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Celebrating 10 Years of Aurora

Photo by Lucida Photography on Aurora’s wedding day

Today’s post was mostly written with tears running down my face because today we are celebrating Aurora’s tenth anniversary with Alicia Keats Weddings + Events.

I remember vividly the first time I worked with Aurora. We were working at another planning company and she was my wedding day assistant. She arrived at the church early and knew the entire timeline by heart, knew all of the families names and who was related to who. Each time I turned to her to ask her to help me or to do something for me it was already done. I was blown away. As we quickly ate our dinner in-between speeches that night I told her that she was born to be a wedding planner and she had the gift that can not be taught. She was passionate, kind, attentive to our clients and their guests, was graceful under pressure with a smile the entire time.

A little while later I made the decision to open up my own company and one afternoon I got a message from her asking if we could go for coffee and catch up. I held my breath praying that she was wanting to meet because she wanted to join the company. I don’t remember anything about our small talk over coffee other than I felt like I was going to faint the entire time until she finally said, “It would be my dream to work with you, are you at all open to having me join your team?” I jumped up and down in the middle of the coffee shop screaming and clapping my hands shouting YES!! Of course!!! Then I immediately sat down and laid out to her that it was a very new business, it may not work, and shared with her how she was taking a huge risk and asked her if she was sure this was a good idea.  Aurora looked at me and said “Alicia, I believe in you, I am not worried”. And I cried.

And here we are, 10 years later.

Alicia Keats Weddings + Events is eleven years old next month and I could not have done it without Aurora. Over her tenure not only has Aurora brought her creativity, her brilliance and talent to our team and to our couples, she has always pushed me to believe in myself, to dream bigger, value myself more, take risks and helped to create this company and dream of being able to do what we love while living the life we could only have dreamed of back then in that Starbucks.

I have lost track of how many weddings Aurora has been a part of. She has planned a wedding in a furniture showroom what barely had any power (or washrooms!) and required a moving truck to clear out the showroom and re-set it after the wedding. She was a finalist for Best Event Planner from the BC Professional Wedding Awards for her wedding in the snowy backcountry which required her to snowcat in everything and I mean EVERYTHING.

Aurora took the challenge of creating an elegant pirate themed wedding and created a magical beautiful celebration. Aurora is also the kind of planner that you want to be best friends with after the wedding. Just ask Tedi and Ben who are now some of Aurora’s closest friends. There is the time she created an elegant ballroom wedding at the Vancouver Convention Center and Dora and James’ Hotel Vancouver Wedding or working with Courtney and Chris long distance on their wedding and the very first wedding she had published in Wedluxe Magazine. She is the queen of home weddings like she did for Corinne and Jamie and Shannon and Steve.

We coordinated each other’s weddings and of course we had to get married in the same year. If it wasn’t for her, I am not sure my own wedding would have happened because I was so scared of moving forward with the plans and she pushed me to let her help. She also let me cry the day before my wedding when we made the rain plan call and moved my wedding to plan B. Her own wedding was featured by Martha Stewart and Wedluxe Magazine and was one of my post stressful weddings to date. I was so scared of letting her down and of course, as luck would have it, there were so many behind the scene fires to put out on her wedding day!

There are not enough words to properly express my gratitude and appreciation for Aurora. I feel so lucky to have worked with her all these years, to have learned from her and watch her shine. I think any of her couples would agree, she was born to do this and we are all so lucky to have been able to experience her passion, care and creativity. Happy 10th anniversary my dear friend. Thank you for taking the risk all those years ago, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

Love Alicia

Photography (not in order) by Sakurka Photography, Lucida Photography, Shari + Mike, Jonetsu, Jenn Best, Union Photography, Ophelia, John Bello, Guccio, and Sweet Pea Photography.

Melanie + Andrew’s Springtime Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

Planning By Aurora Krenus | Photography by Life Studios

Reflecting the feeling of springtime, Melanie + Andrew’s wedding was full of elegant romance and soft pastels. Taking place at the Capilano Golf and Country Club, the wedding truly emulated the feeling of Spring on the coast, with pink and white blooms, grey Bridesmaid’s dresses, and even a quick afternoon rain shower that made for some dramatic yet cozy ‘under-the-umbrella’ photos!

Before the ceremony, Melanie, Andrew, and the Wedding Party, got ready at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. During the time everyone got ready for the wedding, the couple gave each member of their wedding party a small gift, such as delicate silver bracelets with an infinity symbol for the Bridesmaids. In addition to the gifts to their wedding party, the couple also exchanged gifts with handwritten notes that brought happy tears to their eyes (and to mine!).

