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French Tea Inspired Surprise Baby Shower

This Ma Petite Chérie baby shower is a pretty display of delicious treats, high tea and a surprise celebration for a mama to be. All crafted by a talented group of party mavens including florals by Quince Fine Florals, sweets by Soirette and festive decor by Bespoke. It’s LOVE in lights, and lots of macarons too. See the full celebration captured by Simply Sweet Photography right here.

Ma Petite Chérie was a surprise baby shower styled out for a wonderful lady named Hannah Tikkanen. We wanted it to be a styled “High Tea Party” – with elegant and classy touches – we decided to create the perfect baby shower at a beautiful store called Soirette. Our inspiration was vintage tea cups, touches of gold, pink, pink blues, beautiful florals, and yummy treats – we feel like this baby shower came together so beautifully. Hannah was definitely surprised when she came in to see her baby shower. She thought that she was going for a “maternity” photoshoot, but yet, her wonderful friends decided to throw her a surprise party instead.

Photographer : Simply Sweet Photography By Nomo Akisawa | Stationary : Love By Phoebe | Make Up : Jasmine Hoffman | Balloons : Confetti & Co | Cake & Sweets : Soirette | Decor : Bespoke Decor Rentals | Florals : Quince Fine Florals | Hairstylist : Courtney Brands | Hannah's Dress : Little Pink Dress | Jasmine's Dress : For Love & Lemons | Jewels : Jeweliette | Macarons & Tea : Soirette | Stylist : Jasmine Hoffman

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Elegant Vancouver Botanical Garden Wedding

Garden weddings are the key to my heart, especially when they are as beautiful as this one captured by Taryn Baxter. Filled to the brim with details so darling they’ll melt your heart. Case in point? The couple’s oh-so-cute dog donning Wedding Design Studio blooms. Wedding Design Studio designed the day and it’s all waiting for you right here!


From Taryn Baxter This couple exchanged vows under a beautiful arbor and included their beloved dog Hannah in both the ceremony and their wedding portraits. I love the classy white, emerald and gold details of their reception details and am crazy about the flower covered chandeliers. The bride switched up her look for the reception by removing her belt and veil, and adding an eye catching statement necklace to the mix.

From the beautiful Bride… Nathan and I had been together almost 8 years by the time we got married. We had bought a house, gotten a dog, and been through the general ups and downs that life has to offer, so getting married felt like a celebration of the life we already had together.

Being together so long we had already learned a lot about each other and what we hoped our relationship would look like when we were finally married. Because of this we really wanted our ceremony to be a focal point of our wedding as we felt it was really important to say all of these things in a venue that felt special enough for our words.

When we started looking at venues we were determined to find somewhere that had a spot for our ceremony that felt romantic, intimate and unique. When we found the vine covered arbour at the UBC botanical gardens we knew it was the perfect location.
It was private, whimsical and beautiful. When we said our vows underneath the greenery with our closest friends and family tucked inside it felt like we were the only people in the whole world who knew where we were.

The green from the ivy served as the inspiration for the color of the bridesmaids dresses as I wanted something that was tonal with the lush garden setting. The sprigs that were used to tie the place cards and the vine details on our wedding cake were used to bring the vibe from the arbor into our reception which was set on a lawn enclosed by full hydrangea bushes that was adjacent to our ceremony.

We wanted our reception to be glamorous but not too stuffy for the garden setting so we went for all white decor, with gold accents and contrasted the luxe decor by serving a BBQ menu, family style from Savoury Chef catering. Some of our favorite memories are visiting the Okanagan region in B.C. and visiting the many wineries in the area, so we chose wines and champagne that were from some of the local vineyards we had visited on our numerous trips to the area. We had shaded lounge areas set up where our guests could escape the sun and enjoy a signature cocktail, or towards the end of the night, rest their sore feet.

