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Charming Lakeside Engagement

Probably my favorite part of this job is reading the stories behind the beautiful pictures we see. For Karla and Clement, some of their fondest memories are by the water, so they decided to incorporate it into the lovely engagement photos from Gucio Photography we see here today. There’s just simply nothing better than love. So go ahead and let your heart swell with the tide and head on over to the full gallery here.


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From the Bride to Be: As for the thoughts of the engagement session …. I’ve always loved water. Whether it’s being by the sea or scuba diving or playing with watercolors or even the symbolic meanings of water I always just feel connected by it. One time, Clement and I went on a date to go row boating and it was just a surreal experience being out in nature and it just felt like it was just the two of us and the world. Clement is a man of few words, so maybe because it was just the two of us, I thought he had the confidence to talk more while we were on the boat. He shouted on top of his lungs that he loved me, and we just laughed and giggled over it and thought it was just the sweetest, cheesiest thing ever. I just knew that one day we would have to incorporate the rowboat somehow for our engagement photos.

As a calligrapher, painter and designer, I really wanted to incorporate watercolor into our save the date suite. Using lots of water and pale turquoise hues, I came up with a watercolor suite that resembled the two of us. Just like the sea where it can be so calm one second, and completely rocky at times, Clement and I have gone through so much in our relationship but yet we draw strength from it. Instead of clashing waves, we move together and grow together.

I’ve always been in love with the look of film since I was a young child and knew that’s what I wanted for our engagement photos. Kasia and Anna were absolutely amazing to work with and they really made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Every picture was a well-thought-out masterpiece without being rushed. We thoroughly enjoyed the process. We love how they were able to help us exude emotion and it could be seen in the photos. It was a truly memorable experience.

Photography: Gucio Photography | Stationary: Written Word Calligraphy

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Yellow and Cheerful Vancouver Wedding

Yellow took awhile to grow on me but now I’m totally obsessed. As I have it proudly displayed in almost every room of my home. It’s cheerful sunshine in a hue and wrapped around this stunning Vancouver wedding photographed by Ken Tan with yellow floral pomanders and the like by Yonra Designs. See even more of these summertime nuptials right here in the full gallery.

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From The Bride…Although we were engaged for more than a year, planning really only began two weeks before the wedding (when we arrived in Vancouver from Hong Kong, where we currently reside in). The only things we really confirmed were the venues, photographer and videographers leading up to the day. As you can imagine, it was two very hectic weeks of finalizing attendees, meeting all the different vendors (some for the very first time in person as everything else before was pretty much done via email or long distance calls), planning the seating charts and rundown of the day, assigning responsibilities, dealing with last minute changes, putting together our growing up video and entrance video, deciding on songs for the dinner playlist… the list goes on. Luckily, we have a group of amazing friends and family who stepped in to help us out with different pieces of the puzzle and then putting them all together on the day of. I don’t know how many times the thought of ditching the wedding all together and wishing that we had eloped crossed my mind… But in the end, the wedding came together beautifully. It was a day to celebrate my union with my wonderful husband but also a day to reconfirm just how lucky we are to have so many amazing family and friends around us. The day went by pretty quickly, as promised by friends who have already gone through the process, and came to a fun-filled end at night, with plenty of games and wine to entertain all of us thoroughly.

Theme? Sweet vintage and fun was the theme (kinda…more like a mesh of everything I liked on Pinterest). Theme color was yellow. Chose it for the bright cheery feeling it brings.

Your top 3 best moments and why…1.The door games in the morning when the groom and groomsmen had to play humiliating games when picking up the bride. The games were meant to be humiliating but the guys seemed to enjoy eating candies off of the groom’s body J. 2. Saying “I do”s. It was so surprising and touching to see Alfred tear up. 3. Winging our (unprepared) speeches buzzed at the reception. We were so rushed with the planning that neither of us had enough time to prepare the speeches ahead of time. To work up the courage to go up to do the speeches, we went around to toast each table first until we had enough alcohol in our system to get through the speeches. It was hard trying not to puke while we did it… classy.

Photography: Ken Tan | Flowers: Yonra Designs | Cake: Piece Of Cake By Kelly | Hair and Makeup: Annie Chang | Bridal Gown: Aimer La Vie | Bridal Party Attire: Zara TRF Line | Decorations: Something Nice Decor | Favours: Piece of Cake by Kelly | Groom's Tux: Zara Men's Line | Restaurant: Grand Dynasty Seafood | The Chapel: Celebration Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Park

Rustic Elegance on the Sunshine Coast

This, my friends, is how you do rustic elegance.  A breathtaking setting on the Sunshine Coast (hello Rockwater Resort), a modern meets stunning gown from Johanna Johnson and an all-white color palette that is the epitome of sophistication.  Together it’s a combo that completely defines pretty and you can see it all captured by James Looker in the full gallery.

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From The Bride… The day was perfect from start to finish. I went with a clean theme of crisp whites with a hint of rustic. Candles were scattered along the tables in mason jars, and the nametags and table numbers were placed in branch rounds that my dad cut at my cabin. The flowers were all white – a mix of roses, hydrangeas, dahlias for the centerpieces and white phlox, white goose neck, white lilies and gladiolas were added (with the above three) for the larger assortments in rustic galvanized buckets that were at the end of the aisle for the ceremony and around the head table for the reception.

We had a white dessert buffet table with macaroons (from Kitchening and Co.), mini coconut cupcakes (from Flour Bakeshop), meringues (from Ganache) and our cake for cutting (Flour Bakeshop), alongside apothecary jars filled with candy. On the same table we also placed black and white photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day.

The ceremony took place waterfront at the edge of a cliff. My brother and friend played the acoustic guitar while everyone was finding their seat, and guests sat under a clear roof tent. The groom and wedding party walked down the aisle to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

Cocktail hour was brought up around the pool deck, and the reception took place down below, under the same clear roof tent. We had a vintage chandelier hanging from the center of the tent, and string lights were hung around the inner circumference. Hundreds of tealights were lit in mason jars down the middle of each of the tables and the whole tent had a magical glow to it with the sunset colors beaming through. Instead of a photobooth we chose to have disposable cameras on every table.

Dancing was brought back upstairs, inside, and the resort staff told us they had never seen such a fun and crazy dancefloor – we thank our DJ, Emilita! The dancefloor room doors opened up to an upper terrace deck equipped with a bar and lounge furniture so that those who didn’t want to dance could still enjoy the moment with those busting out moves.

The night ended with around 40 of our closest friends skinny-dipping in the phosphorescence and live guitar jams until the early hours of the morning.

I got a lot of my inspiration by looking at photos of weddings from photographers that I love (incl. James Looker, Rebecca Amber and Jamie Lauren) as well as wedding blogs (such as Ruffled and Style Me Pretty) and of course Pinterest and Etsy.

Photography: James Looker Photography | Bride's Shoes: BCBG Max Azria | Bridesmaid's Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Catering: The Rockwater Resort | Groom's Shoes: Sperry Top Sider | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson | Bride's Earrings: Harlings | Bride's Headpiece And Belt: Johanna Johnson | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Rockwater Resort | Hairstylist And Makeup Artist: Kaitlin Hargreaves | Her Wedding Ring: Harlings | His Wedding Ring: Tacon | Reception Music: DJ Emilita