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WHERE TO ELOPE IN VANCOUVER

Choosing a place to elope in Vancouver can be tough—there are just so many great options! Our city’s unique combination of beautiful outdoor spaces and landmark buildings means that there’s a location to match every style.

Over the last year, we’ve seen many of our couples choose to elope and keep their wedding small instead of postponing to a later date. And as a result, many locations in the city that haven’t been available for weddings before are now opening their doors as creative solutions for couples looking for that special somewhere. 

In this post, we’ve collected some of our favourite spots (old and new) from around the city that are ideal for creating a small, intimate vibe for your special day. 

Our favourite indoor elopement options

 

Have you ever dreamed of having your Belle moment, walking down the staircase to dance the night away in an empty ballroom? Well, now you can. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the landmark building of the city, is currently offering their grand staircase for intimate ceremonies. Just imagine it: stepping into the next stage of your lives together under a stunning crystal chandelier. Each sparkle representing all of the memories you’ve made so far—and all the ones that lie ahead. 

The Georgian Room at the Vancouver Club is truly one of my favourite spaces in the city. So much so, that it’s where my partner and I had our wedding reception. The vast amounts of light that fill the space and the stately fireplace are just some of the features that make it amazing. The best part? You can make it completely your own by decorating the mantle with your favourite greenery and florals.

Our other indoor favourites include: 

Taking your elopement outdoors

We can’t think of a better outdoor setting for an elopement than the UBC Botanical Gardens. On a spring day, this space—an iconic one for Vancouver weddings—lights up with sunshine, life, and colour. It’s the perfect complement to even the smallest of ceremonies and receptions, and trust me, the photos will be stellar. 

The great thing about living in Vancouver is that we have our pick of beautiful beaches that are kissed by sunset at the end of every day. Well, except for the rainy ones. What better setting is there than that for the couple that loves to keep things small and casual? I certainly can’t think of any. 

But that’s not all. We can think of so many other magnificent outdoor elopement options that are just waiting for couples to use them:

It doesn’t have to be one or the other

With Hycroft Manor, part of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, you get the perfect way to celebrate your day both indoors and outdoors. Framed by magnificent corinthian columns, couples can say their “I dos” with thoughts of ancient Greece and surrounded by beautiful, lush greenery. Then, they can bring their intimate wedding party into the historic space to celebrate. 

 

 

At the Stanley Park Pavilion, you can blend the cool, secluded feeling of being in the middle of the forest with the utterly delightful atmosphere found in the Pavilion’s Tea Room. The foliage gives you the perfect backdrop for your vows; and the wood burning fireplace indoors offers the perfect cozy space for you to toast the commitment you’ve made to each other.

 

Other indoor-outdoor spots to consider for your elopement and mini reception in Vancouver:

Need help planning your elopement? We’re here to help. Check out our elopements page for more details. 

The Best Sea to Sky Wedding Venues

This summer we are looking forward to spending a lot of our time along the Sea to Sky Corridor with some amazing West Coast Weddings. The ‘corridor’ has everything from rustic farm venues to luxurious ballrooms and with plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy from spas to helibiking, there is something for everyone. This is an incredible spot to share with guests from out of town if you are considering a bit of a destination wedding. Here is a list of 7 of the best wedding venues in the Sea to Sky Corridor from Squamish, Whistler, all the way to Pemberton!

 

1. Audain Art Museum

Photography by Darby Magill

The Audain Art Museum is one of the newest venues in Whistler, opening in 2016. Designed by Patkau Architects, the museum is a piece of art in itself and boasts a collection of the province’s most celebrated artists. As the museum is non-for-profit, hosting an event plays an important role in providing access to and supporting the development of the visual arts.

The museum is able to accommodate events in their Cressey Hall and the exterior. The museums permanent collection will be extending into the Upper Gallery soon, but it may still be available for ceremonies upon request! For more information on this stunning venue, check out their website, here.

 

2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The Fairmont Chateau is located in Whistler and has multiple locations that can be used for hosting an event. For those looking for an outdoor venue, they have the stunning Mountainview Lawn and the Woodland’s Terrace and for those looking for a ballroom, they have the Macdonald Ballroom. With onsite accommodation, activities, and and an amazing team to help you in the planning process, we cannot recommend the Fairmont Chateau more!

