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Surprise Proposal: He Said Yes

If this couple looks familiar to you, it’s because you probably fell head over heels in love with them and their South African rehearsal dinner and wedding (which were both proudly featured on the pages of SMP). Well that love is just going to get deeper. Brace yourself, and prepare to cry in the best possible way (I still have tears running down my cheeks as I type). Because this proposal video from Vincent + Theo Studios? This is what it’s all about, folks.

From Ruby Yeh…This past spring, I was fortunate enough to be part of an incredibly heart-warming and unique moment: my friend Vicky proposed to her boyfriend of 8 years. A special events planner and proposal ninja, Vicky used her creativity to ask her boyfriend, Jon, to marry her.

Two years ago, Jon had proposed to her, but at the time, she didn’t feel quite ready for marriage. This year, when she was ready, she decided that she should be the one to do the asking. During a trip to Vancouver to visit Jon’s family, Vicky popped the question.

After spending a night in Seattle at a friend’s wedding, Vicky and Jon drove up to Vancouver to spend some time with his parents. Little did Jon know, the place where many of his favorite childhood memories took place — his elementary school — would also be the place he would get engaged. Family and friends from all over the country flew in for this incredible surprise. A few of the adorable boys from the school even joined in on the plan. After a morning of distractions from Jon’s dad, Jon was led to the school under the pretense that he was there for a Mothers’ Day event. But once he saw Vicky waiting for him under the arches of the school entrance, he realized something special was about to happen.

We lined up along the pews of the school chapel when Vicky appeared with Jon blindfolded. The music was cued, and Jon opened his eyes and walked down a personalized “memory lane”: Vicky had created posters for each milestone of their relationship, from the first time he serenaded her (Area Codes by Ludacris was the song of choice), to the day she asked for his parents’ blessing. At the end of the aisle, Vicky popped the question – only to have Jon say, “No”. He instead got down on one knee and insisted that he be the one to ask her. Jon’s father stepped forward with the ring Jon had chosen two years ago for Vicky, and proposed.

The couple has since married in South Africa (wedding here and rehearsal dinner here), where Vicky grew up. They live in NYC where Vicky is a special events planner at A Modest Proposal and Dinner Bandits.

Videography: Vincent + Theo Studios | Proposal Planning: A Modest Proposal (the Bride) | School: St. George's School

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Rustic Red + Green Seaside Inspiration

Celebrating Christmas outside by the sea is a foreign concept to me, but one I’d be happy to entertain. And if so, this is what I’d dream my holiday would look like. This photo shoot by Hong Photography Studio, and created by Fleur De Lis Events and Flower Factory, exudes elegance, yet feels welcoming, and I just may take some cues from this gallery when decorating my holiday table this year.


From Fleur De Lis Events… Inspired by British Columbia’s serene shorelines, Fleur de Lis Events dreamt in lace and luscious florals to produce a magical editorial featuring the beauty that is the West Coast. We drew inspiration from washed-up seashells and drift wood, and featured the tranquil Pacific Ocean as our grande backdrop.

We used mother of pearl plates (Pier 1 Imports), lace linen featuring embroidered flowers, and napkins with scallop lace details (Eclat Decor) to create a dreamy tablescape that sparkled in the pink hues of the West Coast sunset.

Colour palette is white, a touch of silver, and red (florals).

Photography: Hong Photography Studio | Gown: Blush Bridal "Juliet" By Reem Acra | Gown: Blush Bridal "Leeta" By Kelly Faetanini | Hair: Mahyar Khoda (Salong 88) | Bird Cage, Apothecary Jars And Glass Vase: Michaels | Event Planning + Styling: Fleur De Lis Events | Florals: Flower Factory | Jewelry (necklace + Bracelet): Lugaro Jewels | Lanterns & Cushions: Pier 1 Imports | Makeup: Makeup By Denise | Rentals, Decor + Linen: Eclat Decor | Tull Skirt: Beautulleful | Vancouver, BC: Whytecliff Beach

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Romantic Outdoor Vancouver Wedding at Cecil Green Park

Outdoor weddings totally make me swoon. There is about that dinner party-like setting with twinkling lights that really turns up the romance factor. So this Cecil Green Park wedding? It totally has my heart. With a color palette that will make your heart pitter patter, details placed perfectly by Petite Pearl Events, and pretty blooms from Celsia Florist - this gallery captured by Gucio Photography has it all.


From The Bride…I had always dreamed of an outdoor setting for our wedding, and take advantage of the gorgeous Vancouver Summers. We were lucky enough to find a venue that allowed an outdoor ceremony in the garden, cocktail hour on the terrace, and a full dinner on the terrace.

Coral, blush, and white, flowers paired wonderfully with the gold accents and coral bridesmaid dresses. The overall feel was romantic and had a vintage touch. As the evening light dimmed the outdoor dinner setting under the stringed cafe lights was gorgeous and exactly what I wanted. Both Brian I wanted to be sure all our guests had an amazing night. The overall setting and our band did not disappoint!

Thank you to everyone who made our date what it was! For all our friends and family who supported us along the way, to all of our out of town guests from across the world we so enjoyed seeing, and to Brian’s parents and grandma for their contributions and support. Thank you to my parents who were so generous in hosting the dinner, bar, attire and décor, you helped make the night perfect! Also to all the talented vendors that made everything pull together and made my vision come to life.

Photography: Gucio Photography | Event Design: Petite Pearl Events | Event Planning: Petite Pearl Events | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal + Special Occasions | Cakes: Sugarplum Desserts Ltd. | Ceremony Venue: Cecil Green Park | Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park | Makeup Artist: Katie Elwood | Hair Stylist: Jacob Rozenberg | Band: The Last Scene | Entertainment: Photobooth Vancouver | Officiant: JJ Weddings | Ceremony Music: Yaletown String Quartet | Rentals: Pedersens | Rentals - Charger Plates + Mirror Pillars: Flowerz | Stationery Design: Beth Dewhirst | Transportation: Time Limousine