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Black & White New Year’s Eve Wedding

Ringing in the New Year with an “I do”? It just doesn’t get any better. Unless, that is, you have Wedding Design Studio and Epic Events planning every glam moment at the Coast Coal Harbour. And with Blush Wedding Photography behind the lens and Kismet Creative capturing every sparkling toast, you bet it’s a gallery worth seeing and a film worth watching, below!

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From the beautiful Bride… When I woke up that morning I knew that today was going to be perfect. It seemed as though everything that happened this whole year was meant for this day, and this day alone. The stars had aligned over night creating the most beautiful weather for the last day of 2014, and I was getting married. There is something very special about a new year. It’s a time for reflection and new beginnings, and I couldn’t think of a better way to start it then with a new life with the man of my dreams as my husband, and I his wife. I was lucky enough to have 4 makeup and hair artists from Mink come to the hotel to pamper myself and my six bridesmaids. I felt like a movie star getting ready for the Oscars! As we listened to music and drank mimosas it was exciting knowing that just down the hall, in another room, was Chris and all his groomsmen. And in just a few hours, we would be doing our first look. I will never forget the feeling of walking up that staircase by the The Mill Bistro in Coal Harbour. Seeing Chris standing there at the top with his back to me, was one of the most exciting moments of my life. The anticipation of what he would say, how his face would look, and that incredible smile of his, was getting closer and closer every step I took. And in that moment when he turned around, he took my breathe away. We spent the next 3 hours in Stanley Park taking photos with Kristy and Ken from Blush Wedding Photography and being taped by Mark of Kismet Creative. Our wedding party learned quite quickly that the shade is the best light, so it was jackets on and jackets off which made for some entertaining moments for onlookers. As we made our way back to the hotel, the excitement just grew as we knew it was only minutes away from our ceremony. All day I kept thinking about how lucky I was to be marrying this man and how I could not wait to become his wife. Everything flowed so seamlessly all day, from our pictures to the ceremony, to dinner and our reception, it could not have gone any better. I will remember our vows, our first dance to “Thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeran, the amazing speeches from our parents and our best friends, and dancing the night into the New Year. But what I will remember the most, is how I felt walking down the aisle towards Chris to the acoustic sound of “Latch” by Sam Smith, because that feeling is something I have never felt before. That feeling of completion, of being exactly where I should be in that moment. With my Dad by my side, that walk is one I will never forget for the rest of my life. Having this video is an incredible reminder of such a special and momentous day. This video gives Chris and I, along with all our friends and family, the opportunity to relive it anytime we want to – and there’s not too many people who can say that. So here’s to 2015, a new year that is sure to be filled with love, happiness, and new beginnings. I know that each New Year will bring something exciting and amazing because I get to celebrate the day I married my best friend.

Photography: Kristy Ryan - Blush Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Mark Relf - Kismet Creative | Event Design: Haley Raddysh - Wedding Design Studio | Coordination: Briar Johnson - Epic Events | Floral Design: Haley Raddysh - Wedding Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Lisa's Bridal | Bridesmaid's Shoes: Spring | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Frocks | Catering: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel | DJ: Alex Wiley | Groom's Attire: Black & Lee | Groomsmen's Attire: Black & Lee | Officiant: Darian Kovacs | Hotel: Coast Coal Harbour | Bridal Jewelry: The Borrowed Collection | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup & Hair: Tracey - Mink Makeup And Hair

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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 | Venue: Whistler | Boots : Hunter Boots

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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. 

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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 | Transportation: Time Limo | Accommodation: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver | Cake (Cheese): Benton Brothers Fine Cheese | Candy Jars: Bootah Jardin | Decor Rentals: Art of the Party | Decor Rentals: All Occasions Chic Rentals | Decor Rentals: Upright Decor Rentals and Event Design | Ice Sculpture: Ice Decor | Marriage Commissioner: Sherry Vermiere | Photobooth: Hoopla Photobooth Rental | Reception Musician: Adam Woodall | 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!

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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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Rustic Hazelnut Orchard Wedding in Abbotsford, British Columbia

Whitney Krutzfeldt is serving up some serious sweetness by way of this wedding, and to say we love her for sending it our way would be a total understatement. Because this gallery? It’s packed to the gills with sentimental details that will make you swoon. Oh, and we are totally tipping our virtual hats to She’s My Florist for coming on board only ten days before the big day and knocking the floral design out of the park. So amazing.

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From The Bride…I use to always say the only thing I cared about my wedding was my dress, everything else would just fall into place. Naturally once I got engaged the first thing I did was look for a wedding dress. I went to a few places in Bellingham and Abbotsford and ended up at Agape Bridal where I was met with amazing service and friendliness. I tried on a dozen dresses and then a few more and found the one that was exactly what I dreamed it would be. The dress set the theme for the rest of my wedding, simple vintage elegance. I began collecting vintage vases, anything sea foam coloured and lanterns, I always wanted lanterns.

The flowers ended up being my favourite part, something I never thought I cared about, but I fell in love with succulents, since they were sea foam and unique. After many bumps in the road with florists, ten days before my wedding I was without a florist and in a panic entered She’s My Florist. This quickly became my favourite part. She arranged bouquets of flowers I never knew existed in muted pinks purples and most importantly succulents. When asked about my favourite part, it would have to be my flowers.

The most important part to me was the ceremony and that our wedding showed the importance of community. We had our wedding at a friends property that had a beautiful view of the Frasier river and hazelnut orchard on the side. The venue provided a beautiful outdoor elegance. We set up a dance floor outlined by tube lighting on the grass so people could dance in their bare feet with the grass between their toes and offered ice cream sundaes after the ceremony so people could gather around, pull up a chair and talk over ice cream.

It was a beautiful day with many laughs, hugs and conversation. A day that showed the amazing community we have around us as we start this new adventure together!

Photography: Whitney Krutzfeldt | Wedding Planner: Tracy Byron | Floral Design: She's My Florist | Wedding Gown: Agape Bridal | Venue: Private Residence | Second Shooter: Tegan Mcmartin | Tent: The Tent Guys

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