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Romantic Surprise Penthouse Proposal

You know how we feel about surprise proposals, and today we’re kicking off a week long worth of romance with the ultimate ask. Surrounded by 20 (literally) love-filled balloons Daniel asked Kim about forever and the results are beyond sweet. Just Because Vancouver was the visionary behind the scenes and Kim James Photography captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you in THE VAULT!

From Just Because VancouverWhen Daniel reached out to us to plan his proposal, we knew immediately that his over-the-top affection for Kim had to be matched in his surprise engagement. There is no better place than the 48th floor of an $18 million penthouse at Hotel Georgia’s Private Residences. Surrounded by 20 abundantly love-filled Big Love Balls, Daniel stood in the middle of this breathtaking 6,800sqft canvas with sweeping panoramic views. While Kim was obliviously being glammed up for her fake “photo-shoot” in another room, a bouquet of flowers, champagne and hors d’oeuvres were waiting for her on the most romantic balcony in Canada. Daniel wanted something breathtaking – and breathtaking is what he received.

From the Bride-to-be…Late July, my agent Grace had sent me an e-mail confirmation for an upcoming jewelry catalog booking that would be for the brand Olive and Piper, and was set to take place on Wednesday August 12th. The evening before, I packed so many different dresses for the shoot and planned to bring a big 5 pound watermelon for a church picnic after.

On arrival at the Private Residences at Georgia Hotel, I was lead to a room where hair and make-up would take place. I saw signs on the door saying “Make-Up & Hair” and “Photoshoot in Progress”. I was thinking the shoot was set up very professionally! Even more surprising, was when one of my all time favourite make-up artists greeted me, Annie. We both ‘had no idea’ we would be working on this ‘shoot’ together.

When we finally finished, I opened the doors to where the shoot was being held, and noticed massive white blow-up balls that said “love” in bold black letters on them. I stood there, confused. Out of nowhere, my boyfriend showed up from behind one of the Big Love Balls.

Feeling overwhelmed, I saw the most genuine and nervous smile, happy, teary eyes and as he spoke, I heard words filled with so much love. I could barely hear what he was saying, but I knew what was happening. He got down on one knee and I can only pray I said “YES!”. He really got me! What a surprise!

The unbelievable plan was explained to me, how I was ‘punked’ and how the entire shoot was a set up through Just Because Vancouver, a wedding proposal planning company. I was told how it was Daniel receiving my wardrobe photos and selecting the dress I would wear that day. I learned Daniel had went to ask my parents for their blessing the day after I went on my most recent work trip to Singapore. I could not of dreamed of a better surprise engagement. This marks my most treasured and best day alive yet.

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Photography: Kim James Photography | Cinematography: Farawayland Studios | Floral Design: The Flower Factory | Jewelry: Cavalier | Hair + Makeup: ACmakeup | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Private Residences At Hotel Georgia | Champagne + Hors D'oeuvres: Hawksworth Restaurant | Decor + Styling: Big Love Ball | Groom's Hair: Barber & Co. | Modeling Agency: Kelsey Watson | Modeling Job: Olive + Piper | Proposal Planner: Just Because Vancouver

Casual + Elegant Seaside Garden Wedding

With a guest list of just 60 people, the focus of this laid-back Canadian wedding was truly the gorgeous Bride and Groom and their love for one another. The couple achieved their vision of an elegant backyard BBQ with fun lawn games, DIY décor and flowers arranged by the Bride and her mother. See all the pretty details from Chelsea Warren Photography in THE VAULT!


From Chelsea Warren Photography…Laura & Scott got married at Laura’s parent’s private residence in Deep Cove on Vancouver Island, BC. They had a small elopement with under 60 guests, lots of DIY decor and gorgeous florals made by the bride and her mother. Their theme was an elegant backyard BBQ with airy and beachy touches. The guests were treated to champagne during the ceremony, as well as lots of garden games during the afternoon reception. We snuck away to a small beach just up the road for some photos of just the bride and groom before the ceremony, then enjoyed the rest of the day in Laura’s parent’s backyard. There was no bridal party, it was a very relaxed day. The bride and groom saw each other before the ceremony and spent lots of time together; they really enjoyed each other’s company the entire day and it was so sweet to see! Their love for each other was certainly the focus!

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Photography: Chelsea Warren Photography | Wedding Dress: Love Yu | Catering: Truffles Catering | Makeup: Heartwood & Co. | Groom's Attire: Moore's Clothing | Venue: At Home | Bridal Boutique: The White Peony | Commissionaire: Joan Miller

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Outdoor British Columbia Wedding with a Two-Piece Dress

We named two-piece bridal dresses one of the wedding trends to watch in 2016, and sure enough this bride is rocking her Manuel Mendoza crop top gown with total elegance and grace. Whitney Krutzfeldt photographed the outdoor lovefest – which was threatened by a torrential rainstorm  – but one look at the images and you’d never even guess. More inside The Vault!

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From The Bride…Luke and I chose to get married up the Sunshine Coast, as it was here, 12 years earlier that we first met as teenagers. Being in the outdoors by the ocean and looking out to the island where we fell in love was the perfect location that brought back so many amazing memories of laughter and love with our friends and family.

Our wedding day started abruptly at 6am to the sound of a torrential rainstorm hitting the roof of our tent. It wasn’t long until things got into motion and we started getting ready. The rain continued and the winds started to pick up (we were told to expect record wind speeds that day). We were fortunate enough that the sun made a brief appearance during Whitney’s amazing photo shoot.

All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a more amazing day. As the rain came down, our family and friends stayed huddled under our clear top tent eating, laughing and dancing the night (and early morning) away. The energy and love that surrounded us made it truly a day to remember!

From Whitney KrutzfeldtLuke and Lindsay’s Wedding was at one of my favorite venues in British Columbia, Rock Water Resort. It’s a stunning location that’s far enough out of the city that everyone feels like they’re on vacation for the weekend and it epitomizes the beauty that is the Pacific North West.

There wedding day just so happened to fall on the stormiest day of the year with 90km/hr winds and heavy rain on and off all day. You would think that would lend itself to a stressful day but it brought everyone tighter inside the stunning tent and made for an even better party! The sun came out during cocktail hour which was perfect and it poured all night as the guests danced away under the clear star lit tent! Everything from the brides beautiful two piece Manuel Mendoza dress to the crystal details on the table made for a stunning day.

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Photography: Whitney Krutzfeldt Photography | Event Styling: Alexie Gray | Floral Design: Gibsons Florist | Wedding Dress: Manuel Mendoza | Bride's Shoes: Aldo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aritzia | Hair: Chris Funk | Hair + Makeup: Katie Elwood | Bow Ties: Beaux | Venue: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort | Photography - Assistance: KVD Photography