We had planned to move to England three days after getting married, so with the stress of moving I needed someone to take care of the day of details that needed attention. Alyssa from Alyssa Short Design made sure no detail was missed on the day of. Having all of our loved ones together to celebrate our marriage right before our big adventure was the perfect way to say goodbye. It felt like we were closing one chapter in Vancouver to start a new one in London as husband and wife!

Photography: Taryn Baxter | Videography: Blake Davey | Design: Wedding Design Studio | Coordination: Alyssa Short Design | Floral Design: Wedding Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Champagne And Lace | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Champagne And Lace | Catering: Savoury Chef | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Chris Funk | DJ: Phil Salmon DJ Services | Photography - Assistance: Tegan McMartin | Wedding Officiant: Shawn Miller At Young Hip & Married | Wedding Venue: UBC Botanical Garden

Elegant Vancouver Summer Wedding

The giant inflatable ball with this couple’s emotions spelled right out might be the most adorable wedding accessory yet. This perfect photo prop was the icing on the cake to an already gorgeously elegant celebration, and Gucio Photography snapped it all, from every precious flower girl to every precocious ring bearer. Don’t miss out on all the Pinterest-worthy treats right this way!


From The Bride… Brian and I met in 2005, our last year of high school. Over the past eight years, we had to endure a long distance relationship, with me living in Vancouver, and Brian playing junior hockey all over BC, and four years in Moorhead, Minnesota. The distance was a challenge, but every plane ride, ferry, and delayed Greyhound bus was worth the wait a million times over.

When Brian was on a trip home to Vancouver in March, he proposed. I think it is safe to say, I already had the wedding planned! We knew joining Chinese and Filipino backgrounds, plus numerous hockey teams and billet families, it was going to be a very big party and that the help would be plentiful. In the end, we had a total of eight bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, five flower girls, and four ring bearers to join us on our big day.

Even before meeting with vendors and picking a location, we already knew that we wanted to have a venue overlooking Vancouver with an outdoor space. All I could envision were candles and white flowers everywhere.

The year before the wedding, we started using our “hashtag”, #kangerswedding. It probably started to bug people seeing all of the photos leading up to the day with the hashtag, but in the end it paid off. The day after the wedding it was amazing to see how many people actually used it and it was so easy to see their photos from our special day.

A huge chunk of the wedding ended up being DIY. We had a big group help set up the wedding reception venue day before. My dad did the draping; while the bridesmaids and family members set up tables and chairs. The flowers and bouquets were made by myself, my cousin, my mother and mother-in-law. The beautiful cake was made by Brian’s talented cousin. The invitations, graphics and favor cookies were all made by a friend. The tutu’s for the flower girls and all the signs were made by myself. I was lucky enough to have friends in the staging industry who lent us props and furniture. One of my favourite tables to put together was the kids table; making sure they wouldn’t be bored. It was complete with lego, colouring books, origami, and more. And by far my favourite piece of decor from the wedding, our big love ball! Needless to say, it was a big family affair, exactly what a wedding should be.

We ended the night with an all-you-can-eat gelato bar from Mario’s Gelato (complete with Brian’s favourite Asian inspired flavour, black sesame), a cigar bar, sparklers, the big LOVE ball, and of course, our favorite honey crueler timbits.

We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for every person who was involved in our wedding. To our amazing friends and family who have supported us over our crazy journey. To our incredible parents, who we would be nowhere without. And to our crazy talented vendors, for truly tying everything together, making our day come to life and capturing memories we will have forever.

Photography: Gucio Photography | Videography: Signature Wedding | Cake: Carris Kang | Ceremony Venue: St Patricks Catholic Church | Reception: Villa Amato Ballroom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Make Up: Trina Durha | Hair: Jade Kugelman | DJ: Signature Wedding | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Le Chateau | Ball: Big Love Ball | Bridesmaids' Hair: Rachel Siglos Hair | Bridesmaids' Make Up + Hair : CurliQue | Day Of Coordinator: Jelyssa Madrid | Decor Rentals: Tina Shaw | Invitations + Graphics: Stephanie Chan | Photobooth: Signature Wedding

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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

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.


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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