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Leyla & David’s elegant Brock House wedding

Wedding Coordination by Kasia Wardowic | Wedding Photography by Christie Graham Photography

Love, family and laughter: these three words beautifully describe Leyla and David’s elegant August wedding.

On the morning of the wedding, Leyla, her sister/maid of honour and close family members got ready at the stunning Fairmont Pacific Rim with cocktails and canapés. You could feel the love and excitement beaming from all the walls as Leyla and her family got their makeup done by Nadia Albano Style Inc., while Christie Graham Photography and Hera Studio Inc. captured the magical moments. Leyla was surprised by her father-in-law to-be with a personal delivery of jaw-dropping roses and a sweet note from her husband to-be.

After the intimate ceremony, the out-of-town guests were treated to a tour of the city, with their final destination being Brock House Restaurant. Guests were welcomed into cocktail hour with champagne and canapés while enjoying the stunning views that Vancouver has to offer, before being invited into the tent for the reception.

The guests were in awe as they entered the tent. The tables were perfectly dressed with black and white linens, touches of gold, white calla lilies and hydrangeas, designed by Koncept Event Design and Flowerz. As the guest took their seats they were delighted by the personally-written place cards and M&M’s, as well as pashminas for the ladies for when the weather cooled down later in the evening. All these thoughtful details and personal touches made for a heartfelt celebration, which set the ambiance for the entire evening and left a lasting impressing on all of the guests. Once guests finished their meals and shared many laughs (and a few happy tears), it was time for them to dance the night away!

With love,

Kasia xoxo

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Michelle & Tim’s Hotel Rosewood Georgia wedding

Wedding Coordination by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Whitney Krutzfeldt Photography

We have been working hard behind the scenes on our website re-fresh (coming soon, I promise!) and found Michelle + Tim’s beautiful Hotel Georgia wedding which was featured on Style Me Pretty. I have been meaning to share this sweet wedding for ages! Better late than never! Loved being a part of this wedding with our friends at Flower Factory and I still can’t get enough of that cake by Sweet Bake Shop. Sweet perfection!

With love,

Alicia xoxo

Yasmin & Jamil’s Ismaili Wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Gucio Photography

When I started working with Yasmin and Jamil on their wedding, I realized we shared a number of things in common –from our love of doughnuts and good food, to our similar taste in flowers.

I also loved the chemistry between Yasmin and Jamil, and they worked as a team which I really admired. I enjoyed their banter and they had a great sense of humour throughout the planning. Jamil and his groomsmen even played a horrible trick on me the morning of the wedding – they called me while I was in the middle of ceremony set up to tell me that Jamil was having cold feet. Like any good wedding planner, I leapt in to action before realizing that the giggling and suppressed laughs on the other end of the phone meant that it was all for fun. I don’t think my heart stopped racing for the rest of the wedding day.

Yasmin and Jamil wanted an intimate, beautiful, understated wedding – and I loved putting the various parts of their wedding together to create a truly special day for them. Their wedding ceremony was at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, where they had nikah followed by traditional ceremonies. Yasmin and Jamil really wanted to honour their religion and celebrate their culture, as their Ismaili faith is very important to them. Yasmin looked so happy as she walked down the aisle hand in hand with Jamil – I loved that they walked down the aisle together. Her make-up was done by one of our faves, Denise Elliott.

Following the ceremony, sherbet and sweets were served (for those not familiar with the Ismaili culture, sherbet is like a delicious strawberry milkshake).

The party then went on to Shaughnessy Restaurant, on the edge of the beautiful VanDusen Gardens, for the reception. Flowers arranged by Flower Factory lined the tables – a stunning mix of peonies, roses, ruscus, lilac, hydrangea, and eucalyptus. There was a delicate bouquet of lavender at each place setting for the guests, and the couple served lavender lemonade as a refreshment.

Guests enjoyed Lucky’s Doughnuts as a late night sweet treat (in the shape of “XO”). The couple’s cake was made by Sweet Revenge, which is where Yasmil and Jamil went for their first date.

I was so happy to see this couple get married, and we wish them a wonderful (and doughnut-filled!) married life together!

With love,

Alicia xoxo


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