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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

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Rustic Red + Green Seaside Inspiration

Celebrating Christmas outside by the sea is a foreign concept to me, but one I’d be happy to entertain. And if so, this is what I’d dream my holiday would look like. This photo shoot by Hong Photography Studio, and created by Fleur De Lis Events and Flower Factory, exudes elegance, yet feels welcoming, and I just may take some cues from this gallery when decorating my holiday table this year.

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From Fleur De Lis Events… Inspired by British Columbia’s serene shorelines, Fleur de Lis Events dreamt in lace and luscious florals to produce a magical editorial featuring the beauty that is the West Coast. We drew inspiration from washed-up seashells and drift wood, and featured the tranquil Pacific Ocean as our grande backdrop.

We used mother of pearl plates (Pier 1 Imports), lace linen featuring embroidered flowers, and napkins with scallop lace details (Eclat Decor) to create a dreamy tablescape that sparkled in the pink hues of the West Coast sunset.

Colour palette is white, a touch of silver, and red (florals).

Photography: Hong Photography Studio | Gown: Blush Bridal "Juliet" By Reem Acra | Gown: Blush Bridal "Leeta" By Kelly Faetanini | Makeup: Makeup By Denise | Hair: Mahyar Khoda (Salong 88) | Bird Cage, Apothecary Jars And Glass Vase: Michaels | Event Planning + Styling: Fleur De Lis Events | Florals: Flower Factory | Jewelry (necklace + Bracelet): Lugaro Jewels | Lanterns & Cushions: Pier 1 Imports | Rentals, Decor + Linen: Eclat Decor | Tull Skirt: Beautulleful | Vancouver, BC: Whytecliff Beach

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Rustic Summer Wedding at Quail’s Gate Winery

I’ve been going through, pinning image after image from this wedding… to my own wedding boards. From the bride’s bouquet to the stunning natural setting, I just can’t get enough. The Nickersons captured it all and my adoration for the beauty of the northwest just keeps growing. While I probably should be wrapping gifts right about now, you’ll find me here, with this gallery, for the time being.

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From The Nickersons… We were so happy to celebrate with Mackenzie & Jay in British Columbia’s wine country at their “more of a dinner party” wedding. They chose to have a super intimate day with 30 of their favourite people. A ceremony perched atop a hill overlooking the lake, close friends & family, killer fashion style, dinner at a winery, wine pairings with each dinner course, and simple elegance in the decor – it was a beautiful day.

Photography: The Nickersons | Floral Design: A New Leaf | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Ceremony Venue: Sanctuary Gardens | Reception Venue: Quail's Gate Winery | Catering: Quail's Gate Winery | Hair Stylist: Euphoric Hair | Groom's Attire: Coppley | Officiant: Anthony Hoek | Baker: Crave Cupcakes | Bride And Groom Getting Ready Venue: The Cove Lakeside Resort

Romantic Outdoor Vancouver Wedding at Cecil Green Park

Outdoor weddings totally make me swoon. There is about that dinner party-like setting with twinkling lights that really turns up the romance factor. So this Cecil Green Park wedding? It totally has my heart. With a color palette that will make your heart pitter patter, details placed perfectly by Petite Pearl Events, and pretty blooms from Celsia Florist - this gallery captured by Gucio Photography has it all.

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From The Bride…I had always dreamed of an outdoor setting for our wedding, and take advantage of the gorgeous Vancouver Summers. We were lucky enough to find a venue that allowed an outdoor ceremony in the garden, cocktail hour on the terrace, and a full dinner on the terrace.

Coral, blush, and white, flowers paired wonderfully with the gold accents and coral bridesmaid dresses. The overall feel was romantic and had a vintage touch. As the evening light dimmed the outdoor dinner setting under the stringed cafe lights was gorgeous and exactly what I wanted. Both Brian I wanted to be sure all our guests had an amazing night. The overall setting and our band did not disappoint!

