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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.

Outdoor Wedding Venues Vancouver and Whistler

Outdoor weddings are becoming more popular as we find ways to celebrate during a time of our lives that require extra precaution towards keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. I thought it would be helpful for those in the starting stages of planning their wedding to provide a list of our favourite outdoor venues, most of which allow tenting to protect us from the West Coast elements!

 

UBC Botanical Gardens Contemporary Lawn + Arbour

Photographs by Shari + Mike

UBC Botanical Garden’s Contemporary Lawn and Arbour has been one of our top choices for an outdoor wedding in Vancouver since Mari Toni and Tal’s wedding in the Summer of 2014.

The space boasts an amazing 110’ Arbour covered in climbing greens that is often used as the stunning location for a long table dinner or a ceremony. Right next door to the Arbour is the Contemporary Lawn. This can be used for cocktail hour, games, dinner, or dancing and can be tented. Be sure to ask the team at UBC Botanical Gardens about their preferred tenting company!

In addition to these two spaces, the Amphitheatre is an amazing space for a ceremony and can be integrated with the other spaces to create a seamless flow between the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing!

 Stanley Park Pavilion

Photographs by Melia Lucida Photography

Stanley Park Pavilion is a stunning venue located just inside Stanley Park in Vancouver. Generally recognized for its classic tearoom and ballroom, you can also rent out the Bar + Grill in conjunction with the large lawn just off the patio!

Nestled amongst the coniferous trees of the park, an intimate reception will transport your guests to a magical forest just a few steps away from Vancouver’s downtown core. With catering by Stanley Park Pavilion, the team will also help you with shuttles to downtown at the end of the night and, with permission from the City of Vancouver, this space can be tented!

Here are a few more photos from a wedding we planned in August 2019 for Penny and Will!

Riverland’s Equestrian Centre (Pemberton)

Photographs by Blush Photography

As seen in Wedluxe

I was introduced to this venue by a couple I worked with for their 2019 wedding and fell in love. Nina and Martin, the couple, wanted to host their wedding reception at a place that they had a personal connection with, and, as they boarded their beloved horse here, Riverlands was it hands down!

For Nina and Martin’s wedding, we set up a large reception tent for dinner and dancing that also housed two bars, a portrait station, and a lounge. We also had two tents from Wild Havens Popup Tents – one for a kids tent and the other a tasting tent for Pemberton Distillery – and a few tents for catering and storage. Needless to say, the space is very flexible so that you can see your dream wedding become a reality! In addition to this, the team at Riverland’s is so accommodating and we cannot recommend them more.

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

Mountainview Lawn and Woodland’s Terrace 

Another amazing venue along the Sea to Sky Corridor is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Outside the hotels stunning ballrooms, the Woodland’s Rooftop Terrace is a flexible space that can host an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and a tented reception while boosting incredible views of the mountains surrounding Whistler Village. The best part (other than the views)? The tent is included with the venue!

Another hidden gem that the Fairmont Chateau has to offer is their Mountainview Lawn. This location, just minutes away from the hotel, has a three-tiered space that is an amazing space to utilize for an event and feels like an oasis from Whistler Village surrounded by dense evergreens. Many couples decide to tie the knot here on the upper-most lawn that has unbeatable mountain views – so West Coast!

 

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel | The Chairman’s Terrace

Photographs by Blush Photography

Just around the corner on the terrace of the Chairman’s Suite at the Pacific Rim Hotel, there is a secret location for an intimate ceremony for those in love with a city backdrop for their ‘I Do’s.’

With an amazing events team, the Pac Rim can make your dreams come true with amazing venues to host your wedding to delicious food and beverage. The best part? Hard to put your finger on one thing, but spending the night in this stunning suite must be up there!

Hart House Restaurant

Photographs by Hera Studios

Hart House is a great selection for an outdoor tented wedding. They are located in a park with lots of greenery, and the lake just nearby. It’s a perfect place for photos, and a beautiful backdrop. Not only do they have a wonderful location, but their food and service are sure to please your guests. With Hart House, you have the perfect combination of natural beauty and sophistication.

 

Brock House Restaurant

Photographs by Walker Studios

If you want an oceanfront venue, you cannot beat Brock House on Jericho Beach in Vancouver! Most couples host their ceremonies on the grass facing the water and views of the North Shore Mountains and then move to the tent (included in the rental) for dinner. With the tent, tables, chairs, tableware, and catering organized by the team at Brock House, it is a great option for those looking for a stunning ‘one stop’ venue to make the planning process a bit simpler!

 

Hycroft Manor

Photographs by Lucida Photography

Hycroft is a classic venue located just in Kerrisdale off of Granville and 16th Avenue. Overlooking the mountains, this venue is so close to the bustling of the city but you’d never know it as you are transported to Europe when you enter the property.

Hycroft does not allow tenting on their property, but most couples use the terrace on the north side of the building for their ceremony and to host a dinner amongst the grand Corinthian pillars and classical garden. For those looking for a timeless elegance, Hycroft is perfect.

Cecil Green

Photographs by Lucida Photography

There are so many options for wedding ceremony locations at Cecil Green, rain or shine which is one of our favourite features. If you want to be married in a garden setting or with a view of the ocean, Cecil Green offers both options. My favourite part of Cecil Green is the terrace where an intimate wedding can dine under the stars without any worries about rain as it is covered with glass.

