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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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Vintage Blush Wedding Inspiration

Stunning ranunculus arrangements from Flower Factory, chic acrylic invitations and the prettiest naked cake ever… the ladies of Taffete Designs and ARTIESE Studios put a modern twist on vintage romance in this wedding inspiration shoot at the elegant Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver and totally nailed it! Don’t miss any of the lovely details in the full gallery right here.

 

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From Taffete DesignsArtiese and I wanted to create a theme that would bring Cecil Green Park’s elegant and traditional, yet modern elements to life. Our focus was to enhance these already wonderful features of the mansion and were inspired by the beautiful sunsets we often see at the end of summer. We chose a warm palette of gold, blush, and taupe to compliment our vision for the shoot.

Taffete Designs provided classic vintage-inspired decor pieces to enhance the elegance of the venue. The Flower Factory’s bridal bouquet and centrepiece stunned with roses, ranunculus, peonies and orchids in beautiful bold colors. Post Calligraphy delicately designed the invitation onto acrylic glass and menus with matching place cards in gold ink on blush cotton paper that allowed us to incorporate modern elements into our romantic scene. The Sweet Bake Shop created the perfect naked cake and an array of delectable gold-flaked macarons. Our model, Christina, wore a silk white and latte lace and tulle bodice trumpet gown by Bliss by Monique Lhuillier from Bisou Bridal.

Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Floral Design: Flower Factory | Wedding Dress: Bisou Bridal | Stationery: Post Calligraphy | Cake And Macarons: Sweet Bake Shop | Chairs: A&B Party Rentals | Decor And Coordination: Taffete Designs | Location: Cecil Green Park | Makeup And Hair: Carol Hung

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Elegant + Ethereal Wedding Inspiration

When it comes to dreamlike days, this next inspiration will make your heart skip a beat. Because not only is it overflowing with softly draped fabric, it also features several stunning Ines Di Santo gowns alongside ethereally elegant blooms. It’s basically a gallery suitable for daydreams. Vasia Photography captured it all to share and it’s waiting for you here!

From Vasia PhotographyIt was a dream come true for us to create a whimsical, fine art inspired editorial shoot for the attendees of the first ever Boheme Workshops! The inspiration behind the styling was to create a soft, pastel palette and organic but polished feel that would complimented the beautiful stone work on the terrace of Vancouver’s heritage Hycroft Manor. The house has so much history behind it and sits atop as slope with sweeping views of the city so it was the perfect spot to host our workshop and shoot. Along with the wonderful girls at Celsia Floral we created the concept and plan for the table and beautiful ceremony site with billowy draping and climbing greenery. Their botanical style was a perfect match for what we wanted to create!

We are very excited to announce that the team will be hosting our next workshop in Greece early this fall.

Photography: Artiese Studios | Photography: Vasia Photography | Videography: Nate Makes Films | Coordination : Lele Chan | Florist: Celsia Floral | Wedding Gown: Ines Di Santo | Wedding Gown : Samuelle Couture | Cake: Anna Elizabeth Cakes | Shoes: Valentino | Ring: Cavalier | Men's Attire: Indochino | Men's shoes: Top Shop | Cane Back Chairs & Cove Chair: Chintz And Co | Chargers and glassware: Plate Occasions | Concept & Styling: Artiese Studios | Concept & Styling: Vasia Photography | Draping : Taffette Designs | Film Development and Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Linen: Covers Couture | Location: Hycroft Manor | Makeup & Hair: MUAH Artistry | Models: Tony Giroux from John Casablanca and Rebecca Olson | Napkins: Restoration Hardware | Padded chairs : Art of the Party | Plates, Rug and small decor: The Cross Decor + Design | Ribbon : Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationary & Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Christine | Veils & Hair accessories : Posh Veils | Workshop: Boheme Workshops

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Romantic Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

This darling duo celebrated their new engagement with this stunning photo shoot, captured by Nadia Hung, under a canopy of some of the most beautiful cherry blossoms I’ve ever seen! Their love for each other — as well as their passion for vintage cameras — was captured so effortlessly in this ultra-romantic setting, we know you’ll want to take a peek at all the pretty in the gallery here!

From Nadia Hung Photography … How beautiful is this stunning patch of cherry blossoms? I was on the hunt for the most photogenic location for this shoot. The petals were blush and became the perfect canopy for Ada & Tim’s engagement shoot. Ada & Tim both have passion for vintage cameras and they wanted to include them in the session. Their wedding will take place in Hawaii this September.

Photography: Nadia Hung Photography | Venue: Vancouver | Makeup & Hair: Carol Hung Makeup Artistry | Styling & Art Direction: Nadia Hung Photography

Rustic Elegant Summer Wedding at La Stella Winery

I legitimately look forward to peony season every year. So hearing that In Bloom Designs preserved them for weeks so that they’d be in their best shape for this gorgeous winery wedding makes me adore these floral designers even more. Kristel Danielle captured the beautiful blooms in all their glory and Stacey and Mike Wedding Videography got all the action on film. See more pretty petals right here!

