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