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A Contemporary Fairmont Pacific Rim Wedding



Planning by Alicia Keats | Photography by Lucida

I have to start this post by first and foremost sharing how much I loved working with Jessica and Eric and they will forever be imprinted on my heart. From the second they entered my office I felt like I had known them for years and I immediately wanted to be best friends with Jessica for life. My instinct was right, they are two of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever met and I loved every second of planning their wedding with them. On a very personal note, during the course of planning their wedding I found out I was pregnant after trying to have a baby for eight heartbreaking years and I was terrified to tell my couples in case they some how felt that I was no longer a good fit for them and questioned whether or not I would still be able to take care of them and their wedding. Of course, all of my couples were amazing, supportive and I felt so silly for even worrying about it; Jessica’s response to my news is something I will never forget and will carry with me for the rest of my life. She was unbelievably excited, supportive and said two very important things I needed to hear, one I will keep between us and the other, is that she never questioned for a second how I would continue to care about her wedding and that she would be taken care of.

Jessica and Eric’s wedding took place in the Emerald Ballroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. It was so much fun to design with Jessica, as her taste is exquisite and she has a passion for the perfect font and an eye for design.

As the guests arrived for the wedding, they entered the Emerald Ballroom through black crushed velvet curtains tied back with gold-painted split leaf philodendron leaves. Within the ballroom, gold infinity chairs with black cushions were lined facing the windows towards the northeast corner of the room. The ballroom’s floor to ceiling windows filled the space with natural light balancing the bold use of black within the décor. A white aisle runner lead to an energetic arch constructed of a vibrant mix of tropical leaves that appeared to be floating. The white drapery behind the arch not only helped create the illusion of freestanding greenery on the arch, but also helped to filter the natural light coming into the space. This allowed guests to enjoy the ceremony without squinting into the sun while still letting plenty of light to come in.

Against this backdrop, the wedding party looked stunning with the bridal party in formal strapless black floor-length gowns and the groomsmen in black tuxes with bowties and patent leather shoes. Standing beside the wedding party and dressed in her classic white satin gown with her blond hair done in a low bun, Jessica radiated with light.

After the ceremony, guests were moved to the foyer where they enjoyed passed canapes including West Coast Oysters with Cucumber Yuzu Mignonette and Qualicum Beach Scallops with Cauliflower Puree. Guests enjoyed sparkling punch and were kept busy with a portrait booth. During this time, Jessica’s Maid of Honour led the private Tea Ceremony after some family photos were taken in the ballroom.

After the ceremony, we worked with the team from Koncept Event Design to flipping the ballroom from the ceremony set up to dinner. Tables were adorned in white satin linen and centerpieces that featured white orchids and large green and gold-painted tropical leaves. Adding a bit of texture, we used black slate tiles in lieu of charger plates and modern gold cutlery. Set atop of the chargers, a neatly folded white napkin in the bottom left corner was used to frame the black menu with gold foil font that matched their invitation. Opposite the head table and windows, a gold and black geometric wall with gold philodendron leaves acted as a backdrop to those who gave speeches and the dance floor later on.

After the MC formally welcomed the guests to Jessica and Eric’s wedding and introduced the wedding party, they introduced a surprise that Jessica had organized for their guests and Eric – traditional lion dancers! After a performance by the dancers, guests enjoyed a three-course plated dinner finished with Poached Rhubarb for dessert and Jessica and Eric visited each table to thank each guest for attending their special day.

After dessert, the couple enjoyed their first dance to ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne inviting their wedding party to join in part way through to start the party. From here on, guests enjoyed dancing, a photobooth by Wigglebooth, and even a gourmet Ice Cream Sandwich Station.

Lastly fun fact I will leave you with, Jessica designed the invitations herself and they are some of my all time favorites!

Enjoy reading!

Love Alicia xo

Rosa + Andrew’s Hotel Georgia wedding

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Lucida Photography

What stood out for me more than anything about Rosa and Andrew was how sweet they were together, and how very much in love they were. I could tell that Rosa was just smitten with Andrew, and it was so beautiful to see. Even though they had been together for a number of years, they were still very much crazy in love. Andrew was such a lovely guy, Rosa had such a big heart and I loved planning their wedding with them.

Rosa had three stunning dresses: one beautiful white dress, one chic red dress, and one breathtaking Korean dress, which all complemented her make-up expertly done by Jayna Marie.

The wedding was held at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Rosa wanted lots of candles and for their wedding to feel warm and romantic, but she also wanted infuse her wedding with unique decor elements and pops of her favorite color-blue.  The decor (by Evan at Flowerz and Koncept) did just that.  The string quartet from Musical Occasions, set the romantic tone for the ceremony.

Anna from  A. Elizabeth Cakes  used the graphic design elements of the invitations and incorporated them into the design of the wedding cake. You might also notice their seating chart also carried through the graphic design as well.

Rosa and Andrew had a lot of out of town guests and they danced late into the night with music provided by DJ Pri from Girl on Wax, and Photobooth Vancouver was on hand to provide endless entertainment.

I hope you are doing well Rosa + Andrew and wish you the very best in your married lives!

With love,

Alicia xoxo