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Rustic + Romantic Vancouver Wedding

Some couples are high school sweethearts, but this couple met when they were 12-years-old in eighth grade science class. Sixteen years later, they said, “I do” in a wedding filled with DIY charm and an abundance of personality. And trust us, you don’t want to miss a thing—from the cheese cake wedding cake to the custom beer growler weddings favors. See it all from Christine Pienaar Photography here.

 

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From the Bride… I remember Dave as the boy with the floppy hair that sat in the back of science class in her Grade 8 years. We had mutual friends, and sometimes I’d punch his shoulder when I passed him on the way from the south to north building at Burnaby North Secondary School.

We became closer friends as we progressed through high school. Looking back it seems like a blur, but I think I always knew he would be part of my life. We entered university and our friendship continued to flourish. Through new friends and old friends, achievements and failures, student clubs, and the occasional class, we stayed great friends. We started working and began to build our adult life. I like to think that we grew up together. Then, on May 23, 2009, and after 11 years of friendship, we started dating. We discovered our mutual love for food. We travelled. We survived a year apart while I ate cheese in Holland. About 5 years after we started dating, I walk into our apartment after dinner, greeted with hundreds of photos, balloons, flowers, and a clever puzzle… and my best friend asked me to marry him.”

From Christine Pienaar Photography… Everything from Kims incredible calligraphy skills, their cheese-cake (literally cheese!) and their fun-filled musical entrance to their reception makes this day unforgettable! 

Kimberly and David met when they were 12 years old, in Grade 8 science class. After 11 years of friendship (attending the same high school and university) and then five years of dating, they were married at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, Canada. They live in the downtown area and thought it would be appropriate to get married in their beautiful neighbourhood, surrounded by close friends and family.

They wanted their wedding to be customized to their interests and relationship, and decided on a DIY Heritage Hall wedding. Kimberly, who dabbles in graphic design and is an avid Pinterest user, designed the wedding website, invitations, and other decor, and David organized the all the vendors, rentals, and organization of the day! They make a great team!

They were also very excited about their unique favors- beer growlers. These two absolutely love the growing micro-brewery industry in Vancouver, and decided to make custom beer growlers for their guests. The food (delicious!) was catered by The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, a culinary school close to where David works, and customized the menu with their favorite food. Their wedding “cheese cake” was inspired by (1) Kimberly’s love for cheese and (2) when she lived in Holland and they successfully survived a long-distance relationship. (Win: the “cheese cake” was cheaper than a regular wedding cake, and doubled as an appetizer during their cocktail hour before the dinner reception!).

Kimberly and Dave’s wedding was so customized and personal. It was a truly beautiful way for them to share their relationship with their friends and family on such an important day.

 

Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography | Floral Design: Fleurtation Flowers | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulus | Catering: Pacific Culinary Institute | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Rae | Groom's Attire: Zara | Venue: Vancouver Heritage Hall | Bride's Earrings: Olive + Piper | Linens & Chair Covers: Absolute Events Decor

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Bridal Shower Picnic with Lots of Bubbly

This shower is going alfresco for a bridal picnic infused with friends, sweet pastel details and champagne + popsicles. Bubbly and frozen treats are such a winning combo. So to, are friends and outdoor partayin. Have a look at how Erin of Sparkle Media + Flower Factory and Ainsley Rose took a blanket, some delicious finger foods and champs and turned it into a celebration out in the open air.

From Erin Sousa of Sparkle Media… Getting married is such an exciting time and I wanted to throw Alicia a special little intimate picnic where she could just relax, and enjoy some time with the girls before the prep kicked into high gear! The day was perfect for an al fresco lunch, and I mixed classic picnic with soft and pretty shades of ivory, blush and white.

I wanted to create a dreamy bridal picnic that had all the traditional hallmarks of an outdoor meal, like a picnic basket, blanket, sandwiches and finger food, along with special elements to elevate it. The floral crown, big whimsical balloon, and sliver platters added that elevated appeal. We sipped on popsicle champagne, noshed on cake, and all enjoyed our gorgeous garden setting. It was the perfect way to send Alicia off into her wedded bliss!

Photography: Ainsley Rose | Flowers: Flower Factory | Cake: Sweet Bake Shop | Food: Dirty Apron | Decor: Whiskey and Cake Home | Friends: Jen Tam | Friends: Alex Grant | Friends: Jen Pistor | Friends: Alicia Quan (bride) | Planning/Styling: Sparkle Media

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Romantic Vancouver Sunset Seashore Engagement

It doesn’t get much more picturesque than Vancouver’s Jericho beach at sunset. One glance at this sweet summer sunset engagement session from Nadia Hung Photography, and you’ll see what I mean. From the gorgeous bride- and groom-to-be to the charming Canadian coastline, this e-sesh is as pretty as they come. See all the beauty here.


From Nadia Hung PhotographyCarmen and Jovy wanted a romantic seashore engagement session to document their love before the summer wedding in Vancouver. We chose Jericho beach as the perfect seashore backdrop with sandy beach and stunning view of the north shore.

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Photography: Nadia Hung Photography | Hair & Makeup: Katie Elwood | Creative Direction: Nadia Hung Photography

Ethereal Seaside Shoot with a Touch of Whimsy

I honestly want to live in this shoot. Elegant yet ethereal and overflowing with gorgeous nods to its beautiful seaside location, it’s image after gorgeous image from Vasia Photography of everything that makes my heart beat a bit faster. Pulled together by an extremely talented team of vendors including  Chandelier WeddingLele Chan  and Calligraphy By Christine – this gallery shouldn’t be missed. 

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From Vasia PhotographyThe inspiration behind the story was a wild, drunk in love feeling: Drinking and dancing on the beach with your toes in the sand- bittersweet, messy and magical. Combining light and airy elements of sea, sky and air with the deep earthy herbs and spices that are infused into Hendricks gin was central to our design plan. We wanted to create a dreamy, undone feeling to the shoot- something a little bit other-wordly, as if she had come out of the depths of the water.

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Photography: Vasia Photography | Wedding Dress: Gossamer Vintage | Stationery: Lele Chan | Makeup: Charrisse Mae Makeup Artistry | Hair: Jade Kugelman | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Christine | Venue: Whytecliff Park | Floral Design & Styling: Chandelier Wedding | Hair Piece: Olivia Headpieces | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Table Top Items: The Cross Decor + Design

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6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions

From magnificent vistas of the Canadian Rockies to fresh snow fall on a winter day, Canada’s natural beauty provides the stunning backdrop for these six adorable couples as they celebrate their engagements. Get ready for seriously swoon-worthy engagement sessions in the slideshow below!

6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions
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6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions
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