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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

Tammy + Chris’ Pacific Rim Wedding Celebration

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Melia of Lucida Photography

Tammy and Chris wanted their wedding to have a whimsical feel, with natural West Coast elements and be a celebration of the union of not only themselves through marriage, but of their families (including their pet lizard) too. Embracing these elements as inspiration, we used light décor elements and plenty of activities to create an evening that was authentically Tammy + Chris.

After getting ready at their family homes (thanks to Denise Elliott and her team), they arrived at St. Andrews Wesley Church in Downtown Vancouver. Other than the simple floral arrangements tied onto the pews with pink ribbons by Celsia Florist, the architecture of the church was left to evoke a certain transcendental air for the ceremonial portion of the day. Balancing this formal atmosphere was Tammy + Chris’s light energy as they smiled, laughed, and gave out high fives to celebrate the occasion in their own special way.  Concluding this portion of the day was a Unity Candle ritual that ceremonially tied the two families together, a truly special way to express the joining of Tammy + Chris through marriage and the devotion that they have towards their loved ones.

Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel where they were greeted by sparkling wine and passed canapes as the Cocktail Hour commenced. Before guests entered the main ballroom for the dinner portion of the evening, they found their seats on a mirror seating plan that was inscribed in gold ink. The décor in the ballroom was kept light and airy with crisp white linen, gold chivari chairs, clear cylindrical vases with white floating candles, and an abundance of greenery dotted with blush and white roses. Behind the head table was a magnificent backdrop made of hanging greenery garlands set against a lush white drapery. This backdrop helped to make the head table more of a focal point for guests as their eyes were drawn to the couple and those in the wedding party – it also made for amazing photographs!

After a three-course dinner was served that included an amazing three-tier cake from A.Elizabeth Cakes, the dance floor opened up after the first dance. DJ Aimee kept the party going late into the evening and everyone of all ages celebrated the union of Tammy + Chris.

Enjoy!

Alicia xo

Betty & Steven’s Hotel Georgia wedding

Wedding Coordination by Kasia Wardowicz – Photography by Lucida Photography

I was so happy to be a part of Betty and Steven’s wedding – they were seriously the sweetest couple! :) They were so caring and thoughtful towards each other. They were very playful with one another… and so much in love! And I know they won’t mind me saying that they were both a little nerdy, but in a really cool, cute way! Betty was so sweet, down to earth, caring, and elegant. Steven was a real gentleman – very nice, funny, and down to earth. You could feel the happiness and love they had for each other and everyone in the room. It was really clear to anyone who met them that they shared a very deep love for each other.

It was very important to them that their guests have a good time. Betty and Steven were keen to create an easy-going atmosphere – with an easy flow to the wedding –  as well as good food; for example, they had late-night pizza and fries brought out for guests, as well as a gorgeous macaron tower by Noms by Mon.

They also wanted a great dance party! Their DJ, Jameson Kelly (Mr Lobbo), kept the dance floor full all night and guests thoroughly enjoyed the photobooth by AS Photography and hair and make up by Jasmine Hoffman.

Betty wanted the theme to be whimsical and romantic, with lots of greenery and candles, which Garden Party Flowers did an excellent job with – the decor was stunning.

I also loved the very sweet personal vows that the couple exchanged, and the video that they made about how they met.

As a final touch, the groom and groomsmen all had different personalized lining in their suits, which looked great!

We were so happy to be a part of Betty and Steven’s day, and we are delighted to share the photos and memories of their special day with you!

With love,

Kasia xoxo

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