric tend, without it being hard or too overly edgy.
Additionally, Vancouver can be a grey place at times, leaving brides wistfully dreaming of a sunny tropical backdrop. Use of protea, tillandsia and quirky tropical fruit in the decor styling, add a nod to the tropics, while embracing a down to earth, west coast feel. The dress, pulled from Vancouver’s The Block, ads to the clean modern feel of the shoot, and allows the subtly tropical palette to shine through. By blending industrial design elements and architecture with dreamy lighting, raw natural crystals and punchy colours, it creates a totally unique vibe, perfect for the urban stylish bride.
Shoot Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada / Photographer: Blush Wedding Photography / Event Styling, Flowers, and Stationery: Delovely Creative / Attire: The Block / Jewelery: Cavalier / Hair and Makeup: Emily Cheng / Models: Emily and Peter from Richards International Model / Wedding Cake: Kien & Sweet
Today’s couple met as they were drifting upon the Caribbean Sea — groom Gavin was the captain, while Nadia worked on the ship’s crew. Ashley of Spread Love Events took this theme and ran with it, implementing nautical details and the couple’s love story throughout the wedding day. Rebecca Amber Photography took the reins capturing the big day, making one sweet Vancouver wedding story!
From the bride, Nadia: Gavin and I both wanted an intimate, simple, fun and special day that we could share with our close family and friends. The thought of a wedding would sometimes overwhelm us, as we both didn’t want something too traditional or to have too much attention on ourselves. We decided to instead think of the day as a chance to throw a party and nice evening out for those closest to us. This shaped our decisions and made the planning process more fun.
Our planner really helped our vision of the day become a reality. We wanted to the day to be classic, romantic, personal and beautiful. Our main theme was to incorporate our love of the sea and sailing. There were hints of nautical decor and some nods to the Caribbean, which is where we met. Our colour scheme included classic and bright colours such as navy and coral. Although the wedding was in spring, and we were expecting rain, we incorporated the bright colours to give us a feel of summer, our favourite time of year. Luckily for us, we got a summer day in spring!
One of our favourite memories was the time we spent beforehand, getting our photos taken at one of favourite beaches in the city. The weather was so beautiful with the cherry blossoms and flowers in full bloom. We did our first look under the trees and it was so special to have that time together before the ceremony. Our other favourite memories are of the amazing speeches are friends and family made, and our first dance in the courtyard, surrounded by our loved ones holding sparklers.
What advice do you have, if any, for brides planning their wedding day now? The classic advice really does ring true. Don’t stress about the small stuff. Everything works out in the end and your day will be special to you no matter what happens. The planning and day itself go by so fast, that you will look back and wish you were in the moment and soaked as much of it in as possible. Also, hiring a planner saved our lives. If it is possible with your budget, we highly recommend it. Our planner was such a great support. She kept us focused, made sure we were on track and took care of all the details, decor, organizing and scheduling, down to every minute on the day itself. We knew we would have lots of guests coming in from out of town, and not having to stress about all those tasks, meant we could enjoy our time with everyone leading up to and after the day. With her in charge the day went so smoothly, was planned perfectly and styled beautifully.
First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Processional: Bach’s Prelude Cello Suite No.1 and “Lagrima,” Tarrega
Recessional: “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
Wedding Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada / Photographer: Rebecca Amber Photography / Second Shooter: Christie Graham Photography / Wedding Planner and Design: Spread Love Events / Wedding Flowers: Celsia Florist / Wedding Venue: Brix / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Hair: Christine LeBlanc / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Suit: Canali / Musician: Stanton Jack
Warm, inviting and very personal, this Vancouver urban winery wedding by styled by our Blue Label member Petite Pearl Events and Jaylena Photography was just that. Full of sweet details near and dear to their hearts, the bride and groom wanted their special day to feel like a big hug… and I’m sure their guests would agree that the feelings of love and comfort in the air felt like a warm embrace for each and every one of them.
