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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!


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