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Romantic Seaside Wedding at Home

A wedding at home is one of the coziest + intimate ways to say “I do” – and for this darling duo, it was pretty darn breathtaking, too.  Think stunning ocean views, fabulous sea-inspired details coordinated by Spread Love Events and the prettiest of pale blue hues.  Head to THE VAULT for every spectacular moment captured by Taryn Baxter, then press play on the beautiful film from Memento Films below.

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From the Bride… Kevin and I met each other when we both attended University. I can still remember the first day I saw him – I first thought, “wow that guy is tall “and then he introduced himself and he instantly had my attention. We started out as friends and after several attempts at asking me out to dinner, I finally said yes. From that point on, there was no looking back. Kevin is the kindest most captivating man I have ever met – a future together felt effortless and exciting.

Having moved away from Vancouver to Calgary three years ago, we knew we wanted to get married on the West Coast. It is no secret that we miss the ocean so it felt fitting to get married in my parent’s backyard with their incredible Pacific Ocean view. During the planning process, we decided that it was important to us that we add touches of family and friends into our wedding day – bits and pieces that would provide a memory not just for us, but for someone we love. My mom’s closest friends made our beautiful wedding cake, hand wrote our seating plan rocks and one even performed a live acoustic show during our cocktail hour – it was remarkable. Each time I visited home before our wedding date, my mom, sister and I would grab an empty backpack and head down to the beach below my parents property and collect shells as décor for the big day. It felt like we were kids again looking for treasures, being meticulous about which ones we would bring home with us – these days I will carry with me forever.

As with all weddings, they aren’t complete without a brilliant team of people. Kevin and I look back on our day and wouldn’t change a single moment. This is all thanks to the partners we worked with to make our day come together. Spread Love Events made the planning process fun and exciting – their attention to detail is what separates them from the rest. Being the foodies we are, we both agreed that we wanted delicious food and Savoury City provided us with a meal our guests still talk about. Last but certainly not least, the two people that allowed for us to remember our wedding day forever – our photographer and videographer. Oleg and the Memento team arrived the morning of the wedding and instantly calmed my nerves – their seamless direction and constructive approach helped me to get through all the stress of the morning. Our wedding video far surpassed our expectations – we are thrilled to share this video with family for years to come. Last but certainly not least, Taryn Baxter. Taryn photographed my sister’s wedding last summer, my brother’s wedding last February and then came our big day. I had full faith that I would love the photos, but was truly blown away by the beauty she captured. From start to finish, working with Taryn was an absolute pleasure.

Our day was full of love, laughter, and tears of joy. And above all, it was full of memories with the people we love most in this world. Our wedding day, on July 25th, was truly the happiest day of our lives.

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Photography: Taryn Baxter | Cinematography: Memento Films | Event Design: Spread Love Events | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Savoury City | Makeup: Denise Elliot | Hair: Chris Funk | DJ: Girl On Wax | Groom's Attire: Harry Rosen | Groomsmen Attire: RW & Co | Venue: At Home | Bride's Earrings: Henri Bendel | Hair Accessories: Nordstrom | Photography - Assistance: John Bello | Vow Books: BHLDN

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Ethereal Greek Goddess-Inspired Wedding Editorial

It’s times like these I wish I could jump into my screen and live in these photos, because this photo shoot from Vasia Photography is all kinds of gorgeous. I want to wear that Alexandra Grecco dress every  and the pretty bejeweled hair wreath surrounded by ethereal flowers every day for the rest of my life—a girl can dream, right? With THE VAULT, the answer is definitely yes!

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From Vasia PhotographyThis shoot was inspired by the Greek Goddesses of ancient Mythology. We love how they are often depicted in lovely flowing robes, statuesque but beautifully poised and feminine. We styled the decor elements in muted, pastel colours to provide a ghostly, ethereal quality to the images.

Photography: Vasia Photography | Floral Design: Celsia Floral | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Stationery: Calligraphy By Christine | Hair And Makeup: Tori Blush | Venue: Jericho Beach | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Creative Direction & Styling: Victoria, Style Social Events | Hair Accessories: Bisou Bridal | Ribbon: Stella Wolfe | Tabletop Design & Decor: The Cross Decor + Design

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Unique Bohemian Chic Wedding in British Columbia

Six years from their first date,  this duo (along with their adorable baby) planned the ultimate party. Eschewing the tradition of a formal wedding, they opted for a colorfully romantic evening that had style for days. From the Bride’s floral crown to her tips of her Louboutin heels, we’ve got every detail captured by Meghan Hemstra Photography waiting to be celebrated in THE VAULT!