From the bride, Jennifer: We wanted our wedding to feel like a hug. We wanted our guests to feel embraced, cared for and comfortable in every way. We did this through inserting thoughtful personal touches everywhere we could – and really taking the time to think about how we could make each piece from flowers to music to food reflect us as a couple. We also thought about our guests as individuals and tried to give each of them a little something that said we had them in our thoughts. We did this in little ways… like making sure my uncle who likes gin and tonic had the particular brand of tonic that he drinks at home, and including some songs by The Committments for our friends from Ireland, and so on. In this way, the style ended up being something totally unique to us as a couple and to our family and friends as a circle. If I had to describe it, the style was warm, modern, romantic and elegantly down to earth.
My very favourite, and most labour-intensive DIY had to be my bouquet, which I made with the help of my best girl friends. I had seen these lovely DIY paper flowers online that someone had made using old pages from a book. I took this a little further and typed up the inscriptions from all the cards that my husband had given to me over our 11 years together – from our first anniversary, to birthdays and Valentine’s Days – I’m lucky enough that my husband loves to write me long and really touching cards. Then I printed this document out onto some beautiful papers that I picked up from Paper Ya, an amazing paper goods store in Vancouver, and over the course of many nights my wonderful friends and I made them into a totally one of a kind bouquet. I love that so much love went into that piece. Both in John’s words but also in the time that my dearest friends spent making this with me. I loved it so much on our wedding day and now it’s something that we keep in our bedroom, and it makes me smile every time I see it. Defintely worth the effort.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Number one, breathe. Number two, hire people who’s work you love and who you can trust. Our vendors were so very amazing and made everything come together on our wedding day super smoothly. Lastly, try and remember that your wedding is about you and your spouse celebrating your love with the most important people in your lives. If you can remember that your day is all about love, hopefully that will help you to have fun through all the many steps and decisions leading up to your wedding day. And if that fails sometimes, and it did for us, be gentle with yourself, remind yourself that everything will work out and in the end you will have a great day, stories to remember forever and be united to the person of your dreams. How great is that?
Processional: “Longing to Belong (to you),” by Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher,” by Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” by Colin James
Location: British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Jaylena Photography / Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church / Reception:
This casual dinner party by All & Sundry and Mikaela Ruth celebrates Spring in all the right ways. Soft hues and fresh florals mix together to create an atmosphere that has just the right amount of understated elegance. The chalkboard art is great, too, adding a hipness to the whole look.
Setting/Story: The setting is one of a modern, hip, and casual dinner party where an atmosphere of open conversation and revelry is encouraged. The decor elements do not distract from the primary reason for these people to gather; they provide an understated elegance celebrating the colours, freshness, promise, and new growth of spring.
Interesting Elements: We love the finer details of any wedding, event, or shoot and wanted to feature a number of unique items that not only allowed us to achieve our vision of a beautiful dinner reception with understated elegance, but one that also speaks to the charm and significance behind individually handcrafted pieces from local Vancouver vendors such as: a Polaroid Photo Booth Frame, paper anemones (tutorial) which adorned the Polaroid PB Frame and the cake, repurposed and hand-stamped dessert forks and a cake server, and an illustrated chalkboard seating chart and backdrop. The models in this styled shoot are a real couple (happily together, we might add), and the “groom” is the co-founder of a Vancouver-based bespoke suit company (and, of course, he’s wearing one of his own suits for the shoot).
Shoot Location: Vancouver, Canada / Wedding Photographer: Mikaela Ruth / Wedding Planner / Event Designer: All & Sundry / Wedding Videographer & Polaroid Photo Booth: Tomasz Wagner Mananetwork / Hair & Make-up: Lacey of Bye Napoleon / Florals: Celsia Florist / Wedding Stationery: Design by Dainty / Dessert: Coco Cake / Cake Server & Dessert Forks: The Loving Spoon / Calligraphy & Illustration: Rachael Pope / Models (Bride & Groom): Beki Liang and Mark Kazazian / Bride’s Dress: Ellebay Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: House of Harlow 1960 / Groom’s Suit: Raffinatto / Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York / Bride’s Jewelry & Groom’s Wedding Band: Oh Kuol Jewelry / Groom’s Bow-Tie: Exhibit B Ties / DIY resource: Elli / Venue: East Van Studio
This tablescape designed by Spread Love Events is one delicious set of wedding inspiration, perfect for a New Year’s Eve nuptial. Shot by Rebecca Amber Photography and with gorgeous florals by Celsia Florist, this beyond chic, modern romantic table is making us go gaga over every little detail!
