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Rustic + Romantic Vancouver Wedding

Some couples are high school sweethearts, but this couple met when they were 12-years-old in eighth grade science class. Sixteen years later, they said, “I do” in a wedding filled with DIY charm and an abundance of personality. And trust us, you don’t want to miss a thing—from the cheese cake wedding cake to the custom beer growler weddings favors. See it all from Christine Pienaar Photography here.



From the Bride… I remember Dave as the boy with the floppy hair that sat in the back of science class in her Grade 8 years. We had mutual friends, and sometimes I’d punch his shoulder when I passed him on the way from the south to north building at Burnaby North Secondary School.

We became closer friends as we progressed through high school. Looking back it seems like a blur, but I think I always knew he would be part of my life. We entered university and our friendship continued to flourish. Through new friends and old friends, achievements and failures, student clubs, and the occasional class, we stayed great friends. We started working and began to build our adult life. I like to think that we grew up together. Then, on May 23, 2009, and after 11 years of friendship, we started dating. We discovered our mutual love for food. We travelled. We survived a year apart while I ate cheese in Holland. About 5 years after we started dating, I walk into our apartment after dinner, greeted with hundreds of photos, balloons, flowers, and a clever puzzle… and my best friend asked me to marry him.”

From Christine Pienaar Photography… Everything from Kims incredible calligraphy skills, their cheese-cake (literally cheese!) and their fun-filled musical entrance to their reception makes this day unforgettable! 

Kimberly and David met when they were 12 years old, in Grade 8 science class. After 11 years of friendship (attending the same high school and university) and then five years of dating, they were married at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, Canada. They live in the downtown area and thought it would be appropriate to get married in their beautiful neighbourhood, surrounded by close friends and family.

They wanted their wedding to be customized to their interests and relationship, and decided on a DIY Heritage Hall wedding. Kimberly, who dabbles in graphic design and is an avid Pinterest user, designed the wedding website, invitations, and other decor, and David organized the all the vendors, rentals, and organization of the day! They make a great team!

They were also very excited about their unique favors- beer growlers. These two absolutely love the growing micro-brewery industry in Vancouver, and decided to make custom beer growlers for their guests. The food (delicious!) was catered by The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, a culinary school close to where David works, and customized the menu with their favorite food. Their wedding “cheese cake” was inspired by (1) Kimberly’s love for cheese and (2) when she lived in Holland and they successfully survived a long-distance relationship. (Win: the “cheese cake” was cheaper than a regular wedding cake, and doubled as an appetizer during their cocktail hour before the dinner reception!).

Kimberly and Dave’s wedding was so customized and personal. It was a truly beautiful way for them to share their relationship with their friends and family on such an important day.


Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography | Floral Design: Fleurtation Flowers | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulus | Catering: Pacific Culinary Institute | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Rae | Groom's Attire: Zara | Venue: Vancouver Heritage Hall | Bride's Earrings: Olive + Piper | Linens & Chair Covers: Absolute Events Decor

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This shower is going alfresco for a bridal picnic infused with friends, sweet pastel details and champagne + popsicles. Bubbly and frozen treats are such a winning combo. So to, are friends and outdoor partayin. Have a look at how Erin of Sparkle Media + Flower Factory and Ainsley Rose took a blanket, some delicious finger foods and champs and turned it into a celebration out in the open air.

From Erin Sousa of Sparkle Media… Getting married is such an exciting time and I wanted to throw Alicia a special little intimate picnic where she could just relax, and enjoy some time with the girls before the prep kicked into high gear! The day was perfect for an al fresco lunch, and I mixed classic picnic with soft and pretty shades of ivory, blush and white.

I wanted to create a dreamy bridal picnic that had all the traditional hallmarks of an outdoor meal, like a picnic basket, blanket, sandwiches and finger food, along with special elements to elevate it. The floral crown, big whimsical balloon, and sliver platters added that elevated appeal. We sipped on popsicle champagne, noshed on cake, and all enjoyed our gorgeous garden setting. It was the perfect way to send Alicia off into her wedded bliss!

Photography: Ainsley Rose | Flowers: Flower Factory | Cake: Sweet Bake Shop | Food: Dirty Apron | Decor: Whiskey and Cake Home | Friends: Jen Tam | Friends: Alex Grant | Friends: Jen Pistor | Friends: Alicia Quan (bride) | Planning/Styling: Sparkle Media

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From Julia Park Photography… Victoria and Stephen got engaged in Paris, so I think the choice of this French cafe in Toronto was the most perfect one for their engagement session.

From the Bride-to-be…We met at university. We both worked in the same department, but had never really spoken to each other. I was a frosh leader and we had an event at a Blue Jays game. My friend brought along Stephen and that was when we first talked. I now know that Stephen had asked my friend to introduce him to me, which was why he came! I really liked how it was so easy to talk to him and how comfortable it felt to hang out with him. He seemed genuine, kind and had this contagious laugh!

On our 5 year anniversary we went to Europe. I had done most of the planning and Stephen’s only contribution was the visit to the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t think much of it and just thought he was really excited to see the Eiffel Tower! But that’s where he proposed, right in front of it! We are so excited to tie the knot next year and celebrate with all our loved ones among us!

Photography: Julia Park Photography | Hair And Makeup: Aglow By Joan | Venue: Colette Grand Café | Film Lab: Caribou Film Lab

Romantic + Elegant Vineyard Wedding

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From Big Picture FilmsI’ve done a few wedding videos as gifts to friends and this amazing couple – Anne & Kevin – had a vineyard wedding in Canada (very rustic chic). They are the sweetest couple and the perfect match – two of the most emotionally generous people I’ve ever known.

Photography: Slack Photography | Cinematography: Big Picture Films | Wedding Dress: Nordstrom Rack | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Ravine Vineyard | Hair: Maria Delduca Hair And Makeup Artistry | Band: Michael Saracino | Venue: Ravine Vineyard