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Unique Bohemian Chic Wedding in British Columbia

Six years from their first date,  this duo (along with their adorable baby) planned the ultimate party. Eschewing the tradition of a formal wedding, they opted for a colorfully romantic evening that had style for days. From the Bride’s floral crown to her tips of her Louboutin heels, we’ve got every detail captured by Meghan Hemstra Photography waiting to be celebrated in THE VAULT!

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From Meghan Hemstra PhotographyThis colourful and romantic Yaletown wedding was truly a pleasure to photograph. Wonderfully stylish and naturally romantic, SooJin and Sean’s wedding was full of love, humour, and personality. What more could a photographer ask for? Here is SooJin and Sean’s story:

After 4.5 years of living in NYC SooJin moved to Vancouver. She’d had dreams of making it huge in the fashion industry and living the ‘Sex and the City’ life and shortly upon her arrival to Vancouver SooJin went out for drinks with friends to soothe her broken heart. It didn’t take long for her to become great friends with their awesome Cactus Club server, who decided that she had the perfect guy to set SooJin up on a blind date with. Being new to the city SooJin agreed, and two weeks later she and Sean went on their first date! Having spent so much time in New York, SooJin was impressed that Sean offered to pick her up, but when he arrived at her doorstep her first thought was ‘Oh no, this guy is going to be way too nice for me’. She was used to brash and over confident New York men. Sean’s first thought was ‘Oh WOW, She is REALLY short’. Not only was Sean incredibly kind, but he also had a wicked sense of humour, which is truly the way to SooJin’s heart. They spent the entire evening laughing, and they have been inseparable ever since. In SooJin’s words “I feel so lucky that Sean picked me to spend the rest of his life with. His heart is my home and he makes me feel centred, loved, and safe. He continues to make me laugh all the time. And words cannot even do justice for how incredible of a father he is to our one year old boy. Our hearts are truly overflowing and we feel so lucky to have found each other within the maelstrom of life. Fast forward six years [from our first date], one adorable baby boy, and countless adventures later, and I would say our first impressions [were] a bit off (well actually, I am really short). Oh and that server from Cactus Club is now my sister-in-law and my dearest friend.”

From The Bride…I wanted my wedding to feel like a big party without the formalities of a traditional ceremony and reception. I also wanted to keep it casual and whimsical but with a classic and elegant touch. Our Colour palette was “bright and eclectic”. I didn’t stick to one particular theme of colours but rather wanted an assorted mix of bold colours.My style vision could be described as great gatsby, bohemian chic. I loved the “great gatsby” era of dresses and so my dress tried to reflect that. My floral headpiece channeled the bohemian feel, while my gold studded louboutins perfectly covered the chic status. I tried to personalize our wedding with a few unique touches. I had a banner made that said “ginger Asian love” as my husband is a red head and I am Asian.I also had cheeky cupcake toppers made with silly adjectives such as “sassy”, “trophy wife” and “hunk”. My friends has great fun posing for pictures with the toppers.

Lastly, I had a long time and very special friend of mine sing me down the aisle to “Sail Away” by David Gray. And one of my parent’s best friend (and someone I have known since I was three years old), Judge Tom Smith officiated our wedding. It felt so intimate and special having two such cherished people directly involved in our ceremony.My favourite moment was my first look. I still can feel my heart beating and palms getting sweaty while hiding behind a huge tree. I didn’t think I would feel that nervous but the excitement of seeing my fiancée and the anxiety that perhaps he wouldn’t like my dress, makeup, hair… was rattling. But as soon as I saw him I felt giddy and at ease. Our flowers were simple yet bright and eclectic. Each bouquet was different and placed in a mason jar with the quote “live, love, laugh”. It was the perfect combination of brightness, beauty and mismatch. My gown was just how I envisioned it and, no one may believe this, it was truly the very first and only gown I tried on. I was with my four month old son at the time and decided to just casually have a look at some gowns at holt renfrew. I already knew that I did not want a traditional dress. As soon as I saw this dress, I loved it, they had it in my size, and the cost wouldn’t bankrupt us! Only slight sizing alterations needed to be done and then I decided to lower the back to make it a bit more fun. Eschewing the traditions of a formal wedding we opted out of a cake and instead had cupcakes that were deliciously made by “cupcakes bakery”. My one piece of advice is to relax and enjoy the process. The planning and actual day all fly by and, in the end, no one will notice if your exact flowers were on the table at the precise requested angle. Of course, planning is necessary but just don’t sweat it. In the end, everything will work out.

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Photography: Meghan Hemstra Photography | Event Planning: Down The Aisle Wedding Coordination | Floral Design: Balconi | Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox | Invitations: Papyrus | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Vancouver Diamonds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New | Hair And Makeup: Jayne Marie | DJ: Girls On Wax | Groom's Attire: Canali | Groom's Attire: Harry Rosen | Hotel: Opus Hotel | Venue: Brix Restaurant | Bridal Boutique: Hold Renfrew | Groom's Shoes: Prada

Romantic + Cultural Fusion British Columbia Wedding

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.

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Photography: Simply Sweet Photography By Nomo Akisawa | Cinematography: Sweet Currant Video | Event Planning: Eva Konyari | Wedding Dress: DH Gate | Cake: DIY By Bride | Catering: Truffles Fine Food | Makeup: Vanessa Parto | Officiant: DIY By Bride | Venue: Science World | Decor: Serena (myself) | Musician: DIY By Bride

Elegant Blush Pink Ballroom Wedding

Adding a little glam to the work week just got a whole lot easier thanks to this breathtaking ballroom beauty from Jamie Delaine.  Think beautiful blooms from Granville Island Florist, soft pink Amsale gowns and a ceremony + reception combo that gives new meaning to the word stunning.  Check out every fabulous moment here, then head to The Vault for even more ballroom beauties.

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Jamie Delaine… As Ryan stood beside his wife of a couple hours, Tiffany, he gave a thank-you speech to all of their friends, family and vendors involved in the wedding. Then he turned to his bride, “My mom always told me to look for two things in a person. Character and integrity. Without a doubt, I have found both of those things in Tiffany.” He paused. “It’s just my luck that she happens to be smoking hot, as well.”

Tiffany was a stunning bride, with an amazing gown, shoes, jewellery, flowers and details to photograph. Her girls were just as elegant in their long, blush pink bridesmaids dresses and matching earrings, a gift from Tiffany the morning of the wedding. Ryan and his groomsmen were dapper in their navy blue suits, keeping it simple by opting to not have boutonnieres. The style of the wedding day was phenomenal, the flowers – breathtaking. It’s always a treat to shoot at The Vancouver Club and Tiffany and Ryan’s wedding was no exception.

The indoor ceremony overflowed with warm candlelight on the chillier spring day and towers of flowers. The reception echoed the extravagant florals of the ceremony, with tall silver centerpieces. Tiffany and Ryan’s first dance was to “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last, performed by one of their favourite bands, local talent to Vancouver: “SoulStream.”

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Photography: Jamie Delaine | Floral Design: Granville Island Florist | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Jaybird Creations | Invitations: Quite Fetching (Etsy) | Jewelry: Elsa Corsi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Eva Terez Beauty | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: The Vancouver Club | Band/Live Music: Soulstream | Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaids Dress Store: Frocks | Rentals: Upright Decor

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