Thank you to everyone who made our date what it was! For all our friends and family who supported us along the way, to all of our out of town guests from across the world we so enjoyed seeing, and to Brian’s parents and grandma for their contributions and support. Thank you to my parents who were so generous in hosting the dinner, bar, attire and décor, you helped make the night perfect! Also to all the talented vendors that made everything pull together and made my vision come to life.

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Rustic Vancouver Food Truck Wedding

A farm style reception filled with food trucks like Le TigreOutpost Mini Donuts, and Tacofino sounds like a dream come true to me! Followed by a cozy residential cocktail hour, this wedding has all the necessities of a fabulous evening. Seamlessly planned by Epic Events with blooms by Twig Florals, this affair shot by Sweet Heirloom Photography is a gallery wish fulfilled.

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From Epic EventsNaomi and Gavin chose to have a laid-back, super chic, garden party to celebrate their love! Naomi spend countless hours curating the perfect touches and details for their wedding. From Etsy to BHDLN, no details forgotten. They started their day with 200 guests joining them for a lunch time ceremony and reception at London Heritage Farms. Guests were welcomed by a custom watercolor guest book painting that was created by friends of the bride. Guests were encouraged to write their names on the colorful bunting.

After a personalized ceremony conducted by a long-time friend of the family, Pastor Mark Johnson, guests were treated to games and lunch in the gardens of the farm. Food trucks hold a special place in Naomi and Gavin’s heart. While they were dating, they were working a few buildings apart in downtown Vancouver. They would regularly meet for lunch and pick a food truck to visit and find some steps to sit on to eat. It was an obvious choice when selecting a lunch time caterer to pick for their favorite food trucks and serve their favorite dishes to their guests. So after picking up their fresh, local food, guests sat on picnic blankets in the shade or at picnic tables to enjoy!

In the evening, Naomi and Gavin had a more intimate cocktail dinner for their immediate friends and family at Gavin’s parents beautiful private residence. Under patio lighting, guests were treated to a fully catered reception. Lanterns lit the way around the garden and they had provided a beautiful (and delicious!) dessert buffet with cozy places to sit and enjoy the food and music.

Photography: Sweet Heirloom Photography | Wedding Planner: Epic Events | Floral Design: Twig Florals | Stationery: Vincent Chau | Shoes: Toms | Rings: Davidson Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Reception Catering: Truffles Fine Food | Makeup: Katie Elwood | Hair: Zia Stolbie | DJ: Girl On Wax | Transportation: Third Wave Transport | Balloons: Cocoglobo Balloons | Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaid's Flower Crown + Bride's Hair Combs: Etsy | Ceremony And Lunch: London Heritage Farm | Dessert Table: SweeTease | Desserts: Something Sweet For You | Food Truck: Le Tigre | Food Truck: Outpost Mini Donuts | Food Truck: Tacofino | Pendants: Flag Outlet | Watercolor Seating Chart: Friend Of The Bride

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Rustic DIY Backyard Wedding in Vancouver

Gorgeous in every sense of the word, this backyard Vancouver beauty will have your heart singing the prettiest of songs this morning. With charming rustic details and love-filled images from ShoeBox Photography, this gallery is filled to the brim with all the things we love here at SMP. See them all here.

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From ShoeBox PhotographyI have another beautiful wedding for you. This one from Vancouver, BC Canada. A private residence in Abbotsford, BC. (The property actually was once home to the Lead Singer of Nickelback, Chad Kroeger. So that’s kinda fun.)

From The Bride…When we became engaged we knew right away the type of wedding we wanted to have. We wanted a very small and intimate gathering with our closest family and friends. We wanted them to have great food ,drink great wine and have the time of their lives. We both love the outdoors so it was very natural that we wanted to have our ceremony and reception under the open sky. We started looking for venues and although we saw many beautiful ones we liked, nothing jumped out at us. I was speaking to a close friend and was sharing with him the vision we had for our day. Without a moment of hesitation he offered us his home. My husband and I knew instantly that it would be the absolute perfect place for us to celebrate the most important day of our lives.