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From Meghan Hemstra PhotographyThis colourful and romantic Yaletown wedding was truly a pleasure to photograph. Wonderfully stylish and naturally romantic, SooJin and Sean’s wedding was full of love, humour, and personality. What more could a photographer ask for? Here is SooJin and Sean’s story:

After 4.5 years of living in NYC SooJin moved to Vancouver. She’d had dreams of making it huge in the fashion industry and living the ‘Sex and the City’ life and shortly upon her arrival to Vancouver SooJin went out for drinks with friends to soothe her broken heart. It didn’t take long for her to become great friends with their awesome Cactus Club server, who decided that she had the perfect guy to set SooJin up on a blind date with. Being new to the city SooJin agreed, and two weeks later she and Sean went on their first date! Having spent so much time in New York, SooJin was impressed that Sean offered to pick her up, but when he arrived at her doorstep her first thought was ‘Oh no, this guy is going to be way too nice for me’. She was used to brash and over confident New York men. Sean’s first thought was ‘Oh WOW, She is REALLY short’. Not only was Sean incredibly kind, but he also had a wicked sense of humour, which is truly the way to SooJin’s heart. They spent the entire evening laughing, and they have been inseparable ever since. In SooJin’s words “I feel so lucky that Sean picked me to spend the rest of his life with. His heart is my home and he makes me feel centred, loved, and safe. He continues to make me laugh all the time. And words cannot even do justice for how incredible of a father he is to our one year old boy. Our hearts are truly overflowing and we feel so lucky to have found each other within the maelstrom of life. Fast forward six years [from our first date], one adorable baby boy, and countless adventures later, and I would say our first impressions [were] a bit off (well actually, I am really short). Oh and that server from Cactus Club is now my sister-in-law and my dearest friend.”

From The Bride…I wanted my wedding to feel like a big party without the formalities of a traditional ceremony and reception. I also wanted to keep it casual and whimsical but with a classic and elegant touch. Our Colour palette was “bright and eclectic”. I didn’t stick to one particular theme of colours but rather wanted an assorted mix of bold colours.My style vision could be described as great gatsby, bohemian chic. I loved the “great gatsby” era of dresses and so my dress tried to reflect that. My floral headpiece channeled the bohemian feel, while my gold studded louboutins perfectly covered the chic status. I tried to personalize our wedding with a few unique touches. I had a banner made that said “ginger Asian love” as my husband is a red head and I am Asian.I also had cheeky cupcake toppers made with silly adjectives such as “sassy”, “trophy wife” and “hunk”. My friends has great fun posing for pictures with the toppers.

Lastly, I had a long time and very special friend of mine sing me down the aisle to “Sail Away” by David Gray. And one of my parent’s best friend (and someone I have known since I was three years old), Judge Tom Smith officiated our wedding. It felt so intimate and special having two such cherished people directly involved in our ceremony.My favourite moment was my first look. I still can feel my heart beating and palms getting sweaty while hiding behind a huge tree. I didn’t think I would feel that nervous but the excitement of seeing my fiancée and the anxiety that perhaps he wouldn’t like my dress, makeup, hair… was rattling. But as soon as I saw him I felt giddy and at ease. Our flowers were simple yet bright and eclectic. Each bouquet was different and placed in a mason jar with the quote “live, love, laugh”. It was the perfect combination of brightness, beauty and mismatch. My gown was just how I envisioned it and, no one may believe this, it was truly the very first and only gown I tried on. I was with my four month old son at the time and decided to just casually have a look at some gowns at holt renfrew. I already knew that I did not want a traditional dress. As soon as I saw this dress, I loved it, they had it in my size, and the cost wouldn’t bankrupt us! Only slight sizing alterations needed to be done and then I decided to lower the back to make it a bit more fun. Eschewing the traditions of a formal wedding we opted out of a cake and instead had cupcakes that were deliciously made by “cupcakes bakery”. My one piece of advice is to relax and enjoy the process. The planning and actual day all fly by and, in the end, no one will notice if your exact flowers were on the table at the precise requested angle. Of course, planning is necessary but just don’t sweat it. In the end, everything will work out.

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Photography: Meghan Hemstra Photography | Event Planning: Down The Aisle Wedding Coordination | Floral Design: Balconi Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox | Invitations: Papyrus | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Vancouver Diamonds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New | Hair And Makeup: Jayna Marie Makeup & Hair | DJ: Girl On Wax | Groom's Attire: Canali | Groom's Attire: Harry Rosen | Hotel: OPUS Hotel | Venue: Brix Restaurant | Bridal Boutique: Holt Renfrew | Groom's Shoes: Prada