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6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions

From magnificent vistas of the Canadian Rockies to fresh snow fall on a winter day, Canada’s natural beauty provides the stunning backdrop for these six adorable couples as they celebrate their engagements. Get ready for seriously swoon-worthy engagement sessions in the slideshow below!

6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions
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Sweet + Simple Vancouver Art Gallery Engagement Session

Sometimes the sweetest things in life are also the simplest, and — if this darling engagement session from photographer Lauren Kurc is any indication — we think this saying definitely rings true. Take a peek at the sweet gallery here, to see the Bride-to-be’s to-die-for ring and adorable tulle ballerina skirt, amidst all the love from this native Vancouver couple’s hometown e-sesh.


From Lauren KurcSpending the afternoon with these two was a dream. Planning an engagement session from a far can sometimes take some work but Diana had a clear vision and we decided the spend a hazy and warm Vancouver afternoon at the Art Gallery. With private access to the gallery roof and lovely light, I was able to capture this sweet couple on film. Both the Bride and Groom, originally from Vancouver, but now residing in Alberta, wanted to capture something iconic that represented their hometown.

Photography: Lauren Kurc | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Save The Dates: Minted

Summertime Surprise Picnic Proposal Inspiration

I’m one of those women who has had my whole wedding planned since adolescence. But, I had never thought about how I wanted my future husband to propose. That is, until I saw this gorgeous proposal inspiration from Just Because Vancouver and Kim James Photography. Future hubs, take note—a surprise proposal (with a photographer on hand to capture the moment) and a spontaneous trip to France will guarantee an enthusiastic “Yes.”

From Just Because VancouverIf you were asked what was one thing you wanted to do before you died, chances are, travelling the world would be on that bucket list. One of our favourite ways to create a wedding proposal is by touching on the couples’ most beloved travel destination. To learn and feel the world’s cultural beauty is one of the most fruitful things to experience in a relationship. So for the summer, we created a chic, French country picnic tablescape with whimsical travel elements for a walk down memory lane. It is also a super creative way to surprise your fiancee-to-be if you have a honeymoon trip destination lined up! (“Surprise honey, we’re getting engaged! Oh yeah, and we’re taking off to France!” – double whammy!) Using violet, white and gold accents, we were able to transform this once dingy, run-down picnic table into a breathtaking space. We wanted to borrow the lavender elements from the south of France, but shy away from the neutral tones to emphasize the colours of summer. Travel elements, such as the suitcases, a bicycle and travel tags reflects their ‘journey’ to the other side of the world. The DIY luggage tags are a small, yet powerful indicator of his proposal because it has her first name sharing his last name and future dates they will soon spend together. So imagine this. Your man leads you on a walk in a local park because it’s a nice day out (which is a rarity for rainy Vancouver!). You two stumble upon a gorgeous set-up, where you approach the bike, the suitcases, and luggage tags. You pick up the luggage tags, read the names and see the chalkboard; as you begin to realize what is about to happen, your man props down on his knee with a diamond ring before you. Your head is spinning, your heart is pounding – this elated moment is indescribable. Afterwards, you two sit down at the picnic table and enjoy a celebratory lunch of your new chapter together, while overlooking a serene lake with sunlight flickering off it.

Photography: Kim James Photography | Event Planning: Just Because Vancouver | Floral Design: Society Floral | Calligraphy : Maurelle Calligraphy & Design | Decor Rentals & Styling: Taffete Designs | Photoshoot Location: Central Park Burnaby | Suitcase Rentals: Vintage Meant For Rent

Romantic Spring Garden Wedding

Setting your wedding date is surely significant, especially when said date happens to be the same as your grandparents anniversary (seriously, how sweet is that). So, it’s no surprise that this Cecil Green Park affair is brimming with lots of love and classical romance. From the photographs of family members on display to the first look where it all began, Christie Graham has it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We also got married on my grandparents’ wedding anniversary, which was very special for us. That was one of the most important things to me, when planning the wedding.

The aesthetic we wanted to create was romantic and classic, with natural tones and textures. We fell in love with Cecil Green heritage house. It’s beautiful grounds, elegant interior and gorgeous views of the Strait of Georgia made it the perfect venue for us. (We are also both bibliophiles and loved the library and books on display everywhere!) The gardens were the most beautiful place for an outdoor ceremony, as they fit perfectly with our romantic theme and still felt relaxed and natural. Our decor centred around white, blush and peach flowers, (including my favourite, peonies), votive candles, framed prints by Rifle Paper Co., and photographs of our grandparents’ wedding days.

