Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Jonetsu
Today we are going all the way back to 2015 and finally sharing the wedding of Shirley + Jing! I have been wanting to share their wedding for ages as I loved the design we created for them. This wedding was a destination wedding for Shirley and Jing, so we did most of their planning via Skype, email and phone calls.
Wanting to tie in their love for the West Coast with an elegant evening affair, we quickly got to work to incorporate the lush greens of the coast with the touches of sparkle and glamour that they desired.
The ceremony was held in the foyer of The Vancouver Club. With gold chiavari chairs along the sides, the aisle led to a striking arch crafted by Granville Island Florist and Art of the Party. The arch was made of white birch tree trunks and lush greenery that was scattered with soft pink and white flowers. Resembling a canopy of trees, the arch, was further emphasized by the effect of the white uplighting that cast forest-like shadows onto the ceiling.
The lush forest-feel of the ceremony was brought into the main ballroom for the dinner through extravagant centrepieces that were made with actual trees. The head table had a striking table runner made of greenery, moss, and sprinkled with pale pink and white flowers, framed by a floral ‘tunnel’. To finish off the decor, elements such as gold filigree chargers, gold chiavari chairs, and a plethora of tea-light candles seamlessly tied in the luxurious feeling with the West Coast aesthetic.
Some of the personal details they chose to incorporate into their wedding included a planting of a ‘tree’ during their ceremony instead of lighting a unity candle to symbolize their new bond, the guests tossed fresh fragrant greenery instead of rose petals to reflect the forest theme. They chose to name the tables after mountains and ski resorts that had meaning to them, such as ‘Whistler Blackcomb’ and ‘Snowbird’. They purchased ‘wooden’ frames and put each placecard into them so that they guests could take them home and add their photobooth photos into the frame after the wedding. I also loved that they got all their guests involved with a new take on the ‘shoe game’ by handing out sticks that had a photo of Shirley on one side and Jing on the other and asking the guests questions to see which guests knew them best. Spoiler alert, there were a ton of good prizes to win if you knew them well.
After the dinner, we had everyone to move to the Bar + Grill where DJ Trizzak was ready to get everyone on the dance floor. Leaving the West Coast atmosphere behind, they opted to create a party vibe by filling the ceiling with black and gold balloons with long gold ribbons, gold sparkling cocktail tables and purple lighting, a photobooth, blow-up guitars, ‘Kayne’ sunglasses, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and toy microphones.
Enjoy our look back at Shirley + Jing’s wedding!