There are dates, and then there are wedding dates (the latter holding some serious meaning). Take this duo who chose to marry on the seven year anniversary of their first date! In a day awash with cultural meaning and pretty pink details, it’s the type of gallery that defines romance and super sweet details. Captured by Simply Sweet Photography we’ve got it all waiting for you in THE VAULT.
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From The Bride…After 7 years, my partner and I finally decided to get married, on the anniversary of our first date. My husbands family is Danish and Irish, and mine is Indian and Sri Lankan but we were both raised on the West coast in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. We envisioned our day to be a blend of all of our cultures, as well as decor that represented the way that we live on a regular basis rather than traditional wedding decor. We tied in modern elements to rustic elements, similar to how we have decorated our home. We spent 2 years DIY’ing all of our decor as well as sourcing antiques and vintage china from thrift stores and craigslist.
For our venue, we chose Science World, an iconic landmark in Vancouver’s skyline. Science World is a glass dome situated on the waterfront and seawall, with panoramic views of the city. The wedding ceremony and reception took place on the same spot, the tented terrace of the venue. The theme was no theme and there was no defined color scheme. Our venue was ultra modern and urban yet we tied in industrial, vintage, and woodland elements. Branches, tree stumps, pinecones and the view of ocean and mountains all helped in showcasing the best of BC. The ceremony was almost exclusively white, the bridesmaids wore blush, and the other elements included gray, gold and black and white stripes.
We had 115 guests including our fur child, Capone, who was also a groomsmen. Indian weddings are typically 500+ so it was difficult to keep the numbers down and my parents would probably call our wedding very small. We felt that 115 was big enough but still very intimate. Our day felt very casual and full of love and laughter. We felt fortunate to have a small enough wedding in which we got to spend time with all of our guests.
We were so fortunate to have such great friends play an integral part in bringing together the elements of our day. My bridesmaid and graphic designer, Hailey Robertson got guests excited early on when she put together a beautiful invitation and rsvp site. Another friend, Rob Hoover, sang and played guitar as I walked down the aisle and Morgan May, an old high school friend made us the yummiest cake!
Food was very important to us, we chose to work with Truffles fine Foods in created a custom menu designed by myself and the chef. I love to cook as well so I knew exactly what we wanted. The theme for the food was a fusion BBQ. We wanted to incorporate both of our heritages, while also blending in the flavors from countries we’ve visited together. Dinner included mains from the grill such as jack daniel’s ribs, tandoori drumsticks, and miso sake sablefish steamed in banana leaf bundles. Presentation was very important as well, each canape was designed to look like art. From Indian street food made into shooters to pippets and Parmesan foam, we feel we exceeded our goal and our guests are still talking about it!
We are forever grateful to our photographer and videographers (Nomo of Simply Sweet and Tom and Kristen of Sweet Currant) for capturing the memories we can relish for a lifetime.
Photography: Simply Sweet Photography | Cinematography: Sweet Currant | Event Planning: Eva Konyari | Wedding Dress: Dhgate | Cake: Morgan May (friend) | Catering: Truffles Fine Foods | Makeup: Vanessa Parto | Officiant: Patricia Rogers (highschool Teacher) | Venue: Science World | Decor: Serena (myself) | Musician: Rob Hoover (friend)