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tags Photo Contest + A Destination Wedding Giveaway

Beaches, sunsets, love — destination weddings pretty much have it all. And while it’s no doubt worth it, getting everyone to the destination can be a bit stressful. That is why we’re all about companies like Escapes.CA, who’s travel agents totally streamline the process and leave the fun parts like saying “I do” in front of a gorgeous ocean view up to you. What’s not to love about that?

If you’re in the throws of planning your very own destination affair, have a look at some of these ever so helpful tips from the experts at Escapes.CA

1. Pre-plan, Brainstorm, and Research

Not only does pre-planning help narrow down your destination of choice, but it also puts realistic insight into what to expect when booking your wedding. This usually entails creating a tentative time-line, a head count of guests, and budget expectations. This is also a good time to determine whether you want a symbolic or legal ceremony — make sure you’ve done your research on the country’s marriage laws if you are going for a legal ceremony!

2. Location

With so many beaches, and so little time, the easiest way to narrow down a location is to take into consideration your guests. It is better to choose a practical location that is not too expensive or difficult to get to for all guests.

3. Think about your Guests!

What’s a wedding without your lovely guests?! Make sure your guests are kept up to speed on the details of your big day, like a website outlining the details of your destination wedding (e.g. the resort, where and when to pay your deposit, transportation information, and activities to do). Once they arrive, throw a welcome dinner! It’s a great way to set the tone for the week’s festivities.

4. Get a Helping Hand

An experienced wedding coordinator not only helps lighten the load with the wedding planning process, but they also provide really great insight into your destination and even language barriers! Phew! This might seem like quite a handful to take in, but at the end of the day, I assure you that it will be all worth it in the end. Remember to have fun and take it all in!


The Prize:  Escapes.CA is making the wedding planning process easy for one lucky bride and groom! If you want a chance to win your own dream destination wedding, enter Escapes.CA’s “Pic” Your Dream Wedding photo contest.

To Enter: Send a fun and creative couple or engagement photo showing you and your partner, and describe why you could use a destination wedding package. The more creative you are, the more likely you are to win! Get your friends and family to vote for it, and make sure that it’s unique and fun. Enter the destination wedding contest here

To Win: One lucky winner will be chosen July 23 at 9:59pm PST

For Official Contest Rules click here.


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Pacific Spirit Park Elopement Wedding

A woodland elopement sounds downright dreamy to me. Simple, sweet, stylish, intimate and meaningful – these nuptials captured by Christie Graham Photography are magical to say the very least. It’s yet another example of why elopements will always be my very favorite, and you can see even more here.


From Christie Graham PhotographyWhen a company called Young, Hip & Married marries you, it’s going to be one for the books.

Suzanne and Boyd wanted their wedding to be the perfect reflection of their love. A no-fuss day was a must. Keeping it simple, their guest list consisted of their two mothers to act as witnesses (and their two pups, Ruby and George, adorned in DIY gold bows, of course!). Suzanne and Boyd chose a quiet ceremony spot along a trail in Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC where they often walk their dash hounds. It was a twenty minute walk down the trail, which made for extra butterflies for the bride and groom for their emotional first look before the ceremony.

This wedding was filled with unique elements… Suzanne was adorned in her grandmother’s vintage jewels, two beautiful engagement rings (lucky girl!) and a vintage gown she added to herself. The sewing project wasn’t enough for her, so Suzanne also DIY’s a banner sign and brought along a few sweet treats- cupcakes and champagne- to add to the celebration. Her something blue? Blue fingernails! The couple decided not to exchange rings, but instead read special vows to one another declaring their love and commitment. It was a special day, inspired by the simplicity and beauty of their love and couldn’t have been more perfect.

Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Cupcakes: Cupcakes | Officiant: Young, Hip And Married | Regional Park: Pacific Spirit Park

Yellow and Cheerful Vancouver Wedding

Yellow took awhile to grow on me but now I’m totally obsessed. As I have it proudly displayed in almost every room of my home. It’s cheerful sunshine in a hue and wrapped around this stunning Vancouver wedding photographed by Ken Tan with yellow floral pomanders and the like by Yonra Designs. See even more of these summertime nuptials right here in the full gallery.


From The Bride…Although we were engaged for more than a year, planning really only began two weeks before the wedding (when we arrived in Vancouver from Hong Kong, where we currently reside in). The only things we really confirmed were the venues, photographer and videographers leading up to the day. As you can imagine, it was two very hectic weeks of finalizing attendees, meeting all the different vendors (some for the very first time in person as everything else before was pretty much done via email or long distance calls), planning the seating charts and rundown of the day, assigning responsibilities, dealing with last minute changes, putting together our growing up video and entrance video, deciding on songs for the dinner playlist… the list goes on. Luckily, we have a group of amazing friends and family who stepped in to help us out with different pieces of the puzzle and then putting them all together on the day of. I don’t know how many times the thought of ditching the wedding all together and wishing that we had eloped crossed my mind… But in the end, the wedding came together beautifully. It was a day to celebrate my union with my wonderful husband but also a day to reconfirm just how lucky we are to have so many amazing family and friends around us. The day went by pretty quickly, as promised by friends who have already gone through the process, and came to a fun-filled end at night, with plenty of games and wine to entertain all of us thoroughly.

Theme? Sweet vintage and fun was the theme (kinda…more like a mesh of everything I liked on Pinterest). Theme color was yellow. Chose it for the bright cheery feeling it brings.

Your top 3 best moments and why…1.The door games in the morning when the groom and groomsmen had to play humiliating games when picking up the bride. The games were meant to be humiliating but the guys seemed to enjoy eating candies off of the groom’s body J. 2. Saying “I do”s. It was so surprising and touching to see Alfred tear up. 3. Winging our (unprepared) speeches buzzed at the reception. We were so rushed with the planning that neither of us had enough time to prepare the speeches ahead of time. To work up the courage to go up to do the speeches, we went around to toast each table first until we had enough alcohol in our system to get through the speeches. It was hard trying not to puke while we did it… classy.

Photography: Ken Tan | Flowers: Yonra Designs | Cake: Piece Of Cake By Kelly | Hair and Makeup: Annie Chang | Bridal Gown: Aimer La Vie | Bridal Party Attire: Zara TRF Line | Decorations: Something Nice Decor | Favours: Piece of Cake by Kelly | Groom's Tux: Zara Men's Line | Restaurant: Grand Dynasty Seafood | The Chapel: Celebration Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Park