The ceremony was held inside at the Capilano Golf and Country Club in the Guinness Room. A white aisle runner led to the altar that was set at a large bay window and decorated with two full floral arrangements of pink and cream roses set upon clear vases and white plinths by Niche Event Stylists. Instead of a more traditional aisle marker, the couple chose to have floral garlands set on each of the white wooden chairs that lined the aisle. As guests entered, a string quartet from Musical Occasions played.

After the cocktail hour, guests were welcomed into the Stanley Thompson Room where they would take their seats for the dinner. Tables were dressed in gorgeous soft grey satin linen and each had a dramatic centrepiece of roses and hydrangea set on clear glass vase. Each place setting was complete with a clear glass charger plate with gold beading around the edge, a white napkin with a menu and a single pale pink garden rose tucked into it, silverware, and glassware. To add a little more elegance and sparkle, we chose gold chivari chairs, gold tealight candle holders, and added decadent filigree touches to the table numbers and menu cards. The head table was rectangular and faced the guest tables. It had a backdrop of pink and white chiffon drapery, gorgeous ‘loaf’ flower arrangements, and clear glass vases with floating candles. Set next to the head table was a small table with an incredible three-tier cake by A. Elizabeth Cakes complete with white peonies, pink roses, pearl-like detailing, and an embellished gold cake stand.

After enjoying a three-course meal that was interspersed with speeches from the family and wedding party, Andrew was surprised with a custom Lambeau Stadium Cake made by A. Elizabeth Cakes as he was a huge Green Bay Packers fan. After this, the couple cut the tiered wedding cake to Jack Johnson’s song, ‘Better Together,’ and the dessert station was opened. DJ Aimee Hawker brought guests onto the dance floor and guests enjoyed themselves late into the evening leaving with custom cookies from Short and Sweet Bakery.

Enjoy,

Aurora

A Black Tie Wedding for Our Very Own, Aurora

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Wedding Photography by Lucida
It is a very special day when your bride is not only one of your dearest friends, but also a wedding planner you look up to and admire. Just a little over a year ago I had the immense pleasure and privilege of executing the wedding of our
own wedding planner,  Aurora.  Aurora spent countless hours planning her elegant, timeless, black-tie wedding and I think the result was not only perfection but also an epic party! It was an incredibly emotional day for all of us to watch her married the man of her dreams and to see her have her own time to be a bride. I felt so lucky to be trusted with her detailed plans and be by her side throughout the day. I was a bit of a teary mess as I sent her down the aisle. I have so much love and respect for her. Aurora is not only a talented, caring planner, but a wonderful, thoughtful person through
and through. There was so much love surrounding these two as they celebrated their love story, it was truly an inspiration to see. We wish Aurora and Joshua so much love in their marriage.

Images below can also be found on their Wedluxe feature HERE and in print on newsstands now.

 

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WEDDING PLANNING • Aurora Buchanan of Alicia Keats Weddings + Events Inc.,
WEDDING DAY MANAGEMENT • Alicia Keats of Alicia Keats Weddings + Events Inc.,
VENUE AND CATERING • The Vancouver Club,
STATIONERY • Love by Phoebe,
FLORAL DESIGN • Garden Party Flowers,
DECOR DESIGN, CUSTOM FLOOR, LIGHTING/AV, AND LINENS • Upright Decor,
GOWN • Allure “Romance”, purchased from The Bridal Centre,
ACCESSORIES • Blush Bridal & Special Occasions (Bolero and Veil), BHLDN (Clutch),
JEWELLERY • Maison Birks (Pearl Earrings), Jennifer Behr from The Borrowed Collection (Hairpin),
SHOES • Nine West, Michael Kors,
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES • JJ’s House,
FORMAL WEAR • Ike Behar from The Tux Store,
HAIR • Ramzie Mach,
MAKEUP • Emily Cheng Makeup,
CAKE DESIGN • Anna Elizabeth Cakes,
ENTERTAINMENT • Musical Occasions (Ceremony), DJ Hunt (Reception),
ADDITIONAL RENTALS • Spruce Collective (Vintage Furniture), Delovely Creative (Table Sign Stands)A&B Partytime Rentals (Chairs),
VIDEO/CINEMATOGRAPHY • Vincent + Theo Studios,
FAVORS •Photobooth Vancouver, Krispy Kreme,
TRANSPORTATION • Pacific Harmony Limousines