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Carita + Vincent’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Wedding

WEDDING PLANNING BY ALICIA KEATS | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONETSU

Featured by WedLuxe Magazine, Carita and Vincent’s wedding at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel was a stunning affair that truly reflected their personalities. Using our couples love for the lush blue-greens of the Pacific Northwest as the base for their fun colour palette (and a pair of Valentino Rockstuds), we got to work to make their vision a reality.

To keep guests engaged and excited, Carita and Vincent wanted each part of the wedding to be unique and to have its own ‘feel.’ Evan and the Koncept team and Suzane at Granville Island quickly embraced this idea and created three distinctive spaces while simultaneously making them feel cohesive.

When guests arrived for the wedding, they were ushered into the foyer through a flower tunnel created by Granville Island Florists and Koncept. With bright pink, purple, and white blooms cascading from the ceiling, guests were transported to the wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Japan, the location that Vincent initially wanted to propose (he ended up proposing at the beautiful Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area).

The ceremony, held in the Star Sapphire Ballroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, set the stage for the evening. Set with rose gold infinity chairs from Mohani, the room welcomed guests into a luxurious and warm atmosphere. The altar backdrop was constructed with custom gold three-dimensional triangles interspersed with hanging bunches of soft flowers and Edison lightbulbs, making an incredible aesthetic impact. To complete the look, lush flower arrangements of soft pink roses, white peonies, and pink ranunculus were tied neatly to the backs of the chairs next to the aisle.

The cocktail hour was characterized by bright pinks and fuchsias. We created lounge areas with purple modern sofas, bright blue chairs, gold geometric-inspired glass-top coffee tables, gold triangular candle holders, and lavish cheerful floral arrangements with purple hydrangeas, vivid pink roses and peonies, and ‘indigo spires.’ While taking in the change of scenery and music from SideOne, guests enjoyed ‘His and Hers’ Signature Cocktails while canapes such as Wild Mushroom Arancini with Truffle Aioli were passed.

During the cocktail hour, Carita changed into a traditional qungua embroidered with a dragon and phoenix pattern for the family tea ceremony. While the tea ceremony commenced and guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the ballroom was being reset for the main reception.

For the reception, the ballroom walls were lined with deep blue-green velvet drapes that not only enveloped the room with warmth but also allowed for the bright colours of the floral centrepieces, the cream-coloured satin tablecloths, and gold accents to pop. Each place setting was set with turquoise satin napkins, silverware, glassware, and custom cookies from A.Elizabeth Cakes – one with a picture of Fuji, their puppy, and the other with their names and wedding date. The geometric back drop used for the ceremony was moved to behind the head table made it the ‘piece de resistance.’ Juxtaposed against the dramatic colours used for the guest tables, we opted to use the soft colour pallet used for the ceremony for the flowers on the head table to create continuity throughout the event. Next to the head table was an incredible five-tier cake, also by Anna, that incorporated the geometric design elements of the wedding.

After an elaborate five-course meal ending with a Matcha Cake, Carita and Vincent enjoyed their first dance to the Beatles, ‘I Will,’ opening up the dance floor for the rest of the evening festivities.

You can also see their wedding video, by one of our favorites, Vincent + Theo, here.

On a personal note, it was a huge honor and privilege to work with Carita and Vincent and a huge hole was left in my heart after the planning was finished. It was not just the amount of time that we spent working together, it was also the friendship that was created. Carita is someone who pays attention to details, who really listens and stores little comments away for future reference. I had mentioned briefly that I am always cold and typically always have a blanket on me (even in the summer!) when I work from home, and suddenly the most thoughtful gift arrived at my office, a blanket, camouflaged as a scarf. This is just one example of how special and thoughtful Carita is. I feel so lucky to have met her and Vincnet and to have been a part of this special day.

xoxo

Alicia

A Pride + Prejudice Inspired Wedding at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Hera Photography.

From the second I spoke to Charing + Heston I wanted to work with them. We planned their wedding long distance as they were based in New York during the course of the wedding planning, so we had a lot of Skype dates and phone calls. Charing + Heston were inspired by a Pride and Prejudice editoritorial  I did and asked me to incorporate the styled shoot into the design of their wedding which was a lot of fun!

