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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.’

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