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Olivia and Liam’s Beachside Wedding

Photography by Hayley Ray  |  Planning by Aurora Krenus

Last July, I had the pleasure of working with Olivia and Liam on their wedding. The couple wanted their guests to fall in love with Vancouver over their wedding weekend and decided that scenery and west coast cuisine were key!

The day before they walked down the aisle, Olivia and Liam held a welcome party so that their guests could get to know one another before the reception and extend the time they had with each of their guests. Guests boarding a yacht from Coal Harbour and sailed around Stanley Park, under the Lions Gate Bridge, and into False Creek where they departed for a cocktail reception hosted at Liam’s parents house. With unbeatable views of the Vancouver skyline and the North Shore Mountains, this was an unforgettable start to the wedding weekend!

The following day, guests arrived at Saint Augustine’s Parish for Olivia and Liam’s Catholic ceremony. Olivia and her wedding party arrived shortly after Denise Elliott and her team finished with their hair and makeup and met Liam in the courtyard of the Parish for a private first look. When guests were seated, a string quartet from Musical Occasions began playing Pachebel’s Canon in D, marking the beginning of the processional. After the ceremony that featured many readers and the lighting of a unity candle, the quartet played Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s as the couple left the altar as newlyweds.

After the ceremony finished, guests made their way through Kitsilano to Brock House Restaurant where the reception would begin. Overlooking Jericho Beach, Brock House was another amazing venue to highlight the city Olivia and Liam love. When guests arrived they were greeted with Signature Cocktails and seafood treats including a prawn cocktail display and roaming oyster shuckers! Through this time, guests enjoyed the summer sun while on the lawn set with scattered cocktail tables and a lounge designed by Bespoke Décor.

Welcomed into the reception tent for dinner, guests were served wine from BC’s Okanagan region while the service staff from Brock House took dinner orders. Floralista decorated the tables with stunning centrepieces and Olivia and Liam used various cities that they had fallen in love with throughout their travels together as table numbers. With each city, they included a little note about what they enjoyed the most during their time there which added personable touch to the tables.

Between each course featuring fresh BC ingredients, Olivia and Liam had a few speeches scheduled to keep people engaged throughout dinner. Following dinner, guests were escorted inside Brock House to enjoy dessert and coffee while Olivia and Liam danced their first dance as a married couple to Coming Home by Leon Bridges eluding to that no matter where they are, they are home when they are together.

Aurora

 

Moira and Julien’s Summer Brock House Wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Walker Studios

Hosted at the historic Brock House in Vancouver in early July, Moira and Julien’s wedding was an elegant affair that had a pinch of whimsy and a touch of extravagance. Inspired by Moria’s Indes Di Santo wedding dress with intricate roses and peonies embroidered into the lace, the stage was set for the garden inspired celebration. Vancouver holds a very special place in Moria and Julien’s heart and they felt it was the perfect place to exchange their vows. The majority of the guests traveled to Vancouver for a destination wedding on the beautiful West Coast.

When guests arrived at Brock House via shuttles from Rosewood Hotel Georgia, they were escorted to the iconic large Oak Tree where they were treated to unparalleled view of English Bay and the North Shore Mountains. With a white aisle runner lined with white rose petals, a small stage, cascading white orchid arrangements on clear pillars, and a string trio, we set the scene for Moira and Julien to say ‘I do.’

After the ceremony, guests were led into cocktail hour and greeted with a glass of sparkling wine set on a mirror that was suspended from a tree with garlands of eucalyptus. Passed canapes circulated as guests enjoyed each other’s company on the lawn playing games like cornhole or lounging on vintage velvet couches from The Collection. Moira and Julien asked their guests to write advise for their future marriage on postcards – one to be mailed each subsequent month after the wedding.

The dinner was hosted in a tent draped with sheer white fabric and sparkling lights. Chandeliers from Bespoke Décor hung from the ceiling creating a romantic atmosphere and tables were dressed in white linen and lined with chestnut chivari chairs. Each table had a plethora of vases each with a tied bouquet made up of a single type and colour of flower, from pink hydrangea and white roses to cascading white orchids.

Once dinner finished, guests enjoyed music from Man About Town and got their pictures taken by Vancouver Photobooth. After Moira and Julien had their picture taken on the beach at sunset, they rejoined the party with their first dance to ‘Never Let You Go’ by Kygo.

One of my favorite elements that we added to the wedding was instead of a guest book, we asked the guests to write a note to Moria and Julien on a custom post card and we mailed them back to our couple, one a week during their first year of marriage. This was inspired by Moria and Julien’s long distance letter writing as they began their relationship, living in two different places.

Enjoy!

Love Alicia xo