Charing + Heston began their day with a tea ceremony at the Bride’s family home in Richmond. After a few family photos were taken by Hera Studios and Charing changed into a white go wn, Pacific Harmony Limos picked up the couple, the wedding party, and the family and drove them to St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in Vancouver for the marriage ceremony.

St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church was decorated with floral aisle markers and two large altar arrangements by The Flower Factory that combined soft pink hydrangea, garden roses, peach-toned ranunculus, and eucalyptus. Charing + Heston wanted to keep the décor minimal to draw attention to the importance of the marriage ceremony itself and its place in their faith. After the ceremony concluded with a couple hymns, guests made their way to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel where the cocktail hour would begin.

The main reception was held in the main ballroom and used a soft pastel colour palette with touches of silver to conjure the romance of an English party from the 1800’s. The head table was set with low flower arrangements, light blue tapered candles, and an opulent white drapery as a backdrop. Guest tables were dressed in stunning light blue satin tablecloths, opulent centrepieces in stone vases, silver tea light holders, silver filigree charger plates, and cream napkins with a single stem of lavender tied neatly with a ribbon that was held together by a custom wax seal. The round menu fit perfectly into each charger plate and used calligraphy reminiscent of a handwritten love letter. Finishing off the look and helping the décor to feel fresh and modern, we used clear infinity chairs with silver cushions. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Charing + Heston opted for a stunning light blue macaron tower provided by the Pacific Rim Hotel.

After a five-course dinner that was interspersed with speeches, Charing + Heston made their way onto the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple to ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz. After the first dance and parents dance finished, the couple was surprised by their guests with a flash mob and the party began!

Enjoy!

Alicia xoxo

An Intimate Vancouver Club Wedding

Wedding Planning: Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography: Lucida Photography

This wedding was planned long distance over different time zones and hectic travel schedules as my couple was very busy in the months leading up to their wedding. Hosted at The Vancouver Club, Karmen + Terrence’s wedding fully encapsulated the feeling of Spring. By using a palette of pink and white with touches of gold, we created an air of lightness while harnessing the sentiment of Springtime with its excitement and anticipation of something new on the horizon.

The day began with a tea ceremony which was held in the Georgian Room of the Vancouver Club. Karmen wore a stylish floor-length red Cheongsam that was embroidered with an intricate floral pattern. The tea ceremony was set up with two gold chivari chairs and three arrangements of red roses set amongst a plethora of pillar candles on the mantel of the fireplace.

After the tea ceremony, the civil ceremony commenced in the foyer of the Club. Escorted through a set of white curtains gracefully tied back, guests were seated in ‘silhouette’ chairs that lined the aisle. Setting the stage for this elegant ceremony, two dramatic cascading floral arrangements by Granville Island Florist framed where Karmen + Terrence would say ‘I Do.’

Following the ceremony, guests were moved into the Bar and Grill for cocktail hour. Set with cocktail tables with white flowing linen, arrangements of pink and white roses, and tealight candles, guests were serenaded by a string duo from Musical Occasions as they enjoyed passed canapes and martinis.

The dinner portion of the evening was held in the main ballroom of the Vancouver Club. Framed by a cream-coloured backdrop tied back with garlands of fresh flowers, the head table was set with low arrangements of simple, yet opulent, arrangements of roses. Guest were seated at round tables dressed in white linen with spectacular arrangements of roses and white orchids in tall glass vases. Hints of gold were brought in through the elaborate candle holders, gold-rimmed charger plates by Art of the Party, and ‘Louis XVI’ Chairs from Eclat Décor.  After a three-course meal and wedding cake by A Elizabeth Cakes, the guests watched a short film crafted by Vincent + Theo that showed the more intimate side of Karmen + Terrence’s special day from getting ready in the morning and the first look to the ceremony.

During dinner, the Bar and Grill was reset with lounge furniture, an air hockey table, and a photobooth. Illuminated by sparklers, the couple’s first dance kicked off the party for the rest of the evening. Overall, Karmen + Terrence’s wedding was one to remember and truly an elegant evening to celebrate becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Love Alicia