 

3. Nita Lake Lodge

Photography by Mitch Winton

Nita Lake Lodge is another amazing venue located in Whistler. The hotel features wood and stone elements that perfectly compliment the natural beauty that could be your backdrop to your ‘I do’s.’ With options to host your ceremony outside under their porte-cochere that can be seen here and either indoor or outdoor dining, there is flexibility to create your dream wedding. In addition to this, the Lodge boasts a spa and amazing dining at Aura Restaurant, Cure Lounge & Patio, and Fix Café.

 

4. North Arm Farm

North Arm Farm is a working farm that is located in Pemberton with unbeatable views of Mount Currie. The venue is known as a top location for ‘long table’ dinners in the field behind the barn but the space is so flexible that the possibilities are almost limitless. When guests arrive, they make their way into a green space that is often used as a ceremony location and, if you see the above photo, you can probably understand why! Apart from the amazing outdoor spaces, there is a rustic barn that opens up onto the grass that can be utilized for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner,  dancing, or simply as a rain plan! We West Coast planners love a venue with a built-in back up weather plan!

5. Riverlands Equestrian Centre

Photography by Blush Photography

 

Riverlands Equestrian Center is located north of Pemberton along Pemberton Valley Road. The Derby Field, near its main building is one of our favourite locations for an outdoor wedding. With ample room for a reception tent, activity tents, washroom trailers, and catering tents, we have so much fun customizing the space to fit our clients needs. The above photo shows a wedding that featured a tasting tent for Pemberton Distillery and a kids tent to keep the kiddos having just as much fun as the adults!

The Center also has its Red Barn just a bit further north along the road that is another amazing wedding location. This would be a stunning local for couples that want a bit more rustic country in their wedding aesthetic!

 

6. Sea to Sky Gondola

Photography by Tara O’Grady

Sea to Sky Gondola is located between Shannon Falls and The Chief – one of the largest granite monoliths in the world – along the Sea to Sky Highway in Squamish. This venue has matchless views of Howe Sound and it’s surrounding mountains and is a great option for couples wanting their guests to have a unique West Coast experience.

Unfortunately, the Sea to Sky Gondola was recently a victim of vandalism and is currently closed until the gondola is repaired. We cannot wait to begin hosting celebrations again at this stunning location!

 

 

7. Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

Located in the traditional territories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Lil̓wat7úl, the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center is built as a celebration and a way to share the Squamish and Lil’Wat cultural knowledge ‘to inspire understanding and respect amongst all people.’ The building is designed to represent the longhouses of the Squamish people and Istken (traditional earthen pit house) of the Lil’wat people. The centre is a unique venue that pays homage to the importance of place and togetherness and has multiple halls to suit your event needs. In addition to the stunning space, the centre offers rentals and catering and, their team is so amazing to work with!

 

There is so much variety in venues along the Sea to Sky Corridor, we can’t get enough and always love working there and showcasing BC’s natural beauty. If you are looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Whistler or Vancouver, you can find our suggestions here.

Kim + James – Granville Island Elopement

I was thrilled when Kim called me one afternoon and shared with me what she was planning for her wedding in four weeks. Kim was planning an elegant intimate elopement-style wedding celebration on Granville Island for herself, her fiancé and 9 very lucky friends and family. When she asked me to be a part of it, I was so excited and honoured.
The wedding was perfection. So much care and attention went into the details! Kim found the most lovely grove of trees to be married in and with the help of Suzane at Granville Island Florist, we added a little magic by hanging flower garlands in the trees.  Guests gathered around to listen as Kim and James exchanged vows and then celebrated the marriage with glasses of champagne and toasts.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the DockSide Resteraunt where I had decorated a table for dinner. Kim’s details included  Peti Puff favours for all of her guests, a sweet striped table runner and many other delicate additions.
It was a very special celebration to be a part of and I wish Kim and James so much love as they embark on their new adventure!
Thank you to Kim James  for the beautiful photos, Jasmine Hoffman for make up magic and Elsa Corsi for Kim’s beautiful wedding jewellery.
xoxo
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