From Ashley of Spread Love Events:If Kate Spade and Pottery Barn planned a party together, we imagined it might look a little something like this! We dressed up our table in dots, classic stripes and gold, and Celsia Florist blew us away with the gorgeous floral arrangements of peonies, anemones and ranunculus. We designed the stationary and chalk board to carry through the theme, bringing a whimsical element to this elegant and luxurious table setting. The chairs and bench were collected from our favourite Vancouver local design store, The Cross (aren’t the carved chairs amazing?). And as a special gift to all the brides we go the chance to visit with at the show, paperwhite bulbs were packaged in hand stamped muslin bags with instructions on how to let them grow. It was a fun day filled with gold, gorgeous blooms and blushing brides to be.
The second we heard from Bailey’s Brides that they wanted to go after a bold color palette, we were hooked! Pulling inspiration from an Italian café and rich hues of purples, pinks, and teals, this shoot is chock full of fresh floral decor from Just Fresh Concept and a yummy cake thanks to Le Gateau Bake Shop.
From the stylist and planner, Bailey’s Brides: Just like anyone involved with weddings, in any way, as a vendor, bride, groom or even a guest, everyone loves to see something new, something grand, bold, romantic and inspiring. When Denise and I got to talking about what we wanted to do for a shoot we wanted to push the envelope a bit and try some new colours to inspire the new bride and groom. Our inspiration was Italy and it came from the amazing venue we used. The venue (Vinicis Café and Art Gallery) is actually a café run by a local woman from Italy, the walls are adorned with her paintings in rich purples, teals, luscious yellows and exotic blues. We could only picture ourselves on the hills of Italy enjoying a romantic wedding in this setting.
To get the drama and romance of the shoot portrayed, we put the model in darker, seductive and rich romantic makeup, and her dress carried the frills of an exotic wedding but with the glam of sophistication. The flowers brought all of this to life in high drama, with large blooms, exotic flowers and rich colours. The added touches of an over the top luxurious couch, high end glitter heels and stunning jewellery only added to the exotic feel and the small personal touches such as the Mr. and Mrs. coasters and the “Bride” hanger added the personal and DIY touch that every bride craves. The table settings, a sweet heart table for two was surrounded but the lush foliage of Italy…
The bride and groom sit framed in luxury as they sit seated at a Tuscan inspired setting, with dark teal, shell chargers with the added glam of a solid silver glitter charger. Lace napkins, coloured beads and teal candles added the subtle rich and romantic feel. The idea behind the shoot was not only to inspire brides to think a little out of the box, to have fun, be a little dramatic, but it was also a way to introduce the idea of having a destination wedding in your own backyard.
Shoot Location: Vancouver, BC / Photography: Denise Lin Photography / Event Planner: Bailey’s Brides / Floral Designer: Just Fresh Concept / Invitation Designer: Uniquity Invitations / Dress Store: Tiffany Bridal / Makeup Artist: MUAHjwn | makeup & hair artistry / Jewelry: Caroline Calvert Couture / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Black and Lee Tuxedos / Bakery: Le Gateau Bake Shop / Restaurant: Vinci’s Caffè & Gallery / Hangers: Linda from L. West Fashions / “Mr” & “Mrs: signs and forks: Milk & Honey Products / Decor supplies: Pier 1 Imports
Happy Friday, and happy first full weekend of fall! We thought we’d take a look at some of our incredible Blue Label vendors in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. These vendors (in addition to being supremely talented) love to travel, so don’t hesitate to drop them a line if you fall in love!
Above photo by Erica Rose
Congratulations to the winner of our Macy’s contest, Nancy!
