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Romantic Boho Wedding on Vancouver Island

Barefeet and overflowing breathtaking bouquets can only mean one thing: we have a boho beauty on our hands right here. This summer wedding, captured by Christie Graham, has me embracing a more relaxed outlook for my own upcoming nuptials and Paul Behm’s film just reinforces that belief even more. Settle into your Monday in a much better mood with these pics right here.

From Christie Graham PhotographySurrounded by close friends and family, Jason and Mish recited heartfelt vows in the Groom’s grandparent’s backyard on Vancouver Island in late September. They couldn’t have imagined a more personal place to get married. Hand-crafted wooden benches, the perfect flower arch and countless other details were designed and built by the Bride and Groom in preparation for their summer wedding. Two dogs (one belonging to the couple, the other belonging to a friend) sporting fresh floral collars preceded the Bride down the aisle.

The Bride’s carefree, barefooted boho look (so gorgeous!) and the maids’ mismatching braided updos and dresses complemented the stylish menswear – crisp navy velvet jackets, cream chinos and bow ties – perfectly.

Gold, blush, navy, cream and wooden elements came together flawlessly, decorating the reception venue to perfection. Thoughtful signage, beautiful photo memories, unique furniture vignettes, vintage books, frill balloons, an intricate handmade head table backdrop and cream candles added a sense of romance and intimacy to the space.

Balloons: Confetti And Co (and A Few DIY By The Bride) | Blue Ring: The Mahogany Attic | Bowtie: Mrs Bowtie | Bridal Boutique: Bisou Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Floral Design: West Coast Classic Floral Design | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Hair: Persona Hair Salon | Makeup: Tori Dixon And Paige Stewart | Paper Goods: Zing Paperie And Design | Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Reception Venue: Fairwinds Golf Club | Seating Chart: Bespoke Rentals | Videography: Paul Behm | Wedding Dress: Watters

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Sunset Vancouver Beach Engagement Session

Sunset really is the most beautiful time of day, as evidenced by this engagement session captured by the talented Vasia Han. With the picturesque Iona Beach in Vancouver as the backdrop and the beautiful Bride-to-be clutching a stunning bouquet of anemones from The Flower Factory, everything about these photos are pure magic, and you can dip your toes in the full gallery right here!

From Vasia HanTeresa and Jerro’s lovely engagement session shot entirely on film. Beautiful soft pastel tones, golden sunset light and a bouquet of flowers came together perfectly against the backdrop of Vancouver’s Iona Beach, a location that is close to the hearts of the Bride and Groom-to-be.

Blue Dress: Lulu's | Bouquet: The Flower Factory | Bracelet: Sarah Mulder | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Iona Beach Regional Park | Makeup And Hair : Charrisse Mae Makeup Artistry | Photography: Vasia Han

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Elegant Vancouver Wedding at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

When it doubt, go classic, stick with simple elegance, and you are guaranteed to not go wrong. This Bride did just that, and from her dreamy dress to a beautiful blooming bouquet by The Flower Factory – with the touch of fun succulents – scored big with this classy affair. Whitney Krutzfeldt captured it all and this gorgeous gallery is practically overflowing with the very best understated elegance.

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From the beautiful Bride… I planned the wedding myself over the course of one year. The Hotel Georgia was the first venue we looked at and the one we ultimately knew we wanted for our wedding reception, as Tim and I often frequent the hotel’s 1927-built lobby lounge for an evening cocktail or two, and we really connected with the warmth and elegance of the hotel. The interesting part was a couple months after securing the space, I found out my grandparents had their wedding reception there as well some 60+ years ago! We chose the celebration pavilion as we are not religious but wanted to be in a close intimate setting with our family and friends, which we felt that venue provided. We really liked that people sat in a semicircle which also made us feel more connected to them as they felt closer to us throughout the ceremony.

The wedding planning process was a lot of fun, everything seemed to fall into place and felt fairly effortless. I chose my vendors based on the connection I felt with them or through the work they had done in the past that resonated with me, and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. I found my dress on the first day of looking – couldn’t believe it, but knew it was the one. I chose my shoes as I wanted a pop of ‘blue’ and the Tiffany blue seemed fitting as that is where our wedding rings are from. The bridesmaid dresses were the first the ladies tried on as well and were such a hit! Loved the versatility in them, very flattering on each body type, which was really important to me that they all felt comfortable.

Best thing I did during my planning process was to hire a planner, even though it was only for ‘day of coordination services,’ the support and care I received well surpassed the ‘day of.’ Alicia Keats and her co-worker Sarah Lino were amazing to work with. Their calm and caring energy, attention to detail, flawless execution was more that I could’ve asked for. I couldn’t have pulled it all off without them.

I can’t really say there was one thing that really stuck out to me, but I can say if I could turn the clocks back and do it all over again I would in a heartbeat. I genuinely LOVED everything about our wedding day, nothing was missed to us. If anything we wish it could’ve lasted longer.

Best piece of advice that helped me through it all: Take 20 minutes or so after the ceremony to yourselves as a newlywed couple to soak it all in – Tim and I got to do this and escape to the amazing penthouse suite they upgraded us to and it was the BEST, as that whole day went by in a blink of an eye!

Bridal Salon: Blush Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Sweet Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Celebration Pavillion At Queen Elizabeth Park | Coordination: Alicia Keats | Decor: Upright Decor | Floral Design: The Flower Factory | Groom's Attire: The Tux Store | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tux Store | Hair: Hair By Brands | Hair Comb: Elsa Corsi | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Photography: Whitney Krutzfeldt | Photography - Assistance: Tegan McMartin | Reception Venue: Hotel Georgia | Rings: Tiffany's | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Transportation: Ultimate Limo | Wedding Dress: Hailey Paige

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Whimsical Pastel Summer Wedding

This, loves, is the ultimate summer wedding.  Think pretty pastel hues, a laid-back, yet totally charming reception + ceremony and whimsical details at every turn.  I’m talking paper flowers lining the aisles, people.  It’s light-hearted meets totally fun and you can see every gorgeous moment captured by Heart + Sparrow Photography in the full gallery.

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From Heart + Sparrow PhotographyI had the pleasure of photographing Kaitlyn and Bryce’s wedding this past August, and I was blown away with the thought and detail that were put in by the couple as well as their unbelievable planners, Hera Weddings & Events.

From the Bride and Groom… We didn’t really approach the wedding with a theme in mind. We worked closely with our wedding planners to pull together a vision for our day that really exuded who we are and what we love. The final product had so many DIY elements and simple, yet elegant themes. For colours, we used a lot of pastels (blush, peach and mint), greys, creams and leafy greens.

Our three favourite moments from the day were:

1. The reveal before the wedding: this was such a special private moment for us, we were able to calm our nerves and we were just so happy to see each other. We are so happy that Natalie was able to capture that moment for us.

2. Saying I Do: we were so fortunate to have Bryce’s Grandmother officiate our wedding, saying “I Do” in front of all our family and friends was an incredible moment.

3. Dancing the night away with our family and friends: our wedding felt so spectacular only because we have the most amazing family and friends, they were so excited and made the evening so fun for us. The dance floor was packed the entire night and we couldn’t have asked for a better celebration!

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Cake: Handmade Cake Company | Event Planning: Hera Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Fleurish Flowers Shop | Groom's Attire: Ed Williams Menswear | Groomsmen's Attire: J Crew | Invitations: Plush Invitations | Photography: Heart + Sparrow Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White

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Nautical Summer Wedding at Buffalo Canoe Club

I’d consider a yacht club to be an ideal wedding venue (maybe the New Englander in me is a little biased); with a seaside location and picture perfect views, you just really can’t go wrong. This beautiful Bride took that scene and ran with it, creating a personal celebration, full of little nautical nods. Meghan Andrews snapped up each and every one and this gallery has me dreaming of sunny days ahead.

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From The Bride… This area has great significance to my groom, Alexi’s family. His parents have two homes next door to each other on the beach, where they spend their summers (and we love to visit to get away from it all and spend time with family). His parents got married in the same tiny town. His mother grew up spending her summers at the Buffalo Canoe Club. Our florist, Wayne, is the son of the florist that Alexi’s parents’ used for their wedding in the 1970s :)

The wooden sign that says “shoes here, vows there, love everywhere” was hand painted by Alexi’s sister and made using pickets from a fence of a neighbor’s house down the beach. She and Alexi’s mom also made the stand for the seating cards from pickets from that fence. Additionally Alexi’s mom and sister handmade the arbor that we were married underneath using driftwood found in Lake Erie.

I wore something old, my maternal grandmother’s delicate wedding band; something new, lingerie, something borrowed, I wore my maid of honor’s veil; something blue, my navy blue Badgley Mischka heels

There was a loose travel theme to our special day. Our tables were named after places Alexi and I had traveled. When we met (through mutual friends on a ski trip) Alexi lived in Boston and I in San Francisco; needless to say we spent a lot of time traveling back and forth across the miles and meeting in the middle during our courtship. We found our favorite photo from each destination and sent them to Etsy shop PaperHeartPrint who designed the most beautiful table name cards complete with the geographic coordinates of that place for a very reasonable price; we got tons of compliments!

Going along with the travel theme, for a thank you gift my bridesmaids, I had personalized necklaces made for them by Nicole Alashaian of Etsy vendor NicWhims. I asked each maid her favorite place in the world and had the geographic coordinates of that place hand stamped into a sterling silver or gold bar. I also gave them navy blue cashmere pashminas purchased during my recent travels with one of my maids to Turkey.

For our favors, we both are obsessed with chocolate so we knew we wanted to incorporate this. To pay homage to the city we love and now call home (San Francisco), we gave chocolates from the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate, as well as some Hershey’s kisses, and had thank you tags made by Etsy vendor DarbyCardsNashville saying “love is sweet, thank you for making our day complete.”

We had navy and pink flip flops available, aka “dancing shoes,” for when guests grew tired of their fancy heels :)

Alexi and I were married by his sister and my brother. We wrote the ceremony ourselves, incorporating readings we loved and some that were used in our parents’ ceremonies, and our siblings edited it and added some of their own words. We couldn’t think of anyone who knew us better or who we would want to remember in such an important role than those two. It meant the world to us to have them up there.

Cupcakes: The Happy Baker | Floral Design: Crescent Gardens | Guest Transportation: Dunn The Mover | Guitarist: Bryce Moore | Hair: Sara McCann | Photography: Meghan Andrews Photography | Reception Venue: Buffalo Canoe Club | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Ravine Vineyard

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