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From In Bloom DesignsJessica and Brendan were married at a stunning Tuscan-styled boutique winery and chose to have their photos done in the Okanagan Valley’s gorgeous desert and mountains near Lake Osoyoos. The scenery in Osoyoos is breathtaking: the blue of the lake, the rich green vineyards and the natural colors of the desert and sagebrush. To reflect the natural setting, the couple chose colors that were light and airy like blush pinks, crèmes and accented with gold and silver metallics.

To accommodate the Bride’s request for her favorite flower – peonies – Kate with In Bloom Designs preserved fresh cut peonies in cold storage for several weeks after the local season was done and the day of the wedding they were full, fragrant and absolutely gorgeous! All of the flowers were in romantic shades of pink and crème. To complement the lush vineyards, the ceremony arch and reception tables were dressed with long rich garlands of peonies, dahlias and garden roses. Nestled in the table garland were a mix of metallic votives, and little gold stars hung from the ceiling. The Father of the groom made a large marquee sign to serve as the backdrop behind the head table.

Not only did Jessica and Brendan want their reception to be accented with sparkle and shine, they wanted the Bridesmaids to sparkle too. Each Bridesmaid wore a different dress that ranged from all gold, to completely sequined, to a light powder pink, and each also had some sort of sparkle – whether it was the gold of a dress, a rhinestone belt or their diamond earrings. The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits were a deep blue and paired with brown shoes and belts. The deep blue that the Groom and Groomsmen wore perfectly accented the romantic pinks, crèmes and metallics throughout the ceremony and reception.

Photography: Kristel Danielle | Videography: Stacey And Mike Wedding Videography | Floral Design: In Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Invitations: Etsy | Catering: The Chef Instead | Hair: Mauve Hair Design - Roxann Redekop | DJ: Russ Triet Of Affordable Quality Music Services | Groomsmen's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Wedding Venue: La Stella Winery | Bride's Rings: Peoples Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dress: TopShop | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papaell | Bridesmaid Dress: Evernew | Bridesmaid Dress: L'ATISTE By Amy | Bridesmaids' Floral Robes: Etsy | Rentals: Okanagan Event Rentals

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Romantic Fall Vancouver Wedding

This Bride, an avid Downton Abbey fan, took the show’s elegant, almost regal style, and ran with it as wedding inspiration, and I must say, she totally rocked it. The finished results are moody and romantic, luxurious and just downright stunning, all captured for us to ogle at by Dallas Kolotylo. See it all here!

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From Dallas Kolotylo Photography“Marsala, the colour of the year for 2015: a naturally robust and earthy wine red, a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” If you love the colour of the year and romance you will love this wedding!

From the Bride… Our inspiration for our wedding started off with our favourite season – fall. The leaves changing colours and the nature surrounding the season inspired us to choose our colour scheme. As an obsessed crazed fan of Downton Abbey, we used the vintage feel to inspire the décor, with a new-age twist. We wanted to capture the elegance and gracefulness of those times with hints of modern touches.

We woke up to a cloudy and rainy backdrop and immediately started to do the sun dance in the hotel room – glad to say it worked! The sun came out and it ended up being a gorgeous, picturesque fall day. We feel the colours we chose also complemented the venue beautifully. We kept it small and intimate – only close friends and family joined us for the occasion. The venue was so elegant and romantic, everything we envisioned our day to be. The brick complemented the colour scheme and décor and the elegant setting captured the day so beautifully. We wanted to find a way to incorporate family who weren’t able to make it, so we used old photographs in our décor as a tribute to our loved ones.

Food was the most important thing – we wanted our guests to eat well, drink well and enjoy themselves! It was all about keeping the guests happy. Having our wedding hosted by Brix surpassed our expectations – the food and staff were so friendly and professional, and the venue was absolutely perfect for us. We were so lucky to be able to work with such amazing vendors, all truly professionals. My favourite part of the day was dancing the night away to the sounds of Mark Anthony among other Latin sensations while watching my adorable grandparents who have been married for 65 years steal the show by out dancing everyone there.

We exited to a sea of sparklers into a 1938 vintage Buick limo. It was a perfect way to end a romantic fall night.

Photography: Dallas Kolotylo Photography | Floral Design: Flowerz Evan Orion | Cake: Sweetbake Shop Yaletown | Invitations: Best Day Ever Vancouver | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation And Dessy Collection | Hair And Makeup: Jayne Marie | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Limousine: Vintage Limos | Wedding Venue: Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar | Accessories: Olivia Headpieces | Bird Cage And Frame: Be Spoke Decor | Bow Ties For Groomsmen: Beaux Ties Gastown | Bridal Boutique: Christos - Blush Bridal & Special Occasions | Bride's And Bridesmaids' Getting Ready Robes: Silk And More Shop | Bride's Veil: Blush Bridal & Special Occasions | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Elsa Corsi | Chairs: West Coast Chiavari | Day Of Coordinators: Best Day Ever Vancouver | Flasks For Groomsmen: 144Square Feet

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