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Autumnal blush inspiration shoot
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Botanical + butterfly inspiration shoot
Shutterfly premium photobooks
1920s vintage Virginia wedding
DIY burlap ring pillow tutorial
Melbourne wedding at The Prince
Pixelated wedding ideas
DIY pixelated backdrop
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This week, in Recycle Your Wedding…
Tree log escort card holders
“Here Comes the Bride” signs
10 Slate and driftwood centerpieces
Copper table number holders
White sequin Alice + Olivia dress
Vera Wang crystal sash
Collection of 62 white umbrellas
Swarovski crystal and pearl headband
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.
Love when brides submit their own weddings! Shauna shared her wedding with us shot by the one and only James Moes. I’ve been a long time fan of nontraditional wedding dress colors and Shauna looked absolutely stunning in her vintage pink wedding dress with a classic updo to top it off. Thank you so much for sharing + wish a lifetime of happiness with your hubby!
From the bride, Shauna: It was an incredibly emotional day. My best friend’s mother passed away suddenly days before the wedding, so within days of each other we were mourning the loss of her mother, and then dancing the hora at my wedding. Her mother was our role model and a true lover of life, and we knew she would want us to celebrate as best we could. The cycle of life was so evident that weekend, and looking back I feel nothing but gratitude. Our wedding was filled with old traditions and new, and was all about love, family, friends, great music, and great food. I feel incredibly lucky that we got to work with so many talented vendors.
Wedding vendors (Vancouver, Canada):
Venue: The Roundhouse / Photographer: James Moes / Caterer: Perfect Bite Catering / Hair: bride’s friend Jacob Rozenberg / Makeup: bride’s friend Kylie Goldstein / Bridal Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar / Bride’s Dress: custom made by Dorie Kong of L’Mode Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Bagdley Mischka / Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein / Chuppah: Upright Decor / Wedding Coordinator: Jenna of Revel Events / Photobooth: Nathan Moes / Band: The Magician & The Gates of Love / Wedding Flowers: The Flower Factory
Vince and Amanda’s Vancouver wedding by Ophelia Photography was a light-hearted bash filled with lots of color and personal touches. My favorite personal touch has to be Amanda’s darling dress. It was handmade by her mother, and I think it turned out beautifully!
More from the bride, Amanda:
Vince and I wanted something very Alice in Wonderland tea party/50’s garden party/fairytale. Stylish and somewhat traditional but still very colorful and non-formal. We wanted everyone to have a really good time and share in the excitement we felt!
Our ceremony location was the Minoru chapel in Richmond BC. This place is just cute as anything! We had wanted to get married outside, but because we live in Vancouver you can never predict the rain (and there is a LOT of it in Vancouver). So we chose this adorable little chapel.
I’m proud to say that my Mom made my dress! I designed what I wanted and she made it come to life. I had looked everywhere for what I wanted but couldn’t. Thankfully my Mom has been making so many of my clothes since I was young and she did such a fantastic job on my wedding dress! It was also so great to have something so personalized. It meant the world to me!
For our wedding cake we didn’t want traditional wedding cake because… well.. have you eaten traditional wedding cake? Yuck! We both love the mousse cakes from the Chinese bakery’s around town so we bought 3 different shapes/types of cakes. We borrowed a cake tray from a friend and decorated it with fake birds and butterflies. It was so colorful matching our theme and even more delicious!
I am all for the DIY, but know your limit!! I’m extremely easy going and still managed to feel the stress of taking too many things on myself. Biggest example was that I had refused to have my family set up my reception hall by themselves. I wanted to be there to help. Of course everything was not happening right on time and I managed to get back to the hotel with about half an hour to get ready for the wedding itself. Lucky for me I was far too excited about getting married to get too stressed out. But I can see how a lot of woman would be flipping out. Know your limit!
Wedding Vendors (Richmond, BC):
Ceremony Venue: Minoru Chapel/ Reception Venue: UBC Boathouse/ Photographer: Ophelia Photography/ Event Planner: Girly Girl Event Consultants/ Bouquet & Boutonnieres: Mission Calla Lilies/ Caterer: Embers BBQ House & Bride’s Family/ Dessert: T & T Supermarket/ Invitations: Stephanie Hancock/ Transportation: Star Limousine/ Hair Stylist: Erin at is. salon/ Bride’s Dress: Made by her mother/ Groom’s Suit: Le Chateau