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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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Claire + Peter’s Gastown Wedding

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Wedding Management by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by John Bello

I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard as I did with these two at their wedding rehearsal. I knew it was going to be a great wedding day! I loved the vision they had for their wedding from the second Claire shared her ideas with me. They wanted their wedding to be filled with love in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Their beautiful ceremony was held at The Diamond in the heart of Gastown. The ceremony was so personal it made me tear up a few times. To start, they walked each other down the aisle which I loved. They also included part of the Supreme Court Ruling on the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy in their ceremony. Standing at the back of the room watching these two special people who love and respect each other be surrounded by their loved ones and listening to the Justice’s words, touched me to my core. His words had an even deeper meaning that afternoon as we all took a moment to reflect on the meaning of marriage and the importance of marriage equality:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a martial union, two people become something greater than they once were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.. They asked for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

The ceremony ended with passed champagne, hugs and tears of love. Shortly thereafter the guests all made their way across the street to The Portside Pub for the reception. Oysters, beer and a family style meal got the party off to a great start and before we knew it, the band came on the everyone danced into the early hours of the morning. Special thanks to Jayna Marie for her talents on hair and make up and to Flower Box for all the beautiful orange, white, and pink flowers.

With Love,

Alicia xoxo

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Wedluxe Editorial: Pride and Prejudice

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As seen in Wedluxe Magazine.

Last fall we had the honor of having our Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice shoot featured in Wedluxe Magazine and I just realized that I never shared it here, better late then never! Pride and Prejudice is one of my most favorite books (little unknown fact: it also inspired my 12th grade grad dress choice-no I will not be sharing photos!).

Set in the early 19th century in England, Pride and Prejudice is the story about how not even the strongest of pride can stand in the way of true love. I loved Elizabeth’s strong character, her passion and her determination for not marrying for any reason other than true love. Equally, I loved Mr Darcy’s silent admiration of her loyalty to her family, her intelligence and her beauty of course. This was a challenging editorial for me as I really struggled to convey the love and chemistry between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy without having a Mr Darcy in the shoot. I decided to use their love letters and the color contrast of a blushy pink and periwinkle blue to help communicate their love. Little did I know during the design process, but a few short months after our editorial was published, Pantone announced the 2016 colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. I love being ahead of the trend!

These editorials are a labor of love and creativity and they are not possible without the hard work of an incredible team. A. Elizabeth Cake’s utterly blew me away when she showed me that she had created not one, but three cakes for this shoot with love quotes from the book and a painting of the English countryside. I may have cried when I saw them. Gloria and her team at Flower Factory understood my vision and brought it to life. The details on our lovely horse’s harnesses, all floral, are breathtaking. Our horse was so patient with us and loved the camera. Please see below for the full list of talented contributors.

I hope you enjoy!

Alicia xoxo

PHOTOGRAPHY • Vasia Photography

VENUE • Cecil Green Park House and Jericho Beach

STATIONERY • Love By Phoebe

FLORAL DESIGN • The Flower Factory

CAKE AND WAX SEAL FAVOURS • A. Elizabeth Cakes

GOWNS • Romona Keveza, Monique Lhullier, Tara Keely, all from Bisou Bridal

CAPELET • Bisou Bridal

MAKEUP AND HAIR • Jayna Marie Makeup + Hair

JEWELLERY • Jeweliette

SHOES • Miu Miu from Holt Renfrew

DESSERTS • Hawksworth Restaurant Catering

RIBBON • Silk & Willow

RENTALS • Spruce Rentals, The Cross Decor & Designs, A&B Partytime Rentals, Art of the Party Design Inc., Upright Decor Rentals + Evnet Design, Alicia Keats Weddings + Events, Eclat Decor, Atkinson’s

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