My favourite moment was our first look, which took place at the park where Aaron proposed (a favourite spot of ours in Kits, close to our place). It was a so great because we were able to really enjoy the moment, just the two of us, before we got married. Aaron’s favourite moment was when he first saw me appear at the top of the stairs at the ceremony and he got a sort of rush of excitement!

Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Flowers: Celsia | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet Thea | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Ceremony Venue: Cecil Green Park | Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Makeup: Emily Pedlow For Denise Elliott Makeup | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Birch Arch: Spread Love Events | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Foe And Dear | Day Of Coordinator: Lovely Event Co. | Escort Cards: Southern Calligraphy | Sailboat Card Holder: BHLDN | Signs: Southern Calligraphy | Table Numbers, Framed Floral Prints: Rifle Paper Co. | Votives: West Elm | Wedding Dress Boutique: Bisou Bridal

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Elegant Spring Wedding at the Vancouver Club

When your venue already has a classic style, I always vote to embrace it wholeheartedly. The Vancouver Club is prime example and this Bride took the Club’s charm and ran with it.  Her mother collected 140+ silver pieces to accent the rich decor and all that was left to add was love. Sachin Khona captured all the beauty organized by Filosophi Events and this gallery is my new favorite way to start the day.

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From the Bride… Colin and I met while working as summer students in Ottawa. We knew pretty much right away that we were meant for each other and would get married one day. Five years and a move across the country later, and Colin proposed to me. I plan a lot of events in my professional life, and am super type-A organized, so I wasn’t too stressed about the planning process. My Mom is also an event planner extraordinaire, so I had an amazing sidekick working with me. My parents and I are members of the Vancouver Club, so having the wedding there was a no brainer – not only is the venue gorgeous, but the food is amazing, the bartender is one of the best in the city, and the team behind the venue is beyond experienced. We booked the venue within five days of getting engaged and it was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process.

With the venue booked, it really set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Both Colin and I are old school, traditional people. We wanted to a classic wedding, that was really all about the guest experience. For us, our wedding was about our nearest and dearest joining us to celebrate the marriage, so having great food, great booze and great music was a priority.

We kept the décor pretty, but simple. I don’t have an eye for décor at all, so my Mom took over and had an amazing vision. She decided she wanted a ton of flowers, candles and sparkle, but instead of vases we’d use antique silver teapots, creamers, sugar bowls, etc. While she had a pretty good antique silver collection, we needed over 100 pieces, and so began her epic, BC wide thrift store hunt for silver. By the end of the 10 month buying spree, she had over 140 beautiful pieces, knew the location of every Salvation Army and thrift store in the area, and had single-handedly driven up the price of used silver. Her hunt was well worth it though, as the final effect was beautiful and complimented the heritage building perfectly.

Aside from the venue, my other best decision was hiring a day-of wedding coordinator. Erin Bishop of Filosophi was amazing – she had helpful hints throughout the planning process and on the day, despite my type-A personality, I didn’t look at my phone or watch once. She took care of everything, and more than delivered. Hands down she was the best spent money of my budget, and I could not recommend enough the value of hiring a coordinator.

The day itself went perfectly. Colin and I both got ready with our immediate family upstairs at the Club. We kept it low-key and fun, and our amazing photographer Sachin Khona, captured the mood perfectly. The ceremony was short and sweet – only 10 minutes! – so we got to the fun quickly. Cocktail hour was a great moment to catch-up with our guests, the speeches over dinner were hilarious, and the dance party was amazing. The dance floor filled up within 10 seconds of the band starting, and did not empty out until the band (reluctantly) left the stage many hours later. It truly was a celebration – Colin and I felt such love from the room, and were so glad that our friends and family from around the country and the world could join us.

Photography: Sachin Khona | Videography: Story Box Movies | Florist: Celsia Florist | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Cupcakes | Hair And Makeup: Trevor Sand | Officiant: Joan Miller | Wedding Venue: Vancouver Club | Music: Side One | Wedding Planning: Filosophi Events

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