I left my job 6 months before the wedding so I had a lot of time to focus and decide on what was important. We didn’t want to have a traditional wedding filled with things that “you’re supposed to have or supposed to do”. We wanted every moment of our day to be one of joy and indescribable love for each other, and our family and friends. We just knew that we wanted it very organic and simple.

Food plays a very big part in our relationship so we knew who ever we booked would have to be pretty special. We knew that we did not want to have a lot of décor. Our location was stunning in its own right and we did not want to take away from that. We wanted everything to be as natural as possible. It was very important to us to have a full organic and farm to table menu. Living in BC we are so blessed to have local farmers and artisans that have amazing products we wanted to really utilize that. Our alcohol came from a local winery just down the road from where we were getting married. Our wedding favours were strawberry preserves. We drove out to the farm ,picked the strawberries and set to work making our preserves with love. The entire process of canning up to choosing the fabric to place over them was pretty bonding. You really get to know someone when your stuck in the kitchen in the hot days of summer over an equally hot stove. We were happy with the outcome.

We had a lot of friends helping us along the way whenever they could. We had a friend that was a graphic designer so after sending him our ideas he designed our invitations. I found the envelopes online that I absolutely adored. My husband loved the idea of real wax seals so we had them with his initial. We had another friend over addressing all the cards and sealing with wax. It was a great feeling to know that your friends are willing to jump in in anyway to help. This came in very handy when we had to get over 40 light bulbs and turn them into hanging vases. We set up an assembly line so every one had their particular job and within an hour it was done. Having great friends is wonderful!

I planned to do my flowers on my own but fate had other plans for me. I was sitting at my local coffee shop and talking on the phone. I was booking an appointment with a florist to place my order. Once I ended the call the person next to me introduced himself. What are the chances that he would be an up and coming Florist? He showed me his portfolio and I was blown away. We had a consultation right there and the next thing you know he was booked.

The summer here in Vancouver was amazing. One of the best we have had in a very long time The entire month of July it was nothing but sunshine and the start of August was no exception. One week before our wedding it began to rain…and rain…and rain. I was hysterically checking the weather sites every few hours. It was expected to rain all the way up to our Saturday wedding with sunshine starting on the Sunday. I was panicked. Our tent rental company contacted me and asked to set up days earlier than previously agreed as they wanted to keep a bit of our reception site dry.

When we went out to the house for our rehearsal it was pouring rain. We actually didn’t even go through the entire rehearsal because we were getting so wet. Once the rehearsal was finished we began setting up. I have never been so overcome with emotion as I was on that night. Watching my family, my husbands family and a few friends out in the pouring rain, lightning and thunder helping us create our special day.

As we were driving out to our location on our day there was torrential down pour. I was a nervous wreck. About two hours before the ceremony was to begin the clouds started parting. It was beyond perfect! The sun even came out after we said our I do’s. With the help of our family and friends we had the most perfect day! We have said everyday since then that we wish we could relive it over and over.

My advice to any newly engaged couple is this… Pick a few things that are most important to you and your fiancé and stick to making them happen. Let everything else go. Remember that the day is about the two of you celebrating your love, nothing else, so no matter what happens it will be the most perfect day in itself. And on your special day take everything in. The sounds, smells….everything. It will be your day and nothing will ever compare.

Photography: ShoeBox Photography | Floral Design: Dushan Flowers | Wedding Dress: White By Vera Wang | Cake: Cake By Annie | Invitations: Darren Maher Graphic Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New Austrailia | Catering: Savoury Chef | Hair: Blo Dry Bar | Groom's Attire: Cursor & Thread | Men's Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: Private Residence | Day Of Coordinator: Elegant Event Design | Flower Girl Dresses: Twirls & Giggles | Printers: Jukebox Print | Tent Rental: The Tent Guys