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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

Angela + Eric’s Vancouver Club Wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Photography by Lucida Photography

Angela and Eric wanted an elegant wedding that was light, refreshing, filled with flowers and that radiated the feeling of their love for one another. Hosted at The Vancouver Club, the wedding seamlessly infused the classical architecture of the building with whimsical touches to create a soft and joyful atmosphere.

The ceremony, held in the University Room, set the stage for the rest of the evening. Lined playfully with white flowers, the aisle led up to the beautiful fireplace decorated with white pillar candles and a dramatic arrangement by Celsia Florist.

The dreamy atmosphere of the ceremony was brought into the Ballroom for the main reception. Greenery garlands ran the length of the long tables and were interspersed with centerpieces with white and pink flowers. We added hints of gold through candle holders, gold-rimmed charger plates, and chivari chairs. ‘Natural’ floral arrangements were used at the foot of each table and to line the bay windows making the Ballroom feel as though it was being overtaken with a fanciful garden. A.Elizabeth Cakes provided the beautiful (and yummy!) cake and Love By Phoebe created all of their stationary including a custom band for their guest favors, chocolate bars from BETA5.

Angela wore three dresses for the evening. For the ceremony, Angela wore a sleeveless white Vera Wang with a mermaid silhouette and a cathedral train, and for the reception, a beautiful red lace dress with three-quarter length sleeves that called attention to the couple’s Asian heritage and she changed into a black evening gown once dancing started.

One of my favourite things about Angela and Eric’s wedding was the late-night snack. Using their Asian culture as inspiration, the couple opted for two Cocktail Stations – one Dim Sum Station and another with a variety of Noodle Cups. In addition to this, we arranged a ‘Make-it-Yourself’ Bubble Tea Station provided by Ninja Bubble Tea. Not only was this a way to celebrate their culture and fun personalities, but the stations offered an interactive and memorable experience for their guests!

With love,

Alicia xo

Preparing for the holidays

What I love the most about the holidays is spending time with my family and friends, cooking/eating up a storm. As the holidays season approaches, I also enjoy decorating my home for entertaining. With this in mind, I wanted to share with you some creative arrangements for your holiday tables and your homes from two fabulous florists. Flowerz is located in Vancouver and Posy is located in North Vancouver.

This red and green arrangement was given to me by Evan + Mordi at Flowerz. Isn’t it stunning? Evan’s creativity never ceases to amaze me. I know this is going to impress my guests! Be sure to visit him in his beautiful shop in Kitsilano to place your holiday orders.  Evan can work with you in creating elaborate holiday floral décor in your home, arranging hostess gifts for you or simply providing you with an unique arrangement for your dining table. Thank you Evan!

I picked up this silver arrangement at Posy in North Vancouver last week. I love it for it’s wintery feel and I adore the details of the silver ornaments nestled in the moss. I plan on using the murcury vase as a candle holder in the New Year. Kristin’s shop is a winter wonderland right now filled with flowers, wreaths and more, be sure to stop by!

We are looking forward to the holiday season as well as Elyra+ Matt’s Boxing Day wedding.

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous New Year!

Love Alicia+Aurora