When the bridal party flies in on a helicopter (true story), and the wedding ends with a firework show, you just know you have a must-see wedding on your hands. So you may want to sit down to enjoy this one by  Anda Photography, because there is so much to take in…and I didn’t even mention the flower girls in fairy wings! So put “devour the full gallery” on your to-do list today, because you’ll need to set aside some time for this one!

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From the Bride… Like most brides out there, I had a vision of what I wanted our wedding to be like. Unfortunately, that changed weekly … no, daily! However, in the last few months, I would say that my vision did manage to remain consistent (as all my helpers let out a sigh of relief): a forest fairytale. I wanted to create an experience for our guests. I went to college for hospitality and event planning, so needless to say, making sure that our guests had as good of a time as I did was very important to me and my hubby-to-be. In planning, I researched keywords like “forest fairytale,” “midsummer night’s dream,” and “fairies house from sleeping beauty,” and thus began the brainstorming. I worked with two amazing florists from Mission Calla Lilies & More who are dreamers just like me and created amazing floral arrangements that were exactly what I wanted: unique, vintage, soft and classy. They put in ranunculus and dusty miller, which very much spoke to my forest fairytale idea. Also, I asked almost everyone who was involved in the decorating to incorporate burlap. I love burlap.

For the ceremony, I wanted to do something unique and not so somber. Sometimes the mood at weddings is a bit tense (in a good way), but I wanted to lighten it up. Luckily my husband is a little nutso sometimes, which helps feed into my sometimes not-so-realistic-ideas. ;) His idea was to skydive into the ceremony — we compromised and he flew in via helicopter, along with his best man and the pastor, to the surprise of all our guests. Oh yeah — did I mention the helicopter flew in to the song Danger Zone? Then the processional began with live violin music. All my bridesmaids wore different styles of dresses bought at Frocks in downtown Vancouver. My favorite part was my cute little ring bearer and the two little fairies that accompanied him. They were precious!

The reception can be summed up perfectly: good people, good food, good times! My forest fairytale dream came true. The tent where we held the reception was laced with lanterns, wood stumps, chandeliers and LOTS of love. It truly was an experience. I had an amazing team who made my dreams come true. It was everything I had imagined and more! Our caterers from Karen’s Catering NAILED it. Dinner was amazing (and I’m sure dessert was too … didn’t quite make it there). We even had one of my favorite foods from my Mennonite heritage: pierogies. The day couldn’t have gone better, and we topped it all off with a spectacular fireworks show to finish off the festivities with magical celebration. It ended the most wonderful day of my life perfectly. Though I could go on with so much more to say, I want to let our amazing photographers, Anda Photography, tell the rest of the story in pictures. Thanks, guys!

Wedding Photography: Anda Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Home in Chilliwack, British Columbia / Floral Design: Mission Calla Lilies and More / Wedding Coordination: Meghan Neufeld of White Giraffe Events / Catering: Karen’s Catering / Wedding Cinematography: Travis Hildebrandt (hildebrandttravis@gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the Bride via Mixbook / Decorators, DJ, Musicians + Officiant: Friends of the Couple / Wedding Dress: San Patrick via The Bridal Gallery / Bride’s Hair: Bliss Hair Design / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Frocks / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Aldo + Forever 21 / Tuxedos: Moores / Bride’s Rings: Spence Dimonds / Groom’s Ring: Metalsmiths