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Romantic Whistler Winter Engagement Session

I can’t believe I’m saying this but… I’ve fallen in love with winter, all due to this gorgeous engagement shoot from Kim James. With the juxtaposition of the bride-to-be’s Vera Wang (super chic) dress, and her Hunter boots and wool blankets, I’ve basically stepped into my winter dream scene. I’ll be soaking up every single pic since spring is still far away and I’m not ready to let go of this love affair just yet.

From Kim James Photography… Nori and Garet are originally from Texas and they are currently living in LA. They had scheduled a winter vacation to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada and decided it would be great to have their engagement photos taken at a cool destination. The snow and mountains and these two equals one of my all-time favorite engagement sessions. Whistler is a lot colder than LA, but they braved the freezing weather in order to get the shots. Nori wore a stunning Vera Wang dress paired with Hunter Boots and she looked absolutely adorable. It started snowing half way through our session which made for some magical winter images. They are planning a summer wedding back in their home state of Texas.

Photography: Kim James Photography | Dress: Vera Wang | Boots : Hunter Boots | Venue: Whistler

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Romantic Winter Wedding

This, my friends, is the perfect winter wedding; a fabulous combo of rich red and purple hues, the crazy gorgeous stylings of Spotlight Event Planning & Design and layers upon layers of snowy goodness.  Add in the always wonderful backdrop of Vancouver and some lush blooms crafted by Blooming Aisle Floral Design and, voila.  Winter wonderland in one, two, three.  See it all captured by Elle&R right here. 


From Spotlight Event Planning & Design…. Right from the beginning, Sheena and Ben had a beautiful vision of a winter “Mountain Vista” wedding. They wanted their day to have fresh snow, warm fireplaces, a cozy log cabin, and be tied together with a fabulous touch of vintage elegance. Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC was able to provide the perfect setting for this December wedding. Although Sheena is originally from Vancouver, they both now live in the UK, and planned their entire wedding from abroad with the help of their wedding planner, Paige Petriw of Spotlight Event Planning & Design.

To reflect their personalities, the day needed to be timeless, unique and fun. They’re both young at heart, playful and classy all at the same time. Needless to say, they love adventure and winter getaways. All these characteristics were used to personalize every detail of their wedding day.

One of the first elements they wanted to incorporate were roasted s’mores. None of their family and friends from the UK had ever had them because, believe it or not, they don’t have s’mores in the UK. Real gas fire pits out on the patio were used for these, along with tree stumps for seating hand-carved by the Grouse Mountain lumberjacks.

Sheena and Ben chose a stag head as a running theme within the wedding design to bring in the mountain vista feel they were going for. To really bring this to life, they hung a faux taxidermy stag head over the fireplace in the Timber Room at Grouse Mountain. It was truly the perfect touch for the space.

To bring in the vintage atmosphere, they rented some beautiful antique furniture, including a settee, two chairs and a coffee table, for around the fireplace. They had a photo album of all their adventures together on the coffee table as well for guests to browse through while sitting by the fire.

They also wanted to incorporate an ice sculpture fitting perfectly with their winter theme. To take it one step further, they opted to make it a luge to add something unique to the party. Of course, the ice sculpture was carved into a stag head, and the luge was a party hit.

Their guest favours were pashminas and scarves to keep all their guests warm in the cold winter night, especially when outside on the patio roasting up s’mores.

Their wedding cake was actually made of cheese. They already had so many sweets with the candy buffet and s’mores, they opted for stacked speciality cheeses for their cake instead. Garnished with figs and grapes, and served later in the evening with an assortment of crackers and breads, it was truly a unique touch.

They decided to configure the room with one long dining table for their 40 guests. With crystal-draped candelabras and floral arrangements of burgundy and green as the centrepieces, the table was stunning. Silver charger plates, custom menus and mini jars of M&M’s embellished each place setting, with the pashmina and scarf favours adorning each chair with the guests’ names to mark their seat. White fabric swags draped the ceiling to soften the room, and twinkle lights strung from end to end to make the whole space romantic.

The love and laughter throughout the day is what resonated the most. A beautiful day of beautiful emotions for two beautiful people!

Photography: Elle&R | Wedding Planner: Spotlight Event Planning & Design | Florist: Blooming Aisle Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: The Observatory, Grouse Mountain | Reception Venue: The Timber Room, Grouse Mountain | Makeup: Makeup by Larissa | Hair: A Salon | Accommodation: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver | Cake (Cheese): Benton Brothers Fine Cheese | Candy Jars: Bootah Jardin | Decor Rentals: All Occasions Chic Rentals | Decor Rentals: Upright Decor Rentals and Event Design | Decor Rentals: Art of the Party | Ice Sculpture: Ice Decor | Marriage Commissioner: Sherry Vermiere | Photobooth: Hoopla Photobooth Rental | Reception Musician: Adam Woodall | Transportation: Time Limo | Vintage Furniture: Spruce Vintage Rentals

Elegant Vancouver Summer Wedding

The giant inflatable ball with this couple’s emotions spelled right out might be the most adorable wedding accessory yet. This perfect photo prop was the icing on the cake to an already gorgeously elegant celebration, and Gucio Photography snapped it all, from every precious flower girl to every precocious ring bearer. Don’t miss out on all the Pinterest-worthy treats right this way!


From The Bride… Brian and I met in 2005, our last year of high school. Over the past eight years, we had to endure a long distance relationship, with me living in Vancouver, and Brian playing junior hockey all over BC, and four years in Moorhead, Minnesota. The distance was a challenge, but every plane ride, ferry, and delayed Greyhound bus was worth the wait a million times over.

When Brian was on a trip home to Vancouver in March, he proposed. I think it is safe to say, I already had the wedding planned! We knew joining Chinese and Filipino backgrounds, plus numerous hockey teams and billet families, it was going to be a very big party and that the help would be plentiful. In the end, we had a total of eight bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, five flower girls, and four ring bearers to join us on our big day.

Even before meeting with vendors and picking a location, we already knew that we wanted to have a venue overlooking Vancouver with an outdoor space. All I could envision were candles and white flowers everywhere.

The year before the wedding, we started using our “hashtag”, #kangerswedding. It probably started to bug people seeing all of the photos leading up to the day with the hashtag, but in the end it paid off. The day after the wedding it was amazing to see how many people actually used it and it was so easy to see their photos from our special day.

A huge chunk of the wedding ended up being DIY. We had a big group help set up the wedding reception venue day before. My dad did the draping; while the bridesmaids and family members set up tables and chairs. The flowers and bouquets were made by myself, my cousin, my mother and mother-in-law. The beautiful cake was made by Brian’s talented cousin. The invitations, graphics and favor cookies were all made by a friend. The tutu’s for the flower girls and all the signs were made by myself. I was lucky enough to have friends in the staging industry who lent us props and furniture. One of my favourite tables to put together was the kids table; making sure they wouldn’t be bored. It was complete with lego, colouring books, origami, and more. And by far my favourite piece of decor from the wedding, our big love ball! Needless to say, it was a big family affair, exactly what a wedding should be.

We ended the night with an all-you-can-eat gelato bar from Mario’s Gelato (complete with Brian’s favourite Asian inspired flavour, black sesame), a cigar bar, sparklers, the big LOVE ball, and of course, our favorite honey crueler timbits.

We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for every person who was involved in our wedding. To our amazing friends and family who have supported us over our crazy journey. To our incredible parents, who we would be nowhere without. And to our crazy talented vendors, for truly tying everything together, making our day come to life and capturing memories we will have forever.

Photography: Gucio Photography | Videography: Signature Wedding | Cake: Carris Kang | Ceremony Venue: St Patricks Catholic Church | Reception: Villa Amato Ballroom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Make Up: Trina Durha | Hair: Jade Kugelman | DJ: Signature Wedding | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Le Chateau | Ball: Big Love Ball | Bridesmaids' Hair: Rachel Siglos Hair | Bridesmaids' Make Up + Hair : CurliQue | Day Of Coordinator: Jelyssa Madrid | Decor Rentals: Tina Shaw | Invitations + Graphics: Stephanie Chan | Photobooth: Signature Wedding

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