To recap for you:

The Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in or near Whistler are:

  1. Riverlands Equestrian Center.
  2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Mountain View Lawn and Woodland Terrace.
  3. North Arm Farm

The Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Vancouver are:

  1. UBC Botanical Gardens
  2. Stanley Park Pavillion
  3. Fairmont Pacific Rim Chairman’s Terrace.
  4. Hart House
  5. Brock House
  6. Hycroft
  7. Cecil Green

There are so many amazing outdoor venues that all have a different aesthetic, from rustic to classic, we hope that this list helps you to find your perfect wedding venue!

Alicia xo

A White Wedding at The Vancouver Club

 

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats and Kasia Wardowicz | Wedding Photography Blush Wedding Photographers

We are slowly catching up on sharing some of our weddings from the past few summers that we haven’t yet had a chance to share. We are so excited to share this one! Lucia and Vincent’s wedding took place in the summer of 2017 but it feels like it was just a year ago.

In the morning of the wedding, Lucia made her way to the Vancouver Club’s sunlit Georgian Room. There, Faye Smith and her team, were ready for Lucia’s hair and makeup. Refreshments from the Club were set out so that Lucia could relax before the ceremony. After hair and makeup, Lucia got dressed in her stunning lace strapless gown and made her way down to a vintage limo where she would make her way to St. Augustine’s Church with her father.

The church was decorated by Garden Party Flowers with tall white arrangements of white hydrangea set on clear pillars surrounded in clusters of tall clear vases with white floating candles. A long white aisle runner ended at the altar where two chairs with greenery garlands were set for Lucia and Vincent. Once all of the guests were seated, the processional began with Vincent walking down the aisle with his mother and finished with Lucia and her Father walking down to ‘Prayer’ by Andrea Bocelli.

Preceding the Catholic ceremony, guests made their way to The Vancouver Club for the cocktail hour and reception. Welcomed with trays of passed Cava guests enjoyed canapes such as Mushroom Arancini while Lucia and Vincent went off in the vintage car to get their couple portraits done.

The ballroom was set with round tables dressed in white linen and gold Chiavari chairs. Slim tall floral arrangements were used at guest tables to add height while also allowing for easy conversation around the tables, something that was important to the couple. Each place setting had a white charger plate with an elegant silver filigree detail. A white napkin was folded atop the charger along with a customized menu that had Lucia and Vincent’s monogram at the top. The monogram was also used to personalize the white dance floor, welcome sign, and cocktail napkins. Instead of a traditional head table, Lucia and Vincent decided to do a Family Table at which their parents would sit with them. The family table was set against white drapery against the far wall of the ballroom. A mirror ran the length of the table which reflected the elegant posy arrangements of white and blush roses and floating candles. The greenery garlands on the chairs at the church were moved to Lucia and Vincent’s chairs at the Vancouver Club to denote their spot at the family table.

As guests were seated in the Ballroom after the cocktail hour finished, Lucia and Vincent were introduced to Shakira’s rendition of ‘Je l’aime a mourir’ by Francis Cabrel. After the newly-weds took their seat, a three-course dinner was served complete with the VC Signature Lobster Bisque with Truffle Chantilly and Fennel Pollen. After the cake cutting, dessert was served with coffee and tea before the white curtains were pulled back to reveal Famous Players Band who would begin their set with “Your Song’ by Elton John for the first dance before getting everyone on the dance floor where they would dance away the evening!

Enjoy! Love Alicia + Kasia

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

Sam + Steve’s Garden-Inspired Wedding at Cecil Green

Photography by Lucida Photography | Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats

Hosted at Cecil Green House in Vancouver Canada, Sam and Steve’s wedding seamlessly integrated modern aesthetics with vintage elegance. Through touches such as the intricate beading and lace on Sam’s gown to the lounge furniture, we created an air of sophistication that would have been anticipated in the earlier days of the mansion.

The ceremony, held in the garden of the property, exuded an atmosphere of lightness and cheer. With rows of white wooden chairs, market umbrellas, and white cocktail tables with centerpieces of soft pink and peach Ranunculus by Celsia Florist, we created a classy afternoon affair that the couple desired. After the ceremony, a jazz quartet from Musical Occasions played in the garden while Prosecco and appetizers circulated and guests enjoyed playing lawn games.

Tying in the couples love of travel, we got creative with a few details for their wedding. Guests were asked to sign vintage-style postcards from various places that Sam and Steve had traveled to, and then place them in a beautiful gold and glass photography box. Another way that they tied in the theme of travel was in their seating plan, created by Love By Phoebe. Sam and Steve named each table after one of their favorite cities – from Barcelona to Paris – and had a seating plan made up for guests to look at before they entered the reception hall. This seating plan had an illustration of an iconic building from each city to represent each table and along with the less traditional guestbook, helped to add some of their adventurous spirit into their special day!

The main reception was held inside at Cecil Green in the Yorkeen Room. With the head table set at the fireplace, the tables were set with crisp white linen, gold-rimmed chargers, garden-style floral arrangements, gold Chivari chairs, and an abundance of candles. Guests were served a three-course dinner while listening to speeches, and then were brought to the Terrance for the First Dance to Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon.’