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Barbara and Andrew’s Fairmont Waterfront Wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Smitten Photography UK

When I think back on this wedding, the thing that comes to mind is that the whole wedding was planned via Skype… and that I met Barbara and Andrew for the first time, three days before their wedding! As this was a destination wedding based in Vancouver, we were dealing with 8-hour time differences, as well as finding time to plan the wedding in Barbara and Andrew’s busy lives. Both of them did a lot of travel for work.

Barbara and Andrew had been living in the UK for a while, so they wanted their wedding to incorporate their memories and experiences in London. Their décor was inspired by Sketch bar in London, a quirky and playful space, and the couple wanted to create a very similar look – an enchanted forest feel without exceeding their budget.  Wedding Design Studio and Granville Island florist did an outstanding job bringing the look together for them.

The photographer was also from abroad, and he flew in just a few days before the wedding. We worked with him so he quickly got to know Vancouver’s most beautiful, picturesque locations so he could create a beautiful shoot for the couple.

My most favorite thing about working with Barbara and Andrew was how affectionate they are with each other. It was clear that they had a deep love for each other, which was beautiful to see. Andrew absolutely adores Barbara, which I could see the moment I met them by the way he looked at her, or gently touched her hair, or put his arm around her. In a similar vein, I could clearly see the respect that Barbara has for Andrew.

We were delighted to help Barbara and Andrew plan their dream, Sketch-inspired wedding, and we wish them a wonderful married life and future together!

With love,

Alicia xoxo

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Sarah & Justin’s Loft Wedding

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Wedding Management by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Dallas Kolotylo Photography

We were thrilled that a couple of weeks ago, Sarah and Justin’s wedding was featured on Rock ‘N’ Roll Bride. It seemed like a perfect time to feature them on our blog as well!

Working on Sarah and Justin’s wedding was especially meaningful for me because Sarah is one of our talented Wedding Day Coordinators and I adore her to bits. She has been with us for quite a few years and I was so excited to help her and be there for her on her wedding day as she has been there for so many of our brides.

Sarah did all of her own wedding planning and I helped with her wedding coordination so she could be fully present on the day. I loved watching the wedding design come together as we got closer to the day, as I knew it would be personal. Sarah is crazy talented and very creative. Sarah designed the flowers herself, created all the signs and found all the décor elements such as the giant gold frames for the ceremony backdrop and the rugs. I just love the eclectic, bohemian, art deco feel of her design, it is very Sarah.

Sarah and Justin wanted an alternative wedding that really focused on the parts they cared about most – having a great time with their friends and family, in a relaxed atmosphere and a killer dance party. They wanted to avoid traditions that didn’t resonate with them and keep the ones that did.

Sarah and Justin were married at The Loft in Yaletown. Sarah wore Nicole Miller with a custom headpiece by Olivia the Wolf and Jasmine Hoffman did her make up. Instead of a seated dinner, they had cocktail-style food stations and passed canapes. This added to the fun, relaxed, party vibe. They also cut a pie, made by Justin’s Grandma, instead of a traditional cake. For dancing, their DJ, the talented Michael Fraser, played his violin along to the songs, which was a great surprise that all the guests loved. Everyone danced into the wee hours of the morning, it was truly a wonderful day.

With love,

Alicia xoxo

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Dora + James’s sumptuous Hotel Vancouver wedding

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Wedding Management by Aurora Buchanan | Wedding Photography by Jasalyn Thorne Photography

Dora and James are a young, energetic couple. When I first met them I was struck by how obviously in love they were, and they both had a playful nature about them that I loved.

They started their wedding with a tea ceremony with jasmine tea, and guests were treated to beautiful music from a harp musician. As you can see from the photos, the ceremony decor by Flowerz was absolutely stunning – Evan at Flowerz created a beautiful and eye-catching display.

Dora and James like to have a good time and the party aspect was a big factor for them on their wedding day. They wanted to ensure the day was fun and the dance party was epic (which it was :) ) Their amazing monogrammed cake by Anna Elizabeth Cakes also drew everyone’s attention.

James’s sister is a country singer who had flown up from Nashville for the big day. She performed a fantastic song after dinner. Later that night, Collective You opened up their photobooth, which was a huge hit with the guests – there was a line-up all night! :)

Dora has a great eye for fashion and she had three dress changes. Each one was fabulous! She wore a traditional white wedding dress, a red Chinese dress, and a gorgeous sparkly evening dress for dancing. All three dresses looked amazing.

It was wonderful to share in this couple’s beautiful day and I am so pleased I was able to help them create the wedding of their dreams.

With love,